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Larry Allen Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Allen, Larry.
Title: Larry Allen Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1960-1963
Quantity: 0.3 linear ft.
Abstract: Papers of the American journalist and foreign correspondent, born in 1908. Since 1960 he has headed the American Press Service specializing in Latin America. Autobiographical sketch in manuscript (1963) plus clippings of Allen's writings, mostly on Latin America.
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010

Biographical History

Laurence Edmund Allen was born in Mt. Savage, Maryland on October 19, 1908. After attending schools in several states he began his career in 1926 on the Baltimore News. In later years he was a reporter for the Washington Herald and the Associated Press. He served as a European war correspondent from 1938 to 1944, writing from warships in the Mediterranean and winning a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting in 1942. He was held in a Nazi prison camp for eight months. After the war, he covered the Communist takeover of Poland. Allen then moved to Moscow in 1949 where he headed the Associated Press news bureau, and the next year held the same post in Tel Aviv.

War coverage was Allen's special forte, so in 1951 he headed for southeast Asia where he wrote about the French Indochina War and was present at the battle of Dienbenphu. By 1957 the Caribbean had become a world trouble spot and Allen shifted his focus to the Castro takeover in Cuba. In 1960 he became head of the American Press Service, which specialized in Latin American news coverage.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Larry Allen Papers include an autobiographical manuscript and clippings of newspaper articles written by Allen, arranged chronologically.

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Access Restrictions

The majority of our archival and manuscript collections are housed offsite and require advanced notice for retrieval. Researchers are encouraged to contact us in advance concerning the collection material they wish to access for their research.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Subject Headings


Allen, Larry Manuscripts.

Corporate Bodies

American Press Service.


Foreign correspondents.
Journalists, United States.


Latin America.

Genres and Forms

Clippings (information artifacts)


Foreign correspondents.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Larry Allen Papers
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Finding Aid Information

Created by: --
Date: Dec 1966
Revision history: 2 Apr 2007 - converted to EAD (MRC)

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Biographical material
Box 1 Autobiographical sketch, typescript 1963
Published material
Box 1 Clippings by 1960-1963, undated

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