Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Raymond Board letters

Abstract

The Raymond Board letters (dated 1909-1910; 0.054 cubic feet; 4 folders) comprises 24 letters between Board and his family that document his experiences working on a ranch in Montana and family life in Ohio.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Raymond Board letters
Creator
Board, Raymond, 1887-1971
Extent
0.054 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Cattle drives -- Montana
Cowboys.
Family farms
Letters.
Ohio
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
2009ms132.0042: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Raymond Board letters, 1909-1910, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
James Raymond Board was born October 12, 1887 in New Alexandria, Ohio to Andrew Deeds Board (1863-1943) and Mary Brubaker (1865-1944). Raymond was a member of the Woodmen in Ohio, a not-for-profit fraternal benefit society. In 1909, Board moved to Great Falls, Montana where he worked on a cattle and sheep ranch as a ranch hand. He returned home a year later and worked as a bridge contractor. He married his late cousin's wife, Matilda Mae Bibler (1893-1997) in the 1920s, and raised her son, Franklin Board (b. 1913) as his own. Board passed away on August 29, 1971.
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 Raymond Board letters (dated 1909-1910; 0.054 cubic feet; 4 folders) comprise 24 letters between Board and his family that document his experiences working on a ranch in Montana and family life in Ohio. The letters detail his mother's concern over possible bad habits he could obtain during his stay in Montana, events at their family farm in Ohio, and Board's experiences working on small cattle and sheep drives.
The Raymond Board 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
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

Raymond Board letters, 1909 April-May

  • Box 139, folder 7
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Raymond Board letters, 1909 July-November

  • Box 139, folder 8
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Raymond Board letters, 1909 December

  • Box 139, folder 9
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Raymond Board letters, 1910

  • Box 139, folder 10
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