Finding aid created by: --
Date: Jan 1967
|17 Sep 2008||converted to EAD (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Title:||Murray Bennett Papers|
|Quantity:||5.5 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the American stage actor, director, poet. Incoming correspondence (1875, 1909-1961), letter books, Bennett's subject file, theater programs, photographs, manuscript poems, and clippings. Includes correspondence of Charles E. Herring, Archibald Rutledge, Sybil Thorndike, and Estelle Winwood, and others.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Murray Bennett (1896-?) was an American stage actor, director, and poet.
Born in 1896 in Charleston, South Carolina, he graduated from Newton Military Academy in 1913, and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 1921. Bennett made his first broadway appearance in The Green Goddess with George Arliss that same year. From that time on his acting career was assured and he appeared throughout the twenties and thirties in such plays as Roseanne, Hamlet, Love in a Mist, and The Vinegar Tree. By the 1940's Bennett was a veteran actor. One of his greatest roles was in Rain, which appeared in 1945. Two years later he bought a small farm on the Carolina coast. However, he continued to pursue his career, appearing in summer stock, directing various community theatres and a radio program. In 1956, he again appeared on Broadway in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
In addition to his acting career, Bennett also was a poet. He published many sonnets, as well as a volume of poems titled Invisible Pursuit, and was an active member of the Poetry Society of America.
The Murray Bennett Papers include correspondence, an album, photographs, programs, souvenirs, manuscripts and published materials.
Correspondence includes incoming and outgoing correspondence as well as letters to and from others. The outgoing correspondence includes two letter books as well as loose letters. The letter classified as "to and from others" was written by Mr. Bennett's father in 1875.
Subject files contains an album of theatre personalities, photographs, programs and souvenirs. Also included are files Mr. Bennett set up which pertain to a person or place in which he was interested, such as Rupert Brooke, Edna St. Vincent Millay, or Tahiti.
Manuscripts consists of poems by W. Bennett and poems by others. Mr. Bennett's poems are undated.
Published material includes books, magazines and newspaper clippings.
Incoming correspondence is arranged alphabetically by author. Outgoing correspondence is filed chronologically. Subject files are arranged in alphabetical order by name or subject; when necessary the materials have been further arranged in chronological order. Published material is arranged alphabetically by type and, within that, by title, except for newspaper clippings which are arranged chronologically.
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Herring, Charles Edward.
Rutledge, Archibald Hamilton, 1883-1973.
Thorndike, Sybil, Dame, 1882-1976.
Actors -- United States.
Genres and Forms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Murray Bennett Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Gift of Murray Bennett, 1964.
|Box 1||Arliss, George 1922|
|Box 1||Armistead, J.D.M. 1917-1923|
|Box 1||Bennett, Murray (Sr.) 1932 - second typescript copy|
|Box 1||Bennett, William B. (uncle) 1903|
|Box 1||Herring, Charles E. 1918-1922, undated|
|Box 1||Myers, Ida G. 1916-1918, 1920, 1923, 1925, 1929-1930, undated|
|Box 1||Norris, Charles H. 1920|
|Box 1||Rutledge, Archibald 1950, 1961, undated|
|Box 1||Thorndike, Dame Sybil 1935|
|Box 1||Winwood, Estelle 1924, 1935-1936, 1941, undated|
|Box 1||Letterbook 1909-1910|
|Box 1||Letterbook 1910-1913 1919-1920, 1922, 1950, 1961|
|To and from others|
|Box 1||Murray Bennett, Sr. 1875|
|Box 2||Album, Theatre Personalities|
|Box 2||Allen, Harvey 1923, 1929, 1934, 1949|
|Box 2||Brooke, Rupert 1934, 1965|
|Box 2||Ficke, Arthur Davison 1922|
|See also Millay, Edna St. Vincent|
|Box 2||Forbes-Robertson, Sir Johnston 1937, 1940, undated|
|Box 2||Heyward, Dubose 1927, 1935, undated|
|Box 2||Hobby, a book of cigar bands 1907|
|Box 2||Millay, Edna St. Vincent 1927-1928, 1930-1931, 1940-1942, 1951, 1963|
|Box 2||Miss Thompson / W. Somerset Maugham 1921, 1945|
|Box 2||Mitchell, John Ames|
|Box 3||Hall, James Norman|
|Box 3||Osborne, Thomas Mott 1924|
|Box 3||Photographs 1889, 1900-1901, 1904, 1922, 1956, 1960, undated|
|Box 3||Programs 1914, 1916-1919, 1921-1923, 1926, 1928, 1937-1940, undated (3 folders)|
|Box 3||Sargent, Franklin H. 1915, 1920, 1921, undated|
|Box 3||Souvenirs 1892, 1906, undated (2 folders)|
|Box 3||Tahiti 1914, 1919-1920, 1921, undated|
|Box 3||Wylie, Elinor 1922, 1929|
|Box 3||from Invisible Pursuit|
|Poems by others|
|Box 3||Bennett, Isaac S. (Mr. Bennett's grandfather), to a cousin 1842|
|Box 4||Dictionary of International Biography 1963|
|Box 4||The Golden Year 1960|
|Box 4||International Who's Who in Poetry, Vol. I 1958|
|Books by others|
|Box 4||American Poetry 1922|
|Box 4||An April Elegy / Ficke, Arthur Davison 1917|
|Box 4||Aria Da Capo / Millay, Edna St. Vincent, autographed 1920|
|Box 5||Battle and Other Poems / Gibson, Wilfred, Wilson 1916|
|Box 5||Body of This Death / Bogan, Louise, autographed 1923|
|Box 5||The Collected Poems of James Elroy Flecker / Flecker 1916|
|Box 5||Dark Summers / Bogan, Louise|
|Box 5||Death in Venice / Mann, Thomas 1930|
|Box 5||The Door of Dreams / Rittenhouse, Jesse 1918|
|Box 5||The Gay Twenties / Trewin 1958|
|Box 6||A Glossary of Words and Phrases / Bartlett 1848|
|Box 6||Last Poems / Wylie, Elinor 1943|
|Box 6||The Limits of Art / Cairns, ed. 1948|
|Box 6||Little Book of Modern Verse / Rittenhouse, ed. 1913|
|Box 7||Little Henrietta, Reese, Licette W., autographed 1927|
|Box 7||Mother Goose's Nursery Ryhmes / 1897|
|Box 7||Mystic Isles of the South Seas / O'Brien, Frederick 1921|
|Box 7||The New Poetry / Monroe, ed. 1918|
|Box 7||Opera Cavalcade 1938|
|Box 8||Others / Kreymborg, ed. 1917|
|Box 8||The Oxford Book of English Verse 1915|
|Box 8||Picture Show / Sasoon, Seigfried 1920|
|Box 8||Rivers to the Sea / Teasdale, Sara 1916|
|Box 8||A Saga of a Paper Mill / Pratt, Lawrence 1935|
|Box 8||The Second Book of Modern Verse / Rittenhouse, ed. 1919|
|Box 8||Selected Poems / Vinal, Harold, autographed 1948|
|Box 9||Songs of the Field / Ledwidge, Thomas 1916|
|Box 9||Spicewood / Reese, Licette Woodworth 1920|
|Box 9||Twinkletoes: A Tale of Chinatown, Burke, Thomas 1918|
|Box 9||Verse / Adelaide Crapsey 1922|
|Box 9||Vigils / Sassoon, Seigfried 1936|
|Box 9||White April / Reese, Licette W. 1930|
|Box 9||Wonders of Italy / Fathroso, Joseph, ed. 1930|
|Box 10||Putnam's Monthly September 1853|
|Box 10||June to Christmas, 1907 (5 folders)|
|Box 10||April, 1908|
|Box 10||May, 1908|
|Box 10||March, 1909|
|Box 10||March, 1910|
|Box 10||April, 1910|
|Box 10||October, 1910|
|Box 10||November, 1910|
|Box 10||November, 1913|
|Box 10||October, 1914|
|Box 10||March, 1915|
|Box 11||May, 1915|
|Box 11||December, 1915|
|Box 11||May, 1916|
|Box 11||The Westminster Review January, 1891; July, 1871 (2 folders)|
|Newspaper clippings about|
|Box 11||Miscellaneous 1945, 1947|
|Newspaper clippings about others|
|Box 11||Miscellaneous 1916, 1921, 1923, 1938, undated|