Guide to the Clarence E. Bennett Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Bennett, Clarence Edmund, 1833-1902
Title: Clarence Edmund Bennett papers
Dates: 1852-1906 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 reel microfilm
Collection Number: Mss 039
Summary: Clarence Bennett was a West Point graduate and career Army office who served in the frontier West. The collection contains his correspondence, diaries kept at West Point, and other materials.
Repository: University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Contact Information: Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
Languages: Materials are in English 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Clarence Edmund Bennett was born in 1833. He entered West Point Military Academy in 1851 and graduated in 1855. He was a career Army officer and saw duty almost exclusively in Western frontier assignments. He spent time in California, Minnesota, Texas, and the Dakota Territory. By 1880 Bennett and his wife, Siotha, had four children, Willie C., Irvine E., Ida, and Daisy. Bennett retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1897 and died in 1902 of apoplexy.

Content Description

The collection contains Bennett's correspondence relative to his military career, the diaries he kept at West Point, and miscellaneous materials, which include lists of West Point classmates and whether they were living or dead in 1898, and his wife's application for a widow's pension.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and the University of Montana-Missoula.

Restrictions on Use :  

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright not transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation :  

[Name of document or photograph number], Clarence E. Bennett Papers, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The collection is arranged in three series:

Series I: Correspondence, 1859-1905

Series II: Diaries, 1852-1855

Series III: Miscellany, 1898-1906

Location of Originals :  

Location of originals unknown.

Acquisition Information :  

Loaned for microfilming by Hayes Otoupalik, 1970.

Processing Note :  

The original processor arranged, microfilmed, and described the materials. In 2004, the finding aid was encoded with minimal revisions.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Correspondence, 1859-1905

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Series II:  Diaries, 1852-1855
1 March 15, 1852-June 16, 1853
1 March 19, 1854-June 13, 1855

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Series III:  Miscellany, 1898-1906

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This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Corporate Names :
  • United States Military Academy--Students
  • United States Military Academy--Students--Diaries
  • United States.--Army--Officers--Correspondence
  • Geographical Names :
  • West (U.S.)--History, Military--19th century
  • Subject Terms :
  • Frontier and pioneer life --West (U.S.)
  • Military cadets--New York (State)--West Point
  • Military cadets--New York (State)--West Point--Diaries
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Diaries--New York (State)--West Point
    • Occupations :
    • Soldiers--United States

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