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Allison Owen papers

Identifier: LaRC-677

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the papers of Allison Owen, New Orleans architect, as well as material related to the Washington Artillery. Owen commanded the Washington Artillery on the Mexican border in 1916 and the 141st Field Artillery in France, 1918-1919. Owen's papers include correspondence, architectural material with plans and photographs of buildings he designed, a biography, and Owen family genealogical material. Washington Artillery material includes minutes, membership lists, muster rolls, reunion information, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, clippings, maps, financial records, Owen's speeches and administrative records.


  • 1804-1972


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Allison Owen (1869-1951) was an architect, soldier, and civic and religious leader. Born in New Orleans, he was the son of General William Miller Owen and Caroline Amanda Zacharie. He attended Tulane University (1885-1888), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1892-1894), and the United States War College in Washington, D.C., in 1924. He partnered with C.C. Diboll in their architectural practice, which was active during the 1920s and 1930s. Some of the important examples of Owen's work include the New Orleans Public Library, Criminal Court, Milne Home, St. Francis of Assisi, Canal-Louisiana Bank and Office Building, Municipal Office Building, Metropolitan Bank and Office Building, Prytania Street Presbyterian Church, Notre Dame Seminary at New Orleans, Westminster Congregational Church at Kansas City; St. Joseph's Church at Mobile, and many other church and school structures in New Orleans and other cities of the South. Allison Owen joined the Washington Artillery, rising to the rank of captain and adjutant, then to major and served with the rank of major from July, 1916, to February, 1917, when the regiment was on the Mexican border. In July, 1917, he became lieutenant colonel, and when the Washington Artillery was mustered into the national army, becoming the 141st Artillery, he became colonel.


2.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged in chronological order. The collection consists of two boxes, one oversize folder and five volumes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Cecile Owen. Date acquired: 11/30/1972.

Related Materials

See also the Allison Owen manuscript (LaRC-960).

Other Descriptive Information

OCLC Number: 781764797

Processing Information

Collection processed in 1994 by Helen Burkes.

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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US