The Dr. Robert L. Allen Port Chicago papers contain materials collected in the process of researching and writing about the
events of the Port Chicago Naval Magazine explosion and mutiny trial, and the impact on the appeals and commemoration process
following the publication of The Port Chicago Mutiny: The Story of the Largest Mass Mutiny Trial in U.S. Naval History. Includes
documentation of Allen’s Ph.D thesis work, publication of his Port Chicago article in The Black Scholar, manuscript drafts
and editorial correspondence regarding publication of his book The Port Chicago Mutiny, and the post-publication impact including
advocating and organizing for appeals, commemorations, memorials, events and derivative educational works. The collection
is divided into three series: Research and Publication files; Appeals, Commemorations and Derivative Work files; and Photographs
and Audiovisual materials.
Dr. Robert L. Allen is a writer, educator and civil rights activist who wrote and published a number of influential books
on racial equality and gender social justice issues. His publications include Black Awakening in Capitalist America, The Port
Chicago Mutiny and Reluctant Reformers: Racism and Social Reform Movements in the U.S. Allen has contributed numerous articles
to anthologies and textbooks, held editorial posts at The Black Scholar, partnered with Alice Walker in 1984 to launch the
independent Wild Trees Press and has been a university educator and administrator.
16.8 linear feet
34 boxes, 2 oversize boxes
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