Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Watts D. Cutter farm diaries

Abstract

The Watts D. Cutter farm diaries (dated 1886-1896; 0.10 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprises five diaries that document the daily life of Watts Cutter and his family on his farm in Oswego, Illinois at the end of the nineteenth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Watts D. Cutter farm diaries
Creator
Cutter, Watts D.
Extent
0.10 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Farm life
Agriculture -- Farming
Illinois
Corn
Potatoes.
Family.
Family farms
Friendship.
Livestock.
Crops
Cash crops.
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
Hanna Rumbarger, Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0621: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Watts D. Cutter farm diaries, 1886-1896, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Watts D. Cutter (1860-1947) was born in Oswego, Illinois to Henry C. Cutter (1830-1913) and Mary Fox (1834-1915). In 1882, he married Mary Colgrove (1861-1931) and together the couple had three children, Mary Gretchen (1882-1883), Mary (1884-1980), and Watts C. (1887-1935). Watts D. owned and operated his own farm in Oswego, Illinois.
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 Watts D. Cutter farm diaries (dated 1886-1896; 0.10 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprises five diaries that document the daily life of Watts Cutter and his family on his farm in Oswego, Illinois at the end of the nineteenth century. In the entries, Cutter mainly describes the daily weather, farm chores, and cash accounts for livestock and crops. Some of the activities completed include, harvesting corn and potatoes, bailing hay, sowing oats, splitting wood, purchasing and caring for livestock and general upkeep to the farm. Cutter also wrote in his dentist and doctor appointments, and what days he served as grand juror for his local court.
The Watts D. Cutter farm diaries 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

Watts D. Cutter farm diary, 1896

  • Box WH-56, folder 1
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Watts D. Cutter farm diaries, 1886-1893

  • Box WH-89, folder 2
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