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Allen family papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center. 130 West Paces Ferry Road, Atlanta, GA 30305. 404.814.4040.
Creator: Allen family
Title: Allen family papers
Dates: 1899-2004, undated
Quantity: 10.62 linear ft. (2 document cases & 7 oversize boxes)
Identification: ahc.MSS1014

Biographical/Historical Note

The Georgia roots of the Allen family began shortly after the Civil War when Daniel "Earnest" Allen (1847-1879) of Greene County, Tennessee moved to Dalton, Georgia to work in a dry goods business. In 1870 he married Susie Harris (1859-1936) of Dalton and in 1876 they had a son, Isaac. After Earnest's death, Susie renamed their son Ivan Earnest Allen. Ivan Allen (1876-1968) was a businessman and civic booster who moved to Atlanta in 1895 and co-founded his office supply company with entrepreneur James Fielder in 1900. The company changed owners in 1919 and became the Ivan Allen-Marshall Company, and later the Ivan Allen Company. He and his wife Irene Beaumont (1890-1972) gave birth to a son, Ivan in 1911. Ivan Allen, Jr. (1911-2003) served as president of the Ivan Allen Company and also as mayor of Atlanta from 1962-1970. Allen is credited with leading Atlanta through an era of signifcant economic growth while maintaining relative calm during the civil rights movement. Allen married Louise Richardson (1917-2008), the grandaughter of Atlanta businessman Hugh T. Inman (1846-1910) in 1936. Louise was very active in various Atlanta community organizations such as Junior League of Atlanta and Mimosa Garden Club, and was instrumental in saving the Swan House, an Atlanta landmark. Ivan and Louise had three sons, Ivan III (1939-1992), Hugh Inman (1941-), and Beaumont (1951-).

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains newspaper clippings, correspondence, awards and ceremony programs, and scrapbooks collected by the Allen family. The bulk of the collection pertains to Ivan Allen, Sr. and Ivan Allen, Jr.'s business, civic, and political affairs. Ivan Allen, Sr.'s state senate campaign and election and Ivan Allen, Jr.'s mayoral campain and election, and both father and son's work with various charities and civic-minded associations are included. Of note are the numerous scrapbooks documenting Allen family accomplishments and the awards and certificates presented to Ivan Allen, Sr. and Ivan Allen, Jr. for leadership and service. The newspaper clippings and scrapbooks document political issues associated with both Ivan Allen, Sr.'s state senatorial election and service, as well as Ivan Allen, Jr.'s mayoral campaign, election and run-off, and service as mayor to Atlanta. Other newspaper articles address the management of the Ivan Allen Company and the family's decision to sell the business in the 1990s, as well as Louise Richardson Allen's invovlement in community and horticultural associations. There are also several newspaper articles reporting the suicide of Ivan Allen III, Ivan and Louise's oldest son.


This collection is organized alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Index Terms

Aldredge, Jim
Ali, Muhammad, 1942-
Allen family
Allen, Beaumont
Allen, Inman, (Hugh Inman)
Allen, Irene Beaumont, 1890-1972
Allen, Ivan, 1877-1968
Allen, Ivan, III, d. 1992
Allen, Ivan, Jr., 1911-2003
Allen, Louise Richardson, 1917-2008
Arnall, Ellis Gibbs, 1907-1992
Associated Charities (Atlanta, Ga.).
Atlanta (Ga.)--Politics and government
Atlanta Braves (Baseball team)
Atlanta Chamber of Commerce.
Atlanta Community Chest.
Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium (Atlanta, Ga.).
Boy Scouts of America. National Council
Brown, Charlie
Business enterprises--Georgia--Atlanta
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-
Civic leaders
Civil rights movements--Georgia--Atlanta--History--20th century
Community development--Georgia--Atlanta
Dalton (Ga.)
Economic development--Georgia--Atlanta
Eisenhower, Dwight D., (Dwight David), 1890-1969
Fielder and Allen
Forward Atlanta Campaign.
Fund raising
Georgia Institute of Technology.
Georgia State Capitol (Atlanta, Ga.)
Hartsfield, William Berry
International Association of Rotary Clubs
Ivan Allen-Marshall Company (Atlanta, Ga.)
Jackson, Maynard, 1938-2003
King, Coretta Scott, 1927-2006
King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968
Maddox, Lester, 1915-2003
National Stationery and Office Equipment Association (U.S.)
Nixon, Richard M., (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994
Political campaigns--Georgia
Political elections
Politics and government--Georgia--Atlanta--1960-1970
Rivers, Eurith Dickinson
Roosevelt, Franklin D., (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945
Rotary Club (Atlanta, Ga.)
Sanders, Carl Edward, 1925-
Smith, M. M., (Muggsy)
Southeastern Fair (Atlanta, Ga.)
Talmadge, Herman E., (Herman Eugene), 1913-2002
Wayne, John, 1907-1979
World War, 1914-1918
World War, 1939-1945
Young, Andrew, 1932-

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Allen family papers, MSS 1014, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 2007

Description Control

Collection processed in 2012.


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Related Material

Allen family photographs, VIS 104, Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Container List




11Account statements and brochures for recreational clubs, 1955-1996, undated


MSS OS Box 1.295Awards, certificates, and degrees--Ivan Allen, Sr., 1950


MSS OS Box 2.438Awards, certificate, and degrees--Ivan Allen, Jr., 1950-1996 ( 6.0 Items )
2Award and philanthropy programs--Louise Allen, 1970-1996, undated
3Awards and Recognition, 1956-1998, undated
4Company memorandums--Ivan Allen Company, 1992-1998, undated
5Correspondence--Ivan Allen, Sr., 1930-1952
6Correspondence--Ivan Allen, Jr., 1952-1996, undated
7Correspondence--Christmas cards from Jan & John Portman, 1983-1999, undated
8Mayoral campaign papers--Ivan Allen, Jr., 1961, undated
9Mayoral papers--Ivan Allen, Jr., 1963-1970, undated
10Memoriams, 1968-1992, undated
11Personal records--Ivan Allen, Jr., 1970-1976, undated



21Newspaper clippings--Ivan Allen, Sr., 1931-1975, undated
2Newspaper clippings--Ivan Allen, Jr.(mayoral campaign), 1961
3Newspaper clippings--Ivan Allen, Jr.(mayor), 1962-1970
4Newspaper clippings--Ivan Allen, Jr.(pre- & post-mayor), 1950-2000, undated
5Newspaper clippings--Ivan Allen, III, 1962-1996
6Newspaper clippings--Louise Allen, 1962-2004, undated
7Newspaper clippings--Allen family, 1996-1998, undated
8Newspaper clippings--Ivan Allen Company, 1994-1998
9Newspaper clippings--Atlanta & prominent Atlanta figures influenced by Allen family, 1940-1996
10Organizational records--Atlanta Braves, Inc., 1969-1972, undated
11Organizational records--Commission on Critical Choices for Americans, 1973-1974
12Organizational records--Jimmy Carter Presidential campaign, 1974-1975, undated
13Scrapbook materials from "Associated Charities" scrapbook, loose materials, 1914-1918, undated
14Scrapbook materials from "Fielder and Allen" scrapbook, loose materials, 1936-1951, undated
15Scrapbook materials from Ivan Allen, Jr. scrapbook, loose materials, 1975, undated
16Scrapbook materials from "Personal Book I" scrapbook, loose materials, 1959-1983
17Scrapbook materials from "Personal Book III" scrapbook, loose materials, 1942, undated
18Scrapbook materials from "Personal from 1940" scrapbook, loose materials, 1931-1962, undated
19Scrapbook materials from "Political Vol. 1" scrapbook, loose materials, 1940-1954, undated
20Scrapbook materials from "Political Vol. 2" scrapbook, loose materials, 1916-1944, undated


MSS OS Box 2.439Scrapbooks--"Associated Charities", 1911-1937, undated
Scrapbooks--"Chamber of Commerce", 1915-1949, undated


MSS OS Box 2.440Scrapbooks--"Fielder and Allen", 1899-1957, undated
Scrapbooks--Ivan Allen, Jr., 1928-1945, undated


MSS OS Box 2.441Scrapbooks--Ivan Allen, Jr., 1932-1957, undated


MSS OS Box 2.442Scrapbooks--"Personal, Book I", 1909-1960, undated
Scrapbooks--"Personal, Book III, from 1924", 1933-1950, undated
Scrapbooks--"Personal, Book III, from 1940", 1914-1961, undated


MSS OS Box 2.443Scrapbooks--"Political, Vol. 1", 1917-1924, undated
Scrapbooks--"Political, Vol. 2", 1916-1919, undated



MSS OS box 1.2951Scrapbooks--"Victory Book", 1961-1962, undated



MSS OS box 2.4381Senah Plantation, guest book, 1977
2Sheet music--Nel Lasciar La Normandia composed by Meyerbeer, undated