Title: R.D. Allen film and videotape collection
Call Number: Coll017
Creator: Allen, Robert Day
Dates: 1955-1986
Size: 39 boxes (50 linear feet)
Language: English
Abstract: Contains films and video recordings from R.D. Allen's research library. Includes footage provided by other scientisits regarding their research as well as films made by Allen. Includes 100 16mm films, approximately 500 16mm films, 438 3/4" videocassettes.
Citation: R.D. Allen film and videotape collection, Center for Biological Sciences Archives, Collection 17, Special Collections, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Baltimore, MD).

Administrative/Biographical Note

R.D. "Bob" Allen (1927-1986) was a professor of biology at Dartmouth College, the founder of the journal "Cell Motility and the Cytoskeleton" (renamed "Cytoskeleton" in 2010), and leader in the field of cell motility, cytomechanics, and the developing use of video microscopy and optics in scientific research. Allen died in his home in New Hampshire, March 23, 1986, after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Scope & Content


By format, then either by date/author or topic.

Provenance Information

Provenance and Acquisition Information

Originally located at Dartmouth University, the collection was donated to the American Society of Cell Biology in 1999; they immediately donated the holdings to UMBC.

Processing Note

Collection unprocessed.

Descriptive Rules Used

Describing Archives: a Content Standard (DACS)

Archives Processing Manual: Description (2015): The processing manual used in Special Collections for all descriptive platforms, including PastPerfect.

Access & Use

Finding Aids

Inventory available

Finding Aid: http://library.umbc.edu/speccoll/findingaids/coll017.php

Access Conditions

No restrictions.

Conditions Governing Reproductions and Use

Reproductions allowed for research purposes. Rights are maintained by UMBC.

Subject Headings


Allen, Robert Day


American Society for Cell Biology


Dartmouth College

Allen, Robert Day -- Archives

Cell Motility and the Cytoskeleton

Cells -- Motility


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