Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mary Katherine Norwood letters

Abstract

The Mary Katherine Norwood letters (dated 1927-1936; 0.1 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises nine letters to Mary from her parents and friends that document life for a young woman in Kentucky during the Great Depression.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mary Katherine Norwood letters
Creator
Norwood, Mary Katherine, 1917-2011
Extent
0.1 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Correspondence.
Female friendship -- United States.
Young women -- United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
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
2009ms132.0245: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mary Katherine Norwood letters, 1927-1936, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Mary Katherine Kay Norwood (1917-2011) was born in Michigan to Martin Norwood (1889-1950) and Bertha Wenzel (1892-1990). By 1927, the family moved to Louisville, Kentucky from Michigan. She attended the University of Louisville in the 1930s and was a member of Delta Zeta Sorority and Mortar Board. By 1940, Norwood married John Stinger (1913-2000); together the couple had at least three children.
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 Mary Katherine Norwood letters (dated 1927-1936; 0.1 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprise nine letters to Mary from her parents and friends, documenting life for a young woman in Kentucky during the Great Depression. The letters from her parents discuss relatives asking for Mary to visit, paying bills and saving money, personal health, household chores, and her father's employment. Letters from friends discuss attending parties, Latin studies, trips taken, and the weather.
The Mary Katherine Norwood 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 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

Mary Katherine Norwood letters, 1927-1936

  • Box 268, folder 6
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