Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Elma Louise Ford memory book

Abstract

The Elma Louise Ford memory book (dated 1922; 0.05 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises a single memory book a young woman named Elma Louise Ford and records memories and messages from her friends, classmates, and teachers at the Kentucky Normal and Industrial Institution.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Elma Louise Ford memory book
Creator
Ford, Elma Louise, 1906-1989
Extent
0.05 Cubic Feet
Subjects
African Americans -- Education.
African American women.
Female friendship -- United States -- History
Memory books.
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
Hanna Rumbarger
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0565: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Elma Louise Ford memory book, 1922, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Ford family of Maceo, Kentucky consisted of parents Isaacs Ford (1859-1935) and Lucy Ford (1864-1940). The couple had eight children, including Elma Louise Ford (1906-1989). Isaacs worked as a farmer. By 1930, Louise had married Thomas Dorsey (1900-1983) and moved to Indianapolis, Indiana.
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 Elma Louise Ford memory book (dated 1922; 0.05 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises a single memory book a young woman named Elma Louise Ford and records memories and messages from her friends, classmates, and teachers at the Kentucky Normal and Industrial Institution. This memory book features outlined pages with sections such as; name, address, hobby, dance, opinion of me, and verse. Elma's friends and classmates filled in their information and wrote short messages to her.
The Elma Louise Ford memory book 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

Memories of Friends , 1922

  • Box WH-48, folder 1
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