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Morse S. Allen papers

Identifier: TCA-XXXX-001

Scope and Contents

Labeled predominately “Class Schedules,” this collection of material is just that—the listing of classes, enrollment, credit hours, instructor, and the classroom in which the class was taught. The range of the documents is slightly more than 30 years, 1923-1959. In many cases, the lists for both the “Trinity” (Spring) term and the “Christmas” (Fall) term are present, and in later instances, so is a “Summer School;” list, giving a complete picture of an academic year at Trinity College. Also included in several cases are updated requirements for both the B.A. and B.S. degrees.

As a collection, the material doesn’t vary much until the last two folders. The contents of folder number 16 are historically interesting; it contains some undated brochure for a fund raiser to restore Alumni Hall after what is presumed to be the first fire that building suffered in the 1920’s, as well as post-WWII Bulletin that lists classes available for returning veterans. Folder 17 contains a number of undated documents related to teaching at trinity, including standardized test results and day to day notifications as well as several unrelated newspaper clippings, one of which highlights the school’s centennial in 1923.

Originally housed in two folders labeled “Class Schedules 1950- “and “Class schedules 1923-1949.” Material was broken down and rehoused into folders that bear the original headings of the folders they were once in.


  • 1920 - 1959


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the John M.K. Davis Reading Room of the Watkinson Library, Trinity College Library, Hartford, Connecticut. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws when using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital surrogates may be provided to researchers, in accordance with the duplication policy of the Watkinson Library.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information (e.g. social security numbers) in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Biographical / Historical

In a teaching career that spanned forty years, Dr. Morse Shepard Allen taught undergraduates as the James J. Goodwin Professor of English and Literature, Trinity College. His undergraduate studies were completed at Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) and at Columbia University, where he received an A.M. in 1913. Just after receiving his PhD from Princeton, he taught at Ohio Wesleyan University in 1919, then joined the staff of the Trinity English Department in 1920. Outside of the Trinity community, Dr. Allen served as the President of the New England College English Association for the 1949-1950 term, and wrote book reviews for the Hartford Courant Book Review section from 1952-1967. From 1949 until his retirement from Trinity in 1961, he served as head of the English Department. In his obituary, the Hartford Courant said that Allen’s almost 1,000 book reviews were “marked by erudite language and scholarly humor.”


1 Linear Feet (2 Boxes, 17 Folders)

Language of Materials



Columbia Alumni News, Vol. 11, page 427:
Guide to the Morse S. Allen papers
In Progress
Henry Arneth Josef Riccio
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Repository Details

Part of the Trinity College Archives Repository

Watkinson Library
300 Summit St.
Hartford CT 06106 USA