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Allen W. Stokes Papers, 1924-1994

Overview of the Collection

Stokes, Allen W.
Allen W. Stokes Papers
1924-1994 (inclusive)
1976-1994 (bulk)
8 boxes, (2 linear feet)
Collection Number
Mostly ongoing correspondence from Allen Stokes to family members.
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
Access Restrictions

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Allen Woodruff Stokes was born September 16, 1914 in Germantown, Pennsylvania. His family belonged to the Quaker faith (Society of Friends) and his early schooling was at private institutions of Quaker affiliation: Germantown Friends School and Haverford. He attended Harvard in the 1940s and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying wildlife management with Aldo Leopold.

In 1952, Allen accepted a position as professor in the Forestry School at Utah State Agricultural College. He received a National Science Foundation fellowship for 1958-59, and used it to study animal behavior in England. In 1959, he organized and was president of the Animal Behavior Society in Logan. In 1975, Allen was the first professor from the College of Natural Resources to receive a Robins Award for Teacher of the Year. He was an active participant in the Bridgerland Audubon Society and helped found the Utah Audubon Council in 1985. Allen was also a member of the Logan Forestry Board, and he created the Allen Stokes Conservation Award to recognize people or organizations who made substantial contributions toward conservation.

Allen was involved in many organizations on campus and in the community at large, including United Way, Friends of the Cache Libraries, Hospice of Cache Valley, Planned Parenthood and the Gay Lesbian Alliance. He helped found the Logan Friends Meeting, Society of Friends in 1965.

On June 23, 1945, he married Alice Harper and together they had Allen Jr. and Susan. In later years, their nieces Julie and Jane came to live with them. Allen died at his Logan home July 28, 1996.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Family correspondence, newspaper clippings, commentary of family letters, a videotaped interview, and Allen W. Stokes's memoirs. 1924-1994.

Family correspondence includes letters written by Allen W. Stokes to his parents, Lelia and Francis; to his wife, Alice; to his sister and husband, Alison and Paul; to his son, Allen W. Stokes Jr.; and to his nieces, Jane and Julie Harper. The letters are dated between 1924 and 1993. Stokes also includes his own comments regarding the correspondence.

Also included in this collection is a videotaped interview of Allen W. Stokes from Channel 12. The interview took place on September 22, 1994. A copy of Stokes' memoirs is found within the collection.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Allen W. Stokes Papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Allen W. Stokes Papers USU_COLL MSS 215, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 215, USUSCA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Video tape of channel 12 interview with Allen Stokes 1994 September 22
1 2 A Wonderful Life Memoirs of Allen W. Stokes 1994 June 1994
1 3 Commentary by Allen Stokes regarding family letters Undated
1 4-8 Allen W. Stokes to his mother Lelia W. and his father Francis J. Stokes 1924-1973
1 9 Allen W. Stokes to Doreen Canaday 1936-1938
1 10 Newspaper clippings Undated
2 1 Alice H. Stokes (wife) to Lelia W. Stokes (mother) 1944-1973
2 2 Alice H. Stokes to family, Alison and Paul, and mother 1958-1991
3 1-4 Allen W. Stokes to Allen W. Stokes Jr. 1964-1993
4 1 Allen W. Stokes to Jane Harper (niece) and other children Undated
5 1-3 Jane Harper (niece) to Alice H. Stokes Undated
6 1 Allen W. Stokes to Jules (Julie) Harper (niece) 1976
6 2 Correspondence 1977
6 3 Correspondence 1978
6 4 Correspondence 1979
6 5 Correspondence 1980
6 6 Correspondence 1981
6 7 Correspondence 1982
6 8 Correspondence 1983
6 9 Correspondence 1984
6 10 Correspondence 1985
6 11 Correspondence 1986
6 12 Correspondence 1987
6 13 Correspondence 1988
6 14 Correspondence 1989
6 15 Correspondence 1990
6 16 Correspondence 1991
6 17 Correspondence 1992
6 18 Correspondence 1993
6 19 Correspondence Undated