Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Freeda Summers letters

Abstract

The Freeda Summers letters (dated 1912-1947, undated; bulk 1938; 0.22 cubic feet; 11 folders) comprises letters sent to Freeda Summers that document daily life for friends and family in Wisconsin and Florida while she is at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Minnesota in the twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Freeda Summers letters
Creator
Summers, Freeda Birr
Extent
0.22 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Correspondence.
Family.
Health
Health care.
Hospitals.
Medical care.
Travel.
Death
Friendship.
Gossip.
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
2009ms132.0780: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Freeda Summers letters, 1912-1947, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Freeda (Birr) Summers (1890-1983) was born in Wisconsin to Ludwig Birr (1861-1934) and Bertha Birr (b. 1854). About 1912, she married Dona B. Summers (1884-1960). By 1920, the couple had moved to Jacksonville, Florida. 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 Freeda Summers letters (dated 1912-1947, undated; bulk 1938; 0.22 cubic feet; 11 folders) comprises letters sent to Freeda Summers that document daily life for friends and family in Wisconsin and Florida while she is at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Minnesota in the twentieth century. The majority of the letters are written to Freeda from her husband, Dona. In his letters, he writes about having and looking for sales work, traveling to different cities for better prospects, his worries over her health, his desire for her surgery to go smoothly, and how she should not worry about the cost of anything while she is in the hospital. Other letters come from family and friends, wishing for her to have a speedy recovery, daily life, local gossip, personal health, birth and death announcements, trips taken, visits with friends and family, updates on her husband, and employment.
The Freeda Summers 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

Dona B. Summers to Freeda Summers, 1912-1927

  • Box WH-84, folder 1
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Dona B. Summers to Freeda Summers, 1938

  • Box WH-84, folder 2
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Geneva Farmer to Freeda Summers, 1938

  • Box WH-84, folder 3
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Ella Miskinnin to Freeda Summers, 1925-1938

  • Box WH-84, folder 4
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John and Jo Riedl to Freeda Summers, 1938-1947

  • Box WH-84, folder 5
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Mary Summers to Freeda Summers, 1938-1944

  • Box WH-84, folder 6
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Grace Ticknor to Freeda Summers, 1938

  • Box WH-84, folder 7
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Helen to Freeda Summers, 1938

  • Box WH-84, folder 8
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Lena to Freeda Summers, 1930-1931, undated

  • Box WH-84, folder 9
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Letters to Freeda Summers, 1914-1942, undated

  • Box WH-84, folder 10
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Letters to Dona B. Summers, 1938

  • Box WH-84, folder 11
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