Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: John Straub family papers

Abstract

The John Straub family papers (dated 1841-1866, undated; 0.05 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises papers and letters that document the growth of the Straub family and their eventual immigration from Switzerland to the United States in the mid-nineteenth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: John Straub family papers
Creator
Straub, John
Extent
0.05 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Family.
Immigrants
Travel.
Legal documents.
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
2009ms132.0806: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: John Straub family papers, 1841-1866, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
John Straub (1820-1877) was born in Switzerland and married to Mary Kellenberg (b. 1832). While living in Switzerland, the couple had five children, Mary (1853-1927), Alice (b. 1857), John (b. 1859), Amelia (b. 1864), and Albert (1866-1901). In November of 1866, the family immigrated to the United Sates and had settled in Kentucky by 1870. They had their sixth child, William (1870-1953), while living in Kentucky. In the 1870 US Census, John is listed as working as a dyer in a factory in Stanford, Kentucky.
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 John Straub family papers (dated 1841-1866, undated; 0.05 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises papers and letters that document the growth of the Straub family and their eventual immigration from Switzerland to the United States in the mid-nineteenth century. The papers include travel agreements, birth certificates, permission to travel from local governments, and receipts; the letters are mainly between John and his siblings. All papers are written in Swiss-German.
The John Straub family papers 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

John Straub family papers, 1841-1866, undated

  • Box WH-88, folder 1
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