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Allen, Mark K. (Mark Knight), 1905-1996



  • Existence: 1905 - 1996


Mark K. Allen (1905-1996) was a psychology professor and psychologist in Utah.

Mark Knight Allen was born on October 22, 1905, in Provo, Utah to Robert Eugene Allen and Amanda Inez Knight. He was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was baptized in 1913. Allen earned his bachelor's degree at Brigham Young University, and later completed a master's degree and Ph.D. at Stanford University. In 1934, he married Phyllis Sloan and began work as a psychologist and assistant superintendent at the Utah State Training School in American Fork, Utah. He remained there until 1946, when he joined the psychology faculty at Brigham Young University. Allen remained at the university until his retirement in 1975, during that time serving as department chair for ten years. He also received a Fulbright Scholarship, spending a year teaching psychology at the University of Ankara, Turkey and Middle East Technical University. He died on January 30, 1996, in Provo, Utah.

Citation:, via WWW, May, 26, 2016 (Mark Knight Allen; b. Oct. 22, 1905 in Utah; parents: Robert Eugene Allen and Amanda Inez Knight; baptized into Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1913; d. Jan. 30, 1996)

Early missionaries of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints database, via WWW, May 26, 2016 (Mark Knight Allen; b. in Provo, Utah; served mission for Church to Eastern States, 1926-1928; m. Jan. 18, 1934 to Phyllis Sloan)

Preliminary register of the papers of Mark Knight Allen (1905-1996), 1907-1985, 2003 (member of Psychology Department at BYU (1946-1975); first Assistant Superintendent and psychologist for Utah State Training School, American Fork, Utah (1932-1945); clinical consultant; second psychologist to be licensed in the state of Utah)

Deseret news, Feb. 3, 1996 (Mark Knight Allen; psychologist and first assistant superintendent of the Utah State Training School; d. in Provo, Utah; bachelor's degree, Brigham Young University; master's degree and Ph.D., Stanford University; 1934-1946, psychologist and assistant superintendent at the American Fork institution; continued for 36 years as clinical consultant; member of Brigham Young University faculty, 1946-1975; chairman of psychology department for 10 years; Fulbright scholar, taught psychology at the University of Ankara, Turkey and Middle East Technical University; taught classes as professor emeritus until age of 80)

Found in 15 Collections and/or Records:

Mark K. Allen papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2031
Scope and Contents Contains correspondence, personal and professional papers, printed materials, photographs, and newspaper clippings of Brigham Young University professor of psychology, Mark K. Allen, his mother, Inez Knight Allen, and his grandfather who was a Utah businessman and financier, Jesse Knight. Allen's papers include professional records dealing with the tenure and chairmanship of the Psychology Department at BYU (1946-1975). Papers also deal with Allen as a student and his faculty years at BYU,...
Dates: 1907-1985

Mark K. Allen papers

Identifier: UA 585
Scope and Contents

Contains materials generated by Mark Allen, including minutes, correspondence, memoranda, class instructional material, resource material used in compiling the department's history, news clippings, reports, and notes. Most of the material was generated by Allen before and after he served as chairman of the Department of Psychology at Brigham Young University.

Dates: 1929-1976

Jesse Knight papers

Identifier: MSS 1434
Scope and Contents

Collection includes various biographical materials of Jesse Knight, such as patriarchal blessings, the biography of Knight by Inez Knight Allen, funeral tributes to Jesse Knight, legal and financial records of the Blue Bench Irrigation Company, and correspondence concerning the Jesse Knight Trust Fund established for Brigham Young University students. Also included are writings about Knight by Mark Allen. Materials dated approximately 1856 to 2000, with the bulk dated 1856 to 1960.

Dates: approximately 1856-2000; bulk 1856-1960

Mark K. Allen class instructional material, 1941-1974

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 585 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains files of class material including course outlines, lecture notes, reports, assignments, and exams.

Dates: 1941-1974

Mark K. Allen resource material, 1891-1975

 Series — Box 3: Series 1; Series 2 [Barcode: 31197231242626], Folder: 5-22
Identifier: UA 585 Series 2
Scope and Contents

Contains files of resource material used by Allen in preparing history of Psychology Department including past Brigham Young University presidents.

Dates: Other: 1891-1975

Mark K. Allen subject files, 1929-1975

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 585 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains files on various topics in Psychology and Academia including correspondence.

Dates: 1929-1975

Oral history interview with Gerrit de Jong

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 33
Scope and Contents

Interview by Mark K. Allen with Gerrit de Jong Jr., Brigham Young University dean and professor. reflections of his childhood and teaching experiences at the Murdock Academy and BYU. He discusses his role in organizing the College of Fine Arts, and his associations with faculty and administrators. Includes sound recording and transcript.

Dates: 1978

Oral history interview with Golden Henry Brimhall

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 50
Scope and Contents

Contains and interview by Mark K. Allen with Golden Brimhall, son of George H. Brimhall, on the subjects of George H. Brimhall, the Brigham Young University Training School, and family interests. Includes sound recordings and transcript.

Dates: 1980

Oral history interview with Kiefer B. Sauls

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 41
Scope and Contents

Interview by Mark K. Allen with Kiefer Sauls, Brigham Young University treasurer, purchasing agent and secretary to three presidents. Topics cover his association with BYU in those capacities over a 51 year period, childhood reminiscences and family data. Includes sound recording and transcript. Also includes related transcription materials and 16 page transcript of an incomplete interview with Sauls by Celestia Taylor, October 10, 1978.

Dates: 1979

Oral history interview with Mark K. Allen

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA OH 128
Scope and Contents

Interview by Karl Young with Mark K. Allen concerning his early life, family, grandfather, time as a student at Brigham Young University, education, and experiences at BYU as a professor and counselor. Includes transcript and sound recording.

Dates: 1984

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Collection 11
Archival Object 3
Digital Record 1
Colleges and Universities 13
Education 13
Oral histories 7
Letters 6
Minutes (Records) 4