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Lyman H. Bennett papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 996
Predominately Fifth Judicial District Court of Montana with some Montana Supreme Court and other district courts. Documents are arranged alphabetically by the last name of the first plaintiff cited and in instances where a civil authority is the plaintiff, the document is arranged by the last name of the first defendant cited. Some documents are undated.


  • 1870-1961


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Bennett family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.


28 boxes (14 linear ft.)


Official and family correspondence, legal documents, speeches, genealogical materials, notes, and miscellaneous items. The bulk of the collection dates from 1930 to 1958 and deals with the law practice and judgeship of Lyman H. Bennett. Also included are many materials that deal with Alden J. Bennett, a prominent banker and mayor of Virginia City, Montana.

Biographical History

Montana judge and lawyer.


Collection is divided into 7 series: 1. Correspondence from the law practice and judgeship of Lyman H. Bennett; 2. General Bennett family correspondence, 1870-1960; 3. Miscellaneous Bennett family papers, correspondence, and legal papers, 1870-1959; 4. Town papers of Bearcreek, Montana, 1926-1947; 5. Bennet family albums, photographs, and negatives, circa 1901; 6. Hotel registers, 1904-1913; and 7. Oversize Bennet family mementos, photographs and documents, 1872-1956.

Other Finding Aids

While this finding aid provides only a series and sub-series level description, a more detailed finding aid is available in print at the L.Tom Perry Special Collections reference desk.
Other Finding Aids Item-level inventory available online.


Collection provides historical information and documents about the Lyman H. Bennett family and ancestors who contributed to the settling of the West, thereby meeting the subject collecting criteria of 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information

Processed; 1998.
Register of Lyman H. Bennett papers
Processed under the direction of the Curator of 20th & 21st Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
Description rules
Language of description
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Revision Statements

  • 2009 February 27: GilEADized to correct small errors. Updated to DACS and CCLA compliance by Elisabeth Cannon.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States