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Benjamin L. Arnold Collection, 1874-1892

By Finding aid prepared by Faye Harkins.

Collection Overview

Title: Benjamin L. Arnold Collection, 1874-1892

ID: MSS Arnold

Primary Creator: Arnold, Benjamin L. (Benjamin Lea) (1839-1892)

Extent: 0.01 cubic feet

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Benjamin L. Arnold Collection consists of several items pertaining to Arnold, who served as president of Corvallis College from 1872 until 1892. The items include correspondence written by Arnold to his family; newspaper clippings regarding Arnold's death; condolence letters written to Arnold's widow Minnie following his death in 1892; and two Benton County, Oregon land deeds.

Scope and Content Notes

The Benjamin L. Arnold Collection consists of newspaper clippings regarding Arnold's death, personal correspondence from Benjamin Arnold, and condolence letters upon his death to his wife, Minnie Arnold. It also includes two land deeds.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Benjamin Lea Arnold was born October 29, 1839 in Mecklenburg, Virginia. He received his B.S. from Randolph Macon College and taught in North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. After serving in the Confederate army under General Robert E. Lee, Arnold taught at colleges in Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia. Benjamin L. Arnold became the second president of Oregon Agricultural College in 1872 and served in that capacity until his death on January 30, 1892.

Administrative Information

Related Materials: Other materials relating to Benjamin L. Arnold and to past presidents of Oregon State University can be found in the OSU Memorabilia Collection (MSS MC) and in the President's Office Records of B.L. Arnold (RG 013 - SG 01).

Preferred Citation: Benjamin L. Arnold Collection (MSS Arnold), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon


Arnold, Benjamin L. (Benjamin Lea) (1839-1892)

People, Places, and Topics

Arnold, Benjamin L. (Benjamin Lea), 1839-1892
Benton County (Or.)
College presidents--Oregon--Corvallis.
Corvallis College
Oregon Agricultural College
University History

Forms of Material


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