Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Jack Doyle papers

Abstract

The Jack Doyle papers (dated 1904-1946, undated; 0.20 cubic feet; 9 folders, 27 photographs) comprises papers, letters, photographs and newspaper clips documenting the life of Jack Doyle, a young man living New York City and Louisville, Kentucky during the first half of the twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Jack Doyle papers
Creator
Doyle, Jack
Extent
0.20 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Letters of recommendation.
Children -- Photographs.
Drawing.
Postcards -- 20th century.
Family.
Business -- Kentucky.
Sports.
Hair.
Marriage
Private schools.
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
Hanna Rumbarger
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0854: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Jack Doyle papers, 1904-1946, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Jack Mercier Doyle (1907-1997) was born in New York City to John T. Doyle (1871-1942) and Geraldine V. E. Doyle (1862-1951). He had one sister, Geraldine Mercier Doyle Koch (1902-1999). Jack attended the Barnard School for Boys in New York City and moved to Louisville, Kentucky sometime in the 1930s. According to the 1930 US Census, he worked as a salesman for a sports company. Jack Doyle married Margaret Hewett (1910-1998) in 1930. They are both buried in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky.
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 Jack Doyle papers (dated 1904-1946, undated; 0.20 cubic feet; 9 folders, 27 photographs) comprises papers, letters, photographs and newspaper clips documenting the life of Jack Doyle, a young man living New York City and Louisville, Kentucky during the first half of the twentieth century. Doyle receives letters from family, friends and business partners. Doyle's friend Anne writes to him about her upcoming marriage, life in Knoxville, Tennessee and updates on her daily life. Letters from another friend and business partner discuss money transfers, plans of living together and a lease agreement and request for Brown's father to write Doyle a letter for recommendation for the United States Naval Reserve. Jack's parents write to him after visiting him two separate times in Louisville, Kentucky.
Also, in this collection are drawings, postcards, newspaper clips and various papers. The drawings are dated and signed by Jack Doyle from when he was a young boy. The postcards are from various friends for his birthday and Valentines day. The newspaper clips are of the wedding announcements of Jack's elder sister in 1928. The papers in this collection are school and summer camp newsletters from Jack's school in New York City, the Barnard School for Boys and Camp Iroquois. The photographs in this collection are primarily of Jack Doyle, but also include family members and friends. Included are baby pictures, school pictures and pictures of different places in New York. A lock of Jack Doyle's hair is also included in this collection.
The Jack Doyle 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
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

Jack Doyle letters, 1908-1941, undated

  • Box WH-102, folder 1
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Jack Doyle papers, 1923-1925, undated

  • Box WH-102, folder 2
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John and Geraldine Doyle to Jack Doyle, 1929, undated

  • Box WH-102, folder 3
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W.L. Lyons Brown to Jack Doyle, 1934-1941

  • Box WH-102, folder 4
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Jack Doyle to W.L. Lyons Brown, 1934-1946

  • Box WH-102, folder 5
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Anne to Jack Doyle, 1939-1940

  • Box WH-102, folder 6
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Jack Doyle childhood drawings, 1913, undated

  • Box WH-102, folder 7
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Newspaper clippings, 1928-1933

  • Box WH-102, folder 8
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Postcards, 1904-1908

  • Box WH-102, folder 9
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Photographs, 1908-1929, undated

  • Box WH-75, item 1-2
  • Box WH-95, item 3-6
  • Box WH-100, item 7-27
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