Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: May Spencer letters

Abstract

The May Spencer letters (dated 1915-1916, 1929-1931, undated; 0.08 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprises letters sent to May Spencer from her husband that document life and travel in the United States in the early twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: May Spencer letters
Date
1915-1916, 1929-1931, undated (inclusive)
Creator
Spencer, May
Extent
0.09 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Travel.
Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 20th century
Love-letters
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
2009ms132.1014: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: May Spencer letters, 1915-1916, 1929-1930, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
May Spencer lived in Merchantville, New Jersey. She eventually married William P. Williamson. 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 May Spencer letters (dated 1915-1916, 1929-1931, undated; 0.08 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprises letters sent to May Spencer from her husband that document life and travel in the United States in the early twentieth century. The letters discuss her husband's travels for his business, his personal health, how he misses her, visiting with colleagues and friends, having her come visit him, his work, and little jokes she sends him.
The May Spencer 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

William Williamson to May Spencer, 1915-1916, 1929-1931

  • Box WH-135, folder 2
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William Williamson to May Spencer, undated

  • Box WH-135, folder 3
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