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Allison, Young Ewing, 1853-1932
Young Ewing Allison Papers
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of selected papers of Young Ewing Allison, a Kentucky newspaperman and editor.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of two typed manuscripts by Allison, correspondence with his friend Eleanor Bowman, three pamphlets, clippings, and printed material. The first manuscript, "Insurance on Noah's Ark", was written in 1897; the second, an "Unfinished Autobiography of Young E. Allison" found by his sister, Susan Allison, is inscribed: "Presented to Miss Eleanor Bowman by her friend and Mr. Allison's Friend, William Fortune, December 23, 1932."


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Collection Creator Biography:

Allison, Young Ewing, 1853-1932

The son of Scotch-Irish parents, Young Ewing Allison was born at Henderson, Ky., on December 23, 1853. He established the first daily newspaper in Henderson, The Chronicle, at the age of 19. In 1880 he moved to Louisville to become city editor of The Courier-Journal. He was a co-founder of the Insurance Field, an insurance trade publication, in 1897, and for thirty-three years he served as its editor-in chief, president, or board chairman. Allison also wrote the librettos of several operas, such as The Ogallalas, which was the first American Indian and Scout opera, and wrote a small volume on novel reading called The Delicious Vice. Allison wrote about music and for musical publications, and on many other subjects, both literary and artistic.

Collection History


Gift of Eleanor Bowman on May 20, 1965 (AM18607).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by James Flannery in January 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Young Ewing Allison Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1