The Benjamin Polk collection spans the years 1938-1993 and is comprised of his scrapbooks. The collection contains photographs,
correspondence, Polk's writings, and news clippings, primarily about Polk's projects. The scrapbooks also include some personal
papers, such as biographical information, correspondence, and material about his music.
Benjamin Kauffman Polk was born in 1916 in Des Moines, Iowa. He attended Amherst College, the University of Chicago, and studied
structural engineering at Iowa State University. In 1952 he earned an equivalent master's degree from the School of Planning,
Gordon Square, London, in the field of Research in Regional Development. Polk served in the U.S. Army from 1942 until 1946,
and married Emily De Spain, poet, artist, and designer in 1946.
All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from materials in the collection should be discussed with the
Collection is open for research.