Fonds MSS 45 - Lillian Allen fonds

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Lillian Allen fonds

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3.25 m of textual records and other materials. [Includes 619 photographs; 425 slides; 1 video cassette; 12 audio cassettes.]

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Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1904, Lillian Allen was the only daughter of Sarah Estelle ("Sadie") Harper and Frank Allen (1874-1965), who was the first Professor of Physics at the University of Manitoba. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba in 1926 and her Master of Science degree from Syracuse University in 1947. Allen began teaching in the Faculty of Agriculture and Home Economics of the University of Manitoba in 1934 and retired as Associate Professor in 1971. Her professional interest pertained to art in relation to daily living and the beauty of natural structure. After retirement she furthered her reputation as a nature photographer.

Custodial history

The collection was donated to the University of Manitoba by L.B. Allen in several instalments beginning 20 September 1978. The final accession was donated by L. B. Allen's brother, Jack Allen, in 1995. Accessions included in the 2000 revised register are as follows: A90-34, A90-61, A91-15, A91-18, A91-51, A92-8, A92-31, A92-36 and A95-04.

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The collection contains the "diaries" (yearly journals), travel books and correspondence (mostly letters received) of L.B. Allen, along with miscellaneous mementos, news clippings, and drafts and copies of her published work. There are also materials about the correspondence of the Allen and Harper families, with drafts and copies of (mostly non-scientific) articles by Frank Allen. With the 1995 accrual, a number of nature and travel slides were added to the photograph collection. The collection also contains corresponding text used by L. B. Allen in slide shows, as well as design lectures.

Boxes 16, 17, and 18, as well as Box 2 of the photograph collection and one slide binder, contain material from the 1995 accrual. Other material from this accrual is integrated into the previously existing collection. Eight tape cassettes were also added.

The bulk of the 1046 items are photographs of Miss Allen, family members, friends and colleagues, of whom many were connected with the University of Manitoba. There are a few photographs of places, and some drawings by Miss Allen and others. The albums also contain some memorabilia and newsclippings. Most items in the albums are identified and dated. There also are a few enlargements of photographs which appeared in her published book, Frost. Most of the 195 slides are a sample of Miss Allen's slide shows, which she presented on numerous occasions throughout the country.

Separated from the collection are numerous family photographs, nature and travel slides (PC 42) and several tape cassettes (TC 28). The slides housed in the photograph collection are a representative sample of what was donated.

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Access to correspondence concerning the Allen Family Endowment Fund is restricted (Box 16, Folder 11).

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No further accruals are expected.

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Inventory prepared by A. E. Millward; Lisa Friesen (2000)
Finding aid encoded by Julianna Trivers (January 2003)
Edited by Mary Grace P. Golfo on 21 February 2017.

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