Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mary Frances Penick diary

Abstract

The Mary Frances Penick diary (dated 1932; 0.05 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises one diary that documents the experiences of Mary while attending Northwest Junior College in Mississippi and at home in Kentucky in 1932.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mary Frances Penick diary
Creator
Penick, Mary Frances, 1915-1981
Extent
0.05 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Alcohol
Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 20th century
Teenage girls -- Kentucky
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0203: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mary Frances Penick diary, 1932, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Mary Frances Penick (1915-1981) was born in Jonesboro, Arkansas to Pilson Smith Penick (1885-1962) and Minnie Ethel Hawks (1886-1933), the family later moved to Greensburg, Kentucky. She attended Northwest Junior College in Senatobia, Mississippi in the early 1930s. In 1938, she married John T Rhea (1908-1987), but later divorced. In 1962, Mary remarried to Harold Taylor Anderson (1916-1987) who she stayed with 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 Mary Frances Penick diary (dated 1932; 0.05 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises one diary that documents the experiences of Mary while attending Northwest Junior College in Mississippi and at home in Kentucky in 1932. She detailed her often rebellious adventures as a 17-year-old, sneaking out at night while living on campus and nights spent drinking with friends and various boys, along with completing schoolwork, participating in extracurricular activities, and trips with friends and family. The most commonly recurring theme in the diary is dating and her turmoil over looking for love, over the course of the year she describes the dates she went on with a variety of boys, lover's spats, breakups, and reconciliations.
The Mary Frances Penick diary 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 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

Diary, 1932

  • Box 259, folder 5
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