Collection Summary

Creator: Allen, Sr., George E.
Title: The Law Practice Papers of George E. Allen, Sr.
Accession: MSS 81-8
Description: 37 boxes; 12.3 linear feet
Location: This collection is stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections before your visit to ensure your papers are available.
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Collection Description & Arrangement

This collection consists of approximately 12.3 shelf feet (ca. 7,500 items) comprising certain legal papers of George E. Allen, Sr., a Richmond, Virginia, trial lawyer from 1910 to 1970. These papers cover the years 1939 to 1969. Included are correspondence, depositions, legal papers, transcripts, and newspaper clippings.

The larger portion of this collection deals with torts and liability cases. There are, however, two cases which might hold particular interest for those studying legal and political history. Aline Owen v. Afro-American Co. of Baltimore is a case concerning the definition of obscenity and has strong racial overtones. Fred Wallace v. Commonwealth of Virginia would surely be of interest to students of the civil rights revolution in the South during the 1960s. In addition, there is some material dealing with legal remedies for air piracy.

The papers have been arranged by cases. Within each case material has been placed in the following order: correspondence, factual, depositions, legal papers (including briefs, memoranda, and bills), final judgments, transcripts, newspaper clippings and miscellaneous papers. The cases dealing with railroads have been placed at the beginning of the collection. These railroad case are arranged alphanetically and chronologically within each category. The cases dealing with topics other than railroads are arranged alphabetically in a similar manner.

Biographical & Historical Information

George E. Allen, Sr. was born in Lunenberg County, Virginia, on March 31, 1885. He attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and the University of Virginia. After receiving a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Virginia in 1910 he began a law practice in Victoria, Virginia. Elected as mayor of Victoria in 1914, he also represented the 28th District in the State Senate from 1916 – 1920. After being defeated for reelection he returned to private law practice. He thereafter became and remained active in bar affairs and legal education. A good source for Allen’s personal and legal philosophy, family background, and brief summaries of his major cases is his autobiography, The Law as a Way of Life: Memoirs of George E. Allen, 1910 – 1970.

Acquisition Information

Date Received 1975
Donor Information These papers were in the possession of Mr. Wilbur C. Allen, son of George E. Allen, Sr., and chairman of the law firm of Allen, Allen, Allen and Allen, Inc. in Richmond, Virginia. They were donated by Mr. Wilbur C. Allen on April 2, 1975.

Content List

 Box 1:

  • 1958-1964, Correspondence re: Dillon v. Chesapeake and Ohio R.R.
  • 1958 and n.d., Papers re: Dillon v. Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad
  • 1959-1965 and n.d., Correspondence re: Albert Y McMurry, Jr. v. ACL RR Co., [2 folders]
  • 1962 and n.d., Preliminary Papers re: Albert Y McMurry, Jr. v. ACL RR Co.
  • 1958-1962, Depositions re: Albert Y McMurry, Jr. v. ACL RR Co.

Box 2:

  • 1959-1964 and n.d., Legal Papers re: Albert Y McMurry, Jr. v. ACL RR Co., [4 folders]

Box 3:

  • n.d., Legal Papers re: Albert Y McMurry, Jr. v. ACL RR Co.
  • 1958-1963, Evidence re: Albert Y McMurry, Jr. v. ACL RR Co., [3 folders]
  • 1958, Newspaper Clippings re: Albert Y McMurry, Jr. v. ACL RR Co.
  • 1959-1964, Bills of Albert Y. McMurry, Jr.
  • 1961, Correspondence re: Millard D. Privette v. SAL RR Co.
  • 1961-1962, and n.d. Legal Papers re: Millard D. Privette v. SAL RR Co.

Box 4:

  • n.d., Transcripts re: Millard D. Privette v. SAL RR Co.
  • 1944-1957, Correspondence re: Alton J. Scarborough v. ACL RR Co., [2 folders]
  • n.d., Factual re: Alton J. Scarborough v. ACL RR Co.
  • 1948-1955, Legal Papers re: Alton J. Scarborough v. ACL RR Co., [2 folders]

Box 5:

  • n.d., Legal Papers re: Alton J. Scarborough v. ACL RR Co., [4 folders]

Box 6:

  • 1944-1949 and n.d., Evidence re: Alton J. Scarborough v. ACL RR Co.
  • 1948-1954 and n.d., Transcripts re: Alton J. Scarborough v. ACL RR Co.
  • 1955, Newspaper Clippings re: Alton J. Scarborough v. ACL RR Co.
  • 1949-1955 and n.d., Financial Papers re: Alton J. Scarborough v. ACL RR Co.
  • 1957-1959 and n.d., Papers re: Railroads
  • 1952-1960 and n.d., Correspondence re: Allied Equipment Co. v. Farm and Garden Sales, Inc.
  • 1957 and n.d., Factual re: Allied Equipment Co. v. Farm and Garden Sales, Inc.
  • 1955, Depositions re: Allied Equipment Co. v. Farm and Garden Sales, Inc.

Box 7:

  • 1949-1957 and n.d., Legal Papers re: Allied Equipment Co. v. Farm and Garden Sales, Inc. [4 folders]
  • n.d., Evidence re: Allied Equipment Co. v. Farm and Garden Sales, Inc.
  • 1956 Feb. 20, Final Judgment re: Allied Equipment Co. v. Farm and Garden Sales, Inc.
  • 1953 and n.d., Transcripts re: Allied Equipment Co. v. Farm and Garden Sales, Inc.
  • 1956, Fees re: Allied Equipment Co. v. Farm and Garden Sales, Inc.

Box 8:

  • 1949-1954, Correspondence re: American Federation of Tobacco Growers, Inc. v. Jack Newal, et. al.
  • 1949-1950 and n.d., Legal Papers re: American Federation of Tobacco Growers, Inc. v. Jack Newal, et. al.
  • 1941-1946, Correspondence re: Barnes Coal Corp. v. Retail Merchants’ Association,
  • 1937-1954 and n.d., Legal Papers re: Barnes Coal Corp. v. Retail Merchants’ Association, [5 folders]
  • n.d., Evidence re: Barnes Coal Corp. v. Retail Merchants’ Association

Box 9:

  • 1942 Jan 31, Final Judgment re: Barnes Coal Corp. v. Retail Merchants’ Association
  • 1947-1957, Correspondence re: Frierson v. McIntyre
  • 1947-1953 and n.d., Legal Papers re: Frierson v. McIntyre
  • 1952, Evidence re: Frierson v. McIntyre
  • 1953, Newspaper Clippings re: Frierson v. McIntyre
  • 1956-1966, Correspondence re: Melvin Giles v. Danville Commercial Appeal
  • 1956 and n.d., Legal Papers re: Melvin Giles v. Danville Commercial Appeal, [2 folders]
  • n.d., Evidence re: Melvin Giles v. Danville Commercial Appeal
  • 1956 Dec 17, Final Judgment re: Melvin Giles v. Danville Commercial Appeal

Box 10:

  • 1956, Transcripts re: Melvin Giles v. Danville Commercial Appeal
  • 1949-1954, Correspondence re: Laburnum Construction Corp. v. U. M. W.
  • n.d., Factual re: Laburnum Construction Corp. v. U. M. W.
  • 1950 June-Dec., Depositions re: Laburnum Construction Corp. v. U. M. W.
  • 1947-1951 Jan., Legal Papers re: Laburnum Construction Corp. v. U. M. W.

Box 11:

  • 1951 Feb. – 1954 and n.d., Legal Papers re: Laburnum Construction Corp. v. U. M. W. [4 folders]

Box 12:

  • n.d., Legal Papers re: Laburnum Construction Corp. v. U. M. W. [6 folders]

Box 13:

  • n.d., Legal Papers re: Laburnum Construction Corp. v. U. M. W. [7 folders]

Box 14:

  • n.d., Legal Papers re: Laburnum Construction Corp. v. U. M. W.
  • 1949-1951 and n.d., Evidence re: Laburnum Construction Corp. v. U. M. W.
  • 1951, Index of Transcripts re: Laburnum Construction Corp. v. U. M. W.
  • 1949 Sept., 1951 Jan., Transcripts re: Laburnum Construction Corp. v. U. M. W.

Box 15:

  • 1951 Jan. – Feb., Transcripts re: Laburnum Construction Corp. v. U. M. W.

Box 16:

  • 1951 Feb. and n.d., Transcripts re: Laburnum Construction Corp. v. U. M. W.
  • 1953, Newspaper Clippins re: Laburnum Construction Corp. v. U. M. W.
  • n.d., Miscellaneous Papers re: Laburnum Construction Corp. v. U. M. W.
  • 1949-1951 Aug. 17, Correspondence re: Mahone v. Ford Motor Co.

Box 17:

  • 1952 May 23-1957, Correspondence re: Mahone v. Ford Motor Co., [5 folders]

Box 18:

  • n.d., Factual re: Mahone v. Ford Motor Co.
  • 1952 May, Depositions re: Mahone v. Ford Motor Co.

Box 19:

  • 1952 May-June, Depositions re: Mahone v. Ford Motor Co.

Box 20:

  • 1952 June, Depositions re: Mahone v. Ford Motor Co.

Box 21:

  • 1952 June, Depositions re: Mahone v. Ford Motor Co.

Box 22:

  • 1952 June, 1954 Feb., Depositions re: Mahone v. Ford Motor Co.

Box 23:

  • 1948-1954 and n.d., Legal Papers re: Mahone v. Ford Motor Co.

Box 24:

  • n.d., Legal Papers re: Mahone v. Ford Motor Co., [6 folders]

Box 25:

  • n.d., Legal Papers re: Mahone v. Ford Motor Co., [4 folders]
  • 1939-1954, Evidence re: re: Mahone v. Ford Motor Co.

Box 26:

  • n.d., Evidence re: Mahone v. Ford Motor Co. [4 folders]

Box 27:

  • n.d., Evidence re: re: Mahone v. Ford Motor Co. [3 folders]
  • n.d., Final Judgment re: Mahone v. Ford Motor Co.
  • 1950-1952, Transcripts re: Mahone v. Ford Motor Co.

Box 28:

  • n.d., Newspaper Clippings re: Mahone v. Ford Motor Co.
  • 1949-1954 and n.d., Bills and Financial Papers re: Mahone v. Ford Motor Co.
  • n.d., Miscellaneous Papers re: Mahone v. Ford Motor Co.
  • 1952-1959, Correspondence re: Aline Owen v. Afro-American Co. of Baltimore, [2 folders]
  • 1952-1955, Legal Papers re: Aline Owen v. Afro-American Co. of Baltimore

Box 29:

  • 1956-1958 and n.d., Legal Papers re: Aline Owen v. Afro-American Co. of Baltimore [3 folders]
  • 1957 Oct. 16, Final Judgment re: Aline Owen v. Afro-American Co. of Baltimore
  • 1955, Transcripts re: Aline Owen v. Afro-American Co. of Baltimore
  • n.d., Newspaper Clippings re: Aline Owen v. Afro-American Co. of Baltimore
  • 1952-1956, Bills re: Aline Owen v. Afro-American Co. of Baltimore

Box 30:

  • 1949-1953, Correspondence re: Phillips v. Pennsylvania Threshermen
  • 1954-1960, Correspondence re: Phillips v. Pennsylvania Threshermen
  • 1949, Factual re: Phillips v. Pennsylvania Threshermen
  • 1955, Depositions re: Phillips v. Pennsylvania Threshermen
  • 1947-1955 and n.d., Legal Papers re: Phillips v. Pennsylvania Threshermen, [3 folders]

Box 31:

  • n.d., Legal Papers re: Phillips v. Pennsylvania Threshermen
  • 1944-1950, Evidence re: Phillips v. Pennsylvania Threshermen
  • n.d., Transcripts re: Phillips v. Pennsylvania Threshermen
  • 1951-1953, Correspondence re: U. S. v. Town of Clarksville, [2 folders]

Box 32:

  • 1954-1956, Correspondence re: U. S. v. Town of Clarksville, [2 folders]
  • n.d., Factual re: U. S. v. Town of Clarksville
  • 1951-1955 and n.d., Legal Papers re: U. S. v. Town of Clarksville, [4 folders]

Box 33:

  • n.d., Legal Papers re: U. S. v. Town of Clarksville, [2 folders]
  • 1953 and n.d., Evidence re: U. S. v. Town of Clarksville, [4 folders]

Box 34:

  • n.d., Evidence re: U. S. v. Town of Clarksville
  • 1952, Newspaper Clippings re: U. S. v. Town of Clarksville
  • 1952-1954, Bills re: U. S. v. Town of Clarksville
  • 1963-1966, Correspondence re: Fred Wallace v. Commonwealth of Virginia, [3 folders]

Box 35:

  • 1967-1969, Correspondence re: Fred Wallace v. Commonwealth of Virginia
  • 1957-1967, Factual re: Fred Wallace v. Commonwealth of Virginia
  • 1964-1967 and n.d., Legal Papers re: Fred Wallace v. Commonwealth of Virginia, [4 folders]

Box 36:

  • n.d., Legal Papers re: Fred Wallace v. Commonwealth of Virginia
  • 1963-1967, Transcripts re: Fred Wallace v. Commonwealth of Virginia
  • 1963-1967, Newspaper Clippings re: Fred Wallace v. Commonwealth of Virginia
  • 1963-1964 and n.d., Bills re: Fred Wallace v. Commonwealth of Virginia
  • 1940-1960, Correspondence re: Worley’s Beverages, Inc. v. Bubble Up Corp., [2 folders]

Box 37:

  • 1956-1960 and n.d., Legal Papers re: Worley’s Beverages, Inc. v. Bubble Up Corp., [4 folders]
  • n.d., Evidence re: Worley’s Beverages, Inc. v. Bubble Up Corp.
  • 1957-1959, Newspaper Clippings re: Worley’s Beverages, Inc. v. Bubble Up Corp.
  • 1956-1958, Billes re: Worley’s Beverages, Inc. v. Bubble Up Corp.
  • 1961-1962, Literature and Correspondence re: Airline Hijacking
  • n.d., Legal Papers re: re: Airline Hijacking
  • 1961-1962, Newspaper Clippings re: Airline Hijacking

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