Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Catherine Gray letters

Abstract

The Catherine Gray letters (dated 1940-1944, undated; 0.35 cubic feet; 7 folders) comprise letters sent to Catherine from family and boyfriends that document life in North Carolina and the military during World War II.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Catherine Gray letters
Date
1940-1944, undated (inclusive)
Creator
Gray, Catherine
Extent
0.35 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Families.
Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 20th century
World War, 1939-1945.
Military life.
Education
Travel.
North Carolina
Arrangement
Collection is arranged alphabetically by sender. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.1111: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Catherine Gray letters, 1940-1944, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Catherine Gray (1923-2016) was born in Gastonia, North Carolina to Charles D. Gray (1890-1988) and Clarice M. Poff (1894-1976). In 1950, she married Henry C. Jackson (1901-1978) and together they had two children. By 1963, the couple had divorced and Catherine was living in Connecticut. She later moved to Maui, Hawaii where she spent 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 Catherine Gray letters (dated 1940-1944, undated; 0.35 cubic feet; 7 folders) comprise letters sent to Catherine from family and boyfriends that document life in North Carolina and the military during World War II. The letters from her family discuss daily life, employment, fixing up the family home, declining trip invitations, sending Catherine money, and their excitement at her graduation. Letters from boyfriends discuss life in the military, being transferred to different camps and units, making dates with Catherine, receiving time off, personal health, learning new skills, traveling, updates on when they might leave, and their feelings for her. Also included in the collection are two letters to Catherine's siblings and a news clipping.
The Catherine Gray 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
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

Daddy to Catherine Gray, 1942-1944

  • Box WH-160, folder 1
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Harvey P. Jolly to Catherine Gray, 1943-1944

  • Box WH-160, folder 2
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Armistead B. Smith, Jr. to Catherine Gray, 1940

  • Box WH-160, folder 3
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Armistead B. Smith, Jr. to Catherine Gray, 1942

  • Box WH-160, folder 4
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Armistead B. Smith, Jr. to Catherine Gray, 1943, undated

  • Box WH-160, folder 5
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Letters to Catherine Gray, 1940-1944, undated

  • Box WH-160, folder 6
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Catherine Gray letters, 1942, 1944, undated

  • Box WH-160, folder 7
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