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COLLECTION Identifier: A-6

Papers of Florence Ellinwood Allen, 1921-1958


Biographical material, addresses, court decisions, etc., of Florence Ellinwood Allen, first woman lawyer appointed to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals, for the Sixth Circuit.


  • 1921-1958

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Florence Ellinwood Allen as well as 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) plus 1 folio+ folder)

Papers of the first woman lawyer to be appointed to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals, for the 6th circuit. Biographical material, addresses, and court decisions, also her three commissions.


Florence Ellinwood Allen was the first woman lawyer to be appointed to the United States Circuit Court of Appeals, for the 6th circuit in 1934. Allen (1884-1966) had been a judge of the Supreme Court of Ohio, and earlier, judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession numbers: 53-46

Received July, August, 1953. Gift of The Honorable Florence E. Allen, United States Circuit Court of Appeals, Cleveland 4, Ohio.


The following books were received with Allen's papers:

  1. Allen, Florence Ellinwood. The Ohio Woman Suffrage Movement, Pub. by the Committee for the preservation of Ohio woman suffrage records, [1952]. 55 pages
  2. Allen, Florence Ellinwood. The Treaty as an Instrument of Legislation. N.Y., Macmillan, 1952.
Allen, Florence Ellinwood, 1884-1966. Papers of Florence Ellinwood Allen, 1921-1958: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
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Repository Details

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