Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Taylor family letters

Abstract

The Taylor family letters (dated 1902-1915; 0.15 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprise twelve letters that document the members of the Taylor family in the decade preceding World War I.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Taylor family letters
Extent
0.15 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Education -- United States.
Letters.
Religion
Arrangement
Collection is arranged alphabetically by recipient's last name. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0110: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Taylor family letters, 1902-1915, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Taylor family includes Robert Walker Taylor (1840-1902) and Mary Martin Taylor (1844-1932) and their children George Mott Taylor (1875-1963), Gibson Walker Taylor (1877-1956), Eleanor Taylor (1881-1975), and Virginia Taylor Haase (1886-1976).
Robert Taylor owned a farm in Daviess County, Kentucky where he and Mary raised their children. George grew up to be a business owner, Gibson was a professor at Southwest Baptist College in Bolivar, Missouri, and a preacher; and Eleanor was a teacher for a time and then moved into the real estate business. Virginia was the only child to marry; she married Elmer Joseph Haase (1886-1932), of Illinois, and they had one daughter, Eleanor P Haase (b. 1919). When Elmer passed away in 1932, Virginia and her daughter returned to Daviess County and moved in with her siblings.
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 Taylor family letters (dated 1902-1915; 0.15 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprise twelve letters that document the members of the Taylor family in the decade preceding World War I. The letters mainly discuss everyday American family life. Additionally, there are a few letters not sent by members of the Taylor family; these relate to different topics, such as instructions for a visit to a town in Kentucky.
The Taylor 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

General correspondence, 1904-1915

  • Box 87, folder 7
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Letters to Gibson W. Taylor, 1902-1912

  • Box 87, folder 8
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Letters to Mary A. Taylor, 1905-1909

  • Box 87, folder 9
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