Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Brown family letters

Abstract

The Brown family letters (dated 1863-1867, 1892-1930, undated; 0.07 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprises letters sent to members of the Brown family that document their relationships with relatives across Indiana, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Nebraska in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Brown family letters
Extent
0.07 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Family.
Illinois
Farm life
Gossip.
Crops
Livestock.
Travel.
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
2009ms132.0848: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Brown family letters, 1863-1867, 1892-1930, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Brown family, of Daviess County, Indiana, included William L. Brown (1842-1930), his wife Huldah Anna Herendeen (1844-1911), and their five children, Florence (1868-1947), Marth C. (b. 1873), Cora A. (1875-1955), Harvey J. (1878-1963), and Anna M. (1879-1983). The Brown family owned and operated a farm in Barr Township in Daviess County.
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 Brown family letters (dated 1863-1867, 1892-1930, undated; 0.07 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprises letters sent to members of the Brown family that document their relationships with relatives across Indiana, Illinois, Oklahoma, and Nebraska in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The letters are primarily sent to the heads of the Brown family, William and Huldah, and their only son, Harvey. The letters to William and Huldah discuss personal health, daily life, marriages, employment, gossip, crop harvests, raising livestock, and the weather. Letters to Harvey discuss daily activities, going hunting, spending time with relatives, trips taken, employment, the weather, working on farms, and invitations to visit.
The Brown 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

Letters to William L. Brown, 1863-1867, 1892, 1909

  • Box WH-99, folder 16
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Letters to Huldah Brown, 1865, 1895-1902

  • Box WH-99, folder 17
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Letters to Harvey J. Brown, 1892-1930, undated

  • Box WH-99, folder 18
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