Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum


Henry G. Bennett Papers

Dates: 1918-1971.

President, Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College, 1928-1951; Administrator, Technical Cooperation Administration, 1950-1951.

The Papers of Henry G. Bennett consist of correspondence, handwritten notes, financial records, memorandums, newspaper clippings, photographs, printed materials and speeches mostly relating to his career as the President of Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College and as the Administrator of the Technical Cooperation Administration.

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ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

Size: 1 linear foot, 9 linear inches (about 3,200 pages).
Access: Open.
Copyright: Copyright in the unpublished writings of Henry G. Bennett in these papers has been donated to the United States. In addition, documents prepared by United States government employees in the course of their official duties are also in the public domain. Copyright interest in documents that do not fall into these two categories is presumed to remain with the creators of the documents, or their heirs.
Processed by: C. Warren Ohrvall (1972); David Clark, Jan Davis and Sharie Simon (2008).


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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

1886 (December 14)Born, Nevada County, Arkansas
1907B.A., Ouachita College, Arkadelphia, Arkansas
1908-1910Superintendent of Schools, Boswell, Oklahoma
1910-1919Superintendent of Schools, Hugo, Oklahoma
1919-1928President, Southeastern State Teachers College, Durant, Oklahoma
1924M.A., University of Oklahoma
1926Ph.D., Columbia University
1928-1951President, Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College (now Oklahoma State University)
1950-1951Administrator, Technical Cooperation Administration
1951 (December 22)Killed in a plane crash in Iran.

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COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

The papers of Henry G. Bennett mostly relate to his career as the President of Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College and as the Administrator of the Technical Cooperation Administration. The collection consists of one series, a Subject File, arranged alphabetically by folder title.

The series consists of correspondence, handwritten notes, financial records, memorandums, newspaper clippings, photographs, printed materials and speeches pertaining to Bennett’s career as President of Oklahoma A & M College (later renamed Oklahoma State University) from 1928-1951 and as Administrator of the Technical Cooperation Administration until his death in 1951 while on a trip to Iran. The material related to the death of Bennett was apparently added to the collection by Bennett’s children.

Also included are background materials, correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings, travel permits, itineraries, tickets, receipts, and diary entries related to Bennett’s trips to Europe, Asia and South America from 1949-1951. The trips were designed to promote agricultural education as part of the Technical Cooperation Administration, which was commonly referred to as the Point Four program. The collection contains photos of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia and materials related to the Oklahoma State Symphony and the Regional Council for Education. Also included are letters and other materials related to Bennett’s children from 1951 to 1971.

Related collections include the papers of Benjamin Hardy, the Chief Public Affairs Officer of the Technical Cooperation Administration, who died in the plane crash with Bennett; the papers of Stanley Andrews, Bennett’s successor as TCA Administrator; and the Student Research File, “The Point Four Program: Reaching Out to Help the Less Developed Countries.”

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SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Container Nos. Series
1-4 SUBJECT FILE, 1918-1971
Correspondence, financial records, handwritten notes, memoranda, newspaper clippings, photographs, printed materials, and speeches. Arranged alphabetically.

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FOLDER TITLE LIST

Box 1

  • Bennett, Mrs. Vera
  • Bennett Family Material
  • Books [cross reference sheet]
  • Correspondence—Biographical Data, 1957
  • Correspondence—General, 1933-1971
  • Financial
  • Memorial Publications
  • Miscellaneous [membership cards, etc.]
  • Newspaper Clippings
  • Notes
  • Oklahoma A & M
  • Oklahoma State Symphony
  • Our Oklahoma Heritage by H.G. Bennett
  • Pamphlets
Box 2
  • Photographs
  • Regional Council for Education
  • Religious Material, 1949-1950
  • Scrapbooks, Correspondence from
  • Scrapbooks
      [1 of 7]
      [2 of 7]
      [3 of 7]
      [4 of 7]
Box 3
      [5 of 7]
      [6 of 7]
      [7 of 7]
  • Speech—“A Balance Between Agricultural and Industrial Development"
  • Speech—“We Must Win the Peace”
  • Speeches and Articles
  • Travel—Europe, Fall 1949
      [1 of 3]
Box 4
      [2 of 3]
      [3 of 3]
  • Travel—Europe, North Africa, Asia, Summer 1950
  • Travel—General
  • Travel—South America, January-February 1951

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