Preliminary Guide to the Edward Bennett Papers

Summary Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Edward Bennett Papers
Date [inclusive]
9.0 Linear feet 9 boxes.
Location Note
(MASC staff use) 2-13-16-7.
Materials are in English.

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Edward Bennett (1927-2013) was born in Dixon, Illinois, to John Francis and Marguerite Marion Moore Bennett. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Butler University in 1952, and received both his Masters and Doctorate in History from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, in 1956 and 1961 respectively. Dr. Bennett came to Washington State University as a Professor of History in 1961 after briefly serving as an instructor at Texas A&M. During his time at WSU, he served as chair of the Norman and Laura Graebner Prize committee for the Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations, held a position on the executive council of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Society, and received the WSU Faculty of the Year Award in 1979. Between 1967 and 1970, he also served as President of the Faculty Representatives for the Pacific-8 Athletic Conference (today the PAC-12), and was appointed to the Theodore Roosevelt Awards Committee of the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Dr. Bennett was one of ten American scholars selected by the American Historical Association and the American Council of Learned Societies to work with scholars from the U.S.S.R. in an cooperative examination of the two nations' relations in 1985. Dr. Bennett authored and co-authored eight books on American diplomatic history, and following his retirement in 1994, created the Edward and Margery Bennett Scholarship for graduate students studying diplomatic history in the Department of History at WSU.

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Collection Description

This collection contains the papers of Dr. Edward Bennett, a Professor of History at Washington State University, dated between 1917 and 1993. This collection primarily consists of professional papers related to teaching, the WSU History Department, and Dr. Bennett's research on American foreign diplomacy during the mid twentieth century. The collection also contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, and copies of publications on American foreign diplomacy.

Preliminary Inventory:

Boxes 1-4: Teaching and professional papers, including course materials, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and research notes on American foreign policy, between 1964-1987.

Box 5: Research materials including publications, papers related to professional organizations and conferences, newspaper clippings (1930s), related to American foreign relations between World War I and the Cold War.

Boxes 6-9: Professional papers and teaching materials, including correspondence, course instruction and History department documents, research notes, as well as papers related to his time as a Faculty Representative, between 1961-1989.

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Organization of Collection

This is an unprocessed collection. Any arrangement reflects either a pre-existing order from the records' creators or previous custodians, or preliminary sorting performed by staff.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610


This collection is open and available for research use.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Washington State University Libraries in 1994 by Edward Bennett of the WSU Department of History (MS.1994.44).

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union
  • United States -- Politics and government -- History -- Sources

Personal Name(s)

  • Bennett, Edward


  • Washington State University -- Faculty -- Archives

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