Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mayer family papers

Abstract

The Mayer family papers (dated 1892-1952; 1.60 cubic feet; 5 boxes) comprise correspondence and photographs that document the daily lives of the Mayer family and their relatives throughout the twentieth century in Louisville, Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mayer family papers
Creator
Mayer, William F., 1879-1948
Extent
1.60 Cubic Feet
Subjects
General stores -- Kentucky -- Louisville.
Letters.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically and by format.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0034: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mayer family papers, 1892-1952, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
William F. Mayer (1879-1948) was born in Louisville, Kentucky to William F. Mayer and Mary Scharfenberger. He is one of four children, McLeoma (b.1877), Elenora (1888-1960), and Scott N. (1890-1940). In 1914, William married Mary Haming (1880-1951) and together they had two children, Mary E. Mayer (1915-1999) and William Mayer Jr. (1916-1995). The Mayer family was a prominent family in Louisville, with William owning the Wm. F. Mayer Furniture Company on Market Street. Mayer operated the business with his brother, Scott, until Scott was drafted for World War I in 1918.
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 Mayer family papers (dated 1892-1952; 1.60 cubic feet; 5 boxes) comprise correspondence and photographs that document the daily lives of the Mayer family and their relatives throughout the twentieth century in Louisville, Kentucky. Letters dated pre-World War I predominantly document the courting correspondence between William F. Mayer and Mary Haming. There is a large portion of the collection that documents the training and subsequent deployment to France of Lawrence Haming (Mary's brother) and Scott while serving in the Army in 1918. Additionally, there are numerous greeting cards and an extensive photograph collection of the family and World War I.
The Mayer family 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

Mayer family letters, 1892-1899

  • Box 127, folder 7
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Mayer family letters, 1906-1907

  • Box 127, folder 8
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Mayer family letters, 1908-1909

  • Box 127, folder 9
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Mayer family letters, 1910

  • Box 127, folder 10
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Mayer family letters, 1911

  • Box 127, folder 11
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Mayer family letters, 1912

  • Box 128, folder 1-2
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Mayer family letters, 1913

  • Box 128, folder 3-4
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Mayer family letters, 1914

  • Box 128, folder 5-6
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Mayer family letters, 1917

  • Box 128, folder 7
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Mayer family letters, 1918

  • Box 128, folder 8-13
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Mayer family letters, 1919

  • Box 128, folder 14
  • Box 129, folder 1-6
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Mayer family letters, 1920

  • Box 129, folder 7
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Mayer family letters, 1922

  • Box 129, folder 8
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Mayer family letters, 1923

  • Box 129, folder 9-10
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Mayer family letters, 1924-1925

  • Box 129, folder 11
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Mayer family letters, 1926

  • Box 129, folder 12
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Mayer family letters, 1927

  • Box 129, folder 13
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Mayer family letters, 1928-1929

  • Box 129, folder 14
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Mayer family letters, 1930

  • Box 129, folder 15
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Mayer family letters, 1931

  • Box 129, folder 16
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Mayer family letters, 1932

  • Box 129, folder 17
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Mayer family letters, 1933-1934

  • Box 130, folder 1
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Mayer family letters, 1935-1936

  • Box 130, folder 2
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Mayer family letters, 1937

  • Box 130, folder 3
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Mayer family letters, 1939

  • Box 130, folder 4
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Mayer family letters, 1952

  • Box 130, folder 5
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Business transactions, 1900-1930

  • Box 130, folder 6-7
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Clippings and notes, 1909-1935

  • Box 130, folder 8
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Photographs, undated

  • Box 130, folder 9-10
  • Box 131, folder 1-6
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Researchers are required to have an SCRC Researcher Account in order to request or order digital copies of materials. Research Account set-up and use instructions can be found at: http://libguides.uky.edu/SCRCaccount

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

For all other questions, contact us at: https://libraries.uky.edu/ContactSCRC.

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