Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Edna Cash letters

Abstract

The Edna Cash letters (dated 1918-1923; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) comprise letters that document the personal and professional lives of engaged couple Edna and Jerry in Oklahoma and Texas in the 1920s.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Edna Cash letters
Date
1918-1923 (inclusive)
Creator
Cash, Edna, 1891-1981
Extent
0.45 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Automobile travel
Correspondence.
Long-distance relationships.
Love-letters
Oil-shale industry.
Oil wells -- Oklahoma.
Oil wells -- Texas.
Petroleum -- Geology.
Women in education.
World War, 1914-1918.
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
2009ms132.0511: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Edna Cash letters, 1918-1923, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Edna Cash (1891-1981) was born in Kansas to William Cash (1858-1901) and Minnie Stafford (1866-1902). At some point, the family moved to Edmond, Oklahoma, and Edna began working as a teacher in the local community schools. In 1922, Edna married Jerry B. Newby (1890-1981), an independent geologist seeking oil and petroleum in the Southern United States. The couple had one child together, a daughter, Mary (1925-2009).
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 Edna Cash letters (dated 1918-1923; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) comprise letters that document the personal and professional lives of engaged couple Edna and Jerry in Oklahoma and Texas in the 1920s. The letters from Jerry to Edna describe his work as a geologist searching for oil wells, his travels across Oklahoma and Texas, business partnerships, potential speculation opportunities, the weather, car troubles, and missing her while he is on the road.Edna's letters to Jerry talk about her work as a teacher, grading papers and exams, staff and club meetings she attends, difficulties with renting out her family home, visits from friends and family, local gossip, local and collegiate sports, the school and town's excitement over their engagement, wedding plans, and how much she misses him. There are also a few letters from Jerry to his mother from his time in the military during World War I, describing his duties and daily life.
The Edna Cash letters 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
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

Jerry Newby letters to Edna Cash, 1921

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Jerry Newby letters to Edna Cash, 1922

  • Box 1, folder 2-3
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Jerry Newby letters to Edna Cash, undated

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Edna Cash letters to Jerry Newby, 1921

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Edna Cash letters to Jerry Newby, 1922

  • Box 1, folder 6-7
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Edna Cash letters to Jerry Newby, 1923

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Letter to Edna Cash, 1922

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Jerry Newby letters to Mother, 1918-1919

  • Box 1, folder 10
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