Finding Aid to the Allen Carrier Blaisdell papers, 1916-1966

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Finding Aid to the Allen Carrier Blaisdell Papers, 1916-1966

Collection number: BANC MSS 67/167 c

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Collection Summary

Collection Title: Allen Carrier Blaisdell papers,
Date: 1916-1966
Collection Number: BANC MSS 67/167 c
Creator: Blaisdell, Allen Carrier, b. 1897.
Extent: Number of containers: 3 boxes and 1 oversize folder.
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Abstract: Correspondence, clippings, photographs and related material, particularly concerning his directorship of International House, Berkeley, from its beginning.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Allen Carrier Blaisdell papers, BANC MSS 67/167 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Materials Cataloged Separately

  • Photographs were transferred to Pictorial Collections of The Bancroft Library.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

These papers were given to the Library by Mr. Blaisdell, May 19, 1967.

Scope and Content Note

These papers relate mainly to Blaisdell's directorship of the International House, and include correspondence, clippings, some pertaining to trips made under the auspices of the House. To a lesser degree some materials relate to his earlier career as minister. A key to arrangement follows, and a partial list of correspondents is appended to end of report.

Biography Note

Allen Carrier Blaisdell, founder and first director of Berkeley's International House, received his primary education in Beloit, Wisconsin, and in Claremont, California. After obtaining his degree from Pomona, he went on to the Union Theological Seminary, graduating in 1923. He then accepted posts in churches in Utica, New York, and South Hadly Falls, Massachusetts, until 1927 when he became assistant director of the International House in New York City. In 1928 he arrived in Berkeley to establish an International House for foreign students on the West Coast.

Box 1

Outgoing letters, l919-1961


Incoming letters arranged alphabetically by author, with single letters grouped in an A-Z miscellany. A-Cg

Box 2

Incoming letters, Ch-M

Box 3

Incoming letters, N-Z


Material re 25th anniversary of International House, including publications, and anniversary volume containing letters of congratulation addresses to Mr. and Mrs. Blaisdell.


Material re trips undertaken for International House to Europe and Asia, 1949-1959, including lists of former International House students, itineraries, etc.


Blaisdell's writings: mainly papers re education


Misc. personalia—army papers, ordination papers and clippings, 1916-1956

oversize-folder Oversize folder 1



A-Z Miscellany


Barry, John Daniel, 1866-1942


Letter, June 13, 1942


Beloit, Wis. First Congregational Church


Letter, May 21, 1926, by E. G. Smith


Carter, Charles Francis, 1856-1928


Letter, Mar. 4, 1926


Cherrington, Ben Mark, 1885-


Telegram, Apr. 26, 1933. See also letter in Anniversary Volume, Box 3.


Fischer-Wolpert, Heinz, 1910-


Letter, June 26, 1959


Ford Foundation


Letter, Jan. 6, 1960, by J. B. Howard


Germany, Auswartiges Amt


Letter, Mar. 21, 1959, by Dr. Weber. Invitation for a study tour of Germany.


Jaqua, Ernest James, 1882-


Letter, Feb. 12, 1940


Karve, Dhondo Keshav, 1858-


Letter, Oct. 28, 1929


Klingeberg, Werner


Letter, Dec. 18, 1960


Loomis School


Letter, Feb. 28, 1949, by N. H. Batchelder


Nutting, Franklin Porter, 1876-


Letter, Nov. 28, 1936


Price, Ernest B, 1890-


Telegram, Jan. 4, 1938


Ward, Frank Gibson, 1869-1930


Letter, May 1, 1924


Individual Correspondents


Anderson, Roy Nels, 1902-


Letter, 1956, in Anniversary Volume, Box 3


Batchelder, Nathaniel Horton, 1880


Bigge, Adolph Edmund, 1895


Bird, Philip Smead, 1886-


3 letters, 1919-1923


Blaisdell, James Arnold, 1867-


6 letters, 1944


Bradley, Dan Freeman, 1857-1939


California. Secretary of State


2 letters, 1946, by Frank M. Jordan


California. University, President


23 letters, 1935-1956, by R. G. Sproul. Some written for him by George Pettitt and Agnes Robb. Some are copies only. Memoranda of conferences between Sproul and Blaisdell placed at end of folder.


Cowling, Donald John, 1880-


4 letters, 1924-1941


Cleveland, Ohio. Pilgrim Church


2 letters, n.d, by D. F. Bradley


Davis, lames McCoy, 1914


2 letters, 1959-1960. See also letter in Anniversary Volume, Box 3.


Davis, Ozora Stearns, 1866-1931


4 letters, 1924-1926


Edmonds, Harry


289 letters, 1927-1955. Many written as Director of the International House in New York. Many copies and inclosures.


Geer, Curtis Manning, 1864-1938


Holland, Kenneth


Howard, John Brigham, 1912


Institute of International Education


3 letters, 1958, by Robbins Milbank, Kenneth Holland, and James D. Kline


Jordan, Frank Morrill, 1888


Kerr, Clark, 1911-


2 letters, 1955-1956


Lyon, Leverett Samuel, 1885


3 letters, 1942-1944. Written as member of the Beloit College presidency committee.


Milbank, Robbins, 1903


Nash, George Williston, 1868-


2 letters, 1923


National Association of Foreign Student Advisers


12 letters, 1954-1960, by 1. Benjamin Schmoker, A. E. Bigge, Ivan Putman, Paul A. Grieder, Forrest G. Moore, Donald G. Tewksbury, Katherine C. Bang, and Jeanne Brockmann. Memoranda, etc, 1957-1958 at end of folder.


Peisch, Mark L.


Letter in Anniversary Volume, Box 3


Pierson, Harry H.


Letter in Anniversary Volume, Box 3


Prator, Clifford Holmes, 1911-


2 letters, 1949-1958


Rockefeller Foundation


2 letters, 1956. Letter of Sept. 13, by Dean Rusk.


Rusk, Dean, 1909-


Shank, Donald lay, 1910-


Letter in Anniversary Volume, Box 3


Smith, Erastus Gilbert, 1855-1937


Snyder, Franklyn Bliss, 1884-


3 letters, 1944. Written as member of the Beloit College presidency committee.


Tewksbury, Donald George, 1894-


West Hartford, Conn. Congregational Church


4 letters, 1926. Mainly by Curtis M. Geer.


Warmbrunn, Werner


Letter in Anniversary Volume, Box 3