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M-336: The Henry H. Benham Papers


The Henry H. Benham Papers include the papers of Major Henry Hill Benham, his wife Anne Franchot, and his parents, Brig. Gen. Henry W. and Elizabeth A. Benham.  The bulk of the papers encompass the military career of Maj. Henry H. Benham, especially matters pertaining to service records, commissions, recommendations, appointments, and general orders that span his career from 1875 to 1907.  In particular, the papers are strongly representative of Maj. Benham’s duty during the Spanish-American War in Puerto Rico and Cuba (1898-99).  Additionally, the collection contains Maj. Benham’s personal uniform insignia, medals, and regalia, postcards from his European vacation, and family genealogical data. The papers related to Brig. Gen. Benham contain biographical materials, his last will and testament, and books related to his military career.  Aside from the papers of military and personal interest, the collection contains military portraits of the Benhams, photographs of military life, and portraits of family members.    The Henry H. Benham Papers are of value to students of military history, the Indian Wars, the Spanish-American War, and family history from the nineteenth through the early twentieth century.

Dates: 1839-1919

Scope and Content Note:

The Henry H. Benham Papers include the military and family papers of Henry H. and Anne Franchot Benham, Henry W. and Elizabeth McNeil Benham, military and family photographs, military insignia and regalia, books, and postcards, from 1839 to 1919.  However, the bulk of the collection encompasses the military career of Maj. Henry H. Benham from 1875-1907.  The collection consists of 9 legal sized boxes and one oversized box. It is divided into five series and contains 81 folders.


Some of the material in Special Collection M-336 may be photocopied, digitally scanned or photographed, subject to condition.

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Subject Headings:

Indians of North America—Wars, 1866-1895—Idaho 

Indians of North America—Wars, 1866-1895—Maps

Indians of North America—Wars, 1866-1895—Washington

Philippines—History—Philippine American War, 1899-1902

United States—History—Civil War, 1861-1865—Personal Narratives

United States—History—Mexican War, 1846-1848

United States—History—Spanish American War, 1898—Campaigns—Cuba

United States—History—Spanish American War, 1898—Puerto Rico

M-336 The Henry H.Benham Papers