William Charles Allen Collected Papers, 1895-1937
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Allen, William Charles (1857-1938)
William Charles Allen Collected Papers
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William C. Allen was born in 1857 in Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Society of Friends. Allen was deeply opposed to war and wrote often about the problems of propaganda, censorship, conscription, imperialism, and the munitions industry. He traveled widely, in Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, and wrote many articles about his experiences abroad. perhaps Allen championed the rights of native peoples in South Africa. He also worked against conscription in California, was a strong advocate for the temperance movement, and was actively interested in the Federal Council of Churches, to name a few involvements. Allen established the Peace Committee of the Churches of the Pacific Coast. He in 1938.
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William C. Allen was born on March 09, 1857 on the premises of the Westtown School, Chester County, Pennsylvania. He was a member of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (4th and Arch Streets) of the Society of Friends, and was recorded as a Minister there in 1898 (circa). He lived for many years in San Jose, California, and later moved to Denver, Colorado in 1925 (circa). He was married in 1883 to Elizabeth C. Bromly. They had one surviving daughter, Grace Allen Bell.
Allen was deeply opposed to war and wrote often about the problems of propaganda, censorship, conscription, imperialism, and the munitions industry. He contributed articles on the Christian's attitude toward war and its causes to over twenty church papers. Allen traveled widely, going twice to Asia, four times to Australia and New Zealand, and three times to South Africa. He wrote many articles about his experiences abroad; perhaps most significant were the ones which championed the rights of native peoples in South Africa. Allen worked against conscription in California, he was a strong advocate for the temperance movement, and he was actively interested in the Federal Council of Churches, to name a few involvements. He established the Peace Committee of the Churches of the Pacific Coast.
Allen wrote several books, among them A Quaker in the Orient and War! Behind the Smoke Screen. These are available in the tri-college consortium.
Allen died on November 14, 1938.
Detailed Description of the Collection
Clippings about Allen
Correspondence, 1914 - 1931
Transcripts of journals, 1898 (account of the North Carolina Yearly Meeting), 1926 (excerpt)
Transcript of war diary, 1917
MS articles (arranged by title): A-I
MS articles (arranged by title): J-W
Published articles, 1915 - 1936, undated
"Real War As Seen in South Africa, 1899 - 1900," undated.; 1st and 3rd editions
"An Appeal to Christians Regarding Militarism," 1901
"Philadelphia Quakerism and Its Perpetuity," 1903
"The Awful Sin in the World," 1933
"Rights of Conscience," undated
"A Free Ministry As Taught By the Early Friends," undated
MS of book International Anarchy in Action
Transcript of "Letters" Allen wrote to himself on peace and war," 1917
Profiteering and armaments, 1913 - 1933
War, 1914 - 1928
Treatment of conscientious objectors, 1916 - 1935
Propaganda, 1916 - 1935
Cost of war, 1920 - 1933
Censorship, 1917 - 1921
Labor and war, 1920 - 1935
Religion and war, 1898 - 1933
Imperialism, 1921 - 1923
Militarism, 1915 - 1933
Conscription and military training in schools, 1916 - 1931
Hate and reprisals, 1917 - 1932
South Africa, 1919 - 1936