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Nathaniel T. Allen collection

 Collection
Call Number: GEN MSS 1401

Scope and Contents

The collection contains correspondence, writings, and other papers of educator and social reformer Nathaniel T. Allen, and biographical and research materials about him. Manuscripts in each series are accompanied by additional photocopied materials, some annotated by an unidentified researcher; for most, locations of originals are unidentified.

Correspondence with family, colleagues, and students, 1846-1902, includes letters from Allen to his family, 1851, about travel from Charleston, South Carolina, to New Orleans, Louisiana, with observations on slavery and other impressions of the South; letters to Allen from colleagues, 1865, about his acquittal on charges of assaulting and causing the death of a student; and condolence letters following the death of his daughter, Sarah Caroline Allen Cooney (1861-1897).

Notebooks include student notes from the State Normal School (Bridgewater, Mass.), 1845-1846, about arithmetic, algebra, geometry, physiology, geography, and grammar, and the Rensselaer Institute, 1847, about botany and chemistry; teaching notes relating to the Model School in West Newton, 1852-1853; notes, accounts, and a scrapbook from travel in Europe and research on education in Germany, 1869-1871; and catalogs of his library and mineral specimens, undated. Other writings include a draft biography of Irish social reformer and suffragist Frances Power Cobbe, undated; and notes, articles, and speeches, 1869-1902 and undated, relating to education, politics, religion, travel, and other subjects.

Biographical materials include memoirs by Allen, 1884 and undated; biographical sketches from published reference sources, 1890-1929; a typescript eulogy by Julian Clifford Jaynes, minister of the First Unitarian Society in West Newton; obituaries; and other articles about Allen and the West Newton English and Classical School, 1853-1993.

Other papers include real estate deeds and maps for properties owned by Allen and his family in West Newton and Medfield, Massachusetts, 1840s-1911; financial accounts with James Theodore Allen, Joseph Addison Allen, and others, 1843-1893; a photograph of a school picnic, 1892, and reproductions of photographs of Allen, 1840s and undated; printed material including advertisements for Pinehurst Resort, North Carolina, 1897-1898 and undated; and a small amount of notes and research material by an unidentified researcher, 2009 and undated.

Dates

  • 1834 - 2009
  • Majority of material found within 1843 - 1903

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Nathaniel T. Allen Collection is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopied materials may be reproduced, except when otherwise noted on photocopy.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from M & S Rare Books on the Jockey Hollow Fund, 2012.

Arrangement

Organized into five series: I. Correspondence, 1846-1902. II., Notebooks, 1843-1871. III. Other Writings, 1869-1902. IV. Biographical Materials, 1834-1993. V. Other Papers, 1840s-2009.

Extent

1.54 Linear Feet (5 boxes + 1 broadside)

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/beinecke.allen

Overview

The collection contains correspondence, writings, and other papers of educator and social reformer Nathaniel T. Allen, and biographical and research materials about him. Manuscripts in each series are accompanied by additional photocopied materials, some annotated by an unidentified researcher; for most, locations of originals are unidentified.

Biographical / Historical

Nathaniel T. (Nathaniel Topliff) Allen (1823-1903) was an American educator and social reformer. Allen graduated from the State Normal School (Bridgewater, Mass.) in 1845, and attended the Rensselaer Institute (later Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) in 1847. During 1848-1853, he was principal of the Model School in West Newton, Massachusetts, which was associated with the State Normal School at West Newton (later Framingham State University), founded by Horace Mann, Secretary of the Massachusetts State Board of Education. Allen founded the West Newton English and Classical School in 1854, and served as its director until 1900. Teachers at the West Newton English and Classical School included Allen’s wife, Caroline Swift Bassett Allen (1830-1915); his brothers George Ellis Allen (1817-1888), Joseph Addison Allen (1819-1904), and James Theodore Allen (1831-1900); and his daughters, Fanny Bassett Allen (1857-1913) and Lucy Ellis Allen (1867-1943), who also founded the Misses Allen School in West Newton in 1904. Nathaniel T. Allen was an advocate of social reforms including abolition and women’s suffrage, and his educational reforms and innovations included kindergarten, co-education of boys and girls, racial integration, and study of natural science and physical fitness.
Title
Guide to the Nathaniel T. Allen Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Karen Spicher
Date
2016 February
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Contact:
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Location

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Access Information

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