History Archives

THE ELLEN GORDON ALLEN COLLECTION

These six scrapbooks were the property of Mrs. Ellen Gordon Allen, the Founder of Ikebana International.  Mrs. Allen bequeathed the scrapbooks to Ikebana International Chapter No. 1, Washington, D.C.  By making this material available in digital format, we aim to provide access to other I. I. chapters and researchers interested in the art of ikebana.

We have added a seventh book, which as the title indicates are tributes to Mrs. Allen and additional documents collected after her passing.

You may access each of the Books by clicking on the appropriate link below. 

SB 1 – Japan 1951- 1953 & 1956
SB 2 –  Rome 1954 – 1956
SB 3 – FOUNDING DOCUMENTS 1956- 1962
SB 4 –  EXHIBITIONS 1957- 1961
SB 5 – THE DOGWOOD PROJECT 1965
SB 6 – I.I. FIRST & SECOND WORLD CONVENTIONS
SB 7 – EPILOGUE: Tributes & Additional Documents