Finding Aids to Personal Papers and Special Collections in the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Record Unit 7261
Allen, Arthur R., 1880-1962
Arthur R. Allen Papers, 1928-1964
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.
This finding aid was digitized with funds generously provided by the Smithsonian Institution Women's Committee.
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.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Allen, Arthur R., 1880-1962
- Clarke, Roy S.
- Henderson, Edward P. (Edward Porter), 1898-
- Chenoweth, John Edgar, 1897-1986
- Farrington, Oliver C. (Oliver Cummings), 1864-1933
- Foshag, William F. (William Frederick), 1894-1956
- Graf, John Enos
- Hale, Herbert M.
- Monnig, Oscar, 1902-1999
- Nininger, Harvey Harlow, 1887-
- Olivier, Charles P. (Charles Pollard), 1884-
- Wetmore, Alexander, 1886-1978
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Record Unit 7261, Arthur R. Allen Papers