Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Gertrude White letters

Abstract

The Gertrude White letters (dated 1915-1918; 0.025 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises four letters written to Gertrude White that document the experiences of soldiers and working men during World War I in Indiana and Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Gertrude White letters
Creator
White, Gertrude
Extent
0.025 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Correspondence.
Military life.
Family.
Friendship.
World War, 1914-1918.
Military training camps.
Employment -- Indiana.
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
2009ms132.0679: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Gertrude White letters, 1915-1918, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Gertrude White (1898-1976) was born in Logan, Indiana to Albert C. White (1873-1967) and Clara Haddock (1872-1955). In 1922, she married Charles E. Wright (1889-1966) and together they had two children, Esther (1923-2015) and Charles Jr. (b. 1928). 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 Gertrude White letters (dated 1915-1918; 0.025 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises four letters written to Gertrude White that document the experiences of soldiers and working men during World War I in Indiana and Kentucky. Three of the four letters come from men in the military, discussing daily life in camp, doing drills, going through quarantines, and hearing from other friends in the military. The other letter comes from a friend not in the military, discussing mutual friends, requesting to hear her sing, and his job.
The Gertrude White 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 Gertrude White, 1915-1918

  • Box WH-69, folder 6
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