Contains the personal papers of Jelisaveta Allen, who worked as a librarian at Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies
in Washington, D.C.
Jelisaveta "Seka" Allen (1920-1998) was born in Belgrade, Serbia. During World War II, she studied art history and took a
course in museum curatorship at the National Museum in Belgrade. In 1948, she received a degree from the University of Belgrade
where she studied history, art history, and archeology. After working at the National Museum, she later was employed at the
Institute for the Protection and Preservation of the Monuments of Culture of the People's Republic of Serbia. This job allowed
her to travel throughout Serbia in search of archaeological and culturally significant sites. In 1950, she married George
Edmund Morris Allen and traveled to Vienna, Paris and, finally, Washington, D.C. She attained a career at the Dumbarton Oaks
Research Library, where she worked as a cataloging librarian. Throughout her career, she published many scholarly works, including,
"Bibliography of Speros Vryonis, Jr." in
Studies in Honor of Speros Vryonis, Jr.. She was also a founding member of the North American Society for Serbian Studies and served as editor of
Serbian Studies from 1993 until her death in 1998.