Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Eaton, Hollister and Thrall family letters

Abstract

The Eaton, Hollister and Thrall family letters (dated 1826-1954, undated, bulk 1826-1870; 0.19 cubic feet; 10 folders) comprise letters that document the three families and the events in their lives such as; death, the Civil War and other major life events.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Eaton, Hollister and Thrall family letters
Extent
0.19 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Education, Higher.
Education -- Women.
Military life.
Programs.
Soldiers -- Correspondence
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Correspondence.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject.
Finding Aid Author
Hanna Rumbarger
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0482: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Eaton, Hollister and Thrall family letters, 1826-1954, undated, bulk 1826-1870, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Hollister family of Zanesville, Ohio consisted of Frank Monroe Hollister (1824-1893) and Lucy Dutton Williams Hollister (1826-1908), and their two children, Gertrude Hollister (B. 1856) and Harry E. Hollister (D. 1918). According to public record of Soldier Grave Registrations, Frank's rank was Private in the Union Army and he served from May 1861 to August 1864. Frank was stationed at Camp Zanesville in Zanesville, Ohio. 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 Eaton, Hollister and Thrall family letters (dated 1826-1954, undated, bulk 1826-1870; 0.19 cubic feet; 10 folders) comprise letters that document the three families and the events in their lives such as; death, the Civil War and other major life events. This collection primarily consists of letters from the members of the Hollister family of Zanesville, Ohio. This includes Private Frank Monroe Hollister, his wife Lucy Dutton Williams and their two children, Gertrude Hollister and Harry E. Hollister. Frank wrote to Lucy while he served in the Union army, and his letters discuss men dying, rumors about the Confederate army, camp life, and battles. Lucy Hollister received letters from her daughter while she attended Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, as well as letters from her sister who lived in Massachusetts. Tecollection also contains letters from members of the Eaton and Thrall families as well as their friends and acquaintances. These letters include: thank you notes, sewing patterns, church services, play booklets, and letters that document their everyday lives.
The Thrall, Eaton and Williams family 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

Eaton, Hollister and Thrall family letters, 1826-1852

  • Box WH-37, folder 1
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Eaton, Hollister and Thrall family letters, 1891-1917

  • Box WH-37, folder 2
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Eaton, Hollister and Thrall family letters, undated

  • Box WH-37, folder 3
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Letters to Esther Stevens , 1842-1844, 1863, undated

  • Box WH-37, folder 4
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Frank Hollister letters to Lucy Hollister, 1861

  • Box WH-37, folder 5
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Letters to Frank Hollister, 1862-1870, undated

  • Box WH-37, folder 6
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Letters to Gertrude Hollister , 1868, 1912

  • Box WH-37, folder 7
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Letters to Lucy Hollister, 1845-1868, 1890-1912, undated

  • Box WH-37, folder 8
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Zanesville, Ohio newspaper clippings and pamphlets , 1906, 1937, undated

  • Box WH-37, folder 9
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J.B. Christmas letters to Mr. and Mrs. Christmas, 1954

  • Box WH-37, folder 10
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