Papers, mainly 1932-1980, of Robert S. Allen, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin School of Journalism best known for his association with Drew Pearson, 1932-1942, in the nationally-syndicated column, "Washington Merry-Go-Round," and for his own column, "Inside Washington," published from 1949 to 1977. The collection includes mimeographed releases of his columns, microfilmed news stories written for the Philadelphia Record (1936-1942), a treatment for a film biography of General George S. Patton with whom Allen had served during World War II, freelance articles, radio scripts, and other writings. Several folders concern Allen's book, Lucky Forward, about the Third Army and the plagiarism suit he brought against Patton biographer Ladislas Farago. An extensive reporter's journal, 1941-1977, documents private conversations and interviews with the nation's leading political figures, 1941-1942 and 1949-1972. The photographs document both Allen's military and journalism careers.
Allen's correspondence, primarily 1949-1980, includes exchanges with publishers, literary agents, military and government officials, and occasional letters from readers. Among the prominent correspondents are James T. Farrell, Leon Henderson, James Henle, Lyndon Johnson, Estes Kefauver, Alf Landon, William Loeb, Pierre Salinger and newspaper syndicate executives such as Robert G. Cowles, Robert M. Hall, Richard Sherry, and W. Robert Walton. Allen's military correspondents include Hugh Hester, Oscar Koch, Douglas MacArthur, and Frank McCarthy. Private papers concern investments in Key West property and a challenge to the broadcast license of station WBAL.
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