Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Bentley mss. II, 1890-1965, consist of the correspondence and writings of Arthur Fisher Bentley, 1870-1957, philosopher and author. Bentley received his Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1895. He wrote for the Chicago Times-Herald (later the Record-Herald) until 1910, when he retired to work and write at his orchard in Paoli, Indiana. During World War I, Bentley was a member of the Red Cross.

The collection is organized into the following series: I. Correspondence; II. Writings; and, III. Miscellaneous.

Correspondents in the collection include: Charles Bentley, Hutchins Hapgood, and Neith Hapgood. There is also numerous correspondence between Bentley and his publishers, and with offices of the Red Cross (during the war years). Correspondence following Bentley's death is that of his widow, Imogene (Shaw) Bentley. The correspondence is arranged chronologically.

An inventory of the collection with a partial index of correspondents is available.

Gift. 1973

Collection size: 6,188 items

Related manuscripts: Bentley mss.

For more information about this collection and any related materials contact the Public Services Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405. Call (812) 855-2452 or send an email using our Ask a Question form.