Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Joseph Spencer notebooks

Abstract

The Joseph Spencer notebooks (dated 1901-1930; 0.15 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprise eleven notebooks that document the personal and professional life of Joseph Spencer in New York City in the early twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Joseph Spencer notebooks
Creator
Spencer, Joseph, 1880-1963
Extent
0.15 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Family.
Journals (notebooks)
Lawyers.
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
2009ms132.0486: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Joseph Spencer notebooks, 1901-1930, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Joseph W. Spencer (1880-1963) was born in New York to James Spencer (1845-1920) and Alice Brown (1847-1926). In 1912, Spencer married Ethel Ayers (b. 1886), and together the couple had two daughters: Susan (1915-1997) and Evelyn (b. 1917). Spencer worked as an attorney in New York City, until moving to Connecticut in the 1940s where he spent the remainder of his life.
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 Joseph Spencer notebooks (dated 1901-1930; 0.15 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprise eleven notebooks that document the personal and professional life of Joseph Spencer in New York City in the early twentieth century. The notebooks include addresses of colleagues, friends, and family members; daily appointments with clients, dates and times of social events, reminders to call persons, cash accounts, and notes on cases he and colleagues worked on.
The Joseph Spencer notebooks 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 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

Notebooks, 1901-1910

  • Box WH-33, folder 8
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Notebooks, 1914-1928

  • Box WH-33, folder 9
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Notebooks, 1929-1930

  • Box WH-33, folder 10
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