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Allen, Beulah O. (Beulah Oyama), 1905-1992



  • Existence: 1905 - 1992

Biographical Note

Beulah O. Allen was born on April 1, 1905 in Atlanta, Georgia to Charles Fletcher Allen (1878-1963) and Lillian Ryvers Mulkey (1876-1910). She "graduated from Guilford College in 1926, with a major in History under Dr. Algie I. Newlin" and went on to attend the North Carolina College for Women in Greensboro, graduating in 1929 with a degree in Library Science. Allen was among the first graduating class of the Library Science program.

Following graduation, Beulah was offered a full-time position at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute Library. Beginning in 1929, she worked in circulation, reference and cataloguing at the Library. Beulah lived in Blacksburg for the majority of her life. In the mid-1930s she was promoted to head of the cataloguing department, a position she held until her retirement in 1957. Beulah Allen died on April 19, 1992 and is buried at Cane Creek Cemetery in Snow Camp, North Carolina.

"Allen House and Some of its Allens," Compiled by Beulah Oyama Allen, 1980, Nashville, Tennessee.
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Beulah O. Allen Collection,

Identifier: Ms-2014-002
Abstract The Beulah O. Allen Collection contains a variety of materials from Allen's life. Her papers contain correspondence with a variety of friends and associates, primarily Lucy Lee Lancaster, the first female graduate from Virginia Tech. In addition, the collection also contains Virginia Tech Commencement programs, Cotillion Club Dance programs, resources related to the Virginia Tech Library, newspaper clippings about the construction of the new Newman Library, and a large collection of...
Dates: 1905 - 1992; Majority of material found within 1920 - 1970