Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Gardemann family letters

Abstract

The Gardemann family letters collection (dated 1945-1952, undated; 0.23 cubic feet; 5 folders) comprises letters to the members of the Gardemann family from their relatives and friends in Germany in the years following World War II.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Gardemann family letters
Extent
0.23 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Correspondence.
Family.
World War, 1939-1945.
Health
Death
Medicine
Agriculture -- Europe.
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
2009ms132.0564: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Gardemann family letters, 1945-1952, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Gardemann family, of Versailles, Indiana, included parents William (1864-1940) and Wilhemine Gardemann (1863-1923), and their six children: Charles (1887-1950), Elizabeth (1889-1960), Henry (1891-1923), Henriette (1896-1903), Sophia (1899-1970), and Louis (b. 1903). William Gardemann emigrated from Germany in 1881 to the United States, began farming, and in 1886, he married Indiana-born Wilhelmine. No other biographical information available.
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 Gardemann family letters collection (dated 1945-1952, undated; 0.23 cubic feet; 5 folders) comprises letters to the members of the Gardemann family from their relatives and friends in Germany in the years following World War II. The majority of the letters are written in German, there are three written in English. The letters describe life in the British zone of Germany after WWII, the availability of food and medicines, finding work, reunions with family members that were fighting in Russia, attending school, deaths of friends and relatives, celebrating holidays, and occasional requests for assistance from their American relatives. A common thread throughout some of the letters is the Gardemann family sending insulin to a relative in Germany, as it is less accessible and not as good quality in Germany.
The Gardemann 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
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

Gardemann family letters, 1945-1946

  • Box WH-49, folder 1
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Gardemann family letters, 1947

  • Box WH-49, folder 2
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Gardemann family letters, 1948

  • Box WH-49, folder 3
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Gardemann family letters, 1949

  • Box WH-49, folder 4
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Gardemann family letters, 1950-1952, undated

  • Box WH-49, folder 5
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