Irving Allen Papers
Scope and Content
The Irving Allen Papers consist primarily of printed research materials on “New Towns”. A type of urban planning, the “new towns” approach first became popular in England after World War II to alleviate overcrowding in London. The planning involves the creation of communities that offer housing as well as schools, fire and police departments, roads, local government and enough facilities and job opportunities for its residents.
The collection highlights research materials on British and American New Towns. Materials includes bibliographies, published volumes, a grant application and photocopied articles.
There are no personal papers in this collection.
- Creation: undated, 1960-1975
The collection is open and available for research.
Restrictions on Use
Permission to publish from these Papers must be obtained in writing from the owner(s) of the copyright.
- Asheville, North Carolina
- Graduated from Morris Harvey College with B.A. degree
- Graduated from the University of Iowa with M.A. degree
- Appointed instructor, Sociology Department, University of Connecticut
- Graduate from University of Iowa with Ph.D. in Sociology
- Appointed Assistant Professor at University of Connecticut
- Appointed Associate Professor at University of Connecticut
- Appointed Professor at University of Connecticut
Irving Lewis Allen was born in Asheville, North Carolina, in 1931. He graduated from Morris Harvey College with a bachelor of arts in 1959. Allen pursued graduate study in sociology at the University of Iowa, completing a masters degree in 1961 and a Ph.D. in 1965. In 1964, Allen began his teaching career at the University of Connecticut, becoming a full professor in 1980. In his distinguished career as a sociologist, Allen published works on numerous topics, including New Towns a form of urban planning. In addition to New Towns, Allen published books on the development of slang in New York City and a history of Unkind Words, or a study of hate speech.
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Irving Lewis Allen was born in Asheville, NC in 1931 and completed his undergraduate education at Morris Harvey College (1959). In 1964, he was appointed an instructor in the Sociology Department of the University of Connecticut. Dr. Allen was involved in the study of “New Towns”, a type of urban planning.
Series I: Bibliographies and film lists (1960-1975) consists of four bibliographies and one film list.
Series II: Subject topics and New Towns (undated) contains photocopied articles on the following subjects as they relate to New Towns: policy and planning in the United States, policy and planning in the United Kingdom, social problems and social structure.
Series III: Publications (1960-1974) includes a research proposal and several publications.
Series IV: Specific New Towns (undated) is comprised of photocopied journal articles, publications and newspaper clippings grouped by location. Countries include: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Pakistan, Sweden and the United States.
Dr. Allen donated his materials to the Special Collections Department of the University of Connecticut Libraries. They were transferred to Historical Archives and Manuscripts in 1979. The collection was moved to the Dodd Center in 1995 when Special Collections and Historical Archives and Manuscripts were merged to create Archives & Special Collections.
- Irving L. Allen Papers
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