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Karl Allen collection

Call Number: RH WL MS 60


This collection contains materials gathered by Karl Allen, an American neo-Nazi who founded the White Party and operated a bookstore on the Party's behalf in the 1960s in Washington, D.C. Includes some bookstore records as well as news clippings, ephemeral publications, correspondence, and other materials related to Allen's socio-political interests.


  • Creation: 1957 - 1982


Language of Materials

Most of the collection is in English; some items are in German.

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Karl Allen (1931-2015)

Karl Rogers Allen, Jr. was born on April 23, 1931 to Carl R. and Cody Harris Allen, in Tallahassee, Florida. He graduated from Leon High School in 1949 and received a bachelor's degree in political science from Florida State University. He also received a masters in business administration from Harvard University's Graduate School of Business.

Allen was one of the founders of the American Nazi Party (ANP) and served as its deputy commander under George Lincoln Rockwell. He was the first person arrested during Rockwell's counter-demonstration at the Washington Monument during Martin Luther King's 1963 March on Wasington, being one of 70 protestors there.

Allen broke from Rockwell to form the White Party of America in April 1964. He participated in George Wallace's 1967 presidential campaign and was also affiliated with the White Citizens Council.

Karl Allen died in 2015.


5 Linear Feet (5 boxes + 1 oversize box)


The collection has been organized into 4 series: Bookstore records; White Party records and general correspondence; Organizations; and Topical files. Oversize materials have been physically separated from the rest of the collection and are described at the end of the finding aid.

Physical Location


Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Bernard Davids, 2017.

Separated Materials

Several publications were separated after arrival at Spencer Research Library and individually cataloged.

Processing Information

All materials have been frozen as part of treatment for potential insect and mold damage.

This collection was processed concurrently with the Bernard Davids collection, having arrived at Spencer Research Library at the same time from the same source. Some materials were not clearly delineated upon arrival as being part of Davids' collection or part of Allen's collection. In cases where ownership by Davids was not explicit and the material was dated within the scope of the Allen collection (approximately the 1960s-1970s), materials were processed as part of the Allen collection.

Guide to the Karl Allen Collection
Karl Allen collection
Finding aid prepared by geb, 2020. Finding aid encoded by mwh and gem, 2021.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Karl Allen collection, RH WL MS 60, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States