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Chester Allen Photographs

Identifier: LU-MS-024
This collection consists of about 90 photographic negatives on glass slides taken by Chester Allen, Lawrence University class of 1912. Photographs depict campus buildings, student life, and scenes from around Appleton and the Fox River valley and date from 1909 to 1912.


  • 1909-1912


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Lawrence University does not hold the copyright for all materials in this collection. Uses beyond those allowed for fair use under U. S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) require the researcher to secure permission from the copyright holder.


89.00 Photographic Slides (4 boxes)

Biographical or Historical Information

Chester Allen was born in 1889 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was raised in Appleton, Wisconsin and attended Lawrence University from 1909 to 1912, studying chemistry and physics. While at Lawrence, he was a member of both the Chemistry Club and Physics Club, as well as an amateur photographer. After graduating from Lawrence with a Bachelor of Arts in 1912, Allen received a Master of Science degree from the University of Illinois in 1914. He was a research worker in organic chemistry with the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research from 1914 to 1917. He then became an industrial chemist in Cincinatti, and it seems that he spent the remainder of his life there. He married Helen Cullen in 1919. Allen passed away in 1972.

Arrangement Note

Photographs are arranged by slide size and described at the item level.

Physical Access Requirements

Many of the slides have flaking emulsions. Several of the slides are severely yellowed due to deterioration from mercuric iodide intensification.
Technical Access Requirements Slides need to be viewed using a lightbox.

Method of Acquisition

Materials were found in the attic of a house at 730 E. Alton St. in 1953 and subsequently housed in the Archives.

Processing Information

Processed by Erin Dix, 2011. For preservation purposes, slides were removed from original sleeves, all title information was transcribed, and the majority of slides were scanned and saved as high-resolution .tiff files.
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Repository Details

Part of the Lawrence University Archives Repository

Seeley G. Mudd Library
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Appleton WI 54911 US
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