Penelope Allen Collection
This collection consists of documents collected by Penelope Johnson Allen, concerning the Cherokee Nation in southeastern Tennessee and northern Georgia during the 1800s. Included are receipts, claims, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and other materials related to the Cherokee Agency, as well as Allen's notes and research material, collected largely between the 1930s-1970s. Collection includes materials on Return Jonathan Meigs, agent to the Cherokee Nation and military agent for the United States War Department, and Cherokee Chiefs James Vann, Path Killer, and John Ross.
- 1801-1984 (bulk 1801-1820, 1923-1977)
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2.5 Linear Feet
This collection consists of documents collected by Penelope Johnson Allen concerning the Cherokee Nation in southeastern Tennessee and northern Georgia during the 1800s. Included are materials related to the Cherokee Agency, as well as Allen's notes and research material from the 1930s-1970s.
Penelope Van Dyke Johnson was born on October 27, 1886, in Chattanooga, Tenn. On February 17, 1909, she married Samuel Boyd Allen of Knoxville, Tenn. She worked for the Chattanooga News from 1919-1923, and narrowly lost a bid to be elected to the Tennessee State Legislature in 1922. From 1933-1937, Allen wrote for Chattanooga Times Magazine feature "Leaves from the Family Tree," which eventually became a book. During the 1930s, she directed the gathering of local records for the Works Progress Administration. As an authority on the Cherokee Indians, Allen developed a large collection of Cherokee books, manuscripts, letters, and other documents. Allen has also written several books, including Tennessee Soldiers in the Revolution, Historic Chattanooga, and Tennessee Soldiers in the War of 1812. She died on January 9, 1985.
This collection consists of 17 series in three boxes:
- Series I: Accounts/R. J. Meigs,
- Series II: Agency,
- Series III: Agency-Cherokee Turnpike,
- Series IV: Cherokee Claims,
- Series V: Cherokee Claims - Path Killer,
- Series VI: Cherokee Project Photographs,
- Series VII: The Cherokee National Council,
- Series VIII: Deposition,
- Series IX: John C. Calhoun - Secretary of War,
- Series X: Militia Payroll,
- Series XI: Receipt, The United States to the Boot for express riding,
- Series XII: State of South Carolina - Pendleton District - Depositions,
- Series XIII: Unknown parts of documents,
- Series XIV: US Troops in Cherokee Territory,
- Series XV: Valuations under the Treaty of 1828,
- Series XVI: Warrant - C. Morgan vs William T. Senter and others,
- Series XVII: Penelope Allen Documents
Donated to Special Collections