Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Carol Thomas diaries

Abstract

The Carol Thomas diaries (dated 1937, 1951-1983; 2.70 cubic feet; 6 boxes) comprises twenty-three diaries that document the life of Carol Thomas working as a librarian and traveling across the globe during the twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Carol Thomas diaries
Date
1937, 1951-1983 (inclusive)
Creator
Thomas, Carol (1919-1990)
Extent
2.70 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Diaries.
Librarians.
Travel.
Families.
Friendship.
Alcoholism.
Health
Photographs
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
Thomas, Carol (1919-1990)
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.1148: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Carol Thomas diaries, 1937, 1951-1983, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
(Wanda) Carol Thomas (1919-1990) was born in Baraboo, Wisconsin to Herbert H. Thomas (1875-1954) and Wanda E. Ellison (1877-1962). The family eventually settled in Madison, Wisconsin where Herbert worked as an attorney. Carol worked as a librarian, relocating multiple times for her career. She lived in Wisconsin, Minnesota, New Mexico, Michigan, New York, and Nebraska working for various public libraries and worked for the US Army as a librarian in Germany. She never married.
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 Carol Thomas diaries (dated 1937, 1951-1983; 2.70 cubic feet; 6 boxes) comprises twenty-three diaries that document the life of Carol Thomas working as a librarian and traveling across the globe during the twentieth century. The diary entries detail Carol's daily life, duties completed at the library, her opinions of staff, making friends, attending American Library Association (ALA) meetings, dealing with city and county officials over library services, visiting family, traveling to new states and countries, her struggles with alcoholism and sobriety, personal health diagnoses and fears, resigning and finding new positions, moving, money concerns, and current events. Included in many pages of the diaries are photographs of trips and friends, along with newspaper clippings of local and national news.
The Carol Thomas 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
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

Carol Thomas diary, 1937

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Carol Thomas diary, 1951

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Carol Thomas diary, 1952

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Carol Thomas diary, 1957

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Carol Thomas diary, 1958

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Carol Thomas diary, 1960

  • Box 2, folder 1
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Carol Thomas diary, 1961

  • Box 2, folder 2
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Carol Thomas diary, 1962

  • Box 2, folder 3
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Carol Thomas diary, 1963

  • Box 2, folder 4
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Carol Thomas diary, 1964

  • Box 3, folder 1
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Carol Thomas diary, 1965

  • Box 3, folder 2
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Carol Thomas diary, 1966

  • Box 3, folder 3
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Carol Thomas diary, 1967

  • Box 3, folder 4
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Carol Thomas diary, 1968

  • Box 4, folder 1
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Carol Thomas diary, 1970

  • Box 4, folder 2
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Carol Thomas diary, 1971

  • Box 4, folder 3
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Carol Thomas diary, 1972

  • Box 4, folder 4
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Carol Thomas diary, 1973

  • Box 5, folder 1
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Carol Thomas diary, 1974

  • Box 5, folder 2
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Carol Thomas diary, 1975

  • Box 5, folder 3
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Carol Thomas diary, 1976

  • Box 5, folder 4
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Carol Thomas diary, 1977

  • Box 6, folder 1
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Carol Thomas diary, 1983

  • Box 6, folder 2
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