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COLLECTION Identifier: A-5

Papers of Corinne Marie Tuckerman Allen, 1896-1927


Correspondence, articles, etc., of Corinne Marie Tuckerman Allen, social welfare and education reformer.


  • Creation: 1896-1927


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Corinne Marie Tuckerman Allen is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


.42 linear feet (1 file box)

Correspondence relating to the Utah Congress of Mothers, the National Congress of Mothers, the Marriage Sanctity Committee of the National Congress of Mothers, the founding of the Parents and Teachers Association, and articles by Corinne Marie Allen on polygamy, sex education and related matters. 1920 letters re the conscientious objectors in war prison camp at Fort Douglas, Utah.

Letters answering her requests for information were received by her from: (among others) Jane Addams, Felix Adler, Emily Balch, Roger Baldwin, Major Leonard Darwin, Dr. Charles Gilkey, David Starr Jordan, Dr. Howard Kelly, Dr. Francis Peabody, President Seelye of Smith College, Ella Flagg Young.

Papers and addresses (often given at annual meetings) on the following subjects: (among others) Marriage Sanctity, Monogamous Marriage, Evils of Harem Life, Sex Education in Schools, Sterilization of Criminal.

Value to researchers: This collection is of some value for a study of Mormonism or of the other subjects in which Mrs. Allen was interested. Also in the letters, it gives the points of view on these subjects of well-known leaders in the country in her time.

The material is inadequate for a biography as it is impersonal with no characterizations of individual.

The one file box of the Corinne Marie Allen papers contains: 1. Brief notes on the family history written by her daughter Esther Allen Gaw in April, 1952. Mrs. Gaw was Dean of Women at Ohio State University. Mrs. Allen's daughter, Florence, was Judge of the Ohio Superior Court. Her two sons died as a result of service in World War I. She was sent back to her father's New England for her education and felt that Smith College under President Seelye was of "incalculable value" to her. See paper - "Why Smith Girls are Different". In 1896-1897, her husband was the Congressman from Utah but there are no letters or papers from Mrs. Allen about her life in Washington. 2. Correspondence with individual and organizations while she was living in Salt Lake City, Utah, from 1883-1926, where she initiated and carried on social welfare, humanitarian and educational reforms.

The following show her major interests: The National Congress of Mothers (the antecedent of the Modern Parent-Teachers Association), The Utah and the National Federation of Women's Clubs, The Ladies Literary Club (President), The D. A. R. (Regent - in Utah), The Berlin International Congress of Women - 1904 (Representative from Utah), Mormonism and Polygamy (The William Silas Scott Case of 1919), Birth Control (she feared the dangers of it), Peace Movement (Women's International League for Peace and Freedom), Conscientious Objectors (Fort Douglas, Utah), Clear Name Birthright League of America, The Montessori Method of Education.

Related material received: Parsons, Katherine Barrette, History of fifty years; Ladies literary club, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1877-1927 [Salt Lake City] Arrow Press, inc., 1927; Ladies' literary club of Salt Lake City. Yearbook, 1886-1887, 1893-1894, 1900-1901, 1907-1908. 1912-1913, 1926-1927, 1929-1930. 7v; Ladies' literary club of Salt Lake City. Sixth anniversary breakfast, February 19, 1909; Utah Congress of Mothers, Salt Lake City, Program, 1910-1911, 1911-1912. 2v; D A R. Spirit of Liberty Chapter, Utah. Yearbook, 1902-1903, 1903-1904, 1906-1907 1920-1921 4v; National Woman's Relief Corps, Auxiliary of the GAR. Constitution, revised rules and regulations, Washington, 1927 1v; J.C. McCoy Relief Corps, no. 56, Dept. of Ohio. By-laws, amended June 9, 1926. Columbus, Ohio, 1926 1 pamphlet.


Social welfare and educational reformer and humanitarian, Corinne Marie Tuckerman Allen attended Smith College and married Clarence Emir Allen, a congressman from Utah, 1896-1897. She lived in Salt Lake City, 1883-1926. Her daughters were Esther Allen Gaw, Dean of Women at Ohio State University, and Florence Ellinwood Allen, judge of the Ohio Superior Court. Her two sons died in World War I.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 52-32

Received May 1952. Gift of Mrs. Esther Allen Gaw, 552 Vincente Ave., Berkeley 7, California.

Allen, Corinne Marie Tuckerman, 1856-1931. Papers of Corinne Marie Tuckerman Allen, 1896-1927: A Finding Aid
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