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A Guide to the John Robert Benton Papers

Finding aid prepared by Dept. Staff

University of Florida Smathers Libraries - Special and Area Studies Collections

March 2005 (Updated June 2019)

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Benton, John Robert, 1876-1930.
Title: John Robert Benton Papers
Dates: 1905-1925
Abstract: Letters from Benton to his mother, fragmented correspondence with Florida presidents Andrew Sledd and A. A. Murphree, and publication manuscripts.
Extent: 0.4 Linear feet. 1 box.
Identification: Ms Coll. 043
Language(s): English

Biographical/Historical Note

John Robert Benton was the first dean of the University of Florida's College of Engineering. He received his B.A. and B.S. from Trinity College in 1897 and his Ph.D. in Physics from Gottingen. He taught briefly at Princeton and Cornell before coming to the University of Florida in 1905. He taught physics and electrical engineering. When the College of Engineering was established in 1910, Benton was appointed dean. He served as dean until his death in 1930.

Scope and Content

The Benton Papers contain correspondence with his mother that deals primarily with family history, but it also sheds light on the University's early development. There is fragmented correspondence with Presidents Sledd and Murphree and other faculty. Many of the letters are in poor condition; some are photocopies. Also included are manuscripts for ten titles, miscellaneous manuscripts, notes, and project proposals. Of special note are the notes, charts, proposals, and a report on a wiring experiment conducted at the Washington Monument in 1904.

Access or Use Restrictions


The collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John Robert Benton Papers, Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida.

Contents List

Box Folder
11 Manuscripts, notes.
12 Charts and tables, graphs, charts, notes, tables.
13 Addresses and Statements. 1925
14 Manuscripts, photographs, charts, notes, tables, graphs, statements.
15 Correspondence - Personal. 1905-1921
16 Notes.
17 Plans and Proposals, notes, financial information, plans.
18 Manuscripts, notes, essays.
19 Manuscripts, notes, essays.
110 Reports and essays.

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