Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Moses Edward Ligon letters

Abstract

The Moses Edward Ligon letters (dated 1909, 1927; 0.11 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprises letters between Moses Ligon and his fiancée in the two months prior to their marriage in Kentucky in the early twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Moses Edward Ligon letters
Creator
Ligon, Moses Edward
Extent
0.11 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Correspondence.
Love-letters
Family.
Marriage
Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 20th century
Gossip.
Domestic Life -- United States
Friendship.
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
2009ms132.0735: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Moses Edward Ligon letters, 1909, 1927, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Moses Edward Ligon (1877-1956) was born in Kentucky to Michael Ligon (b. 1842) and Pollie Stonestreet (1852-1937). In 1909, he married Ernestine Alms (b. 1886) and together the couple had three children, Amelia (b. 1913), Champ (1915-2000), and Elizabeth (1918-2005). From 1896 to 1902, Ligon attended National Normal University in Lebanon, Ohio; he then went on to attend Georgetown College from 1902 to 1905 where he received his A.B. degree; in 1921, he received an M.A. degree from the University of Chicago; and in 1935, he was awarded with an honorary LLD from Georgetown College. Over the course of his education career, Ligon served as a teacher, principal, superintendent, and president of many professional and athletic organizations. He was president and founder of the Central Kentucky High School Athletics Association and the Kentucky High School Athletics Association, and president of the Kentucky Education Association and the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. In 1913, he became principal of Lexington High School, superintendent of Henderson, Kentucky in 1919, and principal of Ashland High School in 1921. In 1924, he became a faculty member at the University of Kentucky as a professor of Secondary Education, and he held this position until his death in 1956. He was also a member of the athletic board at the University of Kentucky and helped to hire Adolph Rupp.
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 Moses Edward Ligon letters (dated 1909, 1927; 0.11 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprises letters between Moses Ligon and his fiancée in the two months prior to their marriage in Kentucky in the early twentieth century. The majority of the letters are between Moses and his fiancée, Ernestine, they write to each other about wedding preparations, spending time with family, going to work, attending social events, and their excitement at their impending marriage. Other letters include one to a minister, asking him to preside over the couple's wedding ceremony, and letters to the couple from relatives giving updates on the family, daily life, and gossip.
The Moses Edward Ligon 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
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

Moses Edward Ligon letters, 1909, 1927

  • Box WH-79, folder 15
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Moses E. Ligon to Ernestine Alms, 1909

  • Box WH-116, folder 1
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Ernestine Alms to Moses E. Ligon, 1909

  • Box WH-116, folder 2
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