University of California Natural Reserve System

history & archive project

Al Allanson Collection


Collection consists of the personal materials of Al Allanson, an amateur oceanographer and adventurer. Allanson was a contemporary of Karl Hubbs and Jacques Cousteau, and was one of the first people to dive with an aqua lung. Allanson knew Kenneth and Bob Norris and later Jim Andre, and he chose to leave his collection of journals, notebooks, photographs, and unique objects from around the world at the Sweeney Granite Mountains Desert Research Center. As of 2012, most materials were located in the reserve conference room, and a small display of objects (including certificates for crossing the equator, etc.) hangs in the reserve's researcher residence. Some of the materials have been transferred to the UC Riverside Department of Special Collections (confirmation pending).

Location: Where to Find It

James E. Southard Conference Room and Researcher Residence