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Writings, correspondence, b&w and color photographs of family and friends, including photos of Allen with Paul Newman and Harry Belafonte; clippings, and printed matter, including photocopies of newspaper and magazine articles.
Found within the papers are biographical material, scattered letters that generally discuss some of Allen's activities, miscellaneous notes and writings, a drawing and a silhouette, and clippings. The primary value of this collection rests in its wide variety of photographs. As well as 19th century photographs of Allen family members, the collection contains photographs of Florence Allen posing for artists, socializing with famous friends such as Paul Robeson, Harry Belefonte, Paul Newman and Allen Ginsberg, and participating in protest marches. There is also an autographed photo of Bob Hope.
Florence Allen papers, 1920-1997. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
Florence Allen (1913-1997) was an artist's model from San Francisco, Calif.
Donated 1995 and 1999 by Florence Allen via Austin Conkey, an informal executor, who maintained Allen's papers for her.
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