Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: William W. Martin family letters

Abstract

The William W. Martin family letters (dated 1909-1921, undated; 0.24 cubic feet; 8 folders) comprise letters that document the relationships between William, Maude, and their families and friends in Indiana in the early twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: William W. Martin family letters
Creator
Martin, William W., 1880-1952
Extent
0.24 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Correspondence.
Travel.
Traveling sales personnel.
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
2009ms132.0513: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: William W. Martin family letters, 1909-1921, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
William W. Martin (1880-1952) was born in Indiana to Moultri Martin (1847-1887) and Melissa Ellis (1854-1931). In 1899, Martin married Maude Moffet (b. 1881) and together the couple had one child, Malcolm (1913-1963). Martin worked as a commercial salesman, traveling around nearby states.
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 William W. Martin family letters (dated 1909-1921, undated; 0.24 cubic feet; 8 folders) comprise letters that document the relationships between William, Maude, and their families and friends in Indiana in the early twentieth century. The majority of the letters are from William, sent to Maude and their young son, in them he writes about sales he made in various towns, the welcomes he received in different locations, the weather, running into friends, requests for Maude to write to their families, and updates on when he will be able to come home for a visit. Maude also received letters from relatives and friends that discuss the new baby, personal health, social activities, daily life, local gossip, and requests to visit when they can. Additionally, there is a letter addressed to Maude, but intended for William's mother, which details the author's anger at her, along with three photographs.
The William W. Martin family 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 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

W.W. Martin letters to Maude Martin, 1912-1921, undated

  • Box WH-38, folder 8-9
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Relatives letters to Maude Martin, 1909-1920, undated

  • Box WH-38, folder 10
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Friends letters to Maude Martin, 1912-1920

  • Box WH-38, folder 11
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Maude Martin letters to W.W. Martin, 1916-1920

  • Box WH-38, folder 12
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Letters to W.W. Martin, 1916, undated

  • Box WH-38, folder 13
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Martin family letters, 1915-1920, undated

  • Box WH-38, folder 14
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Photographs, undated

  • Box WH-38, folder 15
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