Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Leo Sandmann papers

Abstract

The Leo Sandmann papers (dated 1910-1929, undated; 0.98 cubic feet; 3 boxes, 5 items) comprises papers, essays, poetry, photographs, scripts, and stage makeup that document the life of Leo Sandmann as a student and amateur actor in Kentucky in the early twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Leo Sandmann papers
Date
1910-1929, undated (inclusive)
Creator
Sandmann, Leo J.
Extent
0.98 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Essays.
Scripts.
Theater -- 20th century
Law -- Study and teaching
Actors.
Poetry.
Cosmetics.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format and in to two series: Writings and Scripts. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.1022: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Leo Sandmann papers, 1910-1929, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Leo J. Sandmann (1892-1961) was born in Louisville, Kentucky to Charles J. Sandmann (1871-1962) and Emma K. Heuback (1872-1954). Sandmann worked as a lawyer and was an amateur actor. In the 1920s, he married Julia Deboor (1893-1992) and together they had three children, Leo Jr. (b. 1934), Joan (b. 1935), and Charles (1936-1992).
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 Leo Sandmann papers (dated 1910-1929, undated; 0.98 cubic feet; 3 boxes, 5 items) comprises papers, essays, poetry, photographs, scripts, and stage makeup that document the life of Leo Sandmann as a student and amateur actor in Kentucky in the early twentieth century. The papers consist of programs from performances Sandmann was in, newspaper clippings on productions, informational letters sent to promoters, and notes from law school and theater productions. The essays include Sandmann's senior thesis for his undergraduate degree, essays written for classes, and essays and short stories he published. The poetry includes a number of pieces written by Sandmann for friends, girlfriends, and publications. There are scripts authored by Sandmann included in the collection, along with scripts by others that Sandmann performed as a character in. The photographs depict Sandmann's work in a quartet along with daily life, and the stage makeup consists of powdered blush, a stick of grease face paint, and pencils for makeup application.
The Leo Sandmann papers 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

Leo Sandmann papers, 1915-1916, undated

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Law school notes, 1915, undated

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Newspaper clippings, undated

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Notes, undated

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Programs, 1921-1929, undated

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Photographs, undated

  • Box WH-139, item 1
  • Box WH-138, item 2-5
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Stage makeup, circa 1920s

  • Box 3
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Writing, 1910-1921, undated

"America: The Melting Pot of the World", undated

  • Box 1, folder 6
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"The Effect and Influence of Mining on Local History" senior thesis, 1921, undated

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Essays, undated

  • Box 1, folder 8
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"Evolution of an Outlaw" short story, undated

  • Box 1, folder 9
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"Jedge Breckinridge" short stories, undated

  • Box 1, folder 10
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"History of the Strollers Dramatic Club", 1915

  • Box 1, folder 11
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"The Growth and Development of Kentucky's Chief Educational Institution: The Kentucky State University", undated

  • Box 1, folder 12
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"Peace on Earth" essay, undated

  • Box 1, folder 13
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Poetry, 1910-1918, undated

  • Box 1, folder 14
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"The Stranger" short story, undated

  • Box 1, folder 15
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Scripts, undated

"The Colossus", undated

  • Box 2, folder 1
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"Gratitude", undated

  • Box 2, folder 2
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"Helen Summers, Esq., Jr.", undated

  • Box 2, folder 3
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"Whatsoever Ye Sow, etc..." scenario outlines, undated

  • Box 2, folder 4
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"When Julius Caesar", undated

  • Box 2, folder 5
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"When Summer is Winter", undated

  • Box 2, folder 6
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Scripts, undated

  • Box 2, folder 7-10
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