Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Jesse James Price papers

Abstract

The Jesse James Price papers (dated 1950-1963; 0.14 cubic feet; 8 folders) comprise letters, applications, and certificates that document the military service and prison sentence of Jesse Price in Kentucky in the 1950s and early 1960s.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Jesse James Price papers
Creator
Price, Jesse James, 1933-1972
Extent
0.14 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Love-letters
Parole
Prisons
Unites States Marine Corps -- Air Stations
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
2009ms132.0197: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Jesse James Price papers, 1949-1963, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Jesse James Price (1933-1972) was born in Louisville, Kentucky to James O. Price (1893-1966) and Daisy N. Brent (1910-1995). In 1949, Jesse applied to become a member of the Louisville squadron of the Civil Air Patrol and shortly thereafter, he joined the Marine Corps. In 1960, Jesse was arrested for armed robbery, convicted of robbery, and sentenced to serve seven years in the Kentucky State Reformatory in La Grange, Kentucky. He was paroled in November of 1962 for good behavior and returned home to Louisville. In May 1972, he married Evelyn Louise Buhn (b. 1937), but passed away a few months later in September.
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 Jesse James Price papers (dated 1950-1963; 0.14 cubic feet; 8 folders) comprise letters, applications, and certificates that document the military service and prison sentence of Jesse Price in Kentucky in the 1950s and early 1960s. The letters between 1950 and 1953 are written to Jesse from various girlfriends and his mother while Jesse was stationed at different bases across the country. These letters discuss social visits, employment, wishing he was stationed closer, updates on family and friend's health, and the birth of a baby. The letters between 1960 and 1963 are to Jesse mainly from Mary Pike and his mother while he was serving his sentence for robbery at the Kentucky State Reformatory. These letters discuss excitement over Jesse getting parole, finding employment for Jesse, the health of family members, and daily life. Additionally, there are a variety of documents in the collection, including Jesse's Civil Air Patrol Cadet application, parole papers, articles about the robbery, a packing list from the military, pamphlets, and an unidentified trip itinerary.
The Jesse James Price papers are 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 The 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

Letters from Gerry, 1950, undated

  • Box 258, folder 3
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Letter from Ruth, 1951

  • Box 258, folder 4
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Letters from Mom [Daisy Price], 1951-1962, undated

  • Box 258, folder 5
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Letters from Jamie, 1952-1953

  • Box 258, folder 6
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Letters to Jesse, 1953

  • Box 258, folder 7
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Letter from [Martin ?], 1960

  • Box 258, folder 8
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Letters from Pike family, 1962-1963

  • Box 258, folder 9
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Jesse Price papers, 1949, 1960-1962, undated

  • Box 258, folder 10
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If you are visiting the Breckinridge Research Room, please request materials at least 48 business hours in advance of your arrival.

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