Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Charlie R. Blowers letters

Abstract

The Charlie R. Blowers letters (dated 1896-1902; 0.1 cubic feet; 4 folders) comprises letters between Charlie Blowers and Enola Baker that document their courtship in Illinois at the end of the nineteenth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Charlie R. Blowers letters
Creator
Blowers, Charlie R., 1870-1962
Extent
0.1 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Courtship
Courtship -- 1890-1930
Love-letters
Illinois
Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 19th 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
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0311: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Charlie R. Blowers letters, 1896-1902, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Charlie R. Blowers (1870-1962) was born in Illinois to Rufus L. Blowers and Elizabeth Jackson (1840-1931). In 1900, Blowers married Enola M. Baker (1876-1936). Together the couple had two children, Esther (b. 1903) and Lloyd (1907-1988).
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 Charlie R. Blowers letters (dated 1896-1902; 0.1 cubic feet; 4 folders) comprise letters between Charlie Blowers and Enola Baker that document their courtship in Illinois at the end of the nineteenth century. The letters come from Enola to Charlie, and in them, she discusses seeing each other, her homesickness, loneliness, visiting friends and family, her health, religion, marriages announced and weddings attended, along with them discussing how to get and keep friends of theirs together. There is one letter in the collection from Enola's father to the couple after their marriage that informs them of her grandfather's death.
The Charlie R. Blowers letters are 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

Enola Baker letters to Charlie Blowers, 1896

  • Box WH-10, folder 13
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Enola Baker letters to Charlie Blowers, 1897

  • Box WH-10, folder 14
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Enola Baker letters to Charlie Blowers, 1898-1900

  • Box WH-10, folder 15
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C.R. Baker letters to Charlie and Enola Blowers, 1902 October 29

  • Box WH-10, folder 16
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