The Regar Collection was donated to the Stetson University Library in 2008 by Donald Allen Regar and his four children, Donald Allen Regar Jr., Alison Regar Betancor, Allen William Regar, and Adam Fredrick Regar.
The Regar family members are direct descendants of the Allen family that had strong ties to early DeLand. Donald Regar's great grandparents, James Fredrick "Fred" Allen and his wife Calista Doble Allen, arrived in DeLand in 1875 after Fred had served in the Civil War in 1864-1865.
They built a house at 516 N. Woodland Boulevard across the street from what would become the DeLand Academy (later Stetson University). The home now houses the University's Office of Human Resources. They watched as construction began on the first campus building, DeLand Hall, and Fred promised the builders he would furnish the school with "some scholars."
Fred kept his promise; four of his surviving children attended Stetson. One daughter, Mabel Allen, was in attendance in 1886, shortly after the Academy (the equivalent of a high school) and the University opened for business.
Another daughter, Fannie Norton Allen, also attended the Academy, graduating in 1902, and then taking elective courses in the College in 1904. She later married William John Regar of Tampa and they had a son, Jeffred Allen Regar, who is donor Donald Regar's father. More recently, in 1992, Dr. Bryan Alexander Regar, second cousin once removed of Donald Regar, graduated from Stetson as well. Although Donald and his children did not attend Stetson, they considered the alma mater of a number of their relatives to be a fitting home for their great, great grandparents' treasures.
James Fredrick Allen served in the military during the Civil War. He was first stationed at Camp Randall, Wisconsin early in 1864, but just a few months later he was taken prisoner and sent to Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia. He was then transferred to the notorious Andersonville Prison in Georgia from which he was released in mid-1865. The collection includes 13 Civil War era letters written by James Frederick Allen before, during, and after he became a prisoner of war at Andersonville, the spoon Allen used at Andersonville, and the Bible he had in prison.
The collection also includes more than 200 family photos.
For more information or updates on the Regar Family genealogy, contact John "Jack" Regar, Jr., firstname.lastname@example.org.