William Allen Collection
This collection was formed by William Allen (1825-1906). Born in Birmingham, England into a family of silversmiths, he deserted that trade and was apprenticed to Boulton & Watts, the builders of steam engines. The learned various machinist and mechanical trades and emigrated to the United States, becoming the plant engineer at the Court Mills agricultural machinery concern. He lived in Worcester beginning in 1859 and established his own company, The Allen Company, that specialized in power boilers, textile processing equipment, and stainless steel fabricators in the twentieth century. The firm also manufactured fine paper processing equipment.
The collection consists of about 270 advertisements received by William Allen in the 1860s from manufacturers in the northeast. Much of this material is illustrated. It came to AAS as the gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Knight in 1981.
- Terri Tremblay, Assistant Curator Graphic Arts
This collection was described in a database by Michael Cohen and reproduced in a digital format by Derek Lundquist in the summer of 2002 through a grant from the Research Libraries Group.