Fonds MS-2-486 - C. L. Bennet fonds

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C. L. Bennet fonds

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1.6 m of textual records. - 11 photographs.. - 1 engraver's plate

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Charles L. ("Ben") Bennet was a New Zealand veteran of World War One who came to Dalhousie University from Jesus College, Cambridge, to teach English in 1922. He was Head of the Dalhousie University English Department and the George Munro Professor of English from 1931 to 1958. He also served as Secretary of the Dalhousie Senate, Dean of Arts and Science, Vice-President of Dalhousie University from 1958 to 1961, Registrar, Counsellor of the Department of Veterans' Affairs, and supervisor of Dalhousie's veterans' programs. As well, he was an editor of the series, Canada Book of Prose and Verse, from 1933 to 1951. Bennet was also involved in the organization and management of the Down Under Club from 1941 to 1942, and of the Anzac (Australia and New Zealand Army Corps) Club from 1941 to 1944.

C.L. Bennet was a member of the editorial board of the Dalhousie Review. The journal was founded in 1921 by its first editor, Herbert L. Stewart, a Professor of Philosophy at Dalhousie University. The journal situated itself between academia and the popular press, and Stewart edited it for 26 years, during which time it published contributions by many notable Canadians writers. From 1947 to 1997, the journal went through numerous changes, including, in the 1950s, the printing of works of short fiction.

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The material was loaned to Dalhousie University Archives in 1983; later, in 1993, it was donated to the Archives by Jim Bennet, son of C. L. Bennet.

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The fonds contains considerable material from the Dalhousie Review from 1950 to 1953-correspondence, book reviews, articles pending; correspondence relating to Dalhousie University Faculty of Graduate Studies and Senate; examinations and papers of Dalhousie students (bulk in 1930s); correspondence, outlines, and galley proofs of the Canada Books, I to VI, 1933-1951; correspondence and other material relating to the Down Under Club and Anzac Club, 1940s; personal papers, including Bennet's course notes and exams from his days as a student at Harvard; copies of acting scripts; photos of local theatre productions, School for the Blind, Dalhousie University English Department; photo of the first Soviet war bride in England (Nora Murray); copies of Archibald MacMechan's Late Harvest and E. Ritchie's In the Gloaming.

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The correspondence in MS-2-486, Box 3, Folder 20 and Box 8, Folders 13-17 is closed. All other materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], C. L. Bennet fonds, MS-2-486, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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This fonds description comes from the Dalhousie University Archives Catalog. The complete, original description is available there.

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