Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Sarah "Sallie" Henry letters

Abstract

The Sarah Sallie Henry letters (dated 1871-1875, undated; 0.03 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprises letters written to Sallie from family that document life in Pennsylvania and Virginia in the 1870s.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Sarah "Sallie" Henry letters
Creator
Henry, Sarah Dana Hodgdon
Extent
0.03 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Correspondence.
Family.
Pennsylvania
Farm life
Livestock
Crops
Care of sick animals.
Friendship.
Domestic Life -- United States
Health
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
2009ms132.0755: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Sarah Sallie Henry letters, 1871-1875, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Sarah Sallie Ann (Dana) Henry (1835-1909) was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania to Anderson Dana (1802-1835) and Mary Hamer (1815-1885). In 1859, Sarah married her first husband, James Hodge Hodgdon (1824-1862), a captain in the First City Troop, a unit of the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. The couple only had one child together, Alexander Lewis Hodgdon (1860-1931). Between 1862 and 1880, and after the death of her first husband, she married and divorced Samuel B. Henry (b. 1833), a farmer in Loudoun County, Virginia. In 1884, she is recorded as having married a third time to Gustave Victor George Klein (b. 1849). By 1900, she is living in Maryland to be near her son Alexander, and is there for the remainder of her life.
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 Sarah Sallie Henry letters (dated 1871-1875, undated; 0.03 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprises letters written to Sallie from family that document life in Pennsylvania and Virginia in the 1870s. The majority of the letters are sent to Sallie from her husband, he discusses working on their farm, sickness in the livestock, his treatments for the animals, purchasing wagons and stock, visiting with her mother and friends, money concerns, crop harvests, and hiring help around the house and farm. The other letters come to Sallie from family and friends, discussing invitations to visit friends, building rabbit hutches, and catching rodents in the house. There are two letters in the collection that are sent to Sallie's son, Alexander Hodgdon, discussing when his mother will be down to visit him and daily life at home while he is away at school.
The Sarah Sallie Henry letters 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
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

Samuel B. Henry to Sallie Henry, 1872-1875, undated

  • Box WH-82, folder 15
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Sallie Henry letters, 1871-1875

  • Box WH-82, folder 16
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