Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ethel Newburn Starrett letters

Abstract

The Ethel Newburn Starrett letters (dated 1895-1926, undated; 0.1 cubic feet; 6 folders) comprise letters that document the relationships between Ethel, her husband, and her parents in Ohio and Georgia during the 1920s.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ethel Newburn Starrett letters
Creator
Starrett, Ethel Newburn, 1890-1971
Extent
0.1 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Childbirth
Letters.
Motion picture studios.
Women -- United States -- Social conditions.
Women -- United States -- History.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by recipient. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0188: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ethel Newburn Starrett letters, 1895-1926, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Ethel Newburn Starrett (1890-1971) was born in Cleveland, Ohio to James Edward Newburn (b. 1862) and Anna E. Robbins (1864-1949). In 1916, she married Harry W. Starrett (1891-1972) and they had one child together, Wade N. Starrett (1923-1944). Wade was serving in the Air Force when he was killed in World War II. Harry worked as a manager for Goldwyn Distributing Corporation in Atlanta, Georgia in 1923, however when the company moved to Culver City, California the Starrett family moved back to Cleveland, around 1930. At some later point, Harry and Ethel moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida where they lived for the remainder of their lives.
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 Ethel Newburn Starrett letters (dated 1895-1926, undated; 0.1 cubic feet; 6 folders) comprise letters that document the relationships between Ethel, her husband, and her parents in Ohio and Georgia during the 1920s. The majority of the letters are to Ethel's parents, Anna and Edward, from Ethel, Harry, and each other. These letters discuss visits from Ethel, events on trips taken with Harry, business trips taken by Ed in California, the arrival of Harry and Ethel's son, Harry's position at Goldwyn, and the move of Goldwyn from Georgia to California. There are a few letters to Ethel from her mother and Harry. From her mother, the letters discuss being kept busy with chores at home, events in town, and trips taken with her father. From Harry, the letter discusses sending her his salary check and getting permission to return to Cleveland from Atlanta to see her and the baby.
The Ethel Newburn Starrett letters are part of the Wade Hall Collection of American letters, 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 The 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 Anna Newburn, 1925-1926

  • Box 255, folder 1
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Letters to Anna and Ed Newburn, 1895, 1917-1923, undated

  • Box 255, folder 2
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Letters to Ed Newburn, 1923

  • Box 255, folder 3
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Letters to Ethel Newburn Starrett, 1913-1923

  • Box 255, folder 4
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Letters to Ethel and Harry Starrett, 1923

  • Box 255, folder 5
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Empty envelopes and notes, 1923-1925, undated

  • Box 255, folder 6
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