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Larry Allen Papers

An inventory of his papers at Syracuse University

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Date: Dec 1966

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.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

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


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

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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.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

Larry Allen Papers
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

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