Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: James Brown letter book

Abstract

The James Brown letter book (dated 1917-1919; 0.03 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises one book of letters from James Brown to his family that document his experiences on the front lines in Europe during World War I.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: James Brown letter book
Creator
Brown, James
Extent
0.03 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Correspondence.
World War, 1914-1918.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, American.
Europe
Military life.
Health
Family.
Friendship.
Awards.
Croix de guerre (France).
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
2009ms132.0650: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: James Brown letter book, 1917-1919, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
James Brown (b. 1890) was born in Belmont, Massachusetts to Winthrop Brown (1862-1926) and Arethusa Hayden (1861-1938). Brown served in the Massachusetts National Guard for six years and during World War I he enlisted in the US Army, attaining the rank of Major by the end of the war. While serving in the Army, Brown received high praise from his commanding officers and was awarded the Croix de Guerre. No other 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 James Brown letter book (dated 1917-1919; 0.03 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises one book of letters from James Brown to his family that document his experiences on the front lines in Europe during World War I. In the letters, Brown writes about sailing overseas, the conditions of where he is stationed, movements and battles he participated in, commendations and citations received from commanding officers, running into family and friends overseas, personal health, his desire to be home, and a detailed description of what he and his troops were doing when the Armistice was announced. Additionally, there are three photographs of James Brown pasted into the front of the book.
The James Brown letter book 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

James Brown letter book, 1917-1919

  • Box WH-63, folder 13
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