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Papers of Ernest Alfred Benians

Title Papers of Ernest Alfred Benians
Reference GBR/0275/Benians
Creator Ernest Alfred Benians (1880-1952)
Covering Dates 1901–1983
Extent and Medium 18 boxes; paper
Repository St John's College Library
Content and context

Historian, Master of St John's College 1933-52. Benians was born in Goudhurst, Kent in 1880. His father was the headmaster of Bethany School in Goudhurst, and it was here that Benians received his schooling. He was admitted to St John's in 1899 and became a Fellow in 1906. Benians was appointed Lecturer in History in 1912, became a Tutor in 1918, and Senior Tutor in 1926. In the same year he was made University Lecturer in History, specialising in the history of the British colonies and dependencies, and the United States of America. He was Master of St John's from 1933 until his death in 1952, and served as Vice-Chancellor of the University 1939-41.

The papers include Benians's correspondence, papers, lecture notes, and notes for speeches.

The following material was given by the Revd Martin Ackland Benians (BA 1941) in April 2008, with the exception of items B, C, D, F1, and G1 which appear to have come from Mrs Sylvia Benians.

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Please cite as St John's College Library, Papers of Ernest Alfred Benians

Further information

Papers relating to Benians' mastership (1931-55), to the Master's Lodge (1934-52), and to the Benians Prize (1954-5), together with various reports and notices for Council (1931-40) have been placed in the College Archives at M11. Papers relating to the College Mission (1925-39) have been integrated into C22.

Index Terms
Benians, Ernest Alfred (1880-1952) Master of St John's College Cambridge
St John's Library/Benians contains:
A General correspondence.
8 boxes; paper.
B Material relating to the study and teaching of American history in Britain.
15 items; paper.
C Material relating to the American Life and Institutions series.
114 items; paper.
D Material relating to the Chair of American History at Cambridge.
38 items; paper.
E Lectures. EAB's manuscript notes for lectures on general European history 1494-1914.
2 boxes; paper.
F Writings and related materials.
1 box; paper.
G Speeches and sermons.
2 boxes; paper.
H Vice-Chancellorship.
1 box; paper.
I University related papers.
1 box; paper.
J Papers relating to St John's College. Printed circulars 1903-42; list of committees 1951-2; programmes of meetings of the Book Club and the College Council 1951-2; four handwritten menus; admissions papers and notes relating to George Humphrey, W.G. Brock, Fred Hoyle, G.J. Morgan, and Michael Pybus; manuscript notes on the professions of parents of those admitted to the College in 1951.
1 folder; paper.
K Miscellaneous. Scrap notes by EAB; extract from a letter from Robin Benians 1952; notes relating to EAB extracted from Boys Smith's 'Memories of St John's College'; miscellaneous printed items including some relating to the society 'Autour du Monde'; typescript obit for EAB by Boys Smith; a few items relating to Mrs Benians; some handwritten and typescript verse.
1 folder; paper.
L Photographs.
3 items.

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