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George Allen collection

Identifier: L003

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the copies of papers from George Allen in Indiana ranging from 1851 to 1895. The bulk of the collection is made up of correspondence between George Allen and his family, from 1856 to 1870, while the Allen family moved to Iowa, Missouri and Kansas. There is also an account book (1866-1889) kept by George Allen for a general store. The collection also contains a cash book, also kept by Allen, in which he records all cash received and paid out. It is dated throughout the book and also has page numbers. As pages are not dated consecutively, the cash book has been arranged by page numbers.


  • 1851-1895


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

The Allen family came to Morgan County, Indiana from North Carolina about 1825, and settled near Gasburg. There is evidence that the family may have been Quakers, but many of their children may have converted the Methodism.

George Allen was born in 1836 in Morgan County, Indiana. He was the oldest child of fifteen children born to Charles Allen and his second wife, Sarah (Jones) Allen. He also had three older half-sisters. Allen married Mary Weesner and together their family moved from Indiana to Kansas around 1869 but decided to return to Indiana around 1870. George Allen died in Indiana in 1895.

Asa Allen, George's brother, spent some years working in Iowa, Kansas, and Colorado, until finally deciding to settle in Orange County, California around 1886. He remained there until his death in 1914.

George Allen's brothers Alfred and William moved to Kansas from Indiana. Harvey Allen also moved to Kansas, but returned to Indiana and lived near Mooresville until his death in the 1930s. His brother Enos Allen was a U.S. Civil War veteran, who remained in Monrovia, Indiana.


0.5 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 half manuscript box)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Mrs. Alfred Reitzel on 1969/08/19.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed February 2005 by Jennifer Duplaga. EAD finding aid updated 2021/07/30 by Lauren Patton. EAD finding aid revised 2024/05/14 by Brittany Kropf.
George Allen collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.