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Margaret Belknap Allen Papers, 1943-1991

Collection Overview

Title: Margaret Belknap Allen Papers, 1943-1991

ID: RG 09/9.02

Creator: Allen, Margaret Belknap

Extent: 3.0 MS boxes

Arrangement: The collection is arranged in series as follows: Personal/Biographical; Correspondence; Windswept; Photographs; Writings; Miscellaneous

Languages: English [eng]


Margaret Allen was born in Oak Park, Illinois on October 19, 1898.  She received her public school education in Illinois and Wisconsin.  She began her college career at Oberlin College (1915 – 1918), but received her A.B. degree from Wisconsin University in 1919 in t he field of English Education and Drama.  Her Graduate studies where done at Columbia University and Stanford University, where she received her M.A. degree in 1957.

In 1944 Margaret Allen was appointed an Instructor in Piano and continued as Associate Professor of Music until her retirement in1966.  She was a published author and during her time spent in Berea she initiated renovations and redecoration of listening rooms, meeting spaces, furniture and instruments for the music hall.  Mrs. Allen donated the Holtzkamp Organ in Gray Auditorium.  In 1950 she founded the Windswept Music Workshop.

Mrs. Allen was a member of the Unitarian Church. She was survived by her daughter, Katheryn Allen Taylor; her son, John Milton Allen; a sister, Dr.  Helen Belknap; and eight grandchildren.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains the papers of and materials related to the life of Margaret Belknap Allen. Included in the collection are letters, writings, copies of published materials, clippings, and programs and other materials related to the Berea College Music Department, Windswept music workshop, and Windswept home.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: Federal copyright regulations apply to all works within the collection.  All works must be cited.

Preferred Citation: [Object/Folder/Box], RG 09/9.01: Margaret Belknap Allen Papers, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: The finding aid was updated in May 2016 with addition of a complete box list.

Other Note: Record Group 9/9.02

Box and Folder Listing

College Archive Record Group 9.02Add to your cart.
Series 1: Personal/BiographicalAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Programs from Berea College Music Department, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Itinerary for trip abroad, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Newspaper articles on Allen, 1968-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Program and tape of funeral, June 11, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Miscellaneous biographical, 1965-1977Add to your cart.
Series 2: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Letters to M. Allen, 1943-1983, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence to Dean Trivette, 1963-1984Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Letters and telegrams to Allen, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 9: To family and friends, 1971-1977Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Scrapbook, 1987Add to your cart.
Series 3: WindsweptAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Clippings, articles and information regarding WindsweptAdd to your cart.
Series 4: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Photographs of Margaret AllenAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Berea College, Presser Hall, Berea College Graduation, Country Dancers, Windswept ResidenceAdd to your cart.
(all items removed from photobook as it was in poor condition)
Folder 3: Windswept Residence and Farm, Big Hill, KentuckyAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Vermont Residence and Home, postcardsAdd to your cart.
Series 5: WritingsAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Creative motion; inner experience, energy, outer expression , 1971Add to your cart.
(Droke House) by M. Allen and Anne Niles; notes on learning to teach creatively
Folder 2: Family memories of Four Sisters, 1976Add to your cart.
by Margaret Allen
Folder 3: A Farmyard Full of SongAdd to your cart.
musical pieces with words by M. Allen, influenced by her work in building Windswept farm, Big Hill, Kentucky
Folder 4: Forty-Four Sonnets, 1977Add to your cart.
by M. Allen (Lake Garden Press)
Folder 5: Inner Image, 1980Add to your cart.
by M. Allen and Donna Karn (Berea College Press)
Folder 6: Rhythmic Play-Songs , 1954Add to your cart.
by Margaret Allen Franke (Berea College)
Folder 7: Sonnets by Margaret Allen, 1975Add to your cart.
(Lake Garden Press)
Folder 8: Sheet music used by Margaret AllenAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Twenty-Six Sonnets, 1975Add to your cart.
by Margaret Allen (Berea College Press)
Folder 10: Work done by Infranization Students at Berea College, 1950Add to your cart.
musical pieces with words, originally drawings and art
Series 6: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Lonesome Tunes, Wyman and Brockway, 1916Add to your cart.
(with inscription by M. Allen), folk songs of Kentucky