Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: James R. Conner letters

Abstract

The James R. Conner letters (dated 1861-1878, undated; 0.25 cubic feet; 6 folders) comprises letters written to James R. Conner from friends and family that document life in Ohio in the mid-nineteenth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: James R. Conner letters
Creator
Conner, James R.
Extent
0.25 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Family.
Friendship.
Travel.
Teachers.
Education
Employment -- Ohio.
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
2009ms132.0923: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: James R. Conner letters, 1861-1878, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
James R. Conner (1839-1930) was born in Ohio to William Conner (1794-1879) and Anna Sherwood (1805-1884). In 1878, he married Rebecca Anna Jacobs, and together they had at least three children, Flora (b. 1882), Grace (b. 1889), and Minerva (1893-1978). James worked as a teacher and a photograph album salesman. 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 James R. Conner letters (dated 1861-1878, undated; 0.25 cubic feet; 6 folders) comprises letters written to James R. Conner from friends and family that document life in Ohio in the mid-nineteenth century. Letters from his family discuss daily life, attending school, money concerns, farming, employment, raising their families, visiting relatives and friends, the end of the Civil War, and trips taken. Conner also receives letters from friends and business partners, discussing sales quotas, teaching placements, traveling, and visiting with Conner's family.
The James R. Conner 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
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

B. Crook to James R. Conner, 1861-1867

  • Box WH-116, folder 7
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Isaac Crook to James R. Conner, 1864, undated

  • Box WH-116, folder 8
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E.A. Hooper to James R. Conner, 1865

  • Box WH-116, folder 9
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S.E. Morris to James R. Conner, 1866-1867

  • Box WH-116, folder 10
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Family to James R. Conner, 1862-1878, undated

  • Box WH-116, folder 11
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Letters to James R. Conner, 1863-1870, undated

  • Box WH-116, folder 12
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