Guide to the Willis Boyd Allen Scrapbook, 1873-1884
Collection number: MS 232
About Willis Boyd Allen
Willis Boyd Allen was born at Kittery Point, Me., July 9, 1855, attended Boston Latin
School, and graduated from Harvard in 1878 and from Boston University Law School
with an LL.B. degree in 1881. After practicing law for a short period he retired in
1888 to devote his time to writing. His work appeared in many magazines, including
Atlantic Monthly, Century, Scribner's, Harper's, Lippincott's,
Munsey's and North
American Review. From 1881 to 1893 he was editor of The Cottage Hearth and The
Wellspring magazines and co-editor of Our Sunday
Afternoon. Allen's literary focus was primarily on stories for young
people. He published over thirty books, including Cleared for
Action: a Story of the Spanish-American War of 1898 (E. P. Dutton,
1899). Willis Boyd Allen died at Crawford Notch, N.H., in 1938 at the age of 83.
About the Willis Boyd Allen scrapbook
The scrapbook dates from 1873 (it is autographed by Allen "Christmas, 1872"), when
Allen was seventeen years old, and ends in December 1884. It principally contains
newspaper clippings and ticket stubs, and towards the end, a series of pasted-in
clippings from the Harwich Independent entitled "Notes of European Travel."
The very last entry is an original sketch of a small girl being undressed, possibly
drawn by Allen himself.
This collection is open.
Copyright is retained by the authors of these papers, or their descendants, as
stipulated by United States copyright law.
Willis Boyd Allen scrapbook, 1873-1884, MS 232, Milne Special Collections and
Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Transferred from the Piscataqua Pioneers Collection (Accession number: 2011.03)