John Prentice Allen Papers, 1918-1992  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Allen, John Prentice
Title
John Prentice Allen Papers
Dates
1918-1992 (inclusive)
1930s-1970s (bulk)
Quantity
10 linear feet, (9 record cartons, 3 manuscript boxes)
Collection Number
WCMss.351
Summary
The John Prentice Allen Paper, which date from 1930 to 1979, contains correspondence, travel brochures and concert programs, work-related records, and documents relating to military service.
Repository
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Penrose Library, Room 130
345 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA
99362
Telephone: 509-527-5922
Fax: 509-526-4785
archives@whitman.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

John Prentice Allen was born November 26, 1918, in Seattle, Washington to Rudolph and Anna Farrar Allen. He attended schools in Seattle and Aberdeen, Washington and graduated from Roosevelt High School in Seattle in 1936. He attended Whitman College, the University of Hawaii at Honolulu, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Kentucky at Lexington. He was a clerical worker at Whitman College from 1946 to 1950. He received a bachelor's degree from the University of Washington, and in 1952 received a master's degree in librarianship from the University of Washington. John also served during World War II in the U.S. Navy as a Japanese language officer. He was a librarian at Central Washington University in Ellensburg between 1952 and 1965, when he moved to Washington State University. He retired in 1981. He was a co-owner of the Hilltop Restaurant and Motel at Pullman. He died June 25, 1991.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The John Prentice Allen Papers includes correspondence between John and his parents and friends, and material describing travel and entertainment experiences. This collection, which dates from 1930 through 1979, also holds records of his career in library administration, genealogical materials relating to his family, and Japanese language materials relating to his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  Correspondence, 1932-1989Return to Top

The majority of this series is correspondence between Allen and his parents, Rudolph and Anna.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 10
Letters from Allen's mother Anna "Muddie" Farrar Allen
1945
1 11
Letters from Allen's mother Anna "Muddie" Farrar Allen
Includes two letters Allen wrote to his parents in 1934
1945
1 12
Letters from Allen's mother Anna "Muddie" Farrar Allen
1944
1 13
Letters from Allen's mother Anna "Muddie" Farrar Allen
1944
1 14
Letters from Allen's father Rudolph Allen
1942-1949
1 15
Letters from Allen's friend "Fritz" from Germany
1934-1938
1 16
Correspondence from relatives
circa 1932-1946
1 17
Correspondence from family and friends
circa 1940-1945
1 18
Correspondence with mother, Anna Allen
1941-1947
1 19
Letters from mother, Anna Allen
1947
1 20
Letters from mother, Anna Allen
1948
1 21
Letters from mother, Anna Allen
1950
1 22
Family correspondence
1952-1955
2 1
Correspondence, family and friends
circa 1945-1955
2 8
Correspondence: Family and friends
1947-1948
3 8
Family correspondence
1942
3 9
Family correspondence
1943
4 4
Correspondence between Allen and Whitman College and some academic documents
circa 1941-1951
5 1
Family correspondence
1952-1959
4 2
Correspondence relating to employment
1947-1950
4 3
Correspondence with friends and associates
1949-1950
7 24
Rudolph Allen correspondence
1959-1969
7 1-3
Family correspondence and postcards (3 folders)
circa 1960s-1980s
7 8
Correspondence re: Allen bequest to Whitman College
1989
7 9
ACLU correspondence
1976
10 1-2
Get well cards for Rudolph Allen following an accident (2 folders)
1969
10 7
Correspondence with parents and friends
circa 1960s
10 12
Family correspondence
1969-1970
10 13
Correspondence between Allen and friends
Various
10 14
Correspondence received by Allen during illness
1932
10 19
Miscellaneous correspondence
circa 1945-1949
1 4
Holiday greeting cards
Undated
3 1
Scrapbook of post cards
Undated
10 29
Correspondence between John Allen and parents
1939
10 30
Correspondence between John Allen and parents
1940
10 31
Correspondence between John Allen and parents
1941
10 32
Correspondence between John Allen and parents
1942
10 33
Correspondence between John Allen and parents
1943
10 34
Correspondence between John Allen and parents
1944
10 35
Correspondence between John Allen and parents
1944
10 36
Correspondence between John Allen and parents
1945-1949

Series 2:  Educational and employment materials, 1919-1965Return to Top

Materials relating to John Allen's educational career, including high school and college yearbooks and a draft of his master thesis from the University of Washington. Records from his library career at Central Washington State and Washington State Universities are included.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 2
Seattle Public Schools Special Certificate in Music
1928-1930
1 3
Seattle Public Library Vacation Reading Club
1931
1 6
Certificates of Advancement in schools and report cards
circa 1928
1 8
Cradle roll certificates Seattle First Baptist Sunday School
1919
3 5
Roosevelt High School graduation announcement
1936
5
Roosevelt High School yearbooks
1933-1936
5
The Hyakem, Central Washington College of Education yearbooks
1956-1958
7
The Hyakem, Central Washington University yearbooks
1958, 1965
Folder
11 3
Draft of Allen's Master of Librarianship thesis
1952
7 6
Bibliography of Lectures delivered at Oxford University
1952
7 7
"The Introduction and Development of Writing in Japan", a paper by John P. Allen
1950
6 4-6
University of Washington Library School materials (3 folders)
circa 1952
10 7
Diplomas from University of Washington
1952
10 13
Colorado University Sigma Chi information
1948-1949
10 20
Seattle public school records
1932-1936
10 13
U. of Washington library program documents and employment letters
1952
10 16
Application for Rhodes Scholarship
1947

Series 3:  Travel and entertainment materials, 1906-1982Return to Top

Travel brochures, concert programs, events, scrapbooks of travel

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 5
Concert program Central Washington College of Education
January 29, 1958
2 4
Central Washington College Commencement programs
1953-1959
2 7
Travel brochures and receipts
Various
2 9
Ellensburg sports car rally
1957-1958
2 10
Map of Alaska (Alaska Steamship Company)
Undated
3 4
Musical and theatre programs
Undated
4 2
Concert and theatre programs
circa 1930s-1940sUndated
1 1
Church service programs
circa 1930s-1940s
4 3
Travel tickets and receipts
Undated
6 14
Ship passenger rate sheets
1906
6 11
Lions Club Quartet scrapbook of Rudolph Allen
circa 1926
6 15
Enchanters Quartet photographs and publicity (Rudolph Allen)
1929
6 17
Chinese restaurant menu
Undated
7 27
John Allen passport and travel information
circa 1980
9 8
Travel itinerary and brochures
1982
7 10
Travel log
1969
10 11
Travel itinerary and brochures
1982

Series 4:  Personal items, family memorabilia, and genealogical materials, 1857-1990Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Ancestors and descendants of Benjamin Gregory and Abigail Starr Sanford
1951
1 7
Service award American Red Cross (Mrs. Rudolph Gregory Allen)
Undated
1 9
Pencil drawing of nude
Undated
2 2
Bill receipts
Various
2 3
Musical score books
Undated
2 5
Simplified Swedish Grammar by Edwin Vickner
Undated
1
Genealogical chart showing ancestry of Anna Clough Farrar
Undated
Folder
2 11
Financial records, bank, investments
Undated
3
Expense ledger
1937-1938
Folder
3 2
Newspaper clippings, random
circa 1940s
3 6
Two photographs of Allen; Librarians of CES
1936, 1954
4 9
Certificate of membership Longfellow Society
Undated
4 10
Diary
1934-1935
4 6
University of Washington academic papers
1948-1952
4 7
Income and tax information
1940-1942
4 8
Music manuscripts
circa 1932
4 4
Here and There in United States History, by John Dukes McKee
United States map.
1956
4 5
Ellensburg Telephone Co. receipts
1956-1957
4 6
Postcards
Undated
4 7
National Bank of Washington statements
1958
1 8
Stenotype instruction materials
Undated
5
Boy Scout First Aid Kit
Undated
5
Two boxes matchbook collection and miscellaneous collectibles
Undated
Folder
5 1
Copy of New York Herald (Lincoln assassination)
April 15, 1865
5 2
Copy of New York Chronicle
October 17, 1857
5 3
Milwaukee Monthly Magazine
July 1874 and November 1874
5 4
Little Corporal, vol. XX, no.2
February 1875
5 5
Rudolph Allen obituary, memorial book and other memorabilia of Hawaii trip
1969
5 6
Letter to Pullman mayor re property dispute
March 15, 1977
10 7-9
Central Washington State College library correspondence (3 files)
circa 1950-1960s
5 10
American Civil Liberties Union celebration program
December 12, 1981
6 12
Hugh Johnson's Pocket Encyclopedia of Wine
1977
6
The Oxford Self-Pronouncing Bible (gift to John Allen in 1935)
1897
6
Holy Bible (S.S. Teacher's edition) - Inscribed to Mary J. Clough
1891
6
Manuscript - "The Destiny of Personality" by Allan Alden McRea
1921
6
Since Spindletop: A Human story of Gulf's first half-century by Craig Thompson
1952
Folder
6 18
Graduation and wedding announcements
Various
6 1
Papers relating to the estate of Anna Allen
1978
6 2
Memorial service for Anna Allen
1977
7 19
Roosevelt High School 50th reunion files
1986
7 22
John P. Allen retirement documents
1981
7 23
S.W. Willard & Co. re: postage stamp collection
1990
7 25
Rudolph Allen certificate for service
May 17, 1968
1 26
Genealogical chart - Clough and Farrar families, Society of Colonial Dames
Undated
8
Anna Farrar Allen diaries, journals, correspondence, and travel brochures
Various
9
Rotary Club Pictorial History, University District, Seattle
1939-1968
9
Daily Reminder
1943
Folder
9 8
Correspondence re: Allen's bequest to Whitman College
February 15-17, 1989
7 11
Baby book of John Allen including photo with mother
1919
7 12
Documents pertaining to sale of property in Kittitas County, Washington
1965
7 13
Marriage certificate, invitation to wedding of Anna Farrar and Rudolph Allen
1917
7 14
Marriage certificate of John P. Farrar and Florence B. Clough
1890
7 15
World War I medallion and other keepsakes of Anna Farrar "Muddie" Allen
Undated
9
Small box with announcements of John Allen's birth and congratulatory cards
1918
10
Miscellaneous diaries of Allen and Farrar families
Various
10
J.P. Farrar passport (in small box)
Undated
10
Ledger book of investment transactions
Undated
10
Two framed photographs of John P. Allen in military dress
circa 1940s
Folder
9 12
Inventory of Rudolph Allen's art work
Undated
10 14
"Highlights of European Beer Industry" by Quentin J. Talbot (manuscript)
May 12, 1958
10
Slide rule
Undated
Folder
10 3
Post Cards and envelopes (empty) probably saved for Allen's stamp hobby
Various
10 4
"A Tribute to Mother" pamphlet by F.D. van Amburgh (contains photos of John Allen's mother "Muddie"
1923
11 5
Holiday greeting cards
Various
10 6
Boy Scout and Cub Scout badges
circa 1930s
10 8
Map and addresses of movie star homes
Undated
10 9
Birthday and other greeting cards
Various
10 11
Sympathy notes and cards upon the death of Rudolph Allen
1969
10 16
Banking records
circa 1960s
10 17
Honda 450 motorcycle owners manual
Undated
12
Anna Farrar "My Commencement" memorabilia from school in Colorado
circa 1900
12
Pocket-size books: Book of Common Prayer, Japanese-English dictionaries, New Testament, "The Fairy Album",
Undated
Folder
11 1-2
Biographical sketch of Bradley Tillinghast and other family genealogical materials of Anna Farrar Allen. (2 folders)
Undated
10 8
"Stuff and Junk" collected by J.P.A., humorous limericks and poems
Undated
10 9
Calling cards and various forms of identification
Undated
10 11
Certified copies of birth certificate John P. Allen
November 26, 1918
10 12
Telegrams
circa 1950
10 15
Mutual Life Insurance Co. correspondence
1939
10 17
Papers regarding purchase of 1940 Chevrolet
1941
10 18
Musical programs and newspaper clippings
1947
10 21
University National Bank records
circa 1950
10 22
Snapshots of John Allen
circa 1940s
10 23
University of Washington Daily newspaper
May 2, 1950
10 24
Social Security receipts
1937-1940
10 25
Insurance documents
1952
10 26
Photographs of construction project at University of Washington
1961
10 27
Jokes and humorous stories
Undated
10 28
Descriptive depictions of sexual intercourse
Undated

Series 5:  Materials related to employment, business, and military service, 1940-1980 Return to Top

Some material included in this series is foreign language material relating to Allen's work in the military translating Japanese.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 6
Naval communication bulletin
January 1951
2
Kaigun Tokuhon (The Navy Reader)
circa 1940
2
Japanese Military and Technical Terms pamphlets
circa 1940
Folder
3 1
Gleanings from the Book of Books, by Alfred Irving Ludlow, translated into Korean
Undated
3 3
Lessons in Shoso (Japanese language text)
1943
3 7
Three spiral notebooks (appear to be shorthand)
Undated
4 4
Navy materials (maps, language studies)
circa 1940
5
Three Japanese vocabulary books
circa 1940
Folder
6 3
Humorous work-related materials
circa 1960s
7 4-5
Hilltop Development Corporation Documents (2 folders)
circa 1980s
6 1-8
Internal memos and personnel correspondence, WSU library (multiple folders)
circa 1970s
9 9
Newspaper article from Pullman, WA on WSU faculty collective bargaining plan
Undated
9 10
John P. Allen employment documents
Various
11 14
John Allen military papers (Navy)
circa 1940s
10 10
Employment memos and correspondence at Whitman College
1946-1950

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Librarians
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Personal Names :
  • Allen, Anna Farrar
  • Allen, Rudolph Gregory
  • Corporate Names :
  • Whitman College