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Guide to the Willis Boyd Allen Scrapbook, 1873-1884

Collection number: MS 232

Size: (1 item)

(0.10 cu.ft.)

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.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the authors of these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

Willis Boyd Allen scrapbook, 1873-1884, MS 232, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Transferred from the Piscataqua Pioneers Collection (Accession number: 2011.03)