Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Edgar Lewis family papers

Abstract

The Edgar Lewis family papers (dated 1933-1958, undated; 0.10 cubic feet; 2 folders, 74 photographs) comprises letters, a family biography, and photographs that document the family background and military service of Edgar Lewis and his family during World War II.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Edgar Lewis family papers
Date
1933-1958, undated (inclusive)
Creator
Lewis, Edgar
Extent
0.10 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Genealogy.
Family.
World War, 1939-1945.
Military life.
Friendship.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0610: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Edgar Lewis family papers, 1933-1958, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Edgar Lewis (1918-1985) was born in Kentucky to Alonzo Lewis (1880-1950) and Laura Gertrude Cheek (1893-1962). From 1937 to 1958, Edgar served in the US Army, participating in World War II and the Korean War. Edgar had four siblings, Richard (1916-1985), Lyndon (1920-2013), Trilby (1922-2004), and Rose (1930-1963). Out of his siblings, Lyndon also served in the military. He was a fighter pilot during World War II, flying with the Flying Tigers of the 14th Army Air Corps, 23rd Fighter Group, 75th Fighter Squadron. During his time he flew in 66 combat missions and for a total of over 300 hours. Lyndon received the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medals, and an Air Force Unit Citation.
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 Edgar Lewis family papers (dated 1933-1958, undated; 0.10 cubic feet; 2 folders, 74 photographs) comprises letters, a family biography, and photographs that document the family background and military service of Edgar Lewis and his family during World War II. The letters are to Gertrude Lewis, matriarch of the family, from two of her sons, updating her on their lives in the military, personal health, how her grandchildren are, and financial concerns. The family biography details the genealogical connection between a Lewis family ancestor and Bettie Washington, sister to George Washington. The photographs depict military life, living in military camps, friendship, and family.
The Edgar Lewis family papers 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
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 Lewis, 1944, 1958, undated

  • Box WH-62, folder 7
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Lewis family biography, 1933, undated

  • Box WH-62, folder 8
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Photographs, undated

  • Box WH-61, item 1-53
  • Box WH-60, item 54-74
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