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William C. Allen diaries

Identifier: HC.MC-975-01-001

Scope and Content note

This collection is composed of six volumes of William C. Allen's religious visits around the world from the 1904-1937. Three volumes of the collection were handwritten, and the remaining three were typed by Allen. While the diaries in this collection cover a wide range of topics, entries generally describe the customs, manners, language, transportation, food, and religious beliefs in each location Allen visited. In addition, Allen describes Quaker meetings he lead, and religious and political leaders he met with in each place he visited.

Only one volume of the collection does not record a religious visit- volume 4 of the collection is a record of Allen's thoughts on World War I, which he kept during 1917 while living in San Jose, Ca.


  • 1904-1937


Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical note

William Charles Allen (1857-1938) was born at Westtown, Pa. on March 9, 1857, the son of Richard Allen and Mary Dutten. Allen was often ill as a child, and received little schooling after age 14. He married Elizabeth C Bromley at Burlington, N.J. on September 10, 1883, and the couple had one daughter. For Allen's health, the family moved from New Jersey to Colorado, and later to California.

Allen was a recorded minister of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and made multiple religious visits to Japan, China, Australia, and South Africa, as well as England and Ireland. Allen also founded the Peace Committee of Churches of the Pacific Coast. Allen was a conscientious objector, and wrote a number of books related to this topic, including "Real war: as seen in South Africa, 1899-1900 (1910), "War! Behind the Smoke Screen" (1929), and "A Quaker diary in the Orient," among other publications.

Allen died on March 14, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at the age of 81.


0.33 Linear Feet (6 volumes)




The William C. Allen diaries were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College, in 1939 by Elizabeth C.B. Allen.

Related Materials

  • MS 1130 Rufus Matthew Jones papers
  • MS 1192 William Warder Cadbury and Catherine J. Cadbury papers

Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed July 2015.
William C. Allen diaries, 1904-1937
Kara Flynn
August 2015
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