Edwin J. Allen papers

Edwin J. Allen papers

Dates: approximately 1912-1945

This collection contains information pertaining to the life of Edwin John Allen Jr., an early missionary to Japan for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The collection includes diaries, language workbooks, hymnals, correspondence, church magazines, and photographs of a personal nature, as well as newspaper articles, correspondence and other papers which deal with Edwin John Allen’s involvement in World War II. Also included are several papers of Thomas Allen, son of Edwin John Allen Jr. Typescripts of the original journals were prepared by Jean Clawson, and all original photographs have been transferred to the photo archives of Brigham Young University, while photocopies are retained in the collection. The collection has been organized based upon topic, and to a certain extent, chronology.

  • Extent: 7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Allen, Edwin J. (Edwin John), 1892-1978
  • Call Number: MSS 2283
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
English
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Edwin John Allen Jr. papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 2283; Edwin John Allen Jr. papers; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 2283, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The contents of this collection were donated to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections by Thomas Robert Allen, son of Edwin John Allen Jr., of Tooele, Utah. The collection was donated 6 April 2000.
Acquisition Information
Donatedl; Thomas Robert Allen; 2000.
Other Finding Aids
Item-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS2283.xml
Related Material
The reader should also refer to the following Japanese missionary collections which are held in the Brigham Young 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts: Arthur Cutler, 1912-1915 MSS 2279 Joseph Frederic Featherstone, 1902-1904 MSS SC 2062 Lloyd Oscar Ivie, 1911-1914 MSS 871 LaFayete C. Lee and Pearl M. Lee, 1915-1919 MSS 2313 Alma O. Taylor, 1901-1911 MSS 166 .
Subject Terms
Allen, Tom, 1923-; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Japan--History--1912-1945--Sources; Mormon Church--Missions--Japan; Mormon missionaries--Japan; World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American
Genre / Form
Diaries; Letters; Photographs
Processing Information
Processed; Michelle Stockman, Emily Schaffner, and Sterling Fluharty; 2001.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_MSS2283
Finding Aid Title
Allen (Edwin John, Jr.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by David J. Whittaker, Michelle Stockman, Emily Schaffner, and Sterling Fluharty
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-14T14:56-0700
Finding Aid Language
English
Sponsor
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Edwin John Allen was born October 5, 1892. His parents were Edwin John Allen and Sarah Delilah Varney. Shortly after graduation from high school, Edwin was called on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to serve as a missionary in Japan. In 1916, Edwin was called into the military, and sent to England. He was aboard the Tuscania, headed toward Ireland, when it was sunk by German fire. Thereafter, Edwin was sent to the Occidental University to learn Morse code. He was serving as a telegraph officer when the armistice was signed. After the war, when he returned to Salt Lake City, Edwin married Dessie Duke March 18, 1920. Their children were Maxine, Lucile, Tom, Marjorie, Jeanne, and John. In 1932, the family moved to Fresno, California. Edwin's Japanese skills proved useful to him during his time as a first lieutenant in the navy. He was called into "the service" for the second time in 1942, because of his language ability. His first responsibility was the interrogation of prisoners, and later attended the surrender ceremonies in Japan.

Edwin John Allen was born October 5, 1892. His parents were Edwin John Allen and Sarah Delilah Varney. As a young man in Salt Lake City, he helped his father to keep the cemetery tidy and free of weeds. He also worked helping the men pave the main street of Salt Lake.

Shortly after graduation from high school, Edwin was called on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to serve as a missionary in Japan. When faced with the task of learning Japanese, he chose to learn from children on the street, rather than from the maid in the mission home, who taught a sort of English-laced Japanese. In regards to Edwin’s learning Japanese this way, his mission president said, “Brother, any way you can, as long as you learn it.”

In 1916, Edwin was called into the military, and sent to England. He was aboard the Tuscania, headed toward Ireland, when it was sunk by German fire. Thereafter, Edwin was sent to the Occidental University to learn Morse code. He was serving as a telegraph officer when the armistice was signed.

After the war, when he returned to Salt Lake City, Edwin married Dessie Duke 18 March 1920. Their children were Maxine, Lucile, Tom, Marjorie, Jeanne and John. In 1932, the family moved to Fresno, California.

Edwin’s Japanese skills proved useful to him during his time as a first lieutenant in the navy. He was called into “the service” for the second time in 1942, because of his language ability. His first responsibility was the interrogation of prisoners. He later attended the surrender ceremonies in Japan.



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