Benjamin West papers, circa 1829 - 1831Manuscript MS-1283

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Benjamin West papers, circa 1829 - 1831

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1283

Collection Dates:

circa 1829 - 1831

Size of Collection:

1 box (.25 linear ft.)


Benjamin West (1812-1847), lawyer. Dartmouth College Class of 1833. The collection contains a journal and pen and ink drawings by West.

Access to Collection:


Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

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Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The papers of Benjamin West contain a journal he kept while a student at Dartmouth College, as well as pen and ink drawings by West. In the journal, started when he was a seventeen year old freshman, West chronicles his daily activities and those of his family. The sketches depict scenes, some with quotes, from books by Charles Dickens, including Oliver Twist and The Pickwick Papers.


Benjamin West was born on May 15, 1812, in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1833, and from Harvard Law School in 1836. After graduation he went into practice in Rochester, Illinois. In 1840, West went into wool manufacturing and in 1846, he represented Sangamon County in the Illinois legislature until his death. West died on June 23, 1847 in Rochester, Illinois.

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 1, Papers, circa 1829-1831

Access Restrictions


Box: 1, Dates: circa 1829-1831

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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Journal, 1829-1831
  • Folder: 2, Pen and ink and pencil sketches, undated
  • Folder: 3, West family tree, undated

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