Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters

Abstract

The Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters (dated 1915-1963, bulk 1915-1963; 1.75 cubic feet; 5 boxes) comprise letters from Burgoon's friends and family that document medical practices, travel, and family life in Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, and Virginia during the first half of the twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters
Creator
Burgoon, Mary Elizabeth, 1898-
Extent
1.75 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Family.
Great Depression
Letters.
Nurses -- Employment -- United States
Nurse practitioners.
Pennsylvania
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0118: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1915-1963, bulk 1915-1963, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Mary Elizabeth Burgoon (b. 1898) was born in Brookville, Pennsylvania to Charles P. Burgoon (1869-1962) and Elizabeth Heller (1867-1958). She was the oldest of seven children, four brothers (Joe, Charles, Vernon, and Philip) and one sister (Agnes). She did not go by her first name, but preferred to be called Elizabeth or Betty. Elizabeth worked as a nurse, receiving her training at St. Vincent's Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania and graduating in 1919. From graduation to the mid-1940s Elizabeth worked as an itinerant nurse in various hospitals and as a private nurse in Jamestown, Pennsylvania; Columbus and Cleveland, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois; Atlanta, Georgia; and Miami Beach and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. In addition to nursing, she owned a few houses which she rented out, and played the stock market and ponies to supplement her income. In the 1940s, she left nursing and opened a flower shop in Ft. Lauderdale that was quite successful, despite being damaged during multiple hurricanes.
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 Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters (dated 1915-1963, bulk 1915-1963; 1.75 cubic feet; 5 boxes) comprise letters from Burgoon's friends and family that document medical practices, travel, and family life in Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, and Virginia during the first half of the twentieth century. The majority of the letters are from nursing friends across the country as well as her family, particularly her mother and brother. The letters discuss life as an itinerant nurse, economic conditions, dealing with patients, opening practices, leaving medicine, and current events. Some letters discuss the arrest of actor Roscoe Fatty Arbuckle for rape and murder in 1921, and the health of the stock market in the 1920s and 1930s.
The Mary Elizabeth Burgoon 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

Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1915-1917

  • Box 171, folder 1
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1918-1919

  • Box 171, folder 2
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1920

  • Box 171, folder 3
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1921

  • Box 171, folder 4-6
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1922

  • Box 171, folder 7
  • Box 172, folder 1-3
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1923

  • Box 172, folder 4-5
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1924

  • Box 172, folder 6
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1925

  • Box 172, folder 7-8
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1926

  • Box 173, folder 1-3
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1927

  • Box 173, folder 4
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1928

  • Box 173, folder 5-7
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1929

  • Box 173, folder 8-9
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1930

  • Box 174, folder 1
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1933

  • Box 174, folder 2
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1934-1935

  • Box 174, folder 3
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1941-1943

  • Box 174, folder 4
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1944

  • Box 174, folder 5
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1945

  • Box 174, folder 6
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1946

  • Box 174, folder 7-8
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1947

  • Box 174, folder 9-11
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1948

  • Box 175, folder 1
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1949

  • Box 175, folder 2
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1950

  • Box 175, folder 3
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1951

  • Box 175, folder 4
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, 1963

  • Box 175, folder 5
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Mary Elizabeth Burgoon letters, undated

  • Box 175, folder 6-7
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