Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Anna V. Parker family letters

Abstract

The Anna V. Parker family letters (dated 1895-1966, undated; 0.90 cubic feet; 2 boxes, 2 items) comprises letters, photographs, and a book that document the lives of Anna Parker and her family living in Sanders, Kentucky in the first half of the twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Anna V. Parker family letters
Date
1895-1966, undated (inclusive)
Creator
Parker, Anna V.
Extent
0.90 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Families.
Family farms
Farm life
Education
Women teachers.
World War, 1914-1918.
World War, 1939-1945.
Military life.
Travel.
Friendship.
Genealogy.
Health
Employment -- Kentucky
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
2009ms132.0982: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Anna V. Parker family letters, 1895-1966, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Anna V. Parker (1889-1979) was born in Carroll County, Kentucky to Belvierd D. Parker (1849-1926) and Susan Ferguson Sanders (1853-1927). She had two younger brothers, Joseph Sanders Parker (1895-1985) and William H. Parker (1897-1982). The family ran a successful chicken farm in Sanders, Kentucky. Anna became a school teacher and never married. Joseph served in World War I, as a sargent in the army with the 32nd Engineers, and later was a civil engineer. William served in World War I as well, in the navy, and returned home to take over the family farm.
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 Anna V. Parker family letters (dated 1895-1966, undated; 0.90 cubic feet; 2 boxes, 2 items) comprises letters, photographs, and a book that document the lives of Anna Parker and her family living in Sanders, Kentucky in the first half of the twentieth century. The letters are sent between the members of the Parker family, discussing school, opinions on teachers and classes, difficulties with roommates, having clothes made for ceremonies, leaving school to help on family farm, finding employment, moving, serving in World War I and World War II, travel, opinions on the northern US versus southern US, family genealogy, deaths of friends and family, and daily life on the Parker family's chicken farm. The photographs show family activities and the book is on the genealogy of the Sanders family.
The Anna V. Parker family 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

Joseph Sanders Parker to Anna V. Parker, 1909-1917

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Joseph Sanders Parker to Anna V. Parker, 1918-1919

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Joseph Sanders Parker to Anna V. Parker, 1920-1929, undated

  • Box 1, folder 3
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William H. Parker to Anna V. Parker, 1911-1916

  • Box 1, folder 4
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William H. Parker to Anna V. Parker, 1918

  • Box 1, folder 5
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William H. Parker to Anna V. Parker, 1919, undated

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Letters to Anna V. Parker, 1900-1921

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Letters to Anna V. Parker, 1926-1927, 1943-1960, undated

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Anna V. Parker to Joseph Sanders Parker, 1914-1915, undated

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Letters to Joseph Sanders Parker, 1914

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Anna V. Parker to Susie S. Parker, 1906-1907

  • Box 2, folder 1
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Anna V. Parker to Susie S. Parker, 1908-1913

  • Box 2, folder 2
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Anna V. Parker to Susie S. Parker, undated

  • Box 2, folder 3
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Joseph Sanders Parker to Susie S. Parker, 1909-1913

  • Box 2, folder 4
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William H. Parker to Susie S. Parker, 1911-1919, undated

  • Box 2, folder 5
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Letters to Susie S. Parker, 1907-1915, undated

  • Box 2, folder 6
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Joseph Sanders Parker to William H. Parker, 1909-1923

  • Box 2, folder 7
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Parker family letters, 1895-1936, undated

  • Box 2, folder 8
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Parker family papers, 1907-1915, 1934-1941, undated

  • Box 2, folder 9
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The Sanders Family of Grass Hills by Anna Virginia Sanders, 1966

  • Box 2, folder 10
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Photographs, undated

  • Box WH-100, item 1-2
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