Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Lois Redmond letters

Abstract

The Lois Redmond letters (dated 1925-1951, undated; 0.16 cubic feet; 6 folders) comprise letters that document the romantic and familial relationships held by Lois in the mid-twentieth century in Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Lois Redmond letters
Creator
Redmond, Lois, 1906-1995
Extent
0.16 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Courtship
Courtship -- Kentucky.
Education, Higher.
Education -- Kentucky -- Richmond.
Letters.
Women in education -- Kentucky.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by correspondant. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0185: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Lois Redmond letters, 1925-1951, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Lois Redmond (1906-1995) was born in Anderson County, Kentucky to John D. Redmond (1869-1932) and Annie Ruble (1883-1948). Lois was one of four children, Mattie, Naomi, and Bronston. Lois attended a teacher college in Richmond, Kentucky in 1925, and by 1940 was living in Covington, Kentucky. Her mother came to live with her in 1948, passing away shortly after doing so in October of that year. It is unclear if Lois ever married.
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 Lois Redmond letters (dated 1925-1951, undated; 0.16 cubic feet; 6 folders) comprise letters that document the romantic and familial relationships held by Lois in the mid-twentieth century in Kentucky. The majority of the letters are from a boyfriend, Wilbur, while she was attending a teachers college in Richmond, Kentucky. These letters discuss recent events in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, social visits, his feelings for her, and feelings of jealousy towards Lois possibly seeing another man. There are letters to Lois from another boyfriend, known as Red, in 1932, that discuss his work, social visits, working on his family's farm, trips taken, and his feelings for Lois. Also in 1932, there are a number of condolence letters written to Lois, Annie (her mother), and Mattie (her sister), after the death of John D. Redmond from friends and family expressing their sympathies. There are a number of letters to Annie Redmond in 1948 from friends and family, mainly wishing her to get well soon after being in the hospital and updating her on the author's lives. Included in the collection are also eleven photographs of unknown persons and a funeral program for Martha Catlett Ruble, Lois' grandmother.
The Lois Redmond 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

Wilbur letters to Lois Redmond, 1925-1927

  • Box 254, folder 1
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Red [John E. Berkshire?] to Lois Redmond, 1932, undated

  • Box 254, folder 2
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Letters to Annie Redmond, 1932, 1948, undated

  • Box 254, folder 3
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Letters to Lois Redmond, 1932

  • Box 254, folder 4
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Letters to Mattie Redmond, 1932

  • Box 254, folder 5
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Funeral program and photographs, 1951, undated

  • Box 254, folder 6
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If you are visiting the Breckinridge Research Room, please request materials at least 48 business hours in advance of your arrival.

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