Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Harry and Gertrude Lynde letters

Abstract

The Harry and Gertrude Lynde letters (dated 1889-1906, undated; 0.08 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprises letters between Harry and Gertrude Lynde and their family members in Indiana that document the couple's courtship and early married life at the turn of the twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Harry and Gertrude Lynde letters
Date
1889-1906, undated (inclusive)
Creator
Lynde, Harry, 1861-1935
Extent
0.08 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Love-letters
Family.
Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 19th century
Gossip.
Health
Travel.
Friendship.
Domestic Life -- United States
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenace.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0719: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Harry and Gertrude Lynde letters, 1889-1906, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Harry Lynde (1860-1935) was born in Richmond, Indiana to William Henry Lynde (1838-1930) and Mary Noble (1840-1923). In 1891, he married Gertrude Bargis (1870-1930) and together the couple had one child, Herbert (1898-1959). After marrying, the couple moved from Indiana to Chicago, Illinois where Harry worked as a real estate agent.
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 Harry and Gertrude Lynde letters (dated 1889-1906, undated; 0.08 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprises letters between Harry and Gertrude Lynde and their family members in Indiana that document the couple's courtship and early married life at the turn of the twentieth century. Gertrude writes to Harry prior to their marriage, discussing attending concerts with him and friends, personal health, visiting family, going on trips, and sharing gossip from her friends. Letters to Harry and Gertrude come from family and friends, discussing trips taken, personal health, the weather, birth announcements, daily life, and visiting friends and family members.
The Harry and Gertrude Lynde 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

Gertrude Bargis to Harry Lynde, 1889-1890

  • Box WH-76, folder 8
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Letters to Harry and Gertrude Lynde, 1895-1906, undated

  • Box WH-76, folder 9
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