Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Virginia T. Hatfield letters

Abstract

The Virginia T. Hatfield letters (dated 1931-1934, undated; 0.04 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprise eighteen letters that document the experiences of Virginia abroad in Paris, France during the midst of the Great Depression in the United States.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Virginia T. Hatfield letters
Creator
Hatfield, Virginia T., 1900-1992
Extent
0.04 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Great Depression
Letters.
Travel -- Personal narratives.
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
2009ms132.0139: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Virginia T. Hatfield, 1931-1934, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Virginia T. Hatfield (1900-1902) was born in Covington, Kentucky to James T. Hatfield (1865-1938) and Eliza Daisy Methven (1868-1954). Her father was the president of the J.T. Hatfield Company, which later became the Hatfield-Campbells Creek Coal Company. In 1933, Virginia spent a year studying abroad in Paris, France. She never married and her obituary lists her as having spent her life working as a homemaker, student, and unemployed volunteer.
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 Virginia T. Hatfield letters (dated 1931-1934, undated; 0.04 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprise eighteen letters that document the experiences of Virginia abroad in Paris, France during the midst of the Great Depression in the United States. The letters are from Virginia to her parents and relatives and they discuss her trips in France, how the Depression has affected Europe, and how she is glad to be overseas and away from the suffering.
The Virginia T. Hatfield 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 family, 1931-1934

  • Box 21, folder 1
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Letters to family, undated

  • Box 21, folder 2
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