Register of the Niel R. Allen papers

Finding aid prepared by Emilia Schrier
Hoover Institution Archives
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Stanford University
Stanford, CA, 94305-6010
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Title: Niel R. Allen papers
Date (inclusive): 1915-1931
Collection Number: 59001
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 1 manuscript box (0.4 linear feet)
Abstract: The materials relate to Niel R. Allen, a Second Lieutenant in the 8th Infantry of the U.S. Army during World War I. Most of the material centers on The Duckboard, a newspaper which Allen helped create, edit, and publish for Camp Pontanezen, France.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Creator: Allen, Niel R. 1894-1959.


Collection is open for research.
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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Niel R. Allen papers, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1959.


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Biographical/Historical Note

1894 May 1 Born in Pullman, Whitman County, Washington
1918 Graduated from Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.
1918-1919 Served as Second Lieutenant in the 8th Infantry for the U.S. Army during World War I
1922 Graduated from Stanford Law School as Doctor of Jurisprudence
  Began practicing law in Grants Pass, Oregon.
1941-1946 Served as the Oregon Republican state chair
1943-1957 Served on the governing board of the State Department of Geology and Mineral Industry, and was Chairman of the Board for six of those years.
1944 Was alternate delegate to the Republican National Convention from Oregon
1945-1959 Was national chariman and vice chairman of the American Legion's Civil Defense Committee
1956 Served as Presidential Elector for Oregon
1959 April 13 Died in Grants Pass, Oregon.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Niel R. Allen papers consist of materials relating to Niel R. Allen, a Second Lieutenant in the 8th Infantry of the U.S. Army during WWI. Most of the material centers on the inception, management, and production of The Duckboard, a newspaper which Allen helped create, edit, and publish for Camp Pontanezen, France, towards the end of the war. Also included in the collection are camp-related materials like bulletins and pamphlets, and some of Allen's personal papers such as his identification card and officer's record book.

Arrangement Statement

Collection is organized into 6 series: Biographical Material; Correspondence; The Duckboard file; Bulletin; Pamphlets; and Pay Vouchers.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces.
World War, 1914-1918--France.

Box/Folder: 1 : 1

Biographical Material, 1919

Box/Folder: 1 : 2

Correspondence, 1919


The Duckboard file, 1915-1931

Box/Folder: 1 : 3

Account Books, 1919

Box/Folder: 1 : 4

Contracts, 1919


Correspondence, 1919-1931

Box/Folder: 1 : 5

Telegrams, 1919


To and from Niel Allen, 1919-1931

Box/Folder: 1 : 6

Smedley D. Butler, 1919

Box/Folder: 1 : 7

Charles Chassé, 1919

Box/Folder: 1 : 8

J. R. Harvey, 1931

Box/Folder: 1 : 9

Eli Helmick, 1919

Box/Folder: 1 : 10

Mellets, 1919

Box/Folder: 1 : 11

Ed Keen, 1919

Box/Folder: 1 : 12

Unidentified, 1919

Box/Folder: 1 : 13

Miscellany, 1919

Box/Folder: 1: 14

To and from other individuals, 1919

Box/Folder: 1 : 15

Layout of first issue, 1919

Box/Folder: 1 : 16

Print copy of 33rd issue, 1919

Box/Folder: 1 : 17

Receipts, 1919

Box/Folder: 1 : 18

Stationery, 1919

Box/Folder: 1 : 19

Miscellany, 1919

Box/Folder: 1 : 20

Bulletin, 1919

Box/Folder: 1 : 21

Pamphlets, 1919

Box/Folder: 1 : 22

Pay vouchers, 1915