Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Jones family letters

Abstract

The Jones family letters (dated 1871-1919, bulk 1918-1919; 0.2 cubic feet; 6 folders) comprise letters between family members that document daily life in New York, William's travels as an attorney, and Abram's work with the Y.M.C.A. overseas during World War I.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Jones family letters
Extent
0.2 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Lawyers.
Letters.
World War, 1914-1918.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0041: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Jones family letters, 1871-1919, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
William Jones (b. 1841) and Gertrude (Nicholls) Jones (b. 1846) were married in 1873 and lived in Rochester, New York. They had three children: Gertrude Minnie Jones (b. 1873), William Martin Jones, Jr. (1874-1960), and Abram Jones (1886-1956). William Sr. worked as an attorney, his two sons followed suit and became lawyers as well, and Minnie attended college where she was able to draw some income from teaching private music lessons.
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 Jones family letters (dated 1871-1919, bulk 1918-1919; 0.2 cubic feet; 6 folders) comprise letters between family members that document daily life in New York, William's travels as an attorney, and Abram's work with the Y.M.C.A. overseas during World War I. The letters provide insight into an upper-class family's views of the war and the way in which the media covered the events overseas.
The Jones family 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 The 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

Jones family letters, 1871-1873

  • Box 139, folder 1
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Jones family letters, 1888-1897

  • Box 139, folder 2
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Jones family letters, 1899-1901

  • Box 139, folder 3
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Jones family letters, 1902-1904

  • Box 139, folder 4
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Jones family letters, 1906-1907

  • Box 139, folder 5
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Jones family letters, 1918-1919

  • Box 139, folder 6
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