Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mildred Howe letters

Abstract

The Mildred Howe letters (dated 1903, 1920-1932, undated; 0.04 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprise letters sent to Mildred from family and friends that document the lives of women in Kentucky and North Dakota in the early twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mildred Howe letters
Creator
Howe, Mildred Bush, 1865-1943
Extent
0.04 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Correspondence.
Death
Family.
Female friendship -- United States.
Friendship.
Gardening -- Societies, etc.
Health
Letters.
Pen pals
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
2009ms132.0376: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mildred Howe letters, 1903, 1920-1932, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Mildred (Bush) Howe (1865-1943) was born in Butler, Kentucky to Ezra Bush (1842-1920) and Mary Beckett (1845-1918). In 1887, she married George Howe (1858-1944), and together the couple had five children: Mary Elizabeth (1888-1961), Hubert (1890-1890), William (1891-1962), Clara (1894-1933), and Mabel (1901-1983). No other biographical information available.
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 Mildred Howe letters (dated 1903, 1920-1932, undated; 0.04 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprise letters sent to Mildred from family and friends that document the lives of women in Kentucky and North Dakota in the early twentieth century. The majority of the letters sent to Mildred come from family members, including her sisters and niece. The letters discuss personal health issues, updates on family members, trips taken, social visits, and the deaths of loved ones. Mildred also receives letters from a pen pal in North Dakota, and the letters discuss gardening, cooking, personal health, and their families.
The Mildred Howe 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

Fannie S. Heath letters to Mildred Howe, 1920-1922

  • Box WH-18, folder 18
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Sisters letters to Mildred Howe, 1926-1932

  • Box WH-18, folder 19
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Mildred Howe letters, 1903, 1927-1931, undated

  • Box WH-18, folder 20
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