Peyton Austin Allen papers
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Peyton Austin Allen papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Allen, Peyton Austin, 1867-1963
Title: Peyton Austin Allen papers
Dates: 1887-1936
Quantity: 3.5 linear ft.
Abstract:The collection consists of a photograph of Atlanta-based, African American educator Peyton Austin Allen as a principal with students in 1887, a poster of Negro Day at the Georgia State Fair, October 16, 1899, and newspaper clippings related to Allen's death in 1936.
Identification: aarl94-006

Biographical/Historical Note

Mr. Peyton Austin Allen was a pioneer citizen of Atlanta. He graduated from Atlanta University, and later from the Sorague Law School in Chicago, III.

In the early 1890s, Mr. Allen taught schools in Atlanta, where he was directly in touch with the common youth. He became principal of one of the city schools (name of school was not mentioned). It was during his labors here that he took up the study of law and passed the bar in 1887.

Attorney Allen began practicing law in 1898, and maintained an office at 78 1-2 Auburn Avenue, in Atlanta, Georgia. Over a period of twenty years he addressed himself to almost every line of legal practice for his people. He often worked hard without a fee, and gave the best of his talent and intellect to causes he believed were just, to the African American community.

Mr. Peyton Austin Allen was outstanding in civic duties, as well as in religious activities. He was a member of the First Congregational Church for more than thirty years. On Friday, November 13, 1936, an automobile struck Mr. Peyton Austin Allen. A white man named Mr. Emory Morgan took him to Grady Hospital. Shortly after, Mr. Allen died in the emergency clinic. He is survived by his wife Mrs. Willie Maude Allen, five daughters: Elsie, Muriel, Fannie, Julia and Willie; two sons, Edmund and George, and one sister, Mrs. Anna Murray, of Blackshear, Georgia.

Scope and Content Note

The Peyton Austin Allen Papers includes newspaper clippings, photographs and a framed poster. The collection spans the years 1887-1936.


Arranged by type.

Index Terms

African American educators--Georgia--Atlanta.
African American lawyers--Georgia--Atlanta.
African American schools--Georgia--Atlanta.
Allen, Peyton Austin, 1867-1963 -- Death and burial
Atlanta Exposition. (1899)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, Peyton Austin Allen papers. Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.


Mrs. Fannie L. Allen donated the Peyton Austin Allen Papers to the Auburn Avenue Research Library, in 1994.

Processing Information

Processed by Regina Broh-Gastin, 1996


Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on the research use of this collection.

Container List



1Photograph, 1887 View online.
One b&w photograph, Principal Peyton Austin Allen and his students - class of 1887
Framed Poster, 1899
Includes framed one poster - Greatest Day In The History of The Negro in Georgia - October 26, 1899. Speakers of the occasion, with images include:
President Richard R. Wright
Principal Booker T. Washington
Professor Peyton Austin Allen
Rev. Leigh B. Maxwell
Rev. Henry H. Proctor
Newspaper Clippings, 1936
The name of the newspaper publication from which the clippings came is not known. The articles are about the auto, which killed Attorney Peyton Austin Allen, and announcement of his funeral, Nov. 15, 1936