Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Albert J. Kimball letters

Abstract

The Albert J. Kimball letters (dated 1894-1898; 0.44 cubic feet; 11 folders) comprise letters written to Clara Belle Holmes of Fairfield, Illinois from Albert John Kimball of Ellery, Illinois.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Albert J. Kimball letters
Creator
Kimball, Albert J., 1865-1927
Extent
0.44 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Courtship -- 1890-1930
Family.
Illinois
Letters.
Love-letters
Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 19th century
Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 20th century
Marriage
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Hanna Rumbarger
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0339: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Albert J. Kimball Letters, 1894-1898, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Albert John Kimball (1865-1927) was born in Illinois, in the 1870 and 1880 census he was listed as living with his aunt and uncle. In 1895, Kimball married Clara Belle Holmes (1865-1953); together the couple had four children, Margaret Elizabeth Kimball Payne (1896-1981), Holmes Amos Kimball (1897-1984), Clara Irene Kimball Laverton (1904-1945) and Mary Alice Kimball (1900-1900). The 1910 Census states that Albert was a book-keeper and Clara worked as a stenographer.
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 Albert J. Kimball letters (dated 1894-1898; 0.44 cubic feet; 11 folders) comprise letters written to Clara Belle Holmes of Fairfield, Illinois from Albert John Kimball of Ellery, Illinois from 1894-1898. These letters contain many details about their growing relationship. They discuss their love for one another, longing to be together, plans for their future wedding and dreams of their life together. This collection also has a letter written to Clara from her niece Bessie Spears who lived in Caddo, Texas.
The Albert J. Kimball letters are part of the Wade Hall Collection of American Letter, 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

Albert J. Kimball to Clara B. Holmes , 1894 May

  • Box WH-14, folder 2
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Albert J. Kimball to Clara B. Holmes, 1894 June

  • Box WH-14, folder 3
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Albert J. Kimball to Clara B. Holmes, 1894 July

  • Box WH-14, folder 4
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Albert J. Kimball to Clara B. Holmes, 1894 August

  • Box WH-14, folder 5
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Albert J. Kimball to Clara B. Holmes, 1894 September - October

  • Box WH-14, folder 6
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Albert J. Kimball to Clara B. Holmes , 1894 November

  • Box WH-14, folder 7
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Albert J. Kimball to Clara B. Holmes, 1894 December

  • Box WH-14, folder 8
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Albert J. Kimball to Clara B. Holmes, 1895 August

  • Box WH-14, folder 9
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Albert J. Kimball to Clara B. Holmes, 1896

  • Box WH-14, folder 10
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Albert J. Kimball to Clara B. Holmes, 1897

  • Box WH-14, folder 11
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Albert J. Kimball to Clara B. Holmes, 1898

  • Box WH-14, folder 12
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