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Walter Hinds Allen papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 2056

Scope and Contents

The papers document the wartime activities and family background of Walter Hinds Allen. The bulk of the papers consist of correspondence with Allen's family, especially his parents, Walter and Grace. Much of this correspondence was written during and in the years immediately after the Spanish-American War. Other materials in the papers include photographs of Allen, his family, and his classmates, as well as biographical writings and genealogical charts of the Allen and related families. Materials date from 1869 to 2016, with the bulk of the materials from 1894 to 1920.

Dates

  • 1894 - 2016
  • Majority of material found within 1894 - 1920

Creator

Language of Materials

The material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Alice Wiltrout Moffa, 2016.

Arrangement

Arranged into three series: I. Correspondence, 1894-1901. II. Photographs, 1895-1896. III. Biographical and genealogical materials, 1895-2016.

Extent

3.42 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.2056

Overview

The papers document the wartime activities and family background of Walter Hinds Allen. The bulk of the papers consist of correspondence with Allen's family, especially his parents, Walter and Grace. Much of this correspondence was written during and in the years immediately after the Spanish-American War. Other materials in the papers include photographs of Allen, his family, and his classmates, as well as biographical writings and genealogical charts of the Allen and related families. Materials date from 1869 to 2016, with the bulk of the materials from 1894 to 1920.

Biographical / Historical

Walter Hinds Allen was born on January 9, 1875 in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts to Walter Allen, a journalist. He attended Yale College (1895) and the Sheffield Scientific School (1896). Allen also worked on a Ph.D in Mathematics at the Yale Graduate School from 1895 to 1898, but he left school to participate in the Spanish-American War. He served with the Connecticut Naval Militia from 1896 to 1898 and from 1902 to 1903. He also served in the United States Navy from June to September of 1898. He continued his career in the Navy when he was commissioned as a Civil Engineer with the rank of Lieutenant in 1906 and eventually achieved the rank of Captain. For much of his career, he worked as a public works officer in which he led engineering projects at various naval bases and yards, including the Philadelphia Naval Yard, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Brooklyn Naval Yard, in Brooklyn, New York, and the Twelfth Naval District in San Francisco, California. He also participated in the building of the Montauk Point, Bay Shore, and Rockaway, Long Island aviation stations, all located in New York. He died in San Francisco, California on April 19, 1938.
Title
Guide to the Walter Hinds Allen Papers
Status
Completed
Author
compiled by Christy Tomecek
Date
January 2017
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
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