Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Charles L. Shontz letters

Abstract

The Charles L. Shontz letters (dated 1918-1919, undated; 0.11 cubic feet; 5 folders) comprise letters that document the work of Charles Shontz and the YMCA in France during World War I.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Charles L. Shontz letters
Creator
Shontz, Charles L., 1885-1937
Extent
0.11 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Correspondence.
Family.
Letters.
Soldiers.
World War, 1914-1918.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, American.
World War, 1914-1918 -- War work -- Young Men's Christian associations.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject. 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: Charles L. Shontz letters, 1918-1919, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Charles L. Shontz (1885-1937) was born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania to Amos L. Shontz (1853-1888) and Mary M. Sholer (1857-1949). The family later moved to Louisville, Kentucky where Shontz lived with his mother and sister, Blanche (1883-1962). Shontz worked as a physical director for the YMCA and during World War I he went overseas with the YMCA to continue his work as physical director to keep soldiers happy and entertained. He was sent to France and spent a majority of his time working in Paris. Shontz returned in home in June 1919. In 1927, he married Eugenia Hale (1900-1971), and together the couple had two children: Mary Margaret (b. 1931) and Charles Henderson (1936-2012).
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 Charles L. Shontz letters (dated 1918-1919, undated; 0.11 cubic feet; 5 folders) comprise letters that document the work of Charles Shontz and the YMCA in France during World War I. The majority of the letters are sent from Shontz to his mother and sister back home in Louisville, Kentucky. In the letters, he writes about his opinions of the camps he visits, the work the YMCA is doing, his efforts to get sports equipment, familiar faces from home that he encounters overseas, and his travels around France for work and vacation. There are a few letters sent to Charles, mostly describing how the author is faring at home. Additionally, there is a letter of introduction to the French Consul for Charles and a letter to Blanche and sister from a friend.
The Charles L. Shontz 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 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

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

  • Box WH-17, folder 18
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Charles L. Shontz letters to mother and sister, 1918 August-December

  • Box WH-17, folder 19
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Charles L. Shontz letters to mother and sister, 1919 January-June

  • Box WH-17, folder 20
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Charles L. Shontz letters to mother and sister, undated

  • Box WH-17, folder 21
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General letters, 1918

  • Box WH-17, folder 22
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