Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Turrill family letters

Abstract

The Turrill family letters (dated 1858-1913, undated; 0.19 cubic feet; 10 folders) comprise letters that document the lives of the Turrill family members as they moved from Green, New York to Sawtelle, California during the nineteenth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Turrill family letters
Extent
0.19 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Church management
Correspondence.
Classmates
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Hanna Rumbarger
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0506: [identification of item], Wall Hall Collecetion of American Letters: Turrill family letters, 1858-1860, 1893-1913, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Turrill family of Sawtelle, California consisted of parents Hall Atwater Turrill (1839-1891) and Mary E. Stilson Turrill (1843-1919) and their three children, Gardner S. Turrill (1870-1936), Mary L. Turrill Mecum (1873-1949) and Willie Hall Atwater Turrill (1877-1949). Hall Turrill worked as a county superintendent and Mary Turrill worked as a music teacher. Willie grew up to work as church manager.
American Letters collector Wade Hall (1934-2015) was a native of Union Springs, Alabama. Starting in 1962, he lived in Louisville, where he taught English and chaired the English and Humanities/Arts programs at Kentucky Southern College and Bellarmine University. He also taught at the University of Illinois and the University of Florida. He held degrees from Troy State University (B.S.), the University of Alabama (M.A.), and the University of Illinois (Ph.D.). He served for two years in the U.S. Army in the mid-fifties. Dr. Hall was the author of books, monographs, articles, plays, and reviews relating to Kentucky, Alabama, and Southern history and literature. His most recent books include A Visit with Harlan Hubbard; High Upon a Hill: A History of Bellarmine College; A Song in Native Pastures: Randy Atcher's Life in Country Music; and Waters of Life from Conecuh Ridge.
Scope and Content
The Turrill family letters (dated 1858-1913, undated; 0.19 cubic feet; 10 folders) comprise letters that document the lives of the Turrill family members as they moved from Green, New York to Sawtelle, California during the nineteenth century. The collection mostly consists of letters to and from the youngest son of the Turrill family, Willie Hall Atwater Turrill. Willie wrote to and received many letters from his school friends, including four young women named Coral, Stella, Myrtle and Leta. The letters discuss school work, hobbies, church services, and school gossip. The collection also includes letters to Willie's mother, Mary E. Stilson Turrill. Mary received letters from her cousins, sisters, and children. These letters cover the deaths of family members, funeral preparation, and plans for the church choir.
The Turrill family letters are part of the Wade Hall Collection of American Letter, which includes correspondence and diaries from all over North America covering the time period of the Civil to Korean Wars. The materials were collected by Wade Hall and document everyday men and women.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Access Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.

Contents of the Collection

Letters to Willie Turrill , 1894-1895

  • Box WH-37, folder 11
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Letters to Mary E. Stilson Turrill , 1858-1859, 1901-1913

  • Box WH-37, folder 12
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Willie Turrill letters to Coral Painter, 1893

  • Box WH-37, folder 13
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Coral Painter letters to Willie Turrill , 1893-1894, undated

  • Box WH-37, folder 14
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Willie Turrill letters to Leta M. Jacques, 1893-1895

  • Box WH-37, folder 15
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Leta M. Jacques letters to Willie Turrill, 1894

  • Box WH-37, folder 16
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Myrtle Lyon letters to Willie Turrill , 1894-1895

  • Box WH-37, folder 17
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Letter to Will Turrill , 1903

  • Box WH-37, folder 18
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Stella Himes letters to Willie Turrill , undated

  • Box WH-37, folder 19
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Turrill family letters , 1858-1860

  • Box WH-37, folder 20
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