Papers of the William F. Allen family, primarily 1838-1923, a nineteenth century academic family. The collection contains journals, correspondence, and writings. Papers are mainly of William Francis Allen and his second wife Margaret Andrews Allen, as well as some papers of their children, Katherine, Andrews, William Ware, and Philip Loring. The writings of William Francis document his personal life including a trip to Europe (1854-1856); and his professional career as a Freedmen's teacher in St. Helena Island, South Carolina, including several Negro spirituals and a couple of photographs, (1863-1864); as an agent for the Sanitary Commission in Arkansas (1864-1865); and as professor of ancient languages at Antioch College (1865) and then of history and ancient languages at the University of Wisconsin (1867-1889). Margaret's papers include articles for and about children, and correspondence. The family papers also include genealogical information on the Allens, the Clarkes, and the Wares, as well as cartes-de-visite portraits of family members.
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