Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Barber family letters

Abstract

The Barber family letters (dated 1898-1907; 0.08 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprises letters sent to the Barber family from relatives and friends that document life in Milton, Wisconsin in the early twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Barber family letters
Extent
0.08 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Family.
Education
College students.
Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 20th century
Parent and child.
Marriage
Health
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0922: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Barber family letters, 1898-1907, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Barber family of North Loup, Nebraska included Charles W. Barber (1864-1949), his wife Louisa Lois Davis (1869-1951) and their three children: Glenn (1887-1957), Fern (1889-1968) and Dell (1894-1974). Charles was a tinner and a musician, and married Louisa in 1886. Glenn attended Milton College in Milton, Wisconsin and married Cora Rogers (1888-1984) in 1907, whom he met in college. Together they had nine children. Fern also attended Milton College and became a teacher back in her hometown. In 1919, she married George Maxson (1881-1954) and together they had two children. Dell married Hazel M. Ingerson (1896-1975) in 1915, and together they had five children.
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 Barber family letters (dated 1898-1907; 0.08 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprises letters sent to the Barber family from relatives and friends that document life in Milton, Wisconsin in the early twentieth century. The majority of the letters are from Glenn Barber to his mother, Louisa, and he writes about studying for classes, spending time with friends, playing sports, fights with his girlfriend, his struggles in dealing with his girlfriend's family, their plans to get married, and attending social events. Other letters to the family discuss finding hired help, accounts owed to them, moving homes, and personal health.
The Barber 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

Glenn Barber to Lousia Barber, 1907

  • Box WH-116, folder 5
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Letters to Charles and Louisa Barber, 1898-1907

  • Box WH-116, folder 6
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