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Amelia J. Allen Diary

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SCRC 307

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Collection Summary 
Amelia J. Allen Diary
Collection ID
SCRC 307
Allen, Amelia J., 1856-1935
0.1 linear feet (1 folder)
Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries
Materials in English.
Detailed Collection Information 
Biographical Note
Amelia J. Allen was born in Philadelphia in 1856. She was the daughter of Lewis Marks Allen and Miriam Arnold and sister of Fannie Allen. Amelia taught in the Philadelphia Public Schools and the Hebrew Sunday School Society. From 1887 to 1912, she was the superintendent of the Northern Hebrew Sunday School (later Rebecca Gratz School) at 938 Marshall Street. She was the Supervising Principal for the Daniel Webster Combined Secondary and Primary School (later William Henry Harrison School) at 11th and Thompson Streets until her retirement. Amelia was one of the founding members of the Young Women’s Union (later Neighborhood Centre) and the women's branch of th Young Men’s Hebrew Association. Amelia died July 15, 1935.
Description of Collection 
Leather bound diary kept by Amelia J. Allen between January 1, 1876 and January 1, 1879. Amelia’s diary chronicles her thoughts and observations during her early twenties and provide insight into her social interactions, her experiences working as a teacher in Philadelphia, her relationships with members of her family (including her sister, Fannie, who were both in search of a suitable husband), as well as her numerous visits to the 1876 Centennial Exhibition. In addition to diary entries describing her visits to the fair, Amelia also recorded a list of dates she attended the Centennial. Also included in the back of the diary are lists of books she read during the years 1876 and 1877.
Patron Information 
Catalog Record 
A record for this collection is available in Temple University’s online library catalog: https://temple-primo.hosted.exlibrisgroup.com/primo-explore/fulldisplay?...
Research Access 
Collection is open for research.
Collections Stored Off-Site
This collection may be housed off-site at the Library Depository, and require up to two business days to retrieve. Please review the finding aid and be prepared to identify specific materials to be retrieved. Contact the Special Collections Research Center in advance of your visit, so that materials may be relocated to the reading room for research. 
Publication and Copyright Information 
The Amelia J. Allen Diary is the physical property of the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries. Intellectual property rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. Researchers are responsible for determining the identity of rights holders and obtaining their permission for publication and for other purposes where stated.
Preferred Citation
[Description and date of item], Amelia J. Allen Diary, SCRC 307, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Related Material
Fannie Allen Diary, SCRC 306, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 
Administrative Information 
Acquisition Information
Donated by Edwin Wolf in 1989. Collection previously administered by the Philadelphia Jewish Archives Center, acquired by Temple in June 2009.
Processing Information 
Collection processed and finding aid prepared in November 2017 by Jessica M. Lydon, Associate Archivist.
Index Terms 
The following headings have been used to index the description of this collection in Temple University’s electronic catalog:
Personal/Family Names: 
Allen, Amelia J., 1856-1935
Corporate Names:
Hebrew Sunday School Society of Philadelphia (Pa.)
Centennial Exhibition (1876 : Philadelphia, Pa.)
Jewish teachers
Jews -- United States -- Diaries
Philadelphia (Pa.)
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