Guide to the Allen Family Papers, 1867 AIS.1977.14

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Allen Family Papers
Creator
Allen family
Collection Number
AIS.1977.14
Date
1867
Extent
0.31 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract
The collection contains materials regarding William P. Allen, member of an Irish nationalist society know as Fenians. Allen was hanged November 23, 1867 at New Barley Prison, Salford, England, for his participation in the Fenian attack at Manchester on a prison van containing Fenian prisoners. The collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other memorabilia. Digital reproductions are available online.

Preferred Citation

Allen Family Papers, 1867, AIS.1977.14, Archives & Special Collections, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

William Philip Allen was executed November 23, 1867, in England for his participation in the Fenian Rebellion of 1867. The goal of this revolutionary rebellion was to establish an Irish republic. He was arrested and executed for his participation in the prison van rescue of fellow Fenians on September 18, 1867. The rescue was thwarted but not before the constable in charge of the van was killed. The would-be Fenian rescuers became known as the "Manchester Martyrs" Bitter public feeling was aroused in Ireland by their conviction on what many regarded as weak evidence.

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Scope and Content Notes

This collection consists of original letters from William Philip Allen to his family in Ireland, as well as letters to his family from supporters. The collection also includes a few newsclips and handbill containing the poem, "God Save Ireland", composed by T.D. Sullivan, written to commemorate the "Manchester Martyrs". Photocopy and microfilm versions of the collection are also available.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, January 1978

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Revision Description

 Converted from EAD Version 1.0 to EAD Version 2002 July 1, 2006

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

Permission for publication is given on behalf of the University of Pittsburgh as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Acquisition Information

The collection was received from the Irish Centre of Pittsburgh on May 14, 1977.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Archives Service Center Staff in January 1978. Further processing by Carmela Rizzo in 2004.

Revision and rearrangement for the encoded version of the finding aid provided by Alesha Shumar in February 2009. Information about the collection title and the controlled access terms was extracted from the MARC record in the University of Pittsburgh catalog Voyager ID number: 1437677.

Existence and Location of Copies

This collection has been microfilmed and is available on one reel, AIS.1977.14 (Microfilm-cabinet 2, Drawer 2). It's also been digitized with access to the images in the finding aid.

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)

  • Allen family

Geographic Name(s)

  • Great Britain -- History -- 19th century
  • Manchester (England) -- History
  • Salford (England) -- History

Personal Name(s)

  • Allen, William P. (William Philip), d. 1867

Subject(s)

  • Ethnic groups
  • Fenians -- Biography
  • Irish question
  • Personal papers

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Previous Citation

Allen Family Papers, 1867, AIS.1977.14, Archives Service Center, University of Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Correspondence from William Philip Allen, 1867 

  BoxFolder
To Uncle and Aunt O'Brien, Broadside, November 20, 1867 11
Online
  Folder
To Uncle and Aunt Hogan, ALS, November 22, 1867 2
Online
  Folder
To Uncle and Aunt Hogan, TL, Transcript, November 22, 1867 3
Online

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Series  II. Correspondence to Mrs. Allen, mother of William P. Allen, 1867 

  Folder
From her husband regarding the plight of William P. Allen, pages 1-2 only, ALS, November 2, 1867 4
Online
  Folder
From J.B. Adams regarding the memorial procession, ALS, December 11, 1867 5
Online

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Series  III. Ephemera, 1867 

  Folder
"God Save Ireland", composed by T.D. Sullivan, undated 6
Online
  Folder
Clippings, (including--Illustration memorializing the "Manchester Martyrs"), undated 7
Online
  Folder
In Memoriam, William Philip Allen [original missing], 1867 8
Online
  Folder
In Memoriam, William Philip Allen, Michael O'Brien, and Michael Larkin [original missing], 1867 9
Online

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