Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Fred Sippel letters

Abstract

The Fred Sippel letters (dated 1913-1919; 0.07 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprises letters sent to Fred Sippel from friends that document their service in the military during World War I.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Fred Sippel letters
Creator
Sippel, Fred
Extent
0.07 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Correspondence.
Friendship.
World War, 1914-1918.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Personal narratives, American.
Military life.
Military training camps.
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
2009ms132.0913: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Fred Sippel letters, 1913-1919, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Fred B. Sippel (1898-1978) was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Fred B. Sippel (1859-1938) and Anna G. Froehlich (1864-1956). He had one sibling, Anna G. (1888-1968). He married Doretta M. Pfeiffer (1900-1970) and together the couple had one child, Frederick W. Sippel (1932-1989). Fred worked as a traffic manager according to the 1940 US Census. No other biographical information available.
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 Fred Sippel letters (dated 1913-1919; 0.07 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprise letters sent to Fred Sippel from friends that document their service in the military during World War I. Fred receives letters from two friends, they discuss life in military camps, being under quarantine for illness, serving overseas, working as a driver for superior officers, hopes to return home soon, and reminiscing on memories shared with Fred. There are also two letters in the collection to Fred's sister that discuss her vacation and daily life in an army of occupation.
The Fred Sippel 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

Letters to Fred Sippel, 1917-1919

  • Box WH-112, folder 9
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Letters to Anna Sippel, 1913-1919

  • Box WH-112, folder 10
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