Skip to main content

Benedict Crowell Papers

Identifier: Spec-Coll-00014

Scope and Contents

The collection consists largely of the war-time papers of Crowell in his capacity as Assistant Secretary of War. Weekly statistical reports of the War Department, some correspondence, departmental bulletins, and reports on various topics related to the army and the war effort comprise the greater part of the collection. The collection is arranged by material type, and within type, arranged chronologically.


  • 1917-1920

Biographical / Historical

Benedict Crowell was born on October 21, 1869 in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Yale University (MA, PhD 1891) and returned to Cleveland where he launched a successful career in steel and mining business concerns, and became active in civic affairs. Crowell achieved the rank of Brigadier General in the U.S. Army, serving as Assistant Secretary of War and Director of Munitions during World War I. After the war he resumed his business career and civic activities in Cleveland. He died there on September 8, 1952 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


10.42 Linear Feet

Benedict Crowell papers
In Progress
Special Collections staff
Description rules
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Kelvin Smith Library Special Collections Repository

Kelvin Smith Library
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland OH 44106-7151 United States