Guide to the Ward Sykes Allen Papers, RG 161
Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: November 2003
0.10 cubic feet; 2 items.
Number of Boxes:
1 file folder.
Historical or Biographical Sketch:
Ward Sykes Allen was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on July 10, 1922. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1947, a Master of Arts degree in 1949, and a PhD. (English, Greek) in 1963, all from Vanderbilt University. He was an Assistant Professor of English at Mississippi College for Women from 1957 to 1961; Instructor, Vanderbilt University from 1962 to 1964; and Professor at Auburn University from 1964 to 1974; and the Hargis Professor of English Literature, Auburn University from 1974 to 1987. He was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow from 1972 to 1973. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 1987.
Scope and Content:
Consists of two photocopied letters. One written to Dr. Allen by S. G. Brady, dated February of 1963 and contains personal reminisences of service in World War I in the 5th Field Artillery. The second letter from Ms. Tommie H. Clack dated July 17, 1964 recounts her grandfather experiences involving the organization, origin and activities of the Ku Klux Klan in middle Tennessee. Her grandfather had been one of the earliest members of the Klan.
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