Nathaniel Topliff Allen family papers, 1846-1915.


Allen, Nathaniel T. (Nathaniel Topliff), 1823-1903. Nathaniel Topliff Allen family papers, 1846-1915.

Nathaniel Topliff Allen family papers, 1846-1915.

Reminiscences (1846-1902) reflecting Allen's education, philosophy, and his school, providing insights as to his wide interests in such subjects as abolition, women's suffrage, and temperance, pocket diaries (1878-1895) with notes on day-to-day activities, letterbook index (1880-1881) listing correspondents, photographs, and other papers of Allen and his family; materials of West Newton English and Classical School (also known as Allen School), including fliers, programs, historical sketch, and catalogs; and materials relating to the Nathaniel Allen House, on 35 Webster St., West Newton, which served as a stop on the underground railroad, acquired by Allen School and House Preservation Corporation in 1981, including bylaws and other records of the corporation, preservation instructions, funding documents, and photographs. Includes information concerning daughters Lucy and Fanny Allen who started the Misses Allen School in the family home on Webster Street, The Story of the Allens in Education, written by Lucy Ellis Allen, and memorial booklets about daughters Sarah Allen Cooney and Fanny Bassett Allen; Rosa Allen's Family Songs (1899) containing text and music for 12 American folksongs sung by the Allens at family gatherings; correspondence and documents concerning Allen's friendship with many well-known educators and abolitionists such as Horace Mann, Cyrus Peirce, William Lloyd Garrison, Theodore Parker, Wendell Phillips, Charles Sumner, Elizabeth Peabody, Catherine Beecher, Frederick Douglass, and Booker T. Washington; and information concerning Allen's involvement with Rebecca Pomroy and the Pomroy Home for Orphan Girls, Unitarian Church of West Newton, West Newton Athenaeum, and other organizations.

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