Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Virginia Porter letters

Abstract

The Virginia Porter letters (dated 1907-1941, undated; 1.35 cubic feet; 3 boxes) comprises letters and papers that document the lives of colleagues and friends of school-teacher Virginia Porter in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Kansas in the early twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Virginia Porter letters
Date
1907-1941, undated (inclusive)
Creator
Porter, Virginia
Extent
1.35 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Correspondence.
Female friendship -- United States.
Domestic Life -- United States -- 20th century
Women in higher education
Women in education -- Kentucky.
Farm life
Teachers -- Kentucky.
Women teachers.
Education
Gossip.
Clergy.
Travel.
Religion
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
2009ms132.0906: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Virginia Porter letters, 1907-1941, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Virginia Porter (1893-1987) was born in Jeffersontown, Kentucky to Reuben Porter (1864-1918) and Elizabeth Hall (1865-1959). In 1919, she married Robert L. Carrithers (1890-1962). Virginia worked as a public school teacher and Robert was a house painter.
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 Virginia Porter letters (dated 1907-1941, undated; 1.35 cubic feet; 3 boxes) comprises letters and papers that document the lives of colleagues and friends of school-teacher Virginia Porter in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Kansas in the early twentieth century. The majority of the letters come from friends discussing education, teaching children, moving to new schools, local gossip, memories shared with Virginia, preparing classroom lessons, spending time with family and friends, trips taken, personal health, dating, marriages, graduations, working on farms, attending church, and preaching sermons. Letters from her family discuss Virginia becoming a teacher, their desire to see her and her family, daily life, visits from other relatives, and personal health. Virginia also receives letters from teaching colleges and her statewide education association discussing where she could attend school for appropriate teaching certificates, what subjects she needs to work on more, and professional development opportunities. The papers in the collection include a list of members of the Kentucky state judicial system, an advertisement for additional education for teachers to control classrooms, and a church program.
The Virginia Porter 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

Olivia Beal to Virginia Porter, 1910-1916

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Virginia B. Bell to Virginia Porter, 1913-1916

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Daisy Buyan to Virginia Porter, 1907-1912

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Lillian Edith Clark to Virginia Porter, 1914-1916

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Edith Eldridge to Virginia Porter, 1912-1917, undated

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Eunice Eldridge to Virginia Porter, 1918

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Maude Eldridge to Virginia Porter, 1912-1913

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Frieda Lang-Lausman to Virginia Porter, 1912-1915, undated

  • Box 1, folder 8
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"Mazie" to Virginia Porter, 1911-1912

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Mary Jane Roscoe to Virginia Porter, 1913

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Mary Jane Roscoe to Virginia Porter, 1914

  • Box 1, folder 11
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Mary Jane Roscoe to Virginia Porter, 1915-1916

  • Box 1, folder 12
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Mary Jane Roscoe to Virginia Porter, 1917-1918

  • Box 2, folder 1
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Stella S. to Virginia Porter, 1915-1917

  • Box 2, folder 2
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W.R. "Jack" Spalding to Virginia Porter, 1914-1915

  • Box 2, folder 3
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W.F. Wagner to Virginia Porter, 1909

  • Box 2, folder 4
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Marie Whitman to Virginia Porter, 1912-1914

  • Box 2, folder 5
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Hulda Wiggington to Virginia Porter, 1912

  • Box 2, folder 6
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Ora Wiggington to Virginia Porter, 1912-1916

  • Box 2, folder 7
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E. Luther Zerger to Virginia Porter, 1916

  • Box 2, folder 8
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Friends to Virginia Porter, 1909-1911

  • Box 2, folder 9
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Friends to Virginia Porter, 1912

  • Box 2, folder 10
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Friends to Virginia Porter, 1914-1915

  • Box 3, folder 1
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Friends to Virginia Porter, 1916-1917

  • Box 3, folder 2
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Friends to Virginia Porter, 1929, 1941, undated

  • Box 3, folder 3
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Family to Virginia Porter, 1910-1915, 1928

  • Box 3, folder 4
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Professional letters to Virginia Porter, 1912-1914

  • Box 3, folder 5
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Virginia Porter letters, 1913, 1936, undated

  • Box 3, folder 6
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Virginia Porter papers, undated

  • Box 3, folder 7
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