MsC 337


Manuscript Register




Collection dates: 1910 -- 1975

(Bulk dates: 1941 -- 1952)

1.5 ft.


This document describes a collection of materials held by the
Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1420
Phone: 319-335-5921
Fax: 319-335-5900


Posted to the Internet: April 2002


Acquisition Note: These papers were given to the University of Iowa Libraries in 1976 by Mr. Allen's widow, Mrs. Frances W. Allen.


Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.


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Biographical Note

Born in 1913, Iowa City, Iowa, native Sewell Ellyson Allen graduated from high school in Onawa, Iowa. He returned to Iowa City to attend law school, receiving his degree in 1939. Two years later, Allen was elected as a Democrat to Iowa's state legislature. He was defeated in the following election for a senate seat. In 1946, he was a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1952, he ran for lieutenant governor, only to be defeated once again.

He remained active in the state's Democratic Party and for a long time was the Monona County Democratic Chairman. From 1963 through 1965 he served as the Monona county attorney and from 1965 through 1967 he worked in the Iowa attorney general's office. Sewell E. Allen died in 1975, at the age of sixty-two.

Scope and Contents

The papers of Sewell E. Allen are arranged chronologically within an alphabetical sequence and are housed in three boxes measuring 1.5 linear feet. Correspondence dating from 1910 to 1975 makes up the bulk of the papers. It deals with the business and political career of Allen, and with family life and conditions during the 1920s and World War II. Some of the letters were written by George E. Allen, father of Sewell Allen. His political career is documented with campaign material, financial records, speeches, and news clippings. They are open for research and information on literary rights is available in the repository.



Box List:


Box 1

Campaign Material: 1941 -- 1952

Correspondence: 1910 -- 1929, 1938, 1940 -- February 14, 1941 (7 folders)

Box 2

Correspondence: February 15, 1941 -- 1948 (10 folders)

Box 3

Correspondence: 1950, 1961 -- 1975 (3 folders)

Delashmutt, Ernest. Democratic candidate for Supervisor: 1954

Financial Records: 1944 -- 1949

Newsclippings--S. E. Allen: 1928 -- 1941

Newsclippings--General: 1940 -- 1952

Speeches, Columns, News Releases: 1943 -- 1952

Scrapbook: 1941




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