Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Glenn C. Kingsbury papers

Abstract

The Glenn C. Kingsbury papers (dated 1929-1935, undated; 0.23 cubic feet; 7 folders, 10 items) comprise letters, clippings, papers, and photographs that document the life and profession of Glenn C. Kingsbury in Indiana in the early twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Glenn C. Kingsbury papers
Date
1929-1935, undated (inclusive)
Creator
Kingsbury, Glenn C.
Extent
0.23 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Families.
Employment -- Indiana.
Travel.
Death
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0978: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Glenn C. Kingsbury papers, 1929-1935, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Glenn C. Kingsbury (1898-1932) was born in Vanderburgh County, Indiana to John Kingsbury (1858-1937) and Jennie Lansing (1861-1921). In 1920, he married Esther Sullivan (b. 1900). Glenn worked as a salesman and typist, and after winning a few typing competitions he was claimed to be the fastest typist in the world. He went on to work for the Royal Typewriter Company and go on publicity tours, showing off his skill and teaching others how to type faster. Kingsbury died unexpectedly in a car accident in 1932.
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 Glenn C. Kingsbury papers (dated 1929-1935, undated; 0.23 cubic feet; 7 folders, 10 items) comprises letters, clippings, papers, and photographs that document the life and profession of Glenn C. Kingsbury in Indiana in the early twentieth century. The letters are sent from Glenn to his sister, discussing his travel for work and his personal health; along with condolence letters sent to the Royal Typewriter Co. after his unexpected death. The papers include advertisements to meet and learn from Glenn and awards he won in typing competitions. The clippings are from various newspapers announcing the tragic death of Glenn in a car accident. The photographs show Glenn at work and with family and friends.
The Glenn C. Kingsbury papers 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

Glenn C. Kingsbury papers, undated

  • Box WH-126, folder 2
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Glenn C. Kingsbury to Ada Kanter, 1931-1932

  • Box WH-126, folder 3
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Royal Typewriter Company letters, 1932

  • Box WH-126, folder 4
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Newspaper clippings - Kingsbury typing skills, 1929-1930, undated

  • Box WH-50, folder 9
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Newspaper clippings - Kingsbury's death, 1932

  • Box WH-50, folder 10-11
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Chicago Sunday Tribune newspaper, 1935 January 20

  • Box WH-50, folder 12
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Photographs, undated

  • Box WH-113, item 1-3
  • Box WH-100, item 4-5
  • Box WH-75, item 6-10
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