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Dwight W. Bensend papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: RS 9/14/72

Scope and Content

The collection (1943-2007) contains professional correspondence, biographical information, retirement, and dedication documents. The collection also contains materials from Dr. Bensend’s work with the University of Kentucky Contract Team in Indonesia, and eight publications by Dr. Bensend that focus on his work with forestry and wood products.


  • 1943-2007

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Dwight W. Bensend was born on March 3, 1913 in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin. He received his B.S. (1937) and Ph. D. (1942) from the University of Minnesota. He began his career at the University of Minnesota as a Teaching Assistant (1937-1938) and Instructor (1938-1942). Bensend worked as a Technologist (1942-1944) at the United States Forest Products Lab. He then accepted a position as an Associate Professor (1944-1947) at Utah State College. In 1947, He joined the faculty at Iowa State University as a Professor (1947-1978). Bensend retired in from Iowa State in 1978.

Bensend was a member of several professional associations including the Forest Products Research Society, Society of Wood Science and Technology, International Association of Wood Anatamists, and American Wood Preservers Association. He also belonged to the Iowa Academy of Science, Society of American Foresters, Gamma Sigma Delta, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Osborne Research Club, and Xi Sigma Pi. Bensend also served with Indonesia AID (1961-1962) as a member of the University of Kentucky Contract Team in Bogor, Indonesia.

Bensend married Marguerite and they had three children: Winifred, Betty, and Mary.


0.42 Linear Feet (1 Document Box)

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The collection is organized Alphabetically.

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

RS 9/14/72. Dwight W. Bensend papers, 1943-2007
April 10, 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

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