Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mary E. Lucas papers

Abstract

The Mary E. Lucas papers (dated 1939-1947, undated; 0.24 cubic feet; 10 folders) comprise letters, papers, photographs, and awards that document the life of Mary E. Lucas and her participation in the US Naval Reserve unit Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVE) during World War II in Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mary E. Lucas papers
Creator
Lucas, Mary E.
Extent
0.24 Cubic Feet
Subjects
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Women.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged alphabetically 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
2009ms132.0293: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mary E. Lucas papers, 1939-1947, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Mary E. Lucas (1915-2000) was born in Macon, Georgia. She moved to Louisville, Kentucky and during World War II, she was a part of Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES), a unit of the US Naval Reserve.
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 E. Lucas papers (dated 1939-1947, undated; 0.24 cubic feet; 10 folders) comprise letters, papers, photographs, and awards that document the life of Mary E. Lucas and her participation in the US Naval Reserve unit Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVE) during World War II in Kentucky. The letters sent to Mary come from friends and the Navy Department, discussing the war, deployment, costs of living, having children, visiting each other, applying to pharmacy schools, and information on the completion of her work with WAVE. The papers include employment documents such as paycheck withholding, unemployment, and questionnaires for work in the Navy. The personal papers include newsletters, programs, and address lists. The photographs are most likely of Mary and friends, and the ribbon is for a unit commendation for Communication Intelligence Organization.
The Mary E. Lucas papers 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

Mary E. Lucas letters, 1942-1947

  • Box WH-6, folder 8
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Bill Tennery letters to Mary E. Lucas, 1939-1944

  • Box WH-6, folder 9
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Jane letters to Mary E. Lucas, 1946-1947

  • Box WH-6, folder 10
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Jean letters to Mary E. Lucas, 1945-1947

  • Box WH-6, folder 11
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Navy Department letters to Mary E. Lucas, 1946, undated

  • Box WH-6, folder 12
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Renee Smith letters to Mary E. Lucas, 1947

  • Box WH-6, folder 13
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Employment papers, 1943-1947, undated

  • Box WH-6, folder 14
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Memorandums, 1941, 1944

  • Box WH-6, folder 15
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Personal papers, 1945-1947, undated

  • Box WH-6, folder 16
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Photographs and commendation ribbon, 1944-1946, undated

  • Box WH-6, folder 17
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Researchers are required to have an SCRC Researcher Account in order to request or order digital copies of materials. Research Account set-up and use instructions can be found at: http://libguides.uky.edu/SCRCaccount

If you are visiting the Breckinridge Research Room, please request materials at least 48 business hours in advance of your arrival.

For all other questions, contact us at: https://libraries.uky.edu/ContactSCRC.

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