Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Carey Lewis letters

Abstract

The Carey Lewis letters (dated 1902-1919; 0.23 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprise letters that document the life of Carey Lewis while in school in Danville, Kentucky at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Carey Lewis letters
Date
1902-1919 (inclusive)
Creator
Lewis, J. Carey (Joseph Carey), 1884-1950
Extent
0.23 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Courtship
Education, Higher.
Family.
Letters.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0144: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Carey Lewis letters, 1902-1919, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
J. Carey Lewis (1884-1950) was born in Bagdad, Kentucky to Isaac Lewis (1840-1919) and Martha Webber (1840-1923). He had two older siblings, Ada Lewis (1868-1920) and Benjamin Lewis (1870-1953). Carey married Ethel Hulette (1893-1968) about 1928, and the couple lived in Louisville, Kentucky. Carey worked as an insurance agent and Ethel was employed by The Bankers Bond Company.
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 Carey Lewis letters (dated 1902-1919; 0.23 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprise letters that document the life of Carey Lewis while in school in Danville, Kentucky at the beginning of the twentieth century. The letters are mainly from family members in Bagdad, Kentucky and school friends in Versailles and Georgetown, Kentucky. The letters from Lewis's family discuss their health, the condition of the family farm, local happenings in Bagdad, and their pride at Carey's academic performance. Carey's friends write to him about activities on campus at Georgetown and Centre College, fraternity and sorority events, trips home for holidays, relationships, and later alumni events and weddings.
The Carey Lewis 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
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

Letters to Carey Lewis in school, 1902-1906

  • Box 44, folder 1
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Letters to Carey Lewis, 1907-1919

  • Box 44, folder 2
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