Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Martha Duvall letters

Abstract

The Martha Duvall letters (dated 1904-1909, undated; 0.24 cubic feet; 9 folders, 13 items) comprises letters, clippings, and photographs that document the life of Martha Duvall in Kentucky in the early twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Martha Duvall letters
Date
1904-1909, undated (inclusive)
Creator
Duvall, Martha
Extent
0.24 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Women -- Employment
Teachers.
Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 20th century
Death
Families.
Travel.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.1046: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Martha Duvall letters, 1904-1909, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Martha Duvall (b. 1886) was born in Kentucky to Alvin Duvall (1857-1908) and Lila Duvall (b. 1863). In 1909, she married Edward H. Watts (1886-1952), a sales manager in a mechanic's garage, and together they had one child, Edward Jr (b. 1910). The couple lived in Ohio. In 1921, Martha divorced Edward due to "desertion and abandonment". Between 1921 and 1930, Martha married Henry H. Peck (b. 1887), an electrician, and the couple relocated to Maryland.
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 Martha Duvall letters (dated 1904-1909, undated; 0.24 cubic feet; 9 folders, 13 items) comprises letters, clippings, and photographs that document the life of Martha Duvall in Kentucky in the early twentieth century. The letters discuss Martha's employment as a teacher, daily life in Kentucky, personal health, sympathy on her family's loss, romantic relationships, travel, and visiting friends and family. Other letters are sent to Martha's mother and sister, predominantly discussing the death of Alvin Duvall, Martha's father. The clippings discuss the death of Martha's father and grandmother, along with clippings of ribbons from a scrapbook. The photographs depict daily life for men and women, and members of the Duvall extended family on a page from a photograph album that has forty small portraits on it.
The Martha Duvall letters 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

S. Sebee to Martha Duvall, 1907-1908

  • Box WH-144, folder 9
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Letters to Martha Duvall, 1904-1907

  • Box WH-144, folder 10
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Letters to Martha Duvall, 1908

  • Box WH-144, folder 11
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Letters to Martha Duvall, 1909, undated

  • Box WH-144, folder 12
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Letters to Georgette Duvall, 1908-1909

  • Box WH-144, folder 13
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Letters to Lila Duvall, 1908

  • Box WH-144, folder 14
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Letters to Martha and Georgette Duvall, 1908

  • Box WH-144, folder 15
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General letters, 1908, undated

  • Box WH-144, folder 16
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Martha Duvall papers, 1904-1908, undated

  • Box WH-144, folder 17
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Photographs, undated

  • Box WH-139, item 1-10
  • Box WH-140, item 11-12
  • Box WH-138, item 13
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