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William Francis Allen Correspondence and Biography

Identifier: M278

Scope and Contents

Collection contains biography and correspondence of William Francis Allen.


  • 1867-1923


Language of Materials

Material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

William Francis Allen was an American classical scholar and an editor of the first book of American slave songs; pioneer in the teaching of history by a topical system of study and reading the original sources. He graduated Harvard College (1851) and later he traveled and studied in Europe. A Unitarian, he considered the ministry before deciding to pursue a literary and scholarly career. In 1856, he became assistant principal at the English and Classical School in West Newton, Mass. During the Civil War (1863-1864) he and his wife, Mary Lambert Allen, ran a school for newly emancipated slaves on the Sea Islands of South Carolina. Later worked (1864-1865) as a sanitary agent among black war refugees in Ark. After the Civil War, he taught at Antioch College, and in 1867 became professor of ancient languages and history (afterwards Latin language and Roman history) at the University of Wisconsin (Madison). He died in December 1889.


1 envelope(s) (37 items)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; Allen E. Inman; 1998.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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