Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Fish family letters
- Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Fish family letters
- 0.31 Cubic Feet
- Clothing and dress -- History -- 20th century
- Collection is arranged chronologically. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
- Preferred Citation
- 2009ms132.0750: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Fish family letters, 1884-1930, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
- University of Kentucky
- Biography / History
- The Fish family of Royalton, Vermont included Edgar John Fish (1851-1930), his wife Eliza Ann Lyman (1848-1932), and their two sons: John Euclid (1874-1948) and Harold (1883-1971). Edgar worked as a doctor. No other biographical information available.
- 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 Fish family letters (dated 1884-1930, undated; 0.31 cubic feet; 11 folders) comprises letters between members of the Fish family in Vermont and Massachusetts in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The family communicated mainly by postcards, and a majority of the letters are sent to Eliza Fish, the family matriarch. Messages discuss working in hospitals, travel, visiting family and friends, personal health, political appointments, marriages, children, attending conferences, making clothing, deaths, attending funerals, and daily life.
- The Fish family letters collection is 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 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
Eliza Fish letters, 1901-1915, undated
- Box WH-82, folder 11
John Euclid Fish and family to Edgar J. Fish, 1901-1918
- Box WH-122, folder 1
Letters to Edgar J. Fish, 1903-1918
- Box WH-122, folder 2
Edgar J. Fish to Eliza Fish, 1908-1910
- Box WH-122, folder 3
Eunice to Eliza Fish, 1904-1914, undated
- Box WH-122, folder 4
John Euclid Fish and family to Eliza Fish, 1899-1918, undated
- Box WH-122, folder 5
Letters to Eliza Fish, 1904-1930
- Box WH-122, folder 6
Family to Harold D. Fish, 1902-1906
- Box WH-122, folder 7
P.L. Culver to Harold D. Fish, 1903
- Box WH-122, folder 8
Letters to Harold D. Fish, 1902-1905, undated
- Box WH-122, folder 9
Fish family letters, 1884, 1904, 1919, undated
- Box WH-122, folder 10
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