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Reuben A. Allen family correspondence

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1033

Scope and Contents

Holograph letters dating from July 1884 to June 1886 written to the family of Reuben A. Allen, many of who were living in Freeport, Ohio. At this time Allen was an Indian agent at the Crow-Blackfoot Agency in Piegan, Montana. Most of the letters are written from Reuben and his daughter, Nora, and Lyde, who may be Reuben's wife, Eliza. Most of the letters are written to Reuben's parents, Isaac and Sarah Allen, or his sister Winnie, all of whom lived in Freeport, Ohio.

The items include information regarding life at a frontier fort; relation with the local Indians; receipt of supplies for the Indians; attendance of Indian children at the school taught by Allen's daughter; Indian customs, rituals, and celebrations; and a drawing of the layout of the fort.

Dated 1884-1886.


  • 1884-1886


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 publish material from Reuben A. Allen family correspondence must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Reuben A. Allen (1845-1924) was an Indian Agent at the Crow-Blackfoot Agency in Piegan, Montana, in the 1880s.


1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Purchased from Fred Rosenstock in 1979.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Fred Rosenstock; 1979.


Utah and Western cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection developmental policy IV.a.i.4, November 2013).

Register of Reuben A. Allen family correspondence
Patsy Shin Hernandez
2010 July 28
Description rules
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States