Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Unidentified woman western travel diaries

Abstract

The Unidentified woman western travel diaries (dated 1928; 0.05 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises two diaries that document the experiences of an unidentified Pennsylvania woman's first railway trip west in 1928, that she titled Glimpses from the Observation End.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Unidentified woman western travel diaries
Extent
0.05 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Railroads.
Redwood National Park (Calif.)
Yosemite National Park (Calif.)
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0202: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Unidentified woman western travel diaries, 1928, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
No 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 Unidentified woman western travel diaries (dated 1928; 0.05 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprise two diaries that document the experiences of an unidentified Pennsylvania woman's first railway trip west in 1928, that she titled Glimpses from the Observation End. In the two diaries, she describes traveling south from Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C., west towards Colorado, Arizona, California, north to Oregon and Washington, and finally east to Yellowstone National Park. She describes the conditions of the trains and buses taken to reach the different places and sights, along with her opinions on the vistas, including the Grand Canyon, the beaches of Santa Monica, San Francisco, the Redwood National Parks, Yosemite, the Columbia River, and the Mammoth Hot Springs at Yellowstone. In great detail she also describes the Native Americans she saw while in the Grand Canyon who are marketing their culture by selling goods and crafts to tourists.
The Unidentified woman western travel diaries 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

Unidentified woman western travel diaries, 1928

  • Box 259, folder 4
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