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Arthur R. Allen Papers

Creator::
Allen, Arthur R., 1880-1962  Search this
Extent:
0.75 cu. ft. (1 document box) (1 half document box)
Type:
Archival materials
Collection descriptions
Black-and-white photographs
Manuscripts
Date:
1928-1964
Introduction:
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
Descriptive Entry:
These papers contain correspondence with amateur and professional mineralogists, curators, and collectors concerning the examination, identification, purchase, and exchange of meteorites, as well as eyewitness accounts of falling meteorites, in particular, the Bird City, Kansas, Meteor, 1931. Also included are photographs of the Walsenburg Quadrangle, Roy S. Clarke, Jr., Edward P. Henderson, and J. Edgar Chenoweth; and newspaper clippings concerning meteorites. Important correspondents include Oliver Cummings Farrington, William F. Foshag, John Enos Graf, Herbert M. Hale, Edward P. Henderson, Oscar Monnig, Harvey Harlow Nininger, Charles P. Olivier, and Alexander Wetmore.

Further information concerning the Allen Meteorite Collection can be found in National Museum of Natural History accession files, number 247668.
Historical Note:
Arthur R. Allen (1880-1962), an amateur mineralogist, spent a large part of his adult life searching for meteorites in Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Allen corresponded with professionals and other amateurs throughout the world in the hope of obtaining new specimens for his meteorite collection. After his death, his collection was purchased by the Smithsonian Institution.
Topic:
Mineralogy  Search this
Mineralogists  Search this
Genre/Form:
Black-and-white photographs
Manuscripts
Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7261, Arthur R. Allen Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7261
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General Correspondence, 1928-1962. Arranged Alphabetically.

Collection Creator::
Allen, Arthur R., 1880-1962  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Note:
Correspondence deals with the identification, examination, and appraisal of meteorites; location of meteorites; inquiries as to origin and authenticity of meteorite specimens; requests for eyewitness accounts of meteorite falls; arranging distribution of Allen's photographs of meteorites; and supplying information upon request on the nature of meteorites. Correspondents include: F.W. Cassirer, dealer in minerals and meteorites in Prague, Czechoslovakia; Oliver Cummings Farrington, Curator of Geology at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago; William F. Foshag, Curator of Mineralogy and Petrology at the U.S. National Museum; John Enos Graf, Associate Director of the U.S. National Museum; Herbert M. Hale, Director of the Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery of South Australia; Edward P. Henderson, Assistant Curator of Geology at the U.S. National Museum; F. Frantz, mineral dealer in Bonn, Germany; Oscar Monnig, Texas Regional Director of the American Meteor Society; Henry Harlow Nininger, Director of Nininger Laboratories in Colorado; Charles P. Olivier, Director of the American Meteor Society; Stuart H. Perry, Editor and Publisher of the Adrian Daily Telegram, Adrian, Michigan; and Alexander Wetmore, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. National Museum.
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7261, Arthur R. Allen Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7261, Series 1
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Box 1

Collection Creator::
Allen, Arthur R., 1880-1962  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7261, Arthur R. Allen Papers
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Folder 1 Aiston - Buckley

Collection Creator::
Allen, Arthur R., 1880-1962  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7261, Arthur R. Allen Papers
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Folder 2 Carpenter - Evans

Collection Creator::
Allen, Arthur R., 1880-1962  Search this
Container:
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Folder 3 Farmer - Fuller

Collection Creator::
Allen, Arthur R., 1880-1962  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
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Folder 4 Garcia - Hunter

Collection Creator::
Allen, Arthur R., 1880-1962  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7261, Arthur R. Allen Papers
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Folder 5 Illinois State Museum - Lowell Observatory

Collection Creator::
Allen, Arthur R., 1880-1962  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7261, Arthur R. Allen Papers
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Folder 6 Mackey - Myrick

Collection Creator::
Allen, Arthur R., 1880-1962  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7261, Arthur R. Allen Papers
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Folder 7 National Geographic Society - Olivier

Collection Creator::
Allen, Arthur R., 1880-1962  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7261, Arthur R. Allen Papers
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Folder 8 Palache - Ruff

Collection Creator::
Allen, Arthur R., 1880-1962  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7261, Arthur R. Allen Papers
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Folder 9 Santillan - Yost

Collection Creator::
Allen, Arthur R., 1880-1962  Search this
Container:
Box 1 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7261, Arthur R. Allen Papers
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Journals and Notes, circa 1930-1938.

Collection Creator::
Allen, Arthur R., 1880-1962  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7261, Arthur R. Allen Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7261, Series 2
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Box 2

Collection Creator::
Allen, Arthur R., 1880-1962  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7261, Arthur R. Allen Papers
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Folder 1 Notebook, circa 1930s. Consists of Allen's records of eyewitness accounts of various meteorite falls. Includes diagrams outlining the location of the falls.

Collection Creator::
Allen, Arthur R., 1880-1962  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7261, Arthur R. Allen Papers
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Folder 2 Journal, circa 1932. An inventory describing the various meteorite specimens that passed through Allen's collection: provenance, classification, date, weight, cost, composition, and ownership.

Collection Creator::
Allen, Arthur R., 1880-1962  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7261, Arthur R. Allen Papers
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Folder 3 Notes, 1931. Describes in detail the occurrence of the Bird City, Kansas, Meteor. Notes, 1938, are entitled "Messages from Space" and are a collection of observations written in an autobiographical style explaining and discussing the phenomeno...

Collection Creator::
Allen, Arthur R., 1880-1962  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7261, Arthur R. Allen Papers
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Invoices, Packing List, and Inventory Lists, 1932-1940, 1963 and undated.

Collection Creator::
Allen, Arthur R., 1880-1962  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7261, Arthur R. Allen Papers
Identifier:
Record Unit 7261, Series 3
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Box 2

Collection Creator::
Allen, Arthur R., 1880-1962  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7261, Arthur R. Allen Papers
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Folder 4 Invoices, 1932-1940. Record some of Allen's exchanges and purchases of materials and specimens from public institutions and private dealers around the world.

Collection Creator::
Allen, Arthur R., 1880-1962  Search this
Container:
Box 2 of 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Citation:
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7261, Arthur R. Allen Papers
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