Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: George E. Woodruff family papers

Abstract

The George E. Woodruff family papers (dated 1890-1957, bulk 1904-1908; 1.8 cubic feet; 4 boxes) comprise correspondence, genealogy papers, and two photographs that document business, social life, education, and travel at the turn of the twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: George E. Woodruff family papers
Creator
Woodruff, George Ezra, 1883-1963
Extent
1.8 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Correspondence.
Family.
Business enterprises -- Kentucky -- Louisville
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject and chronologically. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0066: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: George E. Woodruff family papers, 1890-1957, bulk 1904-1908, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
George Ezra Woodruff (1883-1963) was born in Louisville, Kentucky to Col. Ezra Woodruff (d. 1913) and Frances Gaulbert Woodruff (d. 1919). Graduated from Lawrenceville Academy, Lawrenceville, NJ, in 1896, and Yale University in 1904 and went to work as a clerk for Peaslee & Gaulbert Co. and hoped to work his way up from the bottom, learning the business as he went along. Seems that the firm's owners, however, were eager to acquire his mother's stock in the company and paid him very little wages, which he apparently constantly complained about to his parents. In 1910 he married Mary Dabney (1889-1957), the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Samuel Gordon Dabney, a longtime Louisville physician, and started his own paint company, two blocks from Peaslee & Gaulbert Co., on Main Street in Louisville. He and his wife had three children, Gordon (1911-1941), Francis (1914-2007), Louise (1916-2008), and Elizabeth (1928-2017).
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 George E. Woodruff family papers (dated 1890-1957, bulk 1904-1908; 1.8 cubic feet; 4 boxes) comprise correspondence, genealogy papers, and two photographs that document business, social life, education, and travel at the turn of the twentieth century. The correspondence is primarily written to George between 1904 and 1908, from his parents, siblings, wife, and children. The family genealogy details the Woodruff family back to the early 1600s.
The George E. Woodruff papers 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 The 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

Woodruff family geneaology, undated

  • Box 24, folder 1
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Col. Ezra Woodruff, 1870-1910

  • Box 24, folder 2
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Elizabeth Betty Woodruff, circa 1946

  • Box 24, folder 3
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Francis Woodruff, 1926-1933

  • Box 24, folder 4
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Gordon Woodruff, 1919-1941

  • Box 24, folder 5
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Louise Woodruff, 1929-1946

  • Box 24, folder 6
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George Gaulbert, 1890-1892

  • Box 24, folder 7
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Katherine Gaulbert, 1888

  • Box 24, folder 8
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William Gaulbert, Jr., 1888-1890

  • Box 24, folder 9
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William Gaulbert, Sr., 1876

  • Box 24, folder 10
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Dr. S. G. Dabney, 1890 - 1957

  • Box 24, folder 11
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Commencement program, correspondence, Yale tuition receipt, 1896 - 1903

  • Box 24, folder 12
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Correspondence, 1904 February - August

  • Box 24, folder 13
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Correspondence, 1904 September

  • Box 24, folder 14
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Correspondence, 1904 October 3-30

  • Box 24, folder 15
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Correspondence, 1904 November 1-23

  • Box 24, folder 16
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Correspondence, 1904 November 24-December 6

  • Box 24, folder 17
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Correspondence, 1904 December 7-31

  • Box 24, folder 18
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Correspondence, 1905 January 3-15

  • Box 24, folder 19
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Correspondence, 1905 January 16-31

  • Box 25, folder 1
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Correspondence, 1905 February 6-15

  • Box 25, folder 2
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Correspondence, 1905 February 17-28

  • Box 25, folder 3
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Correspondence, 1905 March 4-16

  • Box 25, folder 4
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Correspondence, 1905 March 18-31

  • Box 25, folder 5
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Correspondence, 1905 April 3-15

  • Box 25, folder 6
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Correspondence, 1905 April 21-15

  • Box 25, folder 7
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Correspondence, 1905 May 17-1907

  • Box 25, folder 8
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Correspondence, 1908 July 18-25

  • Box 25, folder 9
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Correspondence, 1908 July 27-August 19

  • Box 25, folder 10
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Correspondence, 1908 August 22-September 22

  • Box 25, folder 11
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Correspondence, 1908 September 30-November 6

  • Box 26, folder 1
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Correspondence, 1908 November 9-December 15

  • Box 26, folder 2
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Correspondence postcards, 1908

  • Box 26, folder 3
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Correspondence, 1909-1910

  • Box 26, folder 4
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Correspondence, 1911

  • Box 26, folder 5
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Correspondence, 1912-1913

  • Box 26, folder 6
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Correspondence, 1914

  • Box 26, folder 7
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Correspondence, 1915

  • Box 26, folder 8
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Correspondence, 1916

  • Box 26, folder 9
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Correspondence, 1917

  • Box 26, folder 10
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Correspondence, 1918 January-April

  • Box 26, folder 11
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Correspondence, 1918 May-December

  • Box 26, folder 12
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Correspondence, 1919

  • Box 27, folder 1
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Correspondence, 1920 May-October

  • Box 27, folder 2
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Correspondence, 1920-1921 November

  • Box 27, folder 3
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Correspondence, 1922-1925

  • Box 27, folder 4
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Correspondence, 1926-1927

  • Box 27, folder 5
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Correspondence, 1928

  • Box 27, folder 6
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Correspondence, 1929

  • Box 27, folder 7
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Correspondence, 1931-1935

  • Box 27, folder 8
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Correspondence, 1939-1948

  • Box 27, folder 9
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Correspondence, undated

  • Box 27, folder 10-11
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Photographs, undated

  • Box 27, folder 12
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