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Richard Allaman Papers

Identifier: MS-259

Scope and Content

The Richard Allaman collection consists of various personal items and papers which belonged to and were donated by Richard Allaman himself. The collection is made up of correspondence, newspaper clippings, financial records, photographs, and numerous publications. The collection provides insight not only into the personal life of Richard Allaman, but also serves as a good study of the change in the role of the social worker over a fifty year time period.

Series 1, Ormsby Village 1951-1954, contains financial records, daily records, personnel practices, publications, and photos relating to the Louisville and Jefferson County Children's Home.

Series 2, Shawen Acres 1946-1970, contains case notes, personnel practices, daily routines, and photos pertaining to the Montgomery County Children's Home.

Series 3, Montgomery County Child Welfare Board 1929-1983, contains budget reports, personnel records, staff notes, case material, and notes from various board projects.

Series 4, Ohio Welfare Conference 1891-1969, contains a history of the organization spanning the dates 1891-1965, and conference programs from 1947-1969.

Series 5, National Probation and Parole Association 1947-1954, contains correspondence, programs, and conference material.

Series 6, Child Welfare League of America 1945-1968, contains articles published by Richard Allaman for the CWLA, correspondence, and CWLA reports.

Series 7, Published Works 1945-1960, contains various articles and speeches written by Richard Allaman.

Series 8, Professional Associations 1943-1965, contains correspondence, programs, and publications from the numerous professional groups with which Allaman was associated.

Series 9, Miscellaneous 1943-1966, contains correspondence, class projects, awards, and other items of a more personal nature.


  • Creation: 1919-1968


Restrictions on Access

There are no restrictions on accessing materials in this collection.

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biography of Richard Allaman

Richard Allaman was an active and prominent figure in the field of children's social services during a career that spanned almost fifty years. After he received his B.A. in the majors Social Science, English, and Greek from Otterbein University in 1933, he came to Dayton to work at the Montgomery County Relief Administration until his promotion to youth probation officer, a post he held until 1940. From 1941 until 1943, he worked as a caseworker for the Children's Bureau of Dayton. In 1944 he went to Columbus, Ohio to serve as a Research Sociologist and administrative assistant at the State Bureau of Juvenile Research. While in Columbus, he received his masters in Social Administration from the Ohio State University. After graduation, he returned to Dayton to serve as Superintendent for the Montgomery County Juvenile Court, until he left that post in 1951 to take over as director of the Louisville and Jefferson County Children's Home in Louisville, KY. Although the Allamans were happy at Ormsby Village, they missed Dayton, and they returned in 1954, when Mr. Allaman assumed the post of Superintendent of Shawen Acres, a post he held until poor health forced him to retire in 1968. Nationally, Mr. Allaman had several of his articles published by professional associations, and on numerous occasions Mr. Allaman was asked to speak at national conferences in his field occupation.


6 linear feet

Language of Materials



Allaman was active locally in the field of children's social services. He held several posts in the Ohio-Kentucky area including Superintendent of the Montgomery County Juvenile Court, Director of the Louisville Children's Home, and Superintendent of Shawn Acres, the Montgomery County Children's Home. His papers consist of correspondence, case notes, published and unpublished papers, programs, conference materials, photographs, reports, and awards.

Statement of Arrangement

The collection is arranged into nine series.

  1. Series 1: Ormsby Village 1951-1954
  2. Series 2: Shawen Acres 1946-1970
  3. Series 3: Montgomery County Child Welfare Board 1929-1983
  4. Series 4: Ohio Welfare Conference 1891-1969
  5. Series 5: National Probation and Parole Association 1947-1954
  6. Series 6: Child Welfare League of America 1945-1968
  7. Series 7: Published Works 1945-1960
  8. Series 8: Professional Associations 1943-1965
  9. Series 9: Miscellaneous 1943-1966

Other Finding Aid

A complete box and folder inventory for this collection is available on the Special Collections and Archives web site at

Acquisition Information

The papers of Richard Allaman were accessioned into Special Collections and Archives on December 9, 1994.

Guide to the Richard Allaman Papers (MS-259)
Finding aid prepared by Jason H. Rudesill, 1994
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2012: Revised by Patricia A. McEldowney

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA