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The bulk of this collection was donated by Durward Allen in 1964. Other items were provided at a later date by an anonymous donor.
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[Identification of item], Durward Allen Papers, CONS2, Conservation Collection, Denver Public Library.
Number of Boxes: 9
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE :
Durward Allen was born October 11, 1910, in Uniondale, Indiana. He attended the University of Michigan, from which he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1932 and a PhD in 1937. He later received an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Northern Michigan University in 1971, and an honorary Doctor of Arts from Purdue University in 1985.
Allen worked as game research biologist with the Michigan Department of Conservation from 1935-1946, wildlife research biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1946-1950, and as Assistant Chief of Wildlife Research for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from 1951-1954.
Following his tenure with the federal government, Allen became a college professor. He served as professor of ecology at Purdue University from 1954-1976, at which point he became a professor emeritus. In 1982, he became an adjunct professor at Texas Tech University.
Allen was very active in promoting conservation outside of the workplace. He served on the board of directors for the National Audubon Society (1974-1984), and president of the Wildlife Society (1956-1957). He was a member of the Wilderness Society, the Nature Conservancy, the National Parks and Conservation Association, the Outdoor Writers Association of America, and the National Wildlife Federation.
In addition to his extensive conservation activity in the classroom and in organized groups, Allen was a prolific writer on conservation topics. He is the author of Pheasants Afield (1935), Our Wildlife Legacy (1954), and The Life of Prairies and Plains (1967). Allen also served as editor of Pheasants in North America (1956), and Land Use and Wildlife Resources (1970).
Durward Allen passed away October 17, 1997.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE :
The Durward Allen collection consists of items from the years of 1938-1973. Drafts of articles, manuscripts, correspondence, and research notes make up the bulk of the collection. Publications, including articles by Allen, form part of the collection. Most of his articles appeared in Boys' Life magazine, but other publications that featured his work include The Fisherman, Science Digest, Family Circle Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and The American Legion Magazine. The correspondence regarding these articles, and the drafts generated, provide insight into the editing process and Allen’s relationships with the editors of the many publications he wrote for.
The items that make up this collection provide insight into the extensive research activities of Durward Allen. The articles and manuscript drafts show his diverse interests, and how he patterned similar research for different audiences. A few articles and papers date from Allen’s tenure with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, but most are from his time as professor at Purdue University. Not included in this collection are Allen’s personal papers, items relating to his many organizational affiliations, or papers that date from his activities after serving at Purdue.
SERIES 1 ARTICLES AND PAPERS 1938-1973 BOX 1-5 :
Correspondence, drafts, research notes, reprints, and copies of periodicals which contain articles written by Allen make up this series. Most of the articles appeared in Boy’s Life magazine, but other publications such as Science Digest and S ports Illustrated featured articles by Allen. Also included in this series is the paper North American Wildlife Policy which was revised by several conservation figures including Ira Gabrielson, C.R. Gutermuth, and A. Starker Leopold.
SERIES 2 BOOK MANUSCRIPTS 1950-1973 BOX 5-9 :
This series consists of drafts, research notes, galley proofs, and correspondence regarding the production of Allen’s books. Among the manuscripts included are Our Wildlife Legacy, Good Hunting, Pheasants Afield, and Pheasants of North America. Also included in this series are a list of books and articles written or compiled by Allen from 1936-1973 and correspondence to and from members of the National Research Council.
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