Guide to the Don B. and Terry Diener Allen Papers
1951-1967

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Allen, Don B.Allen, Terry D.
Title: Don B. and Terry Diener Allen papers
Dates: 1951-1967 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 10.5 linear feet (7 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 500
Summary: Collection comprises the papers of American authors Don B. Allen and Terry Allen, including literary manuscripts and research materials for works of historical fiction and non-fiction about the West and about Native Americans, as well as collections of creative writing and poetry by young American Indians edited by Terry Allen.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068
spcarref@uoregon.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical Note

Under the pseudonym T.D. Allen, Don B. and Terril Diener Allen (1908- ) wrote historical fiction and non-fiction about the West and Native Americans. They were best known for Doctor in Buckskin (1951), based on the story of Marcus Whitman, a doctor and missionary in the Oregon territory; Troubled Border (1954), about John McLoughlin, head of the Hudson Bay Company's outpost at Fort Vancouver; Navahos Have Five Fingers (1963), an account of the couple's stay at a Navaho reservation and the people they met there; and Miracle Hill (1967), the story of a young Navaho boy, Mitchell Blackhorse. Terry Diener was a professor of creative writing; a director of communications arts for the U.S. Government's Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1968-1974; and lecturer and specialist on American Indians at the University of California, Santa Cruz, 1969-1974.

Content Description

Collection comprises the papers of American authors Don B. Allen and Terry Allen, including literary manuscripts and research materials for works of historical fiction and non-fiction about West and about Native Americans, as well as collections of creative writing and poetry by young American Indians edited by Terry Allen as director of communications arts for the U.S. Government's Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1968-1974. Collection also includes professional and some personal correspondence.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

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Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Don B. and Terry Diener Allen Papers, Ax 500, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is organized into the following series:

  • Manuscripts: Novels
  • Manuscripts: Screenplays
  • Correspondence Received
  • Correspondence Sent
  • Research Materials
  • Addenda I, December 1969
  • Addenda II, March 1973
  • Addenda III, May 1979

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by processing staff.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Manuscripts: Novels
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
1 Doctor in Buckskin, Harper 1951
Final manuscript, printer's copy, edited, 364 leaves
Two copies of bound galley proofs
Miscellaneous page proofs
1 Doctor, Lawyer, Merchant, Chief, Westminster. (Juvenile version of Troubled Border) 1964
Second carbon, 247 leaves
Notes, 2 leaves
Final manuscript, printer's copy, edited, 243 leaves
One set of galley proofs
1 Miracle Hill: The story of a Navajo Boy, by Emerson Blackhorse Mitchell and T.D. Allen. University of Oklahoma Press 1967
First carbon, 305 leaves
Fragments, 50 leaves
Second carbon, 305 leaves
Notes, 4 leaves
Corrections for first carbon, original manuscript, 34 l.
Original manuscript, edited and with extensive holograph revisions by author and T.D. Allen, 334 l.
One set corrected galley proofs
One set of unmarked page proofs
One set of paged proofs, marked for indexing
One folder of 3x5 cards used for indexing
2 Navajos Have Five Fingers. The Civilization of the American Indian Series, 68. University of Oklahoma Press 1963
Carbon of early manuscript, incomplete with extensive holograph revisions, 142 l.
Notes, 17 leaves
Carbon, dated Jan. 26, 1963, with extensive holograph revisions, 237 l.
One folder of miscellaneous fragments
Bibliography, contents, introduction, corrections for manuscript
One set of page proofs, marked for indexing
One set of galley proofs
2 Not Ordered by Men. Rydal 1967
First draft with extensive holograph revisions, 161 l.
Fragments with extensive holograph revisions, 69 l.
Third carbon, final manuscript, 251 l.
2 One More River. By Don and Terry Allen. (Written in 1949, later became Doctor in Buckskin)
Summary, original and carbon, 65 l. each
Synopsis of a novel, carbon, 24 l.
Miscellaneous outlines, notes, 34 l.
2 Tall as Great Standing Rock. Westminster 1963
One set of galley proofs
2 Troubled Border. Harper 1954
Printer's copy of manuscript, edited, 296 l.
Notes, fragments, 17 l.

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Manuscripts: Screenplays
Container(s)
Description
Box
2 Ambush at Buffalo Wallow. Harper. (Developed by D4 Productions, Inc. Originally published as a novel by Gold Medal Books, 1955, as Battle of Buffalo Wallow)
Carbon script, 149 l.
Script for Rosalie Stewart Agency, 137 l.
2 And Now Tomorrow. (Produced for the Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.)
Final shooting script, revised Oct. 26, 1951, 86 l.
Screenplay by Malcolm Stuart Boylan, based on the historical outline by Luther M. Dimmitt
One folder of miscellaneous, including film production budget, cast and crew lists, shooting schedules, etc.
3 Family Films. Series. Audio and video shooting scripts. (Produced for the Board of National Missions of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.)
Basic Training for Christians. 1961-1962. Five scripts, 39 l.
Christian Adults in Today's World. 1960-1961. Outline and three scripts in series of four, 21 l. No. 3 missing
Understanding the life of Christ. 1962. Ten scripts in series, each about 10 l.
Various oulines, notes, edited scripts, revised versions
One folder of detailed research materials

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Correspondence Received
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
3 Adams, J. Donald. ( New York Times Book Review). 1 letter 1951
3 Barker, Ruth K. 1 letter 1966
3 Columbia Pictures Corp. 1 letter 1949
3 Debo, Angie. 1 letter
3 DeFore, Don. 1 letter 1954
3 Ernst, Carolyn M. 1 letter 1964
3 Fawcett Publications. 12 letters 1955-1958
3 First Presbyterian Church (Santa Fe). 4 letters 1963-1966
3 Fulbright, Evelyn. 1 letter 1967
3 Harper and Brothers. 9 letters 1951-1967
3 Hudson's Bay Company. 1 letter 1952
3 Kalashnikoff, Elizabeth. 1 letter 1968
3 MacKenzie, Jessie. 1 letter 1968
3 Marcus Whitman Foundation. 1 letter 1950
3 Mitchell, Barney. 1 letter 1966
3 New, Lloyd. (Institute of American Indian Arts). 5 letters 1967
3 New Mexico Magazine. 2 letters 1966
3 University of Oklahoma Press. 22 letters 1964-1967
3 Presbyterian Historical Society. 2 letters 1964
3 The Rydal Press, Inc. 2 letters 1967
3 Stuttle, Mary E. 1 letter 1952
3 United Presbyterian Church of the U.S.A. 9 letters 1951-1965
3 Westminster Press. 1 letter 1966
3 Peggy. 4 letters

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Correspondence Sent
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
3 Adams, J. Donald. 1 letter 1951
3 Barker, Ruth K. 1 letter 1966
3 Boshen, Dr. Robert. (First Presbyterian Church, Santa Fe). 2 letters 1964, 1966
3 Boy's Life. 1 letter 1964
3 Chicago Indian Ministry. 1 letter 1967
3 Debo, Angie. 1 letter 1966
3 Fawcett Publications. 12 letters 1955-1958
3 Fulbright, Evelyn. 1 letter 1967
3 Harper and Brothers. 7 letters 1953-1967
3 Hartwig, Mrs. 1 letter
3 Hudson's Bay Company. 1 letter 1952
3 Internal Revenue Service. 1 letter 1967
3 KWYK (Farmington, N.M.) 1 letter 1964
3 Los Angeles Times. 1 letter 1967
3 Marcus Whitman Foundation. 2 letter 1950-1951
3 Mitchell, Barney. 7 letter 1966-1967
3 Navajo Times. 1 letter
3 New, Lloyd. 2 letters 1967
3 New Mexico Magazine. 1 letter 1966
3 Oberg, Ida. 1 letter 1954
3 University of Oklahoma Press. 17 letters 1967
3 Rydal Press. 2 letters 1967
3 Sahmaunt, Mr. 1 letter 1965
3 Sheibley, Mabel. 1 letter 1964
3 United Presbyterian Church of the U.S.A. 2 letters 1964-1965
3 Westminster Press. 1 letter 1966
3 Carmen. 1 letter
3 Dodd. 1 letter
3 Irene. 2 letters
3 Peggy. 2 letters
3 Ralph. 1 letter
3 Thelma, Joe. 1 letter

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Research Materials
Container(s)
Description
Box
3 Not Ordered By Men (Materials concerning the centenniel of the First Presbyterian Church of Santa Fe.)
1 folder of the Centennial Committee
2 folders with miscellaneous historical information, pamphlets, notes, interviews, news clippings, mission history, biographical data, sermons, records of meetings, chronology, pictures, etc
3 One More River (Research materials on Marcus and Narcissa Whitman)
1 folder about correspondence between the Whitmans, the journal of Marcus and the diary of Narcissa
1 folder of material relating to the Marcus Whitman Memorial
Other material includes bibliographical data, notes, pamphlets, pioneer history, drawings, diagrams, etc
Detailed notes about household equipment, medical supplies, clothing, Waiilatpu Mission Station, vocabulary, food, entertainment, geography, fur trade, etc
3 Troubled Border (also for Doctor, Lawyer, Merchant, Chief )
1 folder of research on Miss Alice Mary Robertson, missionary in Oklahoma
3 Miscellaneous
1 folder of research materials on Alaska
1 folder of research on Miss Alice Mary Robertson, missionary in Oklahoma
3 Miscellaneous
1 folder of various manuscripts written by Barney Mitchell for Mrs. Allen at the Institute of American Indian Arts
Published novel in newspaper: Merry Blackmail to All, Toronto Start Weekly, December 26, 1959
Published novel in newspaper: Doctor in Buckskin, Long Island Sunday Press, September 7, 1952
1 folder miscellaneous publicity, book reviews and biographical data

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Addenda I, December 1969
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
4 Battle of Buffalo Wallow. Screenplay by T.D. Allen
Final shooting script, May 27, 1955, D4 Productions, Inc., carbon, 137 leaves
4 Doctor in Buckskin. (Original title: One More River)
Log, 19 leaves
4 Gunsmoke.
Story outline, 4 leaves (never submitted)
4 Hazel Does a Favor. 1962
Script, 61 leaves
notes and revisions
4 Living With Your Husband's Coronary. By T.D. Allen. (Published in Harper's September 1962)
Outline and early revised draft, 16 l
Notes
Carbon of draft entitled Happy Coexistence with a Killer, with holograph revisions, 26 leaves
Carbon draft entitled How To Outwit a Killer, 21 leaves
Draft of How To Live with Your Husband's Coronary, holograph revisions, 35 l
Carbon of final manuscript, 22 l
4 Miracle Hill. By Emerson Blackhorse Mitchell and T.D. Allen
Two carbon sets of index
4 Miss Alice and the Cunning Comanche. One act play by Don and Terry Allen. Friendship Press 1960
2 copies
Early draft, 4 leaves
Outline, notes, 8 leaves
Revised draft, 17 leaves
Production notes, 22 leaves
Mimeograph copy (editorial copy), 29 leaves
4 Not Ordered by Men
Second carbon of final manuscript, with holograph revisions, 241 leaves
4 One More River. By Don and Terry Allen
Final carbon, edited, 341 leaves
4 Prisoners of the Polar Ice. Westminster 1962
Final manuscript, printer's copy, edited, 184 leaves
Galley proofs
4 Silence and Cullen Bryant. (Short story developed from the original beginning of Doctor in Buckskin
Carbon of version entitled One More River, 18 leaves
Carbon of version entitled ...But Not Lost, 22 leaves
Original typed copy of version entitled ...But Not Lost, 26 leaves, with holograph revisions
Revised draft, 32 leaves
Fragments

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Addenda II, March 1973
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Manuscripts: Book length
Box
5 Arrow II. Creative writing project of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Edited by T.D. Allen. United States Department of the Interior 1970
Contest entries, 1 folder
First draft, includes original entries, typed and carbon, 46 p.
Second draft, carbon, 69 p.
5 Arrow III. Creative writing project of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Edited by T.D. Allen. United States Department of the Interior 1971
Contest entries, 1 folder
Entries not used, 1 folder
Carbon draft, 55 p.
Correspondence: Outgoing, 1972, 1 letter
Correspondence: Incoming, Betty Madsen, 1972, 1 letter
5 The Whispering Wind: Poetry by Young American Indians. Edited by T.D. Allen. Doubleday and Company, Inc 1972
Typed draft, printer's copy, holograph revisions, 159 p.
Proofs, 2 sets
Reviews, 10 p.
Books in Collection
Box
5 Edited by T.D. Allen
Arrow. Creative writing project of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Edited by T.D. Allen. United States Department of the Interior 1969
Arrow II. Creative writing project of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Edited by T.D. Allen. United States Department of the Interior 1970
Arrow III. Creative writing project of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Edited by T.D. Allen. United States Department of the Interior 1971
Arrow IV. Creative writing project of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Edited by T.D. Allen. United States Department of the Interior 1972
The Whispering Wind: Poetry by Young American Indians. Edited by T.D. Allen. Doubleday and Company, Inc 1972
Box
5 Edited by William Slager
English for American Indians. A newsletter of the Office of Education Programs, Bureau of Indian Affairs 1969

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Addenda III, May 1979
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
6 Correspondence: Outgoing
From T.D. Allen to winners in creative writing contest for Arrow. Form letters. 1 folder of 27 items 1969
Allen, Samuel W 1969
Barker, John ( Way Out magazine) 1970
Boardman, Virginia. 2 letters 1955
Fox, George and Alice 1955
Guideposts. 2 letters 1957
Hall, Peggy Jo. 2 letters 1974
Hiironen, Mary Ellen 1974
Institute of American Indian Arts. 2 letters 1969
Jones, Starr West (Guideposts) 1957
Locklear, Janie M 1974
Mercer, Dr. J. Wendall. 2 letters 1959
Metz, Mary 1970
Milton, Dr. John. 3 letters 1969-1970
Modern Press, Inc. 2 letters 1972
Nachmann, Barbara 1970
Navajo Agency 1957
Peale, Dr. Norman Vincent 1951
Publications Service 1958
Rydal Press 1958
Schooler, Alex 1972
Tyler, Waldine 1974
Ward, Lorraine
Whorton, Julian O. (Concho School) 1974
Young, Robert W. (Navaho Agency) 6 letters 1958-1959
Alice
Paul
Billie
Gloria
Viola
6 Correspondence: Incoming
Bartlett, Alive 1958
Big Trees Press (Dean Chase) 1972
Boardman, Virginia 6 letters 1955-1959
Burbank, Sally (prototype for the Noni character). 7 letters 1955-1959
Egoak, Elinor 1969
Fox, George and Alice. 3 letters 1969
Frances, Sarah
Glover, Gloria 1948
Guideposts. 3 letters 1957-1958
Hall, Peggy
Harcourt, Brace and World, Inc 1969
Health, Education and Welfare 1970
Locklear, Janie Maynor (Lumbee Regional Development Association, Inc.) 1974
Lopez, Alonzo 1970
Mercer, Dr. J. Wendall. 2 letters 1959
Metz, Mary. (University of Oklahoma). 2 letters 1970
Modern Press, Inc. (Rhicard J. Donovan). 2 letters 1972
Pacific Grove Tribune. (Neill Gardner) 1972
Pacific Grove Press. (Graham, Harry C.) 1970
Peale, Dr. Norman Vincent 1950
Poncel, Thelma 1969
Simon and Schuster, Inc. (Kitty Krupat) 1973
United States Department of the Interior. (9 of these from Robert Young) 1969-1974
University of California, Santa Cruz. (Alex Schooler) 2 letters 1972
University of South Dakota. (John Milton) 1969
Vann, Dorothy. 2 letters 1956
Ward, Lorraine
Viola
6 Correspondence: Third party
Starnes, Lois. (Administrative assistant for the creative writing project). 2 letters 1972
7 Manuscripts
Stories and Poems 1969
Original typed and holograph. 241 p., 1 folder
Arrow I. Creative writing project of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Edited by T.D. Allen. Pacific Grove Press 1969
Original typed and holograph. 241 p., 1 folder
Dummies, 4.25 x 8 in., 23 p., rough pencil sketched; 34 p. typewritten
Arrow IV. Creative Writing Project of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Edited by T.D. Allen. Pacific Grove Press 1972
Poems and stories. Typed originals. Carbon copies and dittos. 1 folder
Manuscript. Clean copy, typewritten carbon. 67 p., 1 folder
Galley proof. 12 p. 1 folder
Arrows IV . Creative Writing Project of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Edited by T.D. Allen. Pacific Grove Press. (Collection of Arrow I-Arrow 4) 1974
Galley proof and page proofs (complete), 31 p. and 42 p.
Color plate for cover: "Elk Woman" by Oscar Howe. 1 folder
Arrows IV. Creative Writing Project of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Edited by T.D. Allen. Pacific Grove Press. (Collection of Arrow I-Arrow 4) 1974
Galley proof and page proofs (complete), 31 p. and 42 p.
Color plat3e for cover: "Elk Woman" by Oscar Howe. 1 folder
Arrows V. Creative Writing Project of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Edited by T.D. Allen. Pacific Grove Press. (Collection of Arrow I-Arrow 4) 1973
New copy for p. 37 and list of contributors. 1 folder
Draft. Typewritten original, photostat and xeroxed copies, with typed revisions. 1 folder
Arrows VI. Creative Writing Project of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Edited by T.D. Allen. Pacific Grove Press. (Collection of Arrow I-Arrow 4) 197-
Original typewritten poems in book format. Some pages pasted-up, p. ii-v and p. 1-66. 1 folder
Battle of Buffalo Wallow. Produced May 27, 1955 by D4 Productions, Inc. Screenplay by T.D. Allen 1955
Original typescript, complete clean copy. 158 p.
Carbon copy typescript. Assorted discarded pages, 54 p. 1 folder
Great Standing Rock. Written by T.D. Allen 1963
Character Outlines. Printed forms, filled in by hand. 32 p.
Photograph of Great Standing Rock. 8 x 10 in., glossy
Manuscript. Original typed manuscript with holograph notes, 122 p.
Carbon copy manuscript, typewritten on blue paper with minor holograph revisions. 105 p.
Notes for revisions, holograph, 3 p.
Navajos Have Five Fingers. The Civilization of the American Indian series, 68. By T.D. Allen. University of Oklahoma Press 1963
Character outlines, 19 p., typewritten and holograph
Outline of Navajo character traits, typewritten and holograph, 6 p.
Revision notes, typewritten and holograph, 6 p.
Bibliography, 1 p. typewritten with six odd-sized pages of holograph bibliographic notes
Notes and rough draft for Introduction, typewritten and holograph, 7 p. 1 folder
Rough draft, 60 p., typewritten, some carbons, with extensive holograph revisions (incomplete set)
First draft, 32 p., typewritten carbon copy, holograph revisions
Polished chapters, 95 p. Typewritten originals and carbons, with some holograph revisions
Reviews
Not Ordered by Man. By T.D. Allen. Rydal 1967
Parallel history chart used by T.D. Allen. 20 x 65.5 in., typewritten. In separate cardboard storage tube
The Whispering Wind: Poetry by Young American Indians. Edited T.D. Allen. Doubleday and Company, Inc. 1 folder 1967
Second carbon, typewritten, with some originals, 317 p. 1 folder
Galley proofs, 51 p. 1 folder
Photographs
5 8 x 10 in. glossy photographs of Navajos on reservation in Northern Arizona, accompanied by 3 typewritten pages of notes
Research notes
1 folder, holograph and typewritten
Research materials on Navajo Indians
Newspaper clippings, pamphlets, etc. 1 folder
Miscellaneous
Published play. Paperback. "Miss Alice and the Cunning Comanche", by Don and Terry Allen. Friendship Press, Inc. New York, 32 p. 5 x 7 3/8 in
"Upside-Down Fishing" by T.D. Allen. Ford Treasury of the Outdoors. Simon and Schuster, New York, 1952. pp 116-118 p.
Mailing List for Arrow III

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Allen, Terry D.
  • McLoughlin, John, 1784-1857--Juvenile fiction
  • Mitchell, Blackhorse
  • Whitman, Marcus, 1802-1847--Juvenile fiction
  • Corporate Names :
  • United States. Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Geographical Names :
  • West (U.S.)--In literature
  • Subject Terms :
  • Authors, American-20th century
  • Frontier and pioneer life--West (U.S.)--Juvenile fiction
  • Historical fiction, American--West (U.S.)--Authorship
  • Navajo Indians in literature
  • Western stories--Authorship
  • Women authors, American--20th century

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