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Allyn, John, 1843-1921



  • Existence: 1843-08-06 - 1921-09-02

Biographical note

John Allyn was born in Belfast, Maine on August 6, 1843. Allyn attended Harvard College in 1859, and after graduating left Cambridge to enlist in the 47th Regiment Volunteer Infantry and served in Louisiana during the Civil War. In 1868, Allyn joined Sever and Francis, the company that owned the Harvard University Bookstore, and would go on to purchase their list of publications to establish his own business, John Allyn, Publisher and Importer. Allyn's early successes attracted the attention of George A. Bacon and the two became partners in 1888 and formed the publishing company Allyn and Bacon. John Allyn died on September 2, 1921.

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Allyn and Bacon records

Abstract Records of Boston-based educational publishing company Allyn and Bacon, a Pearson imprint. The company was founded in 1868 by John Allyn as an educational publishing company with a focus on the areas of education, humanities, and social sciences. In 1888, George Andrew Bacon entered into partnership with Allyn, creating the publishing company Allyn and Bacon. Materials include artifacts, catalogs, correspondence, financial and legal records, photographs, ephemera, published materials, and...
Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research. The Stock Book in Series II. is closed due to fragility, pending conservation review.

Audio and video recordings have been digitally copied; all original media were retained, but may not be played due to format. Digital use copies can only be accessed in the Burns Library Reading Room.

Dates: 1868-2009