Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Hale, Manier, Pollard, Shontz family papers

Abstract

The Hale, Manier, Pollard, Shontz family papers (dated 1832, 1855-1938, 1959-1962, undated; 1.42 cubic feet; 4 boxes, 2 items) comprises letters, commissions, photographs, journals, clippings, applications, and genealogy research that document the lives of the members of the Hale, Manier, Pollard, and Shontz families in Arkansas, Kentucky, Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, and New York in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Hale, Manier, Pollard, Shontz family papers
Date
1832, 1855-1938, 1959-1962, undated (inclusive)
Extent
1.42 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Families.
Letters.
Soldiers.
World War, 1914-1918.
Genealogy.
Arkansas
Marriage
Parent and child.
Gossip.
Death
Travel.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject and into three series: Hale family, Manier family, and Shontz family. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0370: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Hale, Manier, Pollard, Shontz family papers, 1832, 1855-1938, 1959-1962, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Hale family of Tennessee, Manier family of Arkansas, Pollard family of Indiana, and Shontz family of Kentucky were all connected, over time, by marriage. William Pollard (1799-1872) and his wife, Electra Ann Catt (1814-1856) were the heads of the Pollard family of Indiana. William and Electra had Emma Jane Pollard (1836-1904) and Mary Elizabeth Pollard (1851-1935) along with six other children. The heads of the Hale family of Tennessee were Bird Snow Hale (1814-1852) and his wife Martha Ann Dyer (1813-1862). Bird and Martha had William G. Powell Hale (1839-1922) and James Knox Polk Hale (1842-1913) along with nine other children.
In 1860, William Powell Hale married Orlena J. McKinney (1842-1924) and together they had James Henderson Hale (1870-1901) along with four other children.
In 1864, Emma Jane Pollard married Samuel Hunter Lewis (1827-1913), of Indiana, and together they had three children, Arthur (1865-1926), Margaret (1869-1937), and Charles (b. 1870).
James Henderson Hale and Margaret Lewis married in 1894, and together they had one child, Eugenia Hale (1900-1971). By the time Eugenia was ten years old, the family had moved from Indiana to Arkansas. In 1927, Eugenia married Charles L. Shontz (1885-1937), of Louisville, Kentucky and together they had two children: Mary Margaret (b. 1931)Charles H. Shontz (1936-2012). Charles worked for the YMCA as a physical director during World War I in France and continued working for the YMCA upon his return to Kentucky.
In 1881, Mary Elizabeth Pollard married James Knox Polk Hale and together they had at least one child, Mary Pollard Hale (1884-1969). The family eventually moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas. Mary Pollard Hale married John Francis Manier (b. 1875) and together they had one son: John Francis Manier, Jr. (b. 1909).
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 Hale, Manier, Pollard, Shontz family papers (dated 1832, 1855-1938, 1959-1962, undated; 1.42 cubic feet; 4 boxes, 2 items) comprises letters, commissions, photographs, journals, clippings, applications, and genealogy research that document the lives of the members of the Hale, Manier, Pollard, and Shontz families in Arkansas, Kentucky, Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, and New York in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The majority of the collection is comprised of letters, sent to members of each family from relatives and friends, namely Margaret Lewis Hale, Eugenia Hale, Mary Pollard Hale Manier, Emma Jane Pollard, and Charles L. Shontz. Many of the letters are condolence letters for the illnesses and losses of loved ones, other discuss the Civil War, daily life, moving, employment, marriages, local gossip, personal health, education, finances, farm life, mediating family tiffs, participation in World War I, working for the YMCA, travel across the US and Europe, and visiting friends and family. Other items include commissions for Mary P.H. Manier to become a notary public, director of the Arkansas State Farm for Women, and member of the board of trustees for the Arkansas State Farm for Women; journals by Laura Blanche Shontz detailing her time in the hospital, compulsive news clippings, and details of world events; newspaper clippings on the marriage of Charles Shontz and Eugenia Hale; applications for hereditary societies such as the Daughters of the American Revolution, United States Daughters of 1812, and Children of the American Revolution; and genealogical research of the Pollard family. The photographs are of an unidentified child and James H. Hale, Margaret Lewis Hale's husband.
The Hale, Manier, Pollard, Shontz family papers collection is 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
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

Hale family, 1879-1938, undated

Hale family letters, 1884-1913

  • Box 1, folder 1
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William P. Hale to Margaret Lewis Hale, 1912-1913

  • Box 1, folder 2
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William P. Hale to Margaret Lewis Hale, 1915-1916

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Mabel to Margaret Lewis Hale, 1933-1935

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Martha Tuelean to Margaret Lewis Hale, 1913

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Jeptha B. Williams to Margaret Lewis Hale, 1907-1908

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Letters to Margaret Lewis Hale, 1879-1887

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Letters to Margaret Lewis Hale, 1901

  • Box 1, folder 8-9
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Letters to Margaret Lewis Hale, 1902-1908

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Letters to Margaret Lewis Hale, 1915-1916, 1931-1933, undated

  • Box 1, folder 11
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Orlena Hale to Eugenia Hale, 1913-1916

  • Box 2, folder 1
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Letters to Eugenia Hale, 1904, 1937-1938, undated

  • Box 2, folder 2
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Eugenia Hale papers, 1937, undated

  • Box 2, folder 3
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Manier family, 1905-1923, undated

H.R. Pollard to Mary Pollard Hale Manier, 1911-1913

  • Box 2, folder 6
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Letters to Mary Pollard Hale Manier, 1905-1923

  • Box 2, folder 7
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Mary Pollard Hale Manier papers, 1912, 1922, undated

  • Box 2, folder 8
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Mary Pollard Hale Manier commissions, 1921-1923

  • Box 2, folder 9
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Mary Pollard Hale Manier genealogy, undated

  • Box 2, folder 10
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Children of the American Revolution applications, 1917-1918, undated

  • Box 2, folder 11
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Mary Pollard Hale Manier hereditary organization applications, 1913-1918, undated

  • Box 2, folder 12
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Shontz family, 1904, 1918-1919, 1959-1962, undated

Charles L. Shontz to mother and sister, 1918 April-July

  • Box 3, folder 1
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Charles L. Shontz to mother and sister, 1918 August-December

  • Box 3, folder 2
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Charles L. Shontz to mother and sister, 1919 January-June

  • Box 3, folder 3
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Charles L. Shontz to mother and sister, undated

  • Box 3, folder 4
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Charles L. Shontz letters, 1904, 1918

  • Box 3, folder 5
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Laura Blanche Shontz papers, 1960 March 14

  • Box 3, folder 6
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Laura Blanche Shontz journal, 1959-1960, undated

  • Box 4
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Laura Blanche Shontz journal, 1960-1962, undated

  • Box 3, folder 7
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Letters to Emma Jane Pollard Lewis, 1856-1865, 1900-1901, undated

  • Box 2, folder 4
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William Pollard letters, 1862-1872, undated

  • Box 2, folder 5
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Hair wreath booklet, 1855

  • Box 3, folder 8
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Memorial cards, 1901, 1913

  • Box 3, folder 9
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General letters, 1832, 1855-1868, 1897, 1927-1930, undated

  • Box 3, folder 10
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Newspaper clippings, 1927, undated

  • Box 3, folder 11
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Photographs, undated

  • Box WH-100, item 1-2
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