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Casey Allen collection

Identifier: AG 148

Scope and Contents

The Casey Allen collection contains project files of interviews with people involved in the photographic community, portraits of photographers by Allen, and audio in the forms of cassettes and microcassettes. Series one includes project files, which contain transcripts, interviews, work orders, correspondence, publications, audiovisual materials, and other records. Series two contains portraits of photographers. Series three contains audiovisual materials, which include reel-to-reel audiotapes, microcassettes, and audiotape cassettes.


  • 1970-1997


Language of Materials

Material in English

Conditions Governing Access

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Conditions Governing Use

Interviews may be copyrighted in the name of the magazine publishing them. Contact archivist for further information.

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission from the copyright owner (which could be the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates or literary executors) prior to any copyright-protected uses of the collection.

The user agrees to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents, the University of Arizona, Center of Creative Photography, including its officers, employees, and agents, from and against all claims made relating to copyright or other intellectual property infringement

Biographical Note

Casey Arthur Allen (1916-2005) was an actor, announcer, director, writer, photographer, and teacher. Allen was married to actress Fran Carlon, who worked in radio, television, films, and theater. Allen was a teacher of photography at New York University and local community organizations including the YMCA. Allen did freelance photography for the American Medical Association, Goodyear, Harvard, several hospitals, and other organizations. His photographs were featured in numerous publications including Aperture, Life, Nikon World, and Sports Illustrated to name a few. Furthermore, Allen wrote 300+ articles for the New York Times, Popular Photography, Lens, Photo Weekly, Modern Photography, Camera 35, and other publications. He was producer and host of In and Out of Focus which 100 tapes of the 300+ shows reside in the CCP permanent collection. He was also producer and director of several theatrical programs. Allen died April 28, 2005, just three days after his 89th birthday.


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Metadata Rights Declarations

  • License: This record is made available under an Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International Creative Commons license.


Research files and publications, 1970-1997, of Casey Allen (1916-2005), American photographer and writer. Includes audio tape recordings of interviews with photographers and others involved in the photographic community, transcriptions of interviews, research notes, magazines with writings by Allen, general photography magazines, and portraits by Allen of interviewees.


Series Arrangement

  1. Series 1: Project files, undated, 1970-1997, 10 boxes
  2. Series 2: Photographic materials, undated, 1 box
  3. Series 3: Audiovisual materials, undated, 1972-1989, 2 boxes

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection was a gift of Casey Allen in 1994. Allen previously donated 100 videotapes of televised interviews with photographers. These are in the CCP Library collection. Inventory is available.

Separated Materials

Note: 103 tapes were received before the rest of the Casey Allen collection and have been stored on shelves with the Oral Histories collection materials. The tapes contain interviews with photographers from Allen’s public-access TV show In and Out of Focus.

Approximately 8 linear feet of magazines were transferred to the CCP Library in May 1994. Inventory is available.

Matted and unmatted photographic portraits of photographers were transferred to the CCP Photographic Archive.

Duplicates and work prints were retained in the Casey Allen collection.

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory completed by John McIntyre September, 1994.

Finding aid updated by Meghan Jordan and Alexis Peregoy in June 2016, and by Tai Huesgen in July 2020.

Casey Allen collection 1970-1997
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Repository Details

Part of the Center for Creative Photography Archives Repository

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