William Benton papers

Inclusive Dates: 
1839–1973

This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

613 boxes (306.5 linear feet) of material documenting William Benton's business and investment successes as well as his contributions to education and public affairs. A large body of correspondence documents Benton's lifelong love for the arts, including a long friendship with and patronage of Reginald Marsh. Other correspondents include Khoren der Harootian, Milton Hebald, Joseph Hirsch, Rockwell Kent, and Norman Sasowsky.

Biographical Historical Note

William Benton was an advertising executive, publisher, university administrator, U.S. senator and diplomat. Benton was the American publisher of Encyclopaedia Britannica and an avid art collector for whom the William Benton Art Museum at the University of Connecticut, in Storrs, Connecticut, is named.