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

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University


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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: A-5
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Corinne Marie Tuckerman Allen, 1856-1931
Title: Papers of Corinne Marie Tuckerman Allen, 1896-1927
Date(s): 1896-1927
Quantity: .42 linear feet (1 file box)
Language of materials: Materiautograph letter, signed in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, articles, etc., of Corinne Marie Tuckerman Allen, social welfare and education reformer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

Accession number: 52-32
Received May 1952. Gift of Mrs. Esther Allen Gaw, 552 Vincente Ave., Berkeley 7, California.

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.

Preferred Citation:

Corinne Marie Tuckerman Allen Papers, 1896-1927; item description, dates. A-5, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University.


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.


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.

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Additional Index Terms

Birth control
Conscientious objectors
International Congress of Women (1904 : Berlin)
Montessori method of education
Mormon Church
Sex instruction
Addams, Jane, 1860-1935
Adler, Felix, 1851-1933
Balch, Emily Greene, 1867-1961
Baldwin, Roger N. (Roger Nash), 1884-1981
Clear Name Birthright League of America
Darwin, Leonard, 1850-1943
Daughters of the American Revolution.
Garrett, Mary S.
General Federation of Women's Clubs
George Washington Memorial Association
Goodwin, C. C.
Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931
National Congress of Mothers (U.S.)
National Congress of Parents and Teachers
Peabody, Francis Greenwood, 1847-1936
Schoff, Hannah K.
Seelye, L. Clark (Laurenus Clark), 1837-1924
Thomas, Norman, 1884-1968
Tilton, Elizabeth Hewes, 1869-1950
Utah Federation of Women's Clubs
Villard, Fanny Garrison
Women's International League for Peace and Freedom