William F. Allen scrapbooks

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William F. Allen Scrapbooks, 1830-1946

Two scrapbooks chronicling William Franklin Allen's one term (1937-1938) as a member of the U. S. House of Representatives for the state of Delaware, as well as his business affairs.

Scrapbook 1, 1937-1938 1 volume Volume 1

Contains correspondence from colleagues and constituents, notably chairman of the Democratic National Committee James A. Farley, and Secretary of State Cordell Hull. Also includes news clippings mentioning Allen’s efforts to secure construction of a bridge over the Delaware River and his support for a bridge over the Chesapeake Bay. Additional news clippings demonstrate Allen’s interest in political issues in his home state, especially the party dissension among Delaware Democrats that threatened Allen’s chances of being re-nominated as Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in the 1938 election. Also represented in the scrapbook is Allen’s business relationship with the Pure Oil Company as connected to his own company, Allen Petroleum Corporation.

Scrapbook 2, 1830-1946 1 volume Volume 2

Includes ephemera related to the inauguration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt for his second term, correspondence from colleagues and constituents, including Democratic National Committee Chairman James A. Farley, and a program for the inauguration of Richard C. McMullen as governor of Delaware. Also included are ephemera from a testimonial dinner for James A. Farley, various announcements, invitations, and calling cards, and news clippings related to Allen and political issues throughout the state of Delaware. Of particular note is a copy of the Democratic Register, a congressional yearbook for 1936, ephemera from Allen’s trip to the Panama Canal in 1938, and a copy of H.R. 9740, the congressional bill establishing Wilmington’s Delaware Bridge Authority in 1938. The scrapbook also contains various receipts belonging to the Allen family dating from 1830 as well as two unidentified cloth bags.