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Frank C. Bensing papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: Ax 615

Scope and Contents

Correspondence is separated into professional and personal letters. Professional correspondence includes only letters received, while personal correspondence includes incoming and outgoing letters.

Incoming professional correspondence is arranged alphabetically by name or title, and includes letters and job orders between 1926-1951.

Incoming personal correspondence is also arranged alphabetically by name or title, and is from 1930-1949. Outgoing personal letters are arranged by date, 1932-1951.

Illustrations consist of original paintings and drawings created for magazines. Types of paintings include oils on canvas, and casein, tempura, watercolor, ink, and wash on illustration board. Types of drawings include pencil , crayon, and color sketches. Two of the illustrations were for Liberty magazine.

An addenda of June 1971 consists of framed oil illustrations for magazines.

A paper finding aid available in the Reading Room contains a listing of correspondents, and full descriptive listing of each of the illustrations.


  • 1926-1951


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use

Property rights reside with Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical / Historical

Frank C. Bensing (1893 - ) from Chicago, was an illustrator, designer, and portrait painter. He received his formal training at the Art Institute of Chicago.

His first published drawing was in a Syracuse, Indiana newspaper, dealing with the Bull Moose campaign of Theodore Roosevelt. Bensing moved to New York City to work in advertising art and magazine illustration for J. Walter Thompson, Young-Rubicam, N. W. Ayer, Erin-Wasey, Lord and Thomas, and Irwin Vladimir. He illustrated for such products as Lipton's Tea, General Electric, Camel cigarettes, and Packard Automobiles.

He was also published in magazines such as Liberty, Saturday Evening Post, Country Gentleman, McCall's, and This Week. The collection contains two illustrations he did for Liberty.


0.5 linear feet (1 container) : 1 manuscript box

Language of Materials



Frank C. Bensing (1893 - ) from Chicago, was an illustrator, designer, and portrait painter, who worked for New York advertising agencies, and was published in popular magazines. The collection (1926-1951) contains professional and personal correspondence, original illustrations, and biographical information.


Materials within this collection are arranged first by initial accession(s) that were processed together as a whole and then by subsequent accession(s). This organization reflects the fact that the collection had been processed at one point in time and then more materials were acquired in increments over time. This organization is also based on the decision not to merge the various accessions and organize them into a whole at this point in time, given the fact that future accruals are anticipated and/or that this organization is deemed sufficient for access.

Researchers should note that materials within a series or accession may overlap and/or relate to materials found in other accessions or initially processed materials. For example, correspondence may be found in all or only some groupings. In order to locate all relevant material within this collection, researchers may need to consult each accession.

Researchers should also note that similar materials can be arranged differently in each accession, depending on how the material is organized upon receipt or during initial processing. For instance, correspondence is one accession may be arranged alphabetically, while correspondence in another accession is arranged chronologically.

Other Finding Aids

Paper finding aid with additional information is available in Special Collections & University Archives.

Processing Information

Collection processed by staff, 1970-1971.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection may have received a basic level of processing including some organization and rehousing. The initial accession(s) were processed and arranged as a whole and are reflected in the series arrangement. Subsequent accession(s) for the collection have not been merged or organized as a whole. Each subsequent accession is described separately.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents.

Guide to the Frank C. Bensing Papers
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Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.
Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA