MsC 357


Manuscript Register



 Collection dates: 1913 -- 1949

(Bulk dates: 1919 -- 1930)

1 linear foot


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 donated to the University of Iowa Libraries by the School of Journalism in 1977.


Access and Restrictions: This collection is open for research.


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Biographical Note


Arthur Francis Allen (1867 -- 1949) was born in Warren, Illinois. The family moved to Nebraska when Allen was fourteen years old. He attended the University of Nebraska for a year before quitting to learn the printers trade. He apprenticed with the Daily Herald in Fremont, Nebraska, and later with the Tribune. In 1885, Allen found work with the Cedar Rapids Daily Gazette as a typesetter. He was admitted to membership in the Typographical Union in Omaha at the age of nineteen, and from 1887 to 1890 he worked as a journeyman printer in Omaha and the surrounding area.

Allen first began working for the Sioux City Journal in 1889. He moved up the ladder through a number of positions including telegraph news editor, city editor, and managing editor. In 1914, Frank Allen became the paper's editor-in-chief. He remained in that position until his death at age eighty-one.

Although Allen's principal interest was always the newspaper business, he did serve in the army and was a member of the National Guard. Outside of his profession he was involved in amateur photography, music, travel, the outdoors, and birds. He studied and wrote about birds and was a member of the Sioux City Bird Club.

Scope and Contents


The papers of Arthur Francis Allen date from 1913 to 1949 and measure one linear foot. Most of the collection is made up of correspondence, including letters from John Carey, Cyrenus Cole, Jay N. Darling, Ross Hammond, G.M Hitchcock, and R.B. Wylie. There are manuscripts of his speeches, a travel diary, and an article by Allen titled, "Birds of Sioux City and Vicinity." They are open for research.


Box List:


Box 1

Folder title:
1-5) Correspondence with Grace and Walter Marvin, 1917 -- 1941

6) Correspondence with Alex Smith, 1919 -- 1933

Box 2

1-3) Correspondence with Alex Smith 1934 -- 1949

4-6) General Correspondence, 1913 -- 1941, correspondents include:

1) John Carey: 1918 -- 1926

2) Cyrenus Cole (Iowa Congressman): November 30, 1927

3) Jay "Ding" Darling (cartoonist): 1913, 1919 -- 1921,1924-1930

4) Ross Hammond (Nebraska editor): 1915, 1920 -- 1923

5) G. M. Hitchcock (U.S. Senator, Nebraska): November 3, 1925

6) Herbert Quick (author): 1916, 1922 -- 1923, 1925, (photocopies)

7) R.B. Wylie (Professor of Botany, University of Iowa): 1922, (trip to South Pacific)

Box 3

1) Speeches and Manuscripts, 1915 -- 1939

2) "Birds of Sioux City and Vicinity" by A.F. Allen, read before Academy of Science & Letters, March 11, 1919

3) Scrapbook of articles published by A. F. Allen, 1919 -- 1927, primarily editorials from Sioux City Journal, includes index

4) Diary of Summer Journey of A. F. Allen, 1928, a trip to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and vicinities, entries from July 9 to July 26

Lincoln Scrapbook

Clippings about Lincoln from newspapers and magazines, kept between 1898 and 1933, filed after Box 3

Clippings Scrapbook

Clippings taken from newspapers and magazines on various subjects.