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Series 5: Seniors Connect, 1980-2014


Collection Overview

From the Collection: This collection contains diaries, articles, publications, notes, notebooks, correspondence, manuscripts, and photographs related to the professional life of Polly Wynn Allen.

The collection also contains administrative, financial, and historical files on SeniorsConnect, the non profit organization Allen founded in 1989. (SeniorsConnect was also known as Neighbor Elder Lead, Inc. (NEli) from 199x to 200X, and Neighborhood Housing Partnership, Inc. from 1989 to 1993.)

Notable materials in the collection include Allen's serman notes, the material on equal rights for women in religion (in particular Daughters of Jerusalem), Allen's Ph.D. notebooks on Charlotte Perkins Gilman, reproductions of obscure publications by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Allen's research notebooks for her book on Gilman, and files pertaining to Allen serving as a delegate to the NGO meetings at the Fourth U.N. Conference on Women in Beijing, China.


  • 1980-2014

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Access to Collections

This collection is open to research.


From the Collection: 18 boxes (15 Hollinger boxes; 1 half Hollinger box; 2 oversize)

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge Room, Cambridge Public Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

Cambridge Public Library
449 Broadway
Cambridge MA 02138 USA