Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: York family letters

Abstract

The York family letters (dated 1878-1886, undated; 0.14 cubic feet; 12 folders) comprise letters that document the daily lives of the York family while they resided in Kirkstall, Anderson County, Tennessee during the latter part of the 19th century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: York family letters
Extent
0.14 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Agriculture.
Correspondence.
Crops
Death
Family.
Farm life
Health
Letters.
Travel.
Typhoid fever.
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
Hanna Rumbarger
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0449: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: York family letters, 1878-1886, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The York family of Kirkstall, Anderson County, Tennessee consisted of parents Uriah M. York (1832-1905) and Alley M. Coward York (1830-1894). The couple had five children, William T. York (1856-1917), Sarah Jane York Gunter (1857-1948), John H. York (b. 1861), Mary Frances York Duncum (1863-1908) and Amy Elizabeth Betty York Duncum (1867-1928). Mary was the first wife of William Phillip Duncum (1860-1926), but when Mary passed, Amy married William. Uriah York and his two sons worked in the farming industry.
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 York family letters (dated 1878-1886, undated; 0.14 cubic feet; 12 folders) comprise letters that document the daily lives of the York family while they resided in Kirkstall, Anderson County, Tennessee during the latter part of the 19th century. the bulk of the letters were written by John H. York and sent to his dear cousins. The letters discuss the success of crops, different family member's well-being, the weather, and his schooling. A large theme across this whole collection are letters discussing plans to visit one another from different counties in Tennessee and deaths of family members from either pneumonia or typhoid fever. This collection also includes one photograph of an unidentified man, two name cards, and one receipt from a photography shop.
The York family letters are part of the Wade Hall Collection of American Letter, 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

Letters from William T. York , 1878-1883, undated

  • Box WH-26, folder 15
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John N. York letters, 1879, undated

  • Box WH-26, folder 16
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Letters from Uriah M. York, 1879, 1881, 1886

  • Box WH-26, folder 17
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George W. Watlington letters, 1881-1882, 1886, undated

  • Box WH-26, folder 18
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Letters from Mary Frances York Duncum , 1880, 1883, undated

  • Box WH-26, folder 19
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York family papers , 1881-1883, undated

  • Box WH-26, folder 20
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John H. York letters, 1881-1884, undated

  • Box WH-26, folder 21
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Letters from Sarah Jane York Gunter, 1881-1884, undated

  • Box WH-26, folder 22
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Letters from Lizzie York, 1882-1884, undated

  • Box WH-26, folder 23
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W.A. Vineyard letter, 1882

  • Box WH-26, folder 24
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Letters from Amy Elizabeth Betty York , 1882-1885, undated

  • Box WH-26, folder 25
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Elbert L. Watlington letter, undated

  • Box WH-26, folder 26
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