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Penelope Johnson Allen Genealogical Papers (photocopies in VF) (genealogy)

Identifier: MSC 0617

Scope and Contents

Penelope Johnson Allen (1886-1985) was a native of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She graduated from Chattanooga High School in 1904 and attended Mrs. Starrett’s School in Chicago, and Western College at Oxford, Ohio. After college, she was a newspaper reporter in Chattanooga and active in the suffrage movement in Tennessee. Penelope Johnson Allen was active in a number of clubs and lineage societies and was avid genealogist and historian. Mrs. Allen served as one of the state supervisors for the Tennessee Historic Records Project of the WPA from 1937 to 1942. She published a series of articles in the Chattanooga Times entitled “Leaves from the Family Tree” later collected and published in book form. She published a number of history and genealogy books over a long and productive life. 1500 volumes of Tennessee County records were transcribed and indexed before the project ceased in World War II. The complete volumes were bound and added to the library research collection. The master file of these volumes is in the Tennessee State Library and Archives but also available here on microfilm. This collection is a large set of volumes not completed as the project was shut down. This collection includes the WPA volumes bound on the library shelves and the files of genealogical research done by Penelope Johnson Allen prior to 1970. Original files in this collection.


  • 1930-1970

Conditions Governing Access

Photocopies available for research during normal business hours of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection. No appointment necessary for viewing.


9 boxes


Photocopies are available for research use
Penelope Johnson Allen Genealogical Papers (photocopies in VF) (genealogy)
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Repository Details

Part of the Calvin M. McClung Historical Collection Repository

601 S Gay Street
3rd floor
Knoxville Tennessee 37902 United States