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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.


  • 1929-1976


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

Mark K. Allen was Chairman of the Department of Psychology, 1955-1961.

Mark Allen was instrumental in establishing the Utah County Mental Health Association, and the Child Guidance Clinic in Utah County.

A native of Provo, Utah, Professor Allen was born October 22, 1905. He attended BY Training School and graduated from BYU in 1926. He completed his master's degree at Stanford in 1935 and his Ph. D. in 1955.

In 1955 he was promoted to full professor and was chairman of the department from 1955 to 1961during which time approval of a Ph. D. degree was granted by the Board of Trustees.

He was employed as a psychologist at the Utah State Training School in American Fork from 1932 to 1934 and was assistant superintendent from 1935 to 1946. Dr. Allen still served as a clinical consultant there.

During 1957-1958, he took a leave to serve as a Fulbright professor of psychology at the University of Ankara,Turkey. Shortly after that he was one of the founding members of the Utah Psychological Association and later became its president.

A well-known author in the field, Dr. Allen wrote an extensive series of lessons and articles for the Relief Society Magazine from 1935 to 1942 in areas of social service, child development, and social psychology.

He helped to establish the Utah County Mental Health Association and the Child Guidance Clinic in Utah County which has now become the Timpanogos Mental Health Clinic. -- Extracted from Provo Daily Herald article, "BYU Reception to Honor Professor of Psychology," May 24, 1971.


5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in three series: 1. Mark K. Allen subject files (aphabetical by topic), 1929-1975; 2. Mark K. Allen resource material (alphabetical by topic), 1891-1975. 3. Mark K. Allen class instructional material (alphabetical by topic), 1941-1974.

Other Finding Aids

This finding aid only gives a series level description. A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Collection was received from Mark Allen in September 1976.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Mark Allen; September 1976.


University history (University Archives collecting policy, February 2010).

Processing Information

Processed; Kim Christensen; 1976.

Register of the Mark K. Allen papers
Kim Christensen
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. University Archives Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US