Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day from the Wade Hall Collection!

The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters would like to wish a Happy Mother's Day to all mothers across the globe! We invite you to come take a look at some collections that showcase the lives of mothers across the United States, their varied relationships with their families and friends, and the impact they have left on succeeding generations. These collections, and more, were processed as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grant, entitled "P.S. Write Again Soon": Revealing 200 Years of the American Mosaic through the Wade Hall Collection of American Letters.




2009ms132.0069: The Penrod Family Papers (1916-1962; 10.35 cubic feet; 1,500 letters) of the Wade Hall American Letters Collection primarily consists of letters sent to Gladys Bell Penrod, of Indiana, Pennsylvania, from her mother, Emma Bell; sisters, Gayl Bell Harkleroad, Oda Bell, and Mildred Bell; brother, Kenneth Bell; sister-in-laws Doris W. Bell and Ruth Bell; and various friends. The letters document family life, including parent-child relationships, especially abusive situations; gender roles and relationships; women's involvement in politics; and women's friendship in the early- and mid-twentieth century.



2009ms132.0119: The Carruth family letters (dated 1900-1961, bulk 1900-1947; 3.68 cubic feet; 11 boxes) comprise letters that document the family relationships between the Carruth, Hutt, and Bruce families in the first half of the twentieth century. The letters provide insight into the lives of upper middle-class to wealthy families in America through multiple generations. 


Page 1 of letter to Mrs. Carruth on the death of her mother





Page 2 of same letter



2009ms132.0143: The West family papers collection (dated 1904-1989, undated; 4.57 cubic feet; 10 boxes, 1 photograph box) comprise letters, journals, and pamphlets that document the West and Cox families in Kentucky and Tennessee throughout the twentieth century. The letters are primarily between mother and daughter.


2009ms132.0147: The Lena Ashby papers (dated 1916-1945, undated; 1.8 cubic feet; 4 boxes) comprise letters, newspaper clippings, and photographs that document the lives of Lena Ashby and her children, Otis and Weaver, during the first half of the twentieth century in Kentucky.



Page 1 of letter from Lena Ashby to her son Otis
Page 2 of Ashby letter


2009ms132.0170: The Colgan family letters (dated 1960-1973; 0.35 cubic feet; 1 box) comprise letters between the Colgan family members that document the growth of the family, daily lies, education, and business in Kentucky during the 1960s and early 1970s. 

2009ms132.0179: The Bessie Joslin letters (dated 1914-1924; 0.05 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprise letters to Bessie Joslin that document her struggle with mental illness and family in Massachusetts during the early twentieth century. The letters are from friends and family to Bessie, most concern how she is faring after losing custody of her children and her mental health battles.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Newly Published Wade Hall collection guides on teachers!

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, come take a look at a few newly published collection guides on ExploreUK from the Wade Hall Collection of American Letters project that showcase the personal and professional lives of educators and educators-in-training in the United States in the early twentieth century. These collections, and more, were processed as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grant, entitled "P.S. Write Again Soon": Revealing 200 Years of the American Mosaic through the Wade Hall Collection of American Letters.

2009ms132.0031: The Esther Minton letters (dated 1925-1926; 0.38 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprise correspondence that documents the courtship between Esther Minton and her future husband, George Bruce McIntyre, from 1925 to 1926.

2009ms132.0033: The Eugene and Marjorie Campbell letters (dated 1915-1919; 0.6 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprise 468 letters between Eugene and Marjorie that document dealing with overseas military deployment and life in Michigan and Illinois during World War I.

Letter from Eugene to Marjorie discussing the first day back at school


2009ms132.0047: The Aria Schawe letters (dated 1880-1940, bulk 1923-1929; 0.2 cubic feet; 9 folders) comprise letters between Schawe and her mother and friends that document sorority and fraternity life as well as entertainment and dating in New York City in the mid-to-late 1920s.

2009ms132.0283: The William B. Matthews family papers (dated 1894-1978, undated; 5.6 cubic feet; 12 boxes) comprise letters, papers, and photographs that document the work, educational, and life activities of an African-American family - William Matthews, his wife Ophelia, and their daughter Louise - and their friends and relatives in Georgia and Kentucky in the first half of the twentieth century.

2009ms132.0173: The Love C. Calbert papers (dated 1923-1965; 0.13 cubic feet; 8 folders) comprise letters, school reports, and programs and certificates that document the personal and prrofessional life of Love C. Calbert in Kentucky and Florida in the mid-twentieth century.

2009ms132.0035: The Frances Hankins letters (dated 1922-1938, bulk 1927-1928; 0.3 cubic feet; 11 folders) comprise correspondence to Frances from friends, family, and students that document family life, the stress of finding employment, and the pressure to get married.
Letter to Frances from a teacher-friend discussing continued education and students

2009ms132.0240: The Bedford, Kentucky school teacher diary (dated 1945; 0.04 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises one diary that documents the day-to-day life of an unidentified female teacher in Northern Kentucky in 1945.

2009ms132.0123: The Jessie Willis letters (dated 1876-1918, bulk 1910-1918; 1.75 cubic feet; 5 boxes) copmrise letters that document the family and work relationships held by Jessie Willis in Nebraska from the turn of the twentieth century to the end of World War I. Extended relatives and fellow schoolteachers author the majority of the letters.


Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Recently Digitized Collections Added to ExploreUK


The Bullitt-Berry-Hopson family papers (dated 1823-1988, bulk 1823-1911; 1.7 cubic feet; 4 boxes) comprise correspondence, ephemera, photographs, and family history papers that document the extended family of Dr. Owen G. and Virginia Berry Bullitt of Kentucky.

Image above: Charlotte Armstrong Hopson painted photographic portrait, undated


By Juan Francisco Escuder in 1712

Issues of The Kentucky Press, 1929-2008

The Clay Lancaster Kentucky architectural photographs (dated 1910-1990, undated; 2.3 cubic feet; 16 boxes) consists of writer and historian, Clay Lancaster's architectural photographs and negatives.

Image above: Paris, Kentucky Cemetery Gate in Bourbon County, 1939


The Nancy O'Malley collection of research and architectural drawings for the Woodford and Elizabeth Spears House (dated 1895-2018, undated; 0.5 cubic feet; 2 folders, 1 flat file folder) comprises photographs, papers, and architectural drawings that document the Woodford and Elizabeth Spears house located at 221 Stoner Avenue in Paris, Kentucky.

The James K. Patterson presidential papers consist of his personal and professional correspondence, speeches and notes, books, reports, documents and financial material associated with the Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) College along with published materials and photographs.


Image above:  A track meet at University of Kentucky, Syd Smith breaking the record for college pole vault at 9ft., 6in., June 1, 1897


The Lloyd Feller Ramsey University of Kentucky football and Somerset, Kentucky, slides (dated 1936 September-1937 April, undated; 1 box) comprise 7 rolls of black-and-white slide film (5 positive, 2 negative) depicting University of Kentucky football players and practice; University of Kentucky men's dormitory life and male students; Somerset, Kentucky, high school football practice, recreation, and Ramsey friends and family, 1936 September-1937 April; and horse races at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky (1936).

The Walker family correspondence (dated 1917-1919; 0.2 cubic feet; 1 box) comprise of letters, photographs, and newspaper clippings sent to Dallas Walker documenting his service in the Ambulance Corps during WWI, and the Walker family professional and personal activities, including the family-run tobacco manufacturing company located in Covington, Ky, I.L. Walker Tobacco Company.


Monday, February 4, 2019

Newly Digitized Wade Hall Collections on ExploreUK!

Interested in the experiences of soldiers in the military during World War I or long-distance relationships and women taking charge in personal relationships? Maybe you would rather read letters between a Scottish immigrant and his family or letters about life in a border city during the Mexican Revolution. These collections, and more, were digitized as part of a National Endowment for the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grant, entitled "P.S. Write Again Soon": Revealing 200 Years of the American Mosaic through the Wade Hall Collection of American Letters. All digitized Wade Hall collections can be found on ExploreUK!

2009ms132.0011: Nellie Suydam Cowley papers - The Nellie Suydam Cowley papers (dated 1916; 0.17 cubic feeet; 5 folders) primarily comprise letters between Nellie and her mother, Lucretta Suydam, discussing national politics, the Mexican Revolution, and everyday life in Douglas, Arizona in 1916.

2009ms132.0014: Harry Wilson letters - The Harry Wilson letters (dated 1888-1923, bulk 1890-1914; 0.17 cubic feet; 10 folders) comprise letters between Harry Wilson and his family concerning his immigration to America and changes in Scotland due to World War I.

2009ms132.0021: James F. Frenzel Aviation diary - The James F. Frenzel Aviation diary (dated 1917-1919; 0.05 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises a diary of Frenzel's enlistment and participation in the Aviation Branch of the United States Army while deployed overseas in France during World War I.

Interior cover page of Frenzel's aviation diary

2009ms132.0029: Rhoda Evans letters
- The Rhoda Evans letters (dated 1900-1925, bulk 1900-1916; 0.3 cubic feet; 10 folders) comprise 68 letters to Rhoda from various boyfriends and love interests.


Letter to Rhoda from boyfriend stating his feelings and asking about hers

2009ms132.0038: Sylvester Zellers letters - The Sylvester Zellers letters (dated 1910-1919, bulk 1918-1919; 0.21 cubic feet; 10 folders) comprise letters that primarily documents life in military training camps during World War I.

2009ms132.0078: Emily McDowell papers - The Emily McDowell papers (dated 1838-1873; 0.32 cubic feet; 1 box) comprise receipts, depositions, and legal papers that document the proceedings that found her insane and the costs and legal requirements associated with caring for a person decreed insane.
Court document decreeing Emily to be "of unsound mind"

2009ms132.0085: Emma C. Kenzer letters - The Emma C. Kenzer letters (dated 1908-1910; 0.1 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprise twenty-one love letters that document the long-distance relationship between Emma and her fiancee where she lived and worked in Evansville, Indiana and where he lived and worked in Louisville, Kentucky.

2009ms132.0098: Humphrey and Ida Tremelling letters - The Humphrey and Ida Tremelling letters (dated 1892-1941, bulk 1893; 0.06 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprise nine letters that document familial relationships, marriage, and employment in the late nineteenth century.

Friday, February 1, 2019

New Wade Hall Collection Guides on ExploreUK!


A new batch of over 100 collection guides, processed as a part of a National Endowment for the Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Grant, entitled “P.S. Write Again Soon”: Revealing 200 Years of the American Mosaic through the Wade Hall Collection of American Letters, has been added to ExploreUK! The collections cover over 200 years of American history and a variety of topics including everyday life, the effects of war, sexuality, mental health, race, and familial and romantic relationships. A selection of collection guides have been highlighted below. The full list of published Wade Hall Collection of American Letters guides can be found here!

2009ms132.0043: Briggs family papers - The Briggs family papers (dated 1847-1868; 0.22 cubic feet; 16 folders) comprise letters to William Briggs and his sister Mary, from extended relatives and friends that document life leading up to and during the Civil War.

Briggs family letter discussing the capture and death of John Wilkes Booth
2009ms132.0067: Chris Astle letters - The Chris Astle letters (dated 1951-1962; 0.05 cubic feet; 4 folders) comprise letters that document the experiences of an airman stationed at Wheeler Air Force Base in Tripoli, Libya during the early 1960s.

Announcement of Astle's promotion to Airman First Class

2009ms132.0089: Jenkins family letters - The Jenkins family letters (dated 1909-1945, bulk 1909-1911; 0.8 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprise letters between June and Alleen Jenkins that document the intricacies of their courtship and relationship during the early twentieth century.

2009ms132.0097: Rowland Green Railey letters - The Rowland G. Railey letters (dated 1887-1938; 1.8 cubic feet; 4 boxes) comprise letters that document farming practices and responses to personal advertisements at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries.

2009ms132.0099: Noel Trahern papers - The Noel Trahern papers (dated 1944-1966; 0.37 cubic feet; 14 folders) comprise diaries and materials that document the military service of his service during World War II and later in the Army and Air Force.

2009ms132.0126: Pettus-Speiden family papers - The Pettus-Speiden family papers (dated 1891-1928, bulk 1904-1917; 1.4 cubic feet; 4 boxes) comprise letters and short writings that document the experiences of an upper class family in Louisville, Kentucky during the last decade of the nineteenth century through World War I.

2009ms132.0128: Edna J. "Boots" Lemons Storts papers - The Edna J. "Boots" Lemons Storts papers (dated 1912-1943, bulk 1942-1943; 0.35 cubic feet; 1 box) comprise letters and papers documenting the experiences of soldiers in the Marine Corps, Army, and Navy stationed stateside and abroad during World War II.

Drawing of a picture of Edna that she received from a boyfriend



Tuesday, January 15, 2019

New Collection Guides on ExploreUK


Illustration from the Adalin Wichman collection, 2012ms382

A new batch of collection guides are now available on ExploreUK! The collections document public policy, Lexington architecture and neighborhoods, Shakespearean theater, Jean-Paul Sartre, and much more. See the full list below:

Sara Holroyd papers, 1987ua004               
The Sara Holroyd papers (dated 1933-2009, undated, bulk 1961-1986; 3.93 cubic feet and 9.28 gigabytes; 2 record storage cartons, 4 document boxes, 1 flat box, and 44 digital files) primarily comprise photographs, audio recordings, scrapbooks, clippings, and programs that document Holroyd's college-level vocal conducting and music education career at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky.

The Larry J. Hopkins papers (dated 1967-1994, undated; 199 cubic feet; 432 boxes) consist of the files, correspondence, audiovisual material, photographs, scrapbooks, and speeches generated during Hopkins' service in the U.S. House of Representatives, including material from his Washington, D.C. and Sixth District offices.

The Charles I. Dawson papers (dated 1923-1969, undated; 0.65 cubic feet; 1 box, 1 oversize box) comprise correspondence, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, speeches, publications, ephemera, one scrapbook, case files, commemorative certificates, campaign materials, and personal legal files that document Judge Dawson's private life and his various roles as a Kentucky politician, private attorney, and federal judge.    
         
The South Hill Neighborhood Association records (dated 1975-1988, undated; 1 cubic foot; 1 box) includes correspondence, photographs, printed materials, and project files documenting the work of the South Hill Neighborhood Association in Lexington, Kentucky. 
         
The Bell Court Neighborhood Association records (dated 1957-1991; 1.1 cubic feet; 1 box, 1 folder) contains the association's articles of incorporation, projects and grants files, surveys, historic district nomination material, correspondence, minutes, reports, financial records, and newspaper clippings, which document operation of the neighborhood association in Lexington, Kentucky.           

The William H. Qualls planning papers (dated 1974-1997; 8.6 cubic feet; 17 boxes and 16 rolls) contains the detailed planning manuals and drawings for both civilian and military base projects as well as one of Dr. Qualls' lectures from his teaching career and office documents from GRW Engineers, the firm he worked at for 24 years.

    
The Bullitt-Berry-Hopson family papers (dated 1823-1988, bulk 1823-1911; 1.7 cubic feet; 4 boxes) comprise correspondence, ephemera, photographs, and family history papers that document the extended family of Dr. Owen G. and Virginia Berry Bullitt of Kentucky.

The Edwin C. Gilson architectural records (dated 1925-1996; 3 cubic feet; 2 boxes, 1 oversize box, 4 flat file folders) contains photographs, plot maps, architectural drawings, and a scrapbook regarding building projects in and around Lexington, Kentucky, in the 1930s-1960s as well as photographs of houses built in Lakeland, Florida, in the 1920s.

The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation records (dated 1920-2006 and undated, bulk 1955-2004 and undated; 49.72 cubic feet, 36 record storage cartons, 10 document boxes, 4 slim document boxes, 3 photograph boxes, 12 flat boxes, 20 tubes) comprise foundational documents; correspondence; Board of Directors meeting minutes and committee records; annual reports; historic preservation awards; publications; grant files and financial and strategic planning records; newspaper clippings and press releases; property surveys, leases, and appraisals; architectural drawings; and photographs, scrapbooks, and artifacts documenting the historic property preservation; historic neighborhood and historic building preservation advocacy; historic zoning political activity; and the museum, events, programs, and membership operations of the Blue Grass Trust in Lexington, Ky., from 1955 to 2006.      
                   
The John A. Morris copybook, (dated 1863-1865, undated; 0.23 cubic feet; 1 box) comprises one 500 page letterpress copybook for the Camp Nelson Union Army base in Jessamine County, Kentucky.              

The Joseph Pearson papers (dated 1863-1888, undated; 0.23 cubic feet; 1 box) comprises three diaries from 1863-1865, one account book, and one tintype photograph that document Joseph Pearson's service as Commissary Sergeant in the 44th Ohio Volunteer Infantry and the 8th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. 
            
The Todd family papers (dated 1785-1849, undated; 0.1 cubic feet; 1 folder) consist of a bound volume containing typescript and original documents pertaining to Brigadier General Robert Todd and other Todd family members.

The John Arthur Dearinger Memorial Theatre Collection (dated 1826-2016, undated; 26 cubic feet; 40 boxes, 13 oversize boxes, 1 map folder) comprises over 3,600 items of theater-related materials accumulated first as part of research for Kevin Dearinger's book, The Bard in the Bluegrass: Two Centuries of Shakespearean Performance in Lexington, Kentucky (McFarland, 2007).

Viola Allen photograph postcard from the John Arthur Dearinger Memorial Theatre Collection, 2011ms055

The Captain Francis Allyn papers (dated 1814-1925, undated; 0.3 cu. ft.; 21 folders) primarily contains letters sent to Francis Allyn, documenting his work as an Antlantic ship captain and his relationship with the Marquis de Lafayette and the Lafayette family.    
         
The General Edward H. Hobson papers (dated 1863-1872; 0.1 cubic feet; 1 folder) contains correspondence, financial materials, and a field report composed during the Civil War.

The Kentucky Military Board minute book (dated 1861-1862; 0.1 cubic feet; 1 item) documents the meetings of the Military Board from 1861-1862. 

The Bob W. Brown papers (dated 1953-2003, bulk 1953-1980; 13.05 cubic feet; 25 boxes, 1 oversize box) comprises correspondence, manuscripts of Brown's writings, church publications, newspaper clippings, notes, and class papers, which document Brown's ministerial, activist, and educational activities.

The Adalin Wichman illustrations (1960-1987, undated; 1 cubic feet; 1 box and 1 oversized box) contains original and reproduction fashion illustrations designed by Adalin Wichman as a free-lance illustrator in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Abbey Theatre programmes (dated 1928-1993, undated; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) comprise programs for plays held at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland.    
            
The Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Unity Breakfast programs and recordings (dated 1995-2018; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box, 3.74 GB, 11 files) primarily consists of event programs and DVD recordings that document the annual Alpha Phi Alpha Unity Breakfast held yearly on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Lexington, Kentucky. 
            
The Nancy O'Malley collection of research and architectural drawings for the Woodford and Elizabeth Spears House (dated 1895-2018, undated; 0.5 cubic feet; 2 folders, 1 flat file folder) comprises photographs, papers, and architectural drawings that document the Woodford and Elizabeth Spears house located at 221 Stoner Avenue in Paris, Kentucky.

The Ben Reeves Artifacts and Memorabilia Collection on University of Kentucky Athletics (1962-2013, undated; 9 cubic feet; 12 boxes and 1 tube) comprises primarily three-dimensional objects, photograph albums, and videocassette tapes documenting the play, publicity, and marketing of the individual athletes, games, and tournaments of the University of Kentucky football and men's basketball teams from the mid-20th century through the early 21st century.

The Marion Smith correspondence and photograph albums (dated 1917-1976, undated; 1.78 cubic feet; 2 document boxes, 1 flat box) consists primarily of letters written to Marion Smith by her brother, John Smith, and their friends from when both Marion and John were attending college at Western Kentucky State Normal School and Teachers College and at the University of Kentucky, respectively, from 1922-1926. There are also letters Marion wrote to her friends and father, mother, and grandmother (1922-1929, undated), and two photograph albums compiled by Marion documenting family and friends, travel, and her students (1917-1968, undated).

The Charles Martin papers (dated 1863-1876, undated, 2.1 cubic feet; 4 boxes, 1 item) comprise records documenting supply needs and inventories for the 1st Brigade, 2nd Division, 16th Army Corps of the Union Army during the United States Civil War.

The Kentucky slave compensation forms (dated 1866-1867; 0.01 cubic feet; 2 folders) includes blank slave compensation forms for the state of Kentucky created by William Brown.    
         
The Jean-Paul Sartre diary (dated 1951; 0.01 cubic feet; 1 folder) is comprised of 15 handwritten pages documenting one of Jean-Paul Sartre's visits to Rome.

The C.S. Royster papers (dated 1803-1908; 0.1 cubic feet; 1 reel) consist of microfilmed copies of letters sent from and to the Talbot and Denton families of Henderson County, Kentucky.    
      
The Northside Neighborhood Association (NNA) records (dated 1923-2011; 7.55 cubic feet; 11 boxes and 2 folders) consists of administrative files, correspondence, subject files, newsletters, newspaper clippings, publications, printed materials, photographs, and posters documenting the NNA's 57 years as Lexington's oldest designated historic neighborhood.

The Evans-Peter family papers (dated 1820-1941, 10 boxes, one wrapped item, one map folder) comprises photographs, broadsides, correspondence, short story manuscripts, patent drawings, and a scrapbook which document the Peter and Evans families of Central Kentucky.   
    
The Lexington Lodge no. 1 records (dated 1797-2017; 18.2 cubic feet; 15 boxes, 15 items) primarily comprise membership records, meeting minutes, ledgers, annual reports, pamphlets, correspondence, and notes that document the membership and administration of the Masonic Lodge, Lexington Lodge no. 1, in Lexington, Kentucky.  
             
The Hubbard Kavanaugh Milward diary (dated 1864-1865; 0.03 cubic feet; 1 folder) contains the handwritten account of Major Hubbard Kavanaugh Milward of Lexington, Kentucky, during his Civil War service in the Union Army.  
   
The George W. Didlake diary (dated 1861-1865; 0.01 cubic feet; 1 folder) consists of the original diary, a typed transcript of the diary, and a photocopy of a letter written by George Didlake, which primarily document Didlake's experiences as a prisoner of war during the Civil War.

The Gerald S. Thompson correspondence (dated 1943-1968, undated; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) comprises letters written by Gerald S. Thompson of Clark County, Kentucky, to his girlfriend, Harryette Rupard, documenting his service in the United States, Italy, and France with Company A, 550th Airborne Infantry in World War II.      
       
The Special Commission on Election Reform records (dated 1987-1989; 1.25 cubic feet; 3 boxes) consist of meeting and subject files retained by Commission member Mary Alice Roberts documenting the development of legislation to reduce vote buying and to limit campaign spending in Kentucky elections.

Transylvania Medical College broadside, 1850, from the Evans-Peter family papers, 1997ms301


Samuel Brown diary, 65m4          
2005ms024

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

New ExploreUK launching next week

UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center is pleased to announce the new ExploreUK will launch next week! More information on the new site can be found here.