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Allen Service Collection

Identifier: RH-A-3892

Scope and Contents

The Allen Electric and Equipment Company manufactured automobile testing equipment. According to Kalamazoo City Directories, it was located at 2101 North Pitcher Street in Kalamazoo beginning in 1928. It moved to 355 E. Kalamazoo Avenue in 1968 and became what the city directories describe as a “tech training center”. Following 1969, the Allen Electric and Equipment Company seems to have ceased to exist. While it was in business, notable employees included Harry H. Levene, the general manager, and Leonard Otto Zick, president and treasurer. Both men lived in Kalamazoo. In May of 1945, the year the collection was published, the Allen Electric and Equipment Company was presided over by Gerald H. Allen, with Lynn F. Woolman as vice president, Maurice McMartin as secretary, and Alf J. Higdon as treasurer.


  • Creation: 1945


1 Volumes ; 8.5” x 7”

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Physical Description

The collection amounts to .05 cubic feet and is composed of one booklet, titled “Allen Service Men’s News Letter”, published by the Allen Electric and Equipment Company of Kalamazoo, MI. The booklet measures 8.5” x 7” and has a total of eight pages, printed on both front and back. The first page features a re-creation of the raising of the US flag on Mount Suribachi that is an advertisement for the sale of war bonds. The publication contains anecdotes, stories, information, and advertisements pertaining to the Allen Electric and Equipment Company and its employees. It also contains news on developments in World War II. The booklet is volume 2, number 5, and seems typical of the pro-Allied publications of the era.

The booklet is in fairly good condition. All of what is printed is legible. There is some yellowing on the pages, and a crease is visible on page 4.


The collection is composed of one booklet “Allen Service Men’s Newsletter”, published by the Allen Electric and Equipment Company in Kalamazoo, MI, in May 1945.


This booklet was purchased with funds from the Starring Endowment.

Allen Service Collection Finding Aid
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
(269) 387-8490