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Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I: Biographical materials

Series II: Professional, 1938-1992

Series III: Audio/visual, 1982-1990

Series IV: Oversize

Series V: Addendum 1951-2014

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Herbert Allen Business and Personal Papers, 1938-2014 MS 519



creator Allen, Herbert, 1907-1990
Title: Herbert Allen business and personal papers
Dates: 1938-2014
Abstract: The Herbert Allen papers include personal holdings, including biographical information, honors and awards, and personal correspondence. In addition papers dealing with his professional activities and patents are included, as are those dealing with his involvement with Rice University. Allen was an inventor and mechanical engineer who graduated from Rice Institute in 1929 where he later served on the Board of Governors and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Identification: MS 519
Identification: 1099
Quantity: 7 Linear Feet(13 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical Note

Herbert Allen, an inventor and mechanical engineer, was born May 2, 1907 in Ratcliff, Texas. He graduated from Rice University in 1929 where he later served on the Board of Governors and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. After graduation he joined Cameron Iron Works. During his 60 years with Cameron he rose from Project Engineer to General Manager, President, and Chairman of the Board. A prolific inventor, he held over 300 patents, most of which were related to the petroleum industry. He is also remembered as the inventor of the "Screwpull," an easier way to uncork a bottle of wine. Herbert Allen died in Houston on June 12, 1990.

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Scope and Contents

The Herbert Allen papers include personal holdings, including biographical information, honors and awards, and personal correspondence. In addition papers dealing with his professional activities and patents are included, as are those dealing with his involvement with Rice University.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish material from the Herbert Allen papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

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Index Terms

Athletics
letters (correspondence)
clippings (information artifacts)
reports
photographs
videotapes
Allen, Herbert, 1907-1990
Rice University -- history.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Herbert Allen business and personal papers, MS 519, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University .

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Ann Allen Symonds, January 2006 and 2017

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I: Biographical materials

Subseries A: General
Box Folder
1 1 Data
2 Family history
3 Schools/business
4 Tau Beta Pi
5 Publicity
6-7 Photos [see also oversize]
8 Memorial, 1990
Box Folder
2 1-2 Memorabilia
3 Newsclips
Subseries B: Honors and Awards
Box Folder
2 4 General
5 Who's Who [various]
6 San Jacinto Chapter of Texas Society of Professional Engineers' Engineer of the Year, 1961
7 American Society of Mechanical Engineers Fellow, 1964
8 Rice University "R" Association Award, 1969 [see also oversize]
9 Council of American Society of Mechanical Engineers Honorary Member, 1973
10 Rice University Gold Medal, 1975
11 American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Petroleum Division, Honorary Membership, 1977
12 Houston Patent Law Association Inventor of the Year, 1977
Box Folder
3 1 Association of Rice Alumni Distinguished Alumnus, 1978
2 Offshore Technology Conference Distinguished Achievement Award for Individuals, 1990 [see also oversize]
3 National Academy of Engineering Memorial Tribute, 1991
Subseries C: Correspondence
Box Folder
3 4 Family
5 Political
6 General

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Series II: Professional, 1938-1992

Subseries A: Harris County
Box Folder
3 7 Harris County Park Board, 1958
8 Harris County Park Board,1959-62
9 Harris County Park Board (stadium), 1958
10 Houston Sports Association
Subseries B: Cameron Iron Works
Box Folder
4 1 Agreements/Herbert Allen and Cameron
2 Contracts, patents, agreements, 1948-57
3 Stock, 1955-70
4 Stock, 1971-77
5 HRH Prince Philip's visit to Cameron, 1967
6 French contingent visit to Cameron, 1970s
7 Inauguration of Cameron installation in France, 1975
8 Company history
9 Social events
Subseries C: Board involvement
Box Folder
5 1 Various
2 Tenneco, 1964
3 Rice University Board of Trustees
Subseries D: Financial support, 1960-1992
Box Folder
5 4 Contributions to Rice Scholarship Endowment, 1970, 1990-92
5 Rice University
6 Charitable gifts
Box Folder
6 1 Gift tax reports, 1960-1991
Subseries E: Patents
Box Folder
6 2 Volume 1
3 Volume 2
4 Volume 3
5 Volume 4
6 Volume 5
7 Volume 6
Box Folder
7 1-2 Patents, general
3 Ideas
4 Screwpull (see also box 12)
5 Le Creuset, 1991, 1996
Box Folder
8 1 Hallen Co., endorsements, articles
Subseries F: Rice Institute/University, 1938-1969
Box Folder
8 2 Stadium: Correspondence, 1949
3 Stadium: Planning correspondence, 1950
4 Stadium: Correspondence, 1951-52
5 Stadium: Financial statements, 1949-50
6 Stadium: Specifications and extensions, 1938
7 Stadium: Architects
8 Stadium: Worksheets, c. 1950
9 Stadium: Proposals/drawings, 1947-48
Box Folder
9 1 Stadium: Working drawings
2 Stadium: Progress photographs
3 Stadium: Publicity
4 Masterson controversy 1969: Chronology
5 Masterson controversy: Board meetings
6 Masterson controversy: Correspondence
7 Masterson controversy: Student involvement
- Original music score: Rice music by THE MOB [oversize]
8 Allen Center: General
Box Folder
10 - Allen Center: Album-Open House, Nov. 11, 1967
- Allen Center: Album-Photos of exterior/interior, Dec. 1967

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Series III: Audio/visual, 1982-1990

Box Folder
11 - VHS tapes: "Mrs. Jasper Allen, 5/30/82 and 8/15/82 at First United Methodist Church of Lufkin [TX]"
- VHS tapes: "Bro Timothy 4/14/83"
- VHS tapes: "Allen 'Screwpull' demonstration 10/25/85"
- VHS tapes: "Thermech Engineering's procedure for coating screws for Screwpull"
- VHS tapes: "Made in Houston-Hallen Company, local Houston coverage"
- VHS tapes: "Herbert Allen-OTC address, May 8, 1990" [2 copies]
- VHS tapes: "1990 OTC luncheon, May 8, 1990"
- VHS tapes: 1 unidentified
- VHS tapes: Beta: "National Fancy Food Show, Live at Five, June 29"
- Cassette: 3 unidentified

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Series IV: Oversize

Box
12 Photographs
Awards: "R" Award, Offshore Technology Conference Distinguished A Achievement Award
Print and letter: "The Iron Worker and King Solomon"
Screwpull with original receipts for purchase as first retail sale 1979-06-25

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Series V: Addendum 1951-2014

Box Folder
13 - Laminated wooden plaque: "A Genius Behind a Corkscrew," Houston Post article by Tom Overton
- Scrapbook: An illustrative record of the reception and dinner given to Herbert Allen, Vice President of Cameron Ironworks, by Alan Paul Good and the Directors of the British Oilfield Equipment Co., Ltd. on the occasion of his visit to England to celebrate the 'get together' of the Organizations, London 1951-04-30
- Screwpull example, "The 21 Club"
1 Laminated wooden plaque: "The Infallible Corkscrew," Fortune magazine article with photo of Allen, April 21, 1980 1980-04-21
2 Leather folder, embossed: Herbert Allen, containing color photo and in appreciation resolution adopted by Board of Directors of Texas Commerce Bankshares, accompanied by Texas Commerce Bank letter to Herbert Allen, 1989 Feb. 21, 1989 and Aug. 14, 1989
3 Leather folder, embossed: Herbert Allen, contain photo and a resolution from Texas Commerce Bank honoring Herbert Allen, 1980
4 New York Times Magazine, "Trouble in Start-up Land," containing articles by Daniel Engber "Who Made That? (Corkscrew), "Who Made That Corkscrew" 2014-03-16
5 Julius Wile letter and thank-you for dinner and wine ; copy of cartoon by Myers sent by Wile May 25, 1981, Jan. 1982
6 "Texan Herbert Allen Had Pull in World of Wine," by Russ Bridenbaugh in The Indianapolis News 1990-11-07
7 "Bill Kirkland, Last of the Country Gentlemen" by Charles P. Thobae in Houston Post, includes...the first sketch of the domed stadium being drawn on a piece of paper napkin by the intrepid and imaginative Herb Allen, retired CEO of Cameron Iron Works..."
8 New York Times article "Who made that corkscrew" 2014
9 Cameron Iron Works, Inc. Annual Reports 1981-1989

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