Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for

Finding aid created by
Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Allen Field Papers
Creator: Field, Allen.
Inclusive dates: 1928-1959, and undated
Extent: 1.25 cubic foot (in 2 boxes)
Abstract:
Papers include: drafts, transcripts, and carbon copies of Field's stories, and a scrapbook of his column, the Far Parade.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 2286

Access Restrictions:

Allen Field Papers are open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Allen Field Papers, Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Arrangement is alphabetical, and then chronological.


History

Biography:

Allen Field Smith was born in Chicago in 1895. At the conclusion of his junior year at Denison University, he enlisted in the Army in 1917, after which he engaged in business in Columbus, Ohio. Moving to Newaygo, Michigan, he eventually turned to writing sports adventure stories for boys on a full-time basis under the pen-name, Allen Field. His writing proved not to be a financial success and he turned to editing the local newspaper. Field later became a postal employee in Newaygo. (This information is from the collection.)


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes Smith’s correspondence with several magazines and publishers relating to his short stories and his only published novel, The Muskamming Red Head (1932), a signed copy of which is separately cataloged in the Clarke Historical Library; papers concerning several writing courses which he took through correspondence; drafts, typescripts, and carbon copies of typescripts of his writings; and one scrapbook of clippings of his newspaper column, “The Far Parade.”

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Field, Allen.
    • Sport stories, American.
    • Children's literature.
    • Michigan authors.
    • Publishers and publishing--Michigan.
    • Newaygo (Mich.)--History.
    • Newaygo County (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Allen Field Papers. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Correspondence, Columbia University, Home Study Department, English H1B, Technique of the Short Story. Also includes assignments, 1928-1930
    Box   1 F   2
    Correspondence, The American Boy magazine, 1928-1937
    Box   1 F   3
    Correspondence, Farrar and Rinehart, publishers of The Muskamming Red Head, 1930-1937
    Box   1 F   4
    Correspondence, The Open Road For Boys magazine, 1932-1934
    Box   1 F   5
    Correspondence, Henry Holt and Company, Inc., 1954-1955
    Box   1 F   6
    Correspondence, Louis L. Wilson, 1954-1955
    Box   1 F   7
    Correspondence, Wheeler Publishing Company, 1955
    Box   1 F   8
    Correspondence, Simplified Training Course, Denver, Colorado, includes assignments, 1957-1959
    Box   1 F   9
    Simplified Training Course, Miscellaneous Printed Materials, undated
    Box   1 F   10
    Correspondence, Miscellaneous, 1938-1957
    Box   1 F   11
    “Ballard of Kentucky” Transcript and Carbon Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   12
    “Ballard on the Gulf” Transcript and Carbon Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   13
    “Big Head and Figgerhead” Original and Revised Carbon Typescripts, undated
    Box   1 F   14
    “Cannon” Carbon Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   15
    “Captain Dangerous” Typescript and Carbon Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   16
    “Chippewayan” Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   17
    “De Chile” Typescript Drafts, undated
    Box   1 F   18
    “Double Play” Typescript and Carbon Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   19
    “The Far Parade,” Chapters 1-9 Typescript Draft, undated
    Box   1 F   20
    “The Far Parade,” Chapters 10-14 Typescript Draft, undated
    Box   1 F   22
    “The Far Parade,” Chapters 15-18 Typescript Draft, undated
    Box   1 F   23
    “The Far Parade,” Chapters 19-22 Typescript Draft, undated
    Box   1 F   24
    “The Far Parade,” Chapters 1-12 Corrected Carbon Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   25
    “The Far Parade,” Chapters 13-22 Corrected Carbon Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   26
    “The Fizzle Reward” Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   27
    “Foot Trouble” Carbon Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   28
    “Football for Graydon” Carbon Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   29
    “For Revere” Typescript and Carbon Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   30
    “Four is Easy or Teachers are Wonderful” Typescript Drafts, undated
    Box   1 F   31
    “Grand Runt” Typescript Drafts, undated
    Box   1 F   32
    “The Greensborough Cup” Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   33
    “Growing Pains” Carbon Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   34
    "Gumbert’s Second Million” Incomplete Original Typescript Draft, undated
    Box   1 F   35
    "Gumbert’s Second Million” Carbon Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   36
    “It Happened” Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   37
    “Kick Me” Typescript and Carbon Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   38
    “The Last Long Mile” Carbon Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   39
    “Left Hand, Right Hand” Typescript and Carbon Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   40
    “A Man of Judgment” Carbon Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   41
    “Moment Fables” Typescripts, undated
    Box   1 F   42
    The Muskamming Red Head, Chapters 10-22 Typescript Draft, undated
    Box   1 F   43
    The Muskamming Red Head, Chapters 14-18 Typescript Draft, undated
    Box   1 F   44
    The Muskamming Red Head, Chapters 1-12 Revised Carbon Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   45
    “My Grandfather’s Legacy” Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   46
    “The Never Never Ball” Carbon Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   47
    “The Newaygo Cannon” Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   48
    “Noah” Typescript Drafts With Various Titles, undated
    Box   1 F   49
    “Powerhouse” Typescript and Carbon Typescript, undated
    Box   1 F   50
    “A Proposition for an Experiment in Christian Education” Carbon Typescript, undated
    Box   2 F   1
    “The Silver Bell” Typescript Drafts, undated
    Box   2 F   2
    Untitled Typescripts, undated
    Box   2 F   3
    Miscellaneous Materials, undated
    Box   2 F   4
    Scrapbook, Clippings of the Column, “The Far Parade,” From The Newaygo Republican, 1934-1935