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Henry E. Allen papers

Identifier: 292

Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence (1931-1974), speeches, articles and poetry, travel letters, National Council on Religion in Higher Education reports (1929-1931), notes, foreign journals and newspaper articles, photographs, publications, diaries and papers regarding his time as president at Keuka College.


  • 1922-1986


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Use of Materials

Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only.


Requests for permission to quote from the Henry E. Allen papers should be arranged with the University of Minnesota Archives head.

Biographical Sketch of Henry E. Allen (1902-1985)

Henry Elisha Allen was born on June 13, 1902 in Orange, New Jersey. He earned his B.A. from Yale University in 1924, his M.A. in 1929 and Ph.D. in 1930 from the University of Chicago. Before coming to the University of Minnesota, he was an English teacher at the Hill School in Pottstown, PA (1924-1926); a faculty member and director of the Christian Association at Lafayette College in Easton, PA (1930-1941); an exchange professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles, CA (1939-1940); president of Keuka College in Keuka Park, NY (1941-1946); and associate director for the national program of Planned Parenthood (1946-1947). In 1947, Dr. Allen accepted the position as coordinator of students' religious activities and associate professor at the University of Minnesota. He was promoted to professor in 1951. During his tenure at the University of Minnesota, Dr. Allen ensured that all religious denominations were given a chance to express their views and philosophies on campus. He lived by the idea that "all human relations problems would be solved if everyone practiced his religion at its best." Henry Allen retired from the University of Minnesota in 1970 and died on June 27, 1985.


7 boxes (9.1 linear feet)


Collection contains the papers of Henry E. Allen, coordinator of student religious activities and professor at the University of Minnesota.

Other Finding Aid Available

A finding aid with a contents list is available in University Archives.

Source of acquisition

The collection was deposited in University Archives on September 3, 1985. Two additional deposits were made to the collection in 1986.

Related Materials in University Archives

University of Minnesota. Student Religious Activities papers

Henry E. Allen papers, 1922-1986
Karen Spilman
April 2005
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