Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Henry C. Cutter diary

Abstract

The Henry C. Cutter diary (dated 1867; 0.06 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises one diary that documents the daily life of pioneer farmer Henry C. Cutter while living in Oswego, Illinois in 1867.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Henry C. Cutter diary
Creator
Cutter, Henry C.
Extent
0.06 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Illinois
Agriculture -- Farming
Farm life
Family.
Crops
Livestock
Travel.
Lumber trade.
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
2009ms132.0814: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Henry C. Cutter diary, 1867, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Henry Clay Cutter (1830-1913) was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1852, he and his brother attempted to head to California with the gold seekers, but learned of the farming possibilities in the Fox River Valley while stopped in Chicago. They instead rode out to Oswego and purchased the farm that became known as the Cutter homestead. In 1854, he married Mary Fox (1834-1915) and together the couple had at least five children, Cyrus (1857-1934), Watts D. (1860-1947), Mary Blanche (1862-1943), Slade (1867-1958), and Scott (1874-1937). Henry and Mary Cutter are considered to be some of the first pioneers of Oswego, Illinois.
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 Henry C. Cutter diary (dated 1867; 0.06 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises one diary that documents the daily life of pioneer farmer Henry C. Cutter while living in Oswego, Illinois in 1867. In the diary, Cutter details chores completed on the farm, crops harvested and planted, lumber hewn, livestock sold and acquired, assistance from farm hands, travel to nearby cities, spending time with his family, the birth of his fourth child, the weather, and money made and spent.
The Henry C. Cutter diary 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

Henry C. Cutter diary, 1867

  • Box WH-89, folder 3
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