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James Lane Allen Collection,ca. 189?-196?

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James Lane Allen Collection


ca. 189?-196


Transylvania University Special CollectionsLexington, Kentucky 40508 USA

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Open to researchers.

Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], James Lane Allen Collection, ca. 189?-196?, MCS 1,Special Collections, Transylvania University, Lexington.


.5 cubic ft.


James Lane Allen was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1849. He attended Transylvania Academy and graduated from Kentucky University (later Transylvania University) in 1872. During much of the 1870s and 1880s he had a varied career as an educator, serving as professor and schoolmaster at institutions in Missouri, West Virginia, and Kentucky. Allen is best known as a writer of short stories and novels. His short stories, many with Kentucky themes, began appearing in national publications in the 1880s. His novels included KENTUCKY CARDINAL (1894), SUMMERS IN ARCADY (1896), and THE CHOIR INVISIBLE (1897). In his novel, THE REIGN OF LAW: A TALE OF THE KENTUCKY HEMP FIELDS, the main character questions religious orthodoxy and examines Darwinism while attending the College of the Bible in Lexington. Published in 1900, it generated much controversy in the religious community. He continued to write into the 1920s. He died in New York City in 1925, and is buried in Lexington.

Scope and Content

This is a collection of materials about author and Lexington, Kentucky native, James Lane Allen. Included are a small number of letters from the author, most dealing with Transylvania University. Also included is biographical information including copies of lectures, speechs, essays, and articles about Allen. There is also information about a memorial to Allen located in Gratz Park in Lexington. Photographs of the memorial are present.


  • Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925 -- Monuments.
  • Allen, James Lane, 1849-1925.
  • Authors, American -- Kentucky.
  • Gratz Park (Lexington, Ky.)
  • Kentucky University -- Alumni and alumnae.
  • Memorials -- Kentucky -- Lexington.
  • Novelists, American -- Kentucky.
  • Photographs.
  • Transylvania University.
  • Authors, American -- Kentucky -- Monuments.
  • Gratz Park (Lexington, Ky.) -- Photographs.
  • Memorials -- Kentucky -- Lexington -- Photographs

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