Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Dessie (Gumm) Sharp letters

Abstract

The Dessie (Gumm) Sharp letters (dated 1919-1945; 0.15 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprise letters written during World War I that document the life of an Army recruiter and during World War II that document the experiences of a soldier who was a prisoner of war.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Dessie (Gumm) Sharp letters
Creator
Sharp, Dessie (Gumm), 1900-2001
Extent
0.15 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Courtship -- Kentucky.
Letters.
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons.
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
2009ms132.0084: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Dessie (Gumm) Sharp letters, 1919-1945, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Dessie Celia (Gumm) Sharp (1900-2001) was born in Butler, Ohio to William H. Gumm (1873-1911) and Addie Witt (1876-1920). She married Roy Sharp (1889-1936), a recruiter for the U.S. Army, in 1920 and together they had one son, Edward (b. 1921). Edward enlisted in the Army Air Corps during World War II and was a prisoner of war from 1944 to 1945 at Stalag Luft IV camp and Wöbbelin camp until its liberation in May 1945 by the British.
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 Dessie (Gumm) Sharp letters (dated 1919-1945; 0.15 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprise letters during World War I that document the life of an Army recruiter and during World War II that document the experiences of a soldier who was a prisoner of war. The majority of the letters are from Roy Sharp to Dessie that discuss his travels as a recruiter during World War I, plans for their impending marriage, and thoughts on a job outside the U.S. Army. There are a few letters from her son, Edward, that discuss being able to go home for the birth of his child and how he is recovering from his time in a prisoner of war camp.
The Dessie (Gumm) Sharp 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
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

Dessie Sharp letters, 1919 October 1-December 23

  • Box 42, folder 7
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Dessie Sharp letters, 1920 January 2-July 20

  • Box 42, folder 8
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Dessie Sharp letters, 1942 November 17-1945 June 2

  • Box 42, folder 9
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