Sallie Bennett Papers Regarding World War I Flying Ace Louis Bennett, Jr., 1873-2009 A&M.1590

Sallie Bennett Papers Regarding World War I Flying Ace Louis Bennett, Jr., 1873-2009 A&M.1590


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Repository
West Virginia and Regional History Center
Identification
A&M.1590
Title
Sallie Bennett Papers Regarding World War I Flying Ace Louis Bennett, Jr.1873-20091904-1926
URL:
https://archives.lib.wvu.edu/ark:/22916/3561
Quantity
4.75 Linear Feet Summary: 4 ft. 8 1/2 in. (9 doc cases, 5 in. each); (3 doc cases, 2 1/2 in. each); (1 artifact box, 4 in.)
Creator
Bennett, Sallie Maxwell
Location
West Virginia and Regional History Center / West Virginia University / 1549 University Avenue / P.O. Box 6069 / Morgantown, WV 26506-6069 / Phone: 304-293-3536 / Fax: 304-293-3981 / URL: https://wvrhc.lib.wvu.edu/
Language
English
Abstract
Personal correspondence, legal and financial papers, diary, and newspaper clippings of Mrs. Sallie Maxwell Bennett of Weston, wife of Louis Bennett, Sr., the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 1908. The collection concerns the career of her son, Louis Bennett, Jr., particularly his student days at Yale, his pioneer efforts to organize the West Virginia Flying Corps, his service in the Royal Air Force [RAF], and his subsequent death in World War I. Additional topics include Mrs. Bennett's effort to memorialize her son, family affairs, and a South American trip in 1915. Correspondents include Louis Bennett, Sr. and Jr., and John W. Davis.

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Preferred Citation

A&M 1590, Sallie Bennett Papers Regarding World War I Flying Ace Louis Bennett, Jr., West Virginia and Regional History Center, West Virginia University Libraries.


Biographical / Historical

Louis Bennett, Jr. became World War I's 12th ranked American flying ace. In his brief, meteoric career, he scored three aircraft and nine balloons in ten days, described by one author as "undoubtedly, one of the most brilliant records of the air war".

Louis Bennett, Jr. was born 22 September 1894 in Weston, West Virginia, son of Louis Bennett and Sallie Maxwell Bennett. It was a West Virginia family of wealth and prominence. Growing up in Weston, he was described as bright, likeable, and headstrong, with mechanical inclinations. He had his own car and motorcycle when 12 years old, and is said to have frequently raised the dust on his town's dirt streets with best friend Paul Hoskins.

He attended Cutler and St. Luke's preparatory schools in Pennsylvania, entering Yale University in 1913. He was apparently active in athletics and popular with women.

Interested in early aviation, Louis took pilot training from the Burgess Company at Marblehead, Massachusetts. In 1917 the Governor of West Virginia approved Louis Bennett's idea of a West Virginia Flying Corps, with intent of joining the unit to the United States Air Service. Refused by the US Army, the unit disbanded. Impatient to join the air war, Louis decided to join the British Royal Flying Corps, departing for Toronto on 5 October 1917 for training. Receiving his commission on 21 January 1918, he sailed for England.

Arriving in London on 25 February, he was sent to Flying School, receiving his Graduation Certificate on 6 March. Stationed to No. 90 Squadron, a Home Defense unit of little action, Bennett became impatient and sought transfer to a fighting squadron on the Western Front. His efforts rewarded, Louis received assignment to No. 40 Squadron at Bryas on 21 July 1918, and flew his first offensive patrol on 30 July.

The fireworks really began on 15 August when Bennett began his impressive string of victories. After killing a German balloon on the 17th, Bennett caught "balloon fever". "He (Bennett) immediately set out to down every captive balloon in the area and we were all talking about it in the squadron ... each of us knew he was expendable". With his solo destruction of four balloons on 19 August, Louis Bennett had become an ace in the space of only four days!

His final sortie on the 24th cost the enemy two balloons before anti-aircraft brought his machine down in flames. Apparently the Germans so respected his courage that they burned their hands pulling him out of his burning aircraft. He died in a German field hospital at Wavrin, with burns from waist to neck, a head wound, and a broken leg, calling for his parents.

Historical information for this biography was obtained from: Williams, George H. "Louis Bennett, Jr.; No. 40 Squadron, RFC/RAF," Cross & Cockade Journal 21 (1980): 331-351.

Scope and Contents

Personal correspondence, legal and financial papers, diary, and newspaper clippings of Mrs. Sallie Maxwell Bennett of Weston, wife of Louis Bennett, Sr., the Democratic gubernatorial candidate in 1908. The collection concerns the career of her son, Louis Bennett, Jr., particularly his student days at Yale, his pioneer efforts to organize the West Virginia Flying Corps, his service in the Royal Air Force [RAF], and his subsequent death in World War I. Additional topics include Mrs. Bennett's effort to memorialize her son, family affairs, and a South American trip in 1915. Correspondents include Louis Bennett, Sr. and Jr., and John W. Davis.

See also C619 of Oral History Sound Archives, which contains one audio cassette and typed transcript of an interview with David B. McKinley by Wayne Sheets regarding the life and times of Sallie Maxwell Bennett. Louis Bennett, Jr. and Agra are discussed as well.

Series 1. Biographical Information; 1917-1919, 1980-ca. 2000 (includes facsimiles); box 1, folder 1. Includes mostly photocopies of narrative information on the life of Louis Bennett, Jr. For more historical narrative of Louis Bennett, Jr. and the Bennett family, consult the Newspaper Clippings series.

Series 2. General Correspondence; 1908-1917; box 1, folders 2-13. Includes letters, telegrams, clippings, receipts, etc. Topics include family affairs, Yale College, and the West Virginia Flying Corps in 1917, among other subjects. Correspondents include primarily Mr. Louis Bennett, Mrs. Louis Bennett [Sallie], their son Louis Bennett, Jr., and daughter Agra.

Series 3. Outgoing Letters; 1917-1918; box 1, folders 14-18. Includes primarily letters by Louis Bennett, Jr. on Royal Flying Corps and Royal Air Force [RAF] stationery describing adventures in London, military matters, impatience in Shotwick, and military life and combat on the Western Front as a pilot in the 40th Squadron, RAF.

Series 4. Incoming Letters; 1918; box 1, folder 19 - box 2, folder 3. Includes letters, clippings, photographs, and other material. Letters are from Louis Bennett, Jr.'s immediate family, friends, fellow aviators, girl friends, and others regarding personal and military matters, etc.

Series 5. General; 1914-1920, undated; box 2, folders 4-9. Includes miscellaneous material regarding Louis Bennett, Jr., such as combat reports, personal ephemera, RAF Graduation Certificate, transit and burial permit, etc.

Series 6. General Correspondence--Bennett Family; 1915-1926; box 2, folder 10 - box 7, folder 2. Includes primarily letters to and from Mrs. Louis Bennett, but other family members as well, about the personal, financial, and legal affairs of the Bennett family. Many letters are testimonials and condolences regarding Louis Bennett, Jr. by his friends in England and the military. Correspondence after 1918 primarily documents Mrs. Louis Bennett's efforts in England and Europe to find the facts regarding her son's fate, and her efforts to memorialize her son and other aviators of WWI; for the latter, she corresponded with the British Air Ministry, among other military and governmental authorities. The variety of letterhead of US east coast, British Isles, and European hotels document a very peripatetic Mrs. Bennett. Letters are arranged in chronological order. Also includes a travel diary of Mrs. Bennett.

Series 7. Newspaper Clippings; 1914-1925, 1960 (includes facsimiles); box 7, folders 3-11. Contains loose clippings and clippings in scrapbook pages which document both Louis Bennett, Jr. and the Bennett family.

Series 8. Legal Papers; ca. 1918-1923; box 7, folder 12. Includes information on deeds and power of attorney; also includes agreement with the sculptor Augustus Lukeman for "heroic bronze statue".

Series 9. Financial Records; 1916-1926; box 7, folder 13 - box 8, folder 2. Includes appraisement and other documents relating to the Louis Bennett estate, insurance records, real estate records, balance sheets, receipts, etc.

Series 10. Publications; 1873-1882, 1907-1924; box 8, folders 3-5. Includes books and periodicals, mostly material about Louis Bennett, Jr.

Series 11. Greeting Cards; 1920, undated; box 8, folder 6.

Series 12. Calling Cards/Business Cards; ca. 1910-1925; box 8, folder 7. These cards appear to document primarily the personal and professional contacts of Mrs. Bennett, Louis Bennett, Jr.'s mother.

Series 13. Postcards; ca. 1910-1925; box 8, folder 8. Includes photo postcards. Subjects include portraits, landscapes, and WWI images.

Series 14. Ephemera; 1899-1924, undated (includes facsimiles); box 9, folders 1-4. Includes much Louis Bennett, Jr.-related material, such as his RAF Wallet (for wallet, see box 12).

Series 15. Photographs; 1904-1920, undated; box 9, folders 5-17. Includes photographs, postcards, and negatives. Subjects include a diverse range of material recording Louis Bennett, Jr.'s involvement in WWI, as well as the Bennett family. Mrs. Bennett's 1915 trip to South America is extensively documented.

Series 16. Artifacts; 1890s-1925, undated; boxes 10-10a. Includes checkbooks, a pin cushion, a sketchbook, newspaper clippings, a lock of hair, and other items.

Series 17. Dissertation; 2009; box 11. Contains Charles D. Dusch's Great War Aviation and Commemoration: Louis Bennett, Jr., Commander of the West Virginia Flying Corps (also available as an electronic resource at WVU Libraries).

Series 18. Miscellaneous; ca. 1916-1919; box 12. Contains glass plate negatives, Louis Bennett, Jr.'s RAF wallet, and his memo book.

Separated Material

"Weston Legionnaire" (These publications can be found in the pamphlet collection, under "P7253".):

June 1923; Vol. 1, No. 6

July 1923; Vol. 1, No. 7

October 1923; Vol. 1, No. 10

November 1923; Vol. 1, No. 11

March 1924; Vol. 2, No. 3

February 1925; Vol. 3, No. 2

November 1926; Vol. 4, No. 11

"Arrow Head Tribe, LSA [Lone Scouts of America]"; Weston, WV (These publications can be found in the pamphlet collection, under "P7459".):

April 1, 1920; Vol. 1, No. 1

May 1920; Vol. 2 [sic]

June 1920; Vol. 3 [sic]

The original photographs in the RAF Wallet have been moved to separate storage; they can be viewed in West Virginia History OnView by searching for "1590" combined with "wallet"; a facsimile set of all of these photographs have been inserted into box 9, folder 4.

Most of the original print photographs documenting Lt. Louis Bennett and his involvement in WWI have been moved to separate storage; they can be viewed in West Virginia History OnView by searching for "1590"; a facsimile set has been inserted into box 9, folder 5.


Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Aeronautics
  • Bennett, Louis, 1849-1918.
  • Bennett, Louis, 1894-1918.
  • Bennett, Sallie Maxwell
  • Davis, John W. (John William), 1873-1955
  • Diaries
  • Great Britain. Royal Air Force
  • South America
  • Universities and colleges
  • Westover (W. Va.)
  • Women's history -- 1850-1899
  • Women's history -- 1900-1929
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • Yale University

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Bennett, Louis, 1849-1918.
  • Bennett, Louis, 1894-1918.
  • Bennett, Sallie Maxwell
  • Davis, John W. (John William), 1873-1955

Container List

Archival Resource Key
Series 1. Biographical Information, Box 1, Folder 1
1917-1919, 1980-ca. 2000
  • Mixed Materials Box: 1 Folder: 1 Archival Resource Key
    "Louis Bennett, Jr.; No. 40 Squadron, RFC/RAF" (Williams, George; Cross & Cockade Journal, Volume 21/Number 4/Winter 1980)
    1980
  • Mixed Materials Box: 1 Folder: 1 Archival Resource Key
    "Louis Bennett, Jr. Papers Elucidate West Virginia's Only WWI Flying Ace" (Newsletter of the West Virginia and Regional History Collection, Volume 13/Number 2/Spring 1998; 2 copies)
    1998
  • Mixed Materials Box: 1 Folder: 1 Archival Resource Key
    Manuscript Narrative History (Two leaves, seven pages by Mrs. Bennett regarding her son and family; was attached to letter of 10/16/1919 from G. Murray to Mrs. Bennett; original in box 3, folder 9; legibility poor.)
    1917
  • Mixed Materials Box: 1 Folder: 1 Archival Resource Key
    "Photographic Observations of a Day at West Virginia Flying Corps Camp" (Wheeling Sunday News; 7/29/1917)
    1917/07
  • Mixed Materials Box: 1 Folder: 1 Archival Resource Key
    "Address at Memorial Services; In Memory of Hon. Louis Bennett and Louis Bennett Jr., Who Died in Defense of Liberty" (Includes much historical information; Weston Democrat; 9/5/1919)
    1919/09
Archival Resource Key
Series 2. General Correspondence, Box 1, Folders 2-13
1908-1917
Archival Resource Key
Series 3. Outgoing Letters, Box 1, Folders 14-18
1917-1918
  • Mixed Materials Box: 1 Folder: 14 Archival Resource Key
    Letters
    1918/01-1918/02
  • Mixed Materials Box: 1 Folder: 15 Archival Resource Key
    Letters
    1918/04-1918/05
  • Mixed Materials Box: 1 Folder: 16 Archival Resource Key
    Letters
    1918/06-1918/08
  • Mixed Materials Box: 1 Folder: 17 Archival Resource Key
    Letters (6 items, 12 leaves; regarding the West Virginia Flying Corps, training with the Royal Flying Corps [in Canada], among other topics.)
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 1 Folder: 18 Archival Resource Key
    Letters (Typewritten and manuscript transcripts of letters written by Louis Bennett, Jr.
    1917-1918
Archival Resource Key
Series 4. Incoming Letters, Box 1, Folder 19 - Box 2, Folder 3
1918
Archival Resource Key
Series 5. General, Box 2, Folders 4-9
1914-1920, undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 4 Archival Resource Key
    Combat Reports (Original carbon copies of army documents describing aerial combat in short narrative form, certifying the "kills" of Louis Bennett, Jr.)
    1918
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 4 Archival Resource Key
    List of Sorties of Louis Bennett, Jr.
    1918
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 5 Archival Resource Key
    Receipts (Documents Louis Bennett, Jr.'s activities in England; includes receipts for the Savoy Hotel, railroad transport, stationery, photography, and bicycle storage; 9 leaves.)
    1918
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 6 Archival Resource Key
    Royal Flying Corps (Canada) -- Pass
    1917/10/11
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 6 Archival Resource Key
    Royal Flying Corps (Canada) -- Discharge Certificate
    1918/01/20
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 6 Archival Resource Key
    Royal Flying Corps (Canada) -- Official Permission to Travel
    1918/01/21
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 6 Archival Resource Key
    Notarized Statements of Bennett, Jr.'s Birth and Citizenship
    1918/04/05
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 6 Archival Resource Key
    Royal Air Force (RAF) -- Graduation Certificate
    1918/03/06
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 7 Archival Resource Key
    Death of Louis Bennett, Jr. -- "Inventory and kit and effects of Lieutenant L. Bennett, 40 Squadron, R.A.F. reported missing 24th August 1918." (4 leaves)
    1918
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 7 Archival Resource Key
    Death of Louis Bennett, Jr. -- Notary Document (For transfer of personal effects of Lt. Louis Bennett.
    1919/11/08
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 7 Archival Resource Key
    Death of Louis Bennett, Jr. -- Clipping with Note (Clipping of poem "The Volunteer's Mother" from Bennett, Jr.'s mother to Bennett, Jr. with note; 1 leaf.)
    1918/01/28
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 7 Archival Resource Key
    Death of Louis Bennett, Jr. -- Testimonial/Memorial Letter (By Lt. Bennett's rigger and fitter regarding his character and exploits; other letters from the same correspondent can be found in the General Correspondence series; 2 leaves; 5 written pages.)
    1918/08/26
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 7 Archival Resource Key
    Death of Louis Bennett, Jr. -- Telegram (Message informs Mrs. Bennett that her son Lt. Louis Bennett is reported missing; 1 leaf.)
    1918/08/28
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 7 Archival Resource Key
    Death of Louis Bennett, Jr. -- Cablegrams from Mrs. Bennett to Alice Williams in London and 40th Squadron in France for information on her son reported missing (2 leaves)
    ca. 1918/08-1918-09
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 7 Archival Resource Key
    Death of Louis Bennett, Jr. -- Transit and Burial Permit (For burial of Lt. Bennett at Weston, WV.)
    1920/04/10
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 7 Archival Resource Key
    Death of Louis Bennett, Jr. -- List of Pallbearers
    1920
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 8 Archival Resource Key
    Aviation Ephemera -- Advertising Card--Patterson Aviators Air Shows
    ca. 1914-1915
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 8 Archival Resource Key
    Aviation Ephemera -- Newsletter--"Patterson Aviators Bulletin" (Includes mostly articles about air shows; 1 leaf.)
    1915/07
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 8 Archival Resource Key
    Aviation Ephemera -- Prospectus--Federal Aircraft and Motor Corporation ("Flying; The Greatest 'Preparedness' Sport in the World")
    ca. 1914-1915
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 9 Archival Resource Key
    Miscellaneous, Related to Louis Bennett, Jr.--Linen Samples
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 9 Archival Resource Key
    Miscellaneous, Related to Louis Bennett, Jr.--Aero Club Dues Card
    1916
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 9 Archival Resource Key
    Miscellaneous, Related to Louis Bennett, Jr.--Naval History Society Dues Receipts
    1918
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 9 Archival Resource Key
    Miscellaneous, Related to Louis Bennett, Jr.--Prospectus Card and Invoice for Automobile Tires (3 items)
    1917
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 9 Archival Resource Key
    Miscellaneous, Related to Louis Bennett, Jr. -- Advertising for Novels of E. Oppenheim (5 items)
    1917
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 9 Archival Resource Key
    Miscellaneous, Related to Louis Bennett, Jr.--Classification Card from Local War Department Board
    1918
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 9 Archival Resource Key
    West Virginia Aircraft Company--Financial Statements (2 items)
    1918/05/01
Archival Resource Key
Series 6. General Correspondence--Bennett Family, Box 2, Folder 10 - Box 7, Folder 2
1915-1926
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 10 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence (includes photo portrait of Alice Williams)
    1918/02-1918/06
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 11 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1918/07
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 12 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1918/08
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 13 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1918/09/02-1918/09/18
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 14 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1918/09/20-1918/09/30
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 15 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1918/10/01-1918/10/08
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 16 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1918/10/10-1918/10/19
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 17 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1918/10/20-1918/10/24
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 18 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1918/10/25-1918/10/31
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 19 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1918/11-1918/12
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 20 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1919/01-1919/03
  • Mixed Materials Box: 2 Folder: 21 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1919/04
  • Mixed Materials Box: 3 Folder: 1 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence (a lock of Louis Bennett's hair, originally in this folder, has been moved to box 10)
    1919/05-1919-06
  • Mixed Materials Box: 3 Folder: 2 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1919/07/02-1919/07/15
  • Mixed Materials Box: 3 Folder: 3 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1919/07/21-1919/07/31
  • Mixed Materials Box: 3 Folder: 4 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1919/08/01-1919/08/21
  • Mixed Materials Box: 3 Folder: 5 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1919/08/23-1919/08/28
  • Mixed Materials Box: 3 Folder: 6 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1919/09/01-1919/09/10
  • Mixed Materials Box: 3 Folder: 7 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1919/09/11-1919/09/23
  • Mixed Materials Box: 3 Folder: 8 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1919/09/24-1919/09/29
  • Mixed Materials Box: 3 Folder: 9 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence (Letter of 1919/10/16 from G. Murray to Mrs. Bennett includes clipping regarding West Virginia Flying corps listing membership and detailing activities; also includes manuscript narrative history of two leaves by Mrs. Bennett of her son and family [photocopy in box 1, folder 1].)
    1919/10/01-1919/10/16
  • Mixed Materials Box: 3 Folder: 10 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1919/10/19-1919/10/29
  • Mixed Materials Box: 3 Folder: 11 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1919/11
  • Mixed Materials Box: 3 Folder: 12 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1919/12/01-1919/12/20
  • Mixed Materials Box: 3 Folder: 13 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1919/12/21-1919/12/31
  • Mixed Materials Box: 4 Folder: 1 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1920/01-1920/02
  • Mixed Materials Box: 4 Folder: 2 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1920/03-1920/05
  • Mixed Materials Box: 4 Folder: 3 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1920/06-1920/09
  • Mixed Materials Box: 4 Folder: 4 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1920/10-1920/12
  • Mixed Materials Box: 4 Folder: 5 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence (Letter of 1921/10/28 from Air Ministry, London, to Mrs. Louis Bennett, includes two "British War and Victory Medals"; they are multi-colored pieces of cloth 4 inches and 5 inches long respectively; a tag labeled "Victory Medal Riband" was found pinned to the 4 inch ribbon.)
    1921/01-1921-10
  • Mixed Materials Box: 4 Folder: 6 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1921/11-1921/12
  • Mixed Materials Box: 4 Folder: 7 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence (Several clippings dating from 1921/12 were discovered with the correspondence of 1922; subject matter concerns primarily the gift of Mrs. Bennett to the city of Weston the Bennett home on Court Ave., Weston, WV.)
    1922/01-1922/03
  • Mixed Materials Box: 4 Folder: 8 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1922/04-1922/05
  • Mixed Materials Box: 4 Folder: 9 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1922/05/18-1922/05/26
  • Mixed Materials Box: 4 Folder: 10 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence (Regarding dedication of memorial stained glass window at Westminster Abbey for fallen British airmen, a gift of Mrs. Bennett; includes 3 passes, 1 program, and thank you letter from Hon. Frederick Guest, Secretary of State for Air.)
    1922/05/26
  • Mixed Materials Box: 4 Folder: 11 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence (Includes clippings regarding dedication of memorial stained glass window.)
    1922/05/29-1922/06
  • Mixed Materials Box: 4 Folder: 12 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1922/07-1922/09
  • Mixed Materials Box: 4 Folder: 13 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1922/10-1922/12
  • Mixed Materials Box: 4 Folder: 14 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence (Contains correspondence with Emil Merkelbach, a German balloonist who witnessed Lt. Louis Bennett's final sortie and downing.)
    1922/11-1923/01
  • Mixed Materials Box: 5 Folder: 1 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1923/01-1923/03
  • Mixed Materials Box: 5 Folder: 2 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1923/04-1923/05
  • Mixed Materials Box: 5 Folder: 3 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1923/06-1923/07
  • Mixed Materials Box: 5 Folder: 4 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1923/08
  • Mixed Materials Box: 5 Folder: 5 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1923/09
  • Mixed Materials Box: 5 Folder: 6 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1923/10-1923/12
  • Mixed Materials Box: 5 Folder: 7 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1924/01-1924/06
  • Mixed Materials Box: 5 Folder: 8 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1924/09-1924/11
  • Mixed Materials Box: 5 Folder: 9 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1924/11-1924/12
  • Mixed Materials Box: 5 Folder: 10 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1925/01-1925/03
  • Mixed Materials Box: 5 Folder: 11 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1925/04-1925/06/16
  • Mixed Materials Box: 5 Folder: 12 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence (Includes clipping on dedication of the sculpture "The American Aviator'', gift of Mrs. Louis Bennett.)
    1925/06/20-1925/08
  • Mixed Materials Box: 6 Folder: 1 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1925/09-1925/12
  • Mixed Materials Box: 6 Folder: 2 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1926/01-1926/02
  • Mixed Materials Box: 6 Folder: 3 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1926/03-1926/04
  • Mixed Materials Box: 6 Folder: 4 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1926/05-1926/06
  • Mixed Materials Box: 6 Folder: 5 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1926/07-1926/09
  • Mixed Materials Box: 6 Folder: 6 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    1926/10
  • Mixed Materials Box: 6 Folder: 7 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence (Letter of 1926/11/07 from Ruth Smith to Mrs. Bennett includes 1922 clipping regarding the memorial stained glass window at Westminster Abbey for fallen British airmen, a gift of Mrs. Bennett.)
    1926/11-1926/12
  • Mixed Materials Box: 6 Folder: 8 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 6 Folder: 9 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 6 Folder: 10 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 6 Folder: 11 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 6 Folder: 12 Archival Resource Key
    Correspondence
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 7 Folder: 1 Archival Resource Key
    Travel Diary of Mrs. Bennett (An extensive typescript account by Mrs. Bennett detailing her travel experiences in Central and South America; photographs in this collection apparently document this trip.)
    1915
  • Mixed Materials Box: 7 Folder: 2 Archival Resource Key
    Travel Diary of Mrs. Bennett (An extensive typescript account by Mrs. Bennett detailing her travel experiences in Central and South America; photographs in this collection apparently document this trip.)
    1915
Archival Resource Key
Series 7. Newspaper Clippings, Box 7, Folders 3-11
1914-1925, 1960
  • Mixed Materials Box: 7 Folder: 3 Archival Resource Key
    Louis Bennett, Jr. (Contains photocopies of all original clippings regarding Louis Bennett, Jr. in this collection from box 7, folders 4-7.)
    1914-1925
  • Mixed Materials Box: 7 Folder: 4 Archival Resource Key
    Scrapbooks (2 collations)
    ca. 1920s
  • Mixed Materials Box: 7 Folder: 5 Archival Resource Key
    Loose Clippings
    ca. 1914-1925, 1960
  • Mixed Materials Box: 7 Folder: 6 Archival Resource Key
    Loose Clippings
    ca. 1914-1925, 1960
  • Mixed Materials Box: 7 Folder: 7 Archival Resource Key
    Loose Clippings
    ca. 1914-1925, 1960
  • Mixed Materials Box: 7 Folder: 8 Archival Resource Key
    Bennett Family (Contains photocopies of original clippings regarding other Bennett family members from box 7, folders 9-10.)
    ca. 1920
  • Mixed Materials Box: 7 Folder: 9 Archival Resource Key
    Bennett Family--Original Clippings
    ca. 1920
  • Mixed Materials Box: 7 Folder: 10 Archival Resource Key
    Bennett Family--Original Clippings
    ca. 1920
  • Mixed Materials Box: 7 Folder: 11 Archival Resource Key
    Newspaper Clippings (From The San Francisco Examiner and The Evening Mail)
    1914-1915
Archival Resource Key
Series 8. Legal Papers, Box 7, Folder 12
ca. 1918-1923
  • Mixed Materials Box: 7 Folder: 12 Archival Resource Key
    General (Includes information on deeds and power of attorney; also includes agreement with the sculptor Augustus Lukeman for "heroic bronze statue", 1923)
    ca. 1918-1923
Archival Resource Key
Series 9. Financial Records, Box 7, Folder 13 - Box 8, Folder 2
1916-1926
  • Mixed Materials Box: 7 Folder: 13 Archival Resource Key
    General (Includes appraisement and other documents relating to the Louis Bennett estate, insurance records, real estate records, balance sheets, receipts, etc.)
    1916-1919
  • Mixed Materials Box: 8 Folder: 1 Archival Resource Key
    General (Includes appraisement and other documents relating to the Louis Bennett estate, insurance records, real estate records, balance sheets, receipts, etc.)
    1916-1926
  • Mixed Materials Box: 8 Folder: 2 Archival Resource Key
    General (Includes appraisement and other documents relating to the Louis Bennett estate, insurance records, real estate records, balance sheets, receipts, etc.)
    1916-1926
Archival Resource Key
Series 10. Publications, Box 8, Folders 3-5
1873-1882, 1907-1924
  • Mixed Materials Box: 8 Folder: 3 Archival Resource Key
    Yale University--Directory
    1915-1916
  • Mixed Materials Box: 8 Folder: 3 Archival Resource Key
    Flyers--Descriptions of Memorial Stained Glass Window
    ca. 1922
  • Mixed Materials Box: 8 Folder: 3 Archival Resource Key
    Program--"Commemorative Exercises in Honor of the Yale Men Who Gave Their Lives in the War"
    1919/06/15
  • Mixed Materials Box: 8 Folder: 3 Archival Resource Key
    Magazine--"Yale Courant"
    1916/10
  • Mixed Materials Box: 8 Folder: 4 Archival Resource Key
    Program--"Banquet in Honour of General Robert Georges Neville"
    1921/01/05
  • Mixed Materials Box: 8 Folder: 4 Archival Resource Key
    Seating List--Neville Banquet
    1921/01/05
  • Mixed Materials Box: 8 Folder: 4 Archival Resource Key
    Booklet--"Sentence Making" (English book inscribed "L. Bennett")
    1913
  • Mixed Materials Box: 8 Folder: 4 Archival Resource Key
    Magazine--"The American Legion Weekly" (includes article regarding gift of Bennett family's Weston home to the American Legion)
    1924/05/23
  • Mixed Materials Box: 8 Folder: 4 Archival Resource Key
    Magazine--"Yale Alumni Weekly" (includes photo and listing of Louis Bennett, Jr.)
    1919/06
  • Mixed Materials Box: 8 Folder: 4 Archival Resource Key
    Newsletter--"The Parish Record" (Wheeling, WV)
    1920/02
  • Mixed Materials Box: 8 Folder: 4a Archival Resource Key
    Book--"Courage" (inscribed "For Louis from Mother March 24 1907 Palm Sunday")
    1907
  • Mixed Materials Box: 8 Folder: 4a Archival Resource Key
    Book--"The Book of Common Prayer" (inscribed "Louis Bennett, Jr. 1917")
    1917
  • Mixed Materials Box: 8 Folder: 5 Archival Resource Key
    Book--"How to Read Character" (phrenology text)
    1882
  • Mixed Materials Box: 8 Folder: 5 Archival Resource Key
    Booklet--"Phrenological Character of Louis Bennett Given at Fowler & Wells, Phrenological Cabinet" (analysis in manuscript of several pages)
    1873/08/15
Archival Resource Key
Series 11. Greeting Cards, Box 8, Folder 6
1920, undated
Archival Resource Key
Series 12. Calling Cards/Business Cards, Box 8, Folder 7
ca. 1910-1925
  • Mixed Materials Box: 8 Folder: 7 Archival Resource Key
    Miscellaneous Calling Cards/Business Cards (These cards appear to document primarily the personal and professional contacts of Mrs. Bennett, Louis Bennett, Jr.'s mother)
    ca. 1910-1925
Archival Resource Key
Series 13. Postcards, Box 8, Folder 8
ca. 1910-1925
  • Mixed Materials Box: 8 Folder: 8 Archival Resource Key
    Portraits (1 envelope; includes Harvey Holstein, Wilfred Gilbert, unidentified women, and group of musicians; 6 items)
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 8 Folder: 8 Archival Resource Key
    US Atlantic Coast (7 items)
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 8 Folder: 8 Archival Resource Key
    France (4 items)
    1919, undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 8 Folder: 8 Archival Resource Key
    World War I (WWI) (2 envelopes; 11 items)
    1919, undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 8 Folder: 8 Archival Resource Key
    Mountain Landscape (these appear to be personal photographs documenting a road trip) (10 items)
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 8 Folder: 8 Archival Resource Key
    Miscellaneous (6 items)
    1915, undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 8 Folder: 8 Archival Resource Key
    Booklet--"Versailles et les Trianons" (12 cards with extensive annotations by Mrs. Bennett)
    1919
Archival Resource Key
Series 14. Ephemera, Box 9, Folders 1-4
1899-1924, undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 1 Archival Resource Key
    Miscellaneous (includes receipts, membership cards, ticket stub, prescription, book call slips, etc.)
    ca. 1910-1920
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 1a Archival Resource Key
    Miscellaneous -- Travel Prospectuses in French ("La Bretagne"; "Circuit d'Alsace et de Lorraine"; 2 items)
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 1a Archival Resource Key
    Miscellaneous -- Democratic National Convention (apparently Mrs. Bennett was a participant; includes 9 delegate passes; 4 ribbons; 1 certificate)
    1924
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 1a Archival Resource Key
    Miscellaneous -- Receipts (from Pacific Motor Car Exchange; 2 items)
    1912
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 1a Archival Resource Key
    Miscellaneous -- Receipts (from Marlborough-Blenheim and Hotel Traymore; Atlantic City, NJ)
    1918
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 1a Archival Resource Key
    Miscellaneous -- Passport Application (for Mrs. Bennett)
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 1a Archival Resource Key
    Miscellaneous -- Memo Book (blank)
    1899
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 1a Archival Resource Key
    Miscellaneous -- Memo Book--Mrs. Bennett
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 1a Archival Resource Key
    Miscellaneous -- Ribbons (2 duplicate items; WV state seal in red on white cloth)
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 2 Archival Resource Key
    Louis Bennett, Jr.-Related -- Account Book--National Grand Bank (one item; one entry)
    1916
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 2 Archival Resource Key
    Louis Bennett, Jr.-Related -- Calling Cards and Leather Card Case
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 2 Archival Resource Key
    Louis Bennett, Jr.-Related -- Automobile Related--Certificates of Registration (3 items; for Pennsylvania and New York)
    1913, 1916
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 2 Archival Resource Key
    Louis Bennett, Jr.-Related -- Automobile Related-Membership Cards (American Automobile Association; International Automobile League)
    1913, 1914
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 2 Archival Resource Key
    Louis Bennett, Jr.-Related -- Membership Card--Aero Club of America
    1916
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 2 Archival Resource Key
    Louis Bennett, Jr.-Related -- Announcement Card--Memorial Church at Wavrin (5 items)
    ca. 1918-1919
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 2 Archival Resource Key
    Louis Bennett, Jr.-Related -- Stamps (U.S. and Canadian postage, found in calling card case)
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 3 Archival Resource Key
    Louis Bennett, Jr.-Related -- Dance Cards--Yale University (3 items)
    1916, 1917
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 4 Archival Resource Key
    Cards -- Found Inside RAF Wallet (Includes Aero Club of America Membership Card and Aero Club of America Foreign Service Committee Card; 4 items.)
    1918
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 4 Archival Resource Key
    Calling Cards -- Found Inside RAF Wallet (Includes cards that apparently document Lt. Louis Bennett's contacts in London. Also includes a facsimile set.)
    1918
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 4 Archival Resource Key
    Photographs -- Found Inside RAF Wallet (Includes facsimiles of 12 small photographs, apparently of family and friends; originals have been moved to separate storage; they can be viewed in West Virginia History OnView by searching for "1590" combined with "wallet".)
    1918
Archival Resource Key
Series 15. Photographs, Box 9, Folders 5-17
1904-1920, undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 5 Archival Resource Key
    Lt. Louis Bennett -- WWI and Other (Includes facsimiles of a diverse range of material documenting primarily Lt. Louis Bennett's involvement in WWI; includes portraits of Louis and his friends, West Virginia Flying Corps, etc.; also includes pictures of Louis in his car; most of the original print photographs have been moved to separate storage; they can be viewed in West Virginia History OnView by searching for "1590".)
    ca. 1917-1918
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 6 Archival Resource Key
    Louis Bennett, Jr.-Related -- Candid Portraits--WWI--Unidentified (10 items in 2 envelopes)
    ca. 1917-1918
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 6 Archival Resource Key
    Louis Bennett, Jr.-Related -- Friends of LB, Jr. (5 items)
    ca. 1910-1918
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 6 Archival Resource Key
    Louis Bennett, Jr.-Related -- Airplane Factory (11 items)
    ca. 1910-1920
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 6 Archival Resource Key
    Louis Bennett, Jr.-Related -- LB's Car? (2 items)
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 6 Archival Resource Key
    Louis Bennett, Jr.-Related -- Soldier on Horseback (3 copies of image) (currently missing)
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 7 Archival Resource Key
    Portraits--Louis Bennett, Jr. -- Portrait (1 item, mounted)
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 7 Archival Resource Key
    Portraits--Louis Bennett, Jr. -- Portrait--Candid (1 item; 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"; good pose with friend and car, but lacking detail)
    ca. 1910-1915
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 7 Archival Resource Key
    Portraits--Louis Bennett, Jr. -- Portraits--Candid (9 items; 1 1/2" x 2 1/2"; one of these prints is of Louis Bennett; others are unidentified)
    ca. 1910-1915
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 8 Archival Resource Key
    Portraits--Louis Bennett, Sr. (Contains 2 mounted portraits and 1 print portrait of LB, Sr.; 1 candid portrait of LB, Sr. in a car; and 1 candid group portrait with unidentified subjects.)
    1904, undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 9 Archival Resource Key
    Portraits--Bennett Family -- Mrs. Sally M. Bennett--Portrait (3 items; 2 images)
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 9 Archival Resource Key
    Portraits--Bennett Family -- Agra Bennett (Daughter of Mrs. Bennett; 4 mounted portraits)
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 9 Archival Resource Key
    Portraits--Bennett Family -- Agra Bennett with Pet Dog (1 item)
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 10 Archival Resource Key
    Bennett Family--Vacation (?) (The items in this folder are related by subject matter and physical format.) -- Prints (8 items; 2 of these include Louis Bennett, Jr.)
    ca. 1910-1915
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 10 Archival Resource Key
    Bennett Family--Vacation (?) (The items in this folder are related by subject matter and physical format.) -- Negatives (12 items; 3 1/2" x 5 1/2")
    ca. 1910-1915
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 11a Archival Resource Key
    South American Trip--Identified Prints (59 items; prints documenting the landscape and people of South America; these images apparently taken by Mrs. Sallie Bennett on trip to South America; see her travel diary in box 7, folders 1-2.)
    1915
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 11b Archival Resource Key
    South American Trip--Portraits--Unidentified (16 items)
    1915
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 11c Archival Resource Key
    South American Trip--Postcards--Identified (14 items)
    1915
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 12 Archival Resource Key
    South American Trip--Unidentified Prints (85 items)
    1915
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 13 Archival Resource Key
    Miscellaneous Prints (includes 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" book of miniature photographs of Paris, France, ca. 1907)
    ca. 1905-1920
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 14 Archival Resource Key
    Miscellaneous Prints -- General (29 items in 2 envelopes)
    ca. 1910-1920
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 14 Archival Resource Key
    Miscellaneous Prints -- Candid Portraits (3 items)
    ca. 1910-1920
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 14 Archival Resource Key
    Miscellaneous Prints -- Ocean Voyage (LB seems to be a subject in one of these pictures; what appears to be an old wooden Norwegian church is in evidence in this grouping as well; 15 items
    ca. 1910-1918
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 14 Archival Resource Key
    Miscellaneous Prints -- Atlantic City, NJ (Includes boat on shoreline with people, inscribed, perhaps humorously, "survivors of torpedoed SS Carolina"; parade; 2 items)
    1918
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 14 Archival Resource Key
    Miscellaneous Prints -- Unidentified Candid (1 item)
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 15 Archival Resource Key
    Portrait--Mary Bennett (5 1/2" x 9"; Sallie's sister; 1 item)
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 16 Archival Resource Key
    Portrait--Lt. Galloway Cheston (Sig. R.C.A.S. of U.S. Army; attached 206 Squadron; missing in action; includes description of him)
    1918
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 17 Archival Resource Key
    Negatives -- South America (2 envelopes; see travel diary in box 7, folders 1-2)
    1915
  • Mixed Materials Box: 9 Folder: 17 Archival Resource Key
    Negatives -- Unidentified (5 envelopes)
    undated
Archival Resource Key
Series 16. Artifacts, Box 10-10a
1890s-1925, undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 10 Folder: 1 Archival Resource Key
    Checkbooks with Stubs
    ca. 1910-1925
  • Mixed Materials Box: 10 Folder: 2 Archival Resource Key
    Checkbooks with Stubs
    ca. 1910-1925
  • Mixed Materials Box: 10 Folder: 3 Archival Resource Key
    Leather Handkerchief Case
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 10 Folder: 4 Archival Resource Key
    Wallets
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 10 Folder: 5 Archival Resource Key
    Memo Book (very little content), Hair, Sewing Items
    undated
  • Mixed Materials Box: 10 Folder: 6 Archival Resource Key
    Sketchbook--WV Scenes (3 1/2" x 8"; not much artistic value)
    1890s
  • Mixed Materials Box: 10a Archival Resource Key
    Lock of Louis Bennett's Hair (originally found with one of the letters in box 3, folder 1; also includes photocopies of that letter and its accompanying materials)
    ca. 1919
Archival Resource Key
Series 17. Dissertations, Box 11
2009
  • Mixed Materials Box: 11 Folder: 1 Archival Resource Key
    Charles D. Dusch's Great War Aviation and Commemoration: Louis Bennett, Jr., Commander of the West Virginia Flying Corps (also available as an electronic resource at WVU Libraries)
    2009
  • Mixed Materials Box: 11 Folder: 2 Archival Resource Key
    Charles D. Dusch's Great War Aviation and Commemoration: Louis Bennett, Jr., Commander of the West Virginia Flying Corps (also available as an electronic resource at WVU Libraries)
    2009
  • Mixed Materials Box: 11 Folder: 3 Archival Resource Key
    Charles D. Dusch's Great War Aviation and Commemoration: Louis Bennett, Jr., Commander of the West Virginia Flying Corps (also available as an electronic resource at WVU Libraries)
    2009
  • Mixed Materials Box: 11 Folder: 4 Archival Resource Key
    Charles D. Dusch's Great War Aviation and Commemoration: Louis Bennett, Jr., Commander of the West Virginia Flying Corps (also available as an electronic resource at WVU Libraries)
    2009
  • Mixed Materials Box: 11 Folder: 5 Archival Resource Key
    Charles D. Dusch's Great War Aviation and Commemoration: Louis Bennett, Jr., Commander of the West Virginia Flying Corps (also available as an electronic resource at WVU Libraries)
    2009
  • Mixed Materials Box: 11 Folder: 6 Archival Resource Key
    Charles D. Dusch's Great War Aviation and Commemoration: Louis Bennett, Jr., Commander of the West Virginia Flying Corps (also available as an electronic resource at WVU Libraries)
    2009
Archival Resource Key
Series 18. Miscellaneous, Box 12
ca. 1916-1919
  • Mixed Materials Box: 12 Archival Resource Key
    Glass Plate Negatives (Contains two portraits of Lt. Louis Bennett as RAF pilot [facsimiles are in box 9, folder 5]; and one is an image of text for dedication of church near Wavrin, near Lille, France.)
    ca. 1917-1919
  • Mixed Materials Box: 12 Archival Resource Key
    Louis Bennett, Jr.'s RAF Wallet (brown/black; 3" x 4 1/2"; labeled "Mr. Louis Bennett, Jr., R.A.F."; contents of the wallet can be found in box 9, folder 4, and in West Virginia History OnView)
    ca. 1916-1918
  • Mixed Materials Box: 12 Archival Resource Key
    Louis Bennett, Jr.'s Memo Book (red; 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"; title page labeled "Louis Bennett, Jr., R.A.F., Dec. 25th 1917; contains addresses of contacts in London, etc.)
    1917-1918