Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Robert R. Lewis papers

Abstract

The Robert R. Lewis papers (dated 1883-1915, undated; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) comprise letters, papers, and advertisements that document the work and life of Robert Lewis in Kentucky at the turn of the twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Robert R. Lewis papers
Creator
Lewis, Robert R., 1850-1930
Extent
0.45 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Agriculture.
Correspondence.
Family.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged alphabetically 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
2009ms132.0289: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Robert R. Lewis papers, 1883-1915, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Robert R. Lewis (1850-1930) was born in Vanceburg, Kentucky to Stephen S. Lewis, Jr. (1814-1873) and Anna Morgan (1815-1879). He was one of thirteen children, and part of the only set of twins in the family, his twin being John A.B. Lewis (1850-1913). Lewis worked as a farmer and laborer. In 1873, Lewis married Gertrude Temperance Mott (1854-1882), with whom he had three children: Robert Henry (1874-1951), Anna (1877-1931), and Cora Alma (1880-1955). After Gertrude's passing, he married again in 1886 to Sarah Alice Lewis (1866-1945). Together they had at least five children: Gilbert (1887-1966), John Brady (1890-1979), Clarence (1895-1980), Homer (1897-1990), and Etta Mae (1900-1989).
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 Robert R. Lewis papers (dated 1883-1915, undated; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) comprise letters, papers, and advertisements that document the work and life of Robert Lewis in Kentucky at the turn of the twentieth century. The letters to Robert come from his twin brother, daughter, and friends. Robert's twin brother, John, writes about their shared birthday, living apart from each other, finding work, moving between Ohio, Texas, and Oklahoma; and their families. Letters from his daughter and friends discuss visiting family, Robert's farm, purchasing goods, and updates on personal health. The papers include personal notes and directions for making goods. The advertisements include advertisements from a variety of merchants and companies, along with materials from the companies Robert worked as an agent for, including the United States Medicine Company, S.A. Russ Company, and National Remedy Company.
The Robert R. Lewis papers 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

Letters to Robert R. Lewis, 1883-1902, undated

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Cora Lewis letters to Robert R. Lewis, 1897-1904

  • Box 1, folder 2
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John A.B. Lewis letters to Robert R. Lewis, 1887-1897

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Personal papers and notes, 1884, 1905, undated

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Negatives, undated

  • Box 1, folder 5
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A. Coulter & Company receipts, 1891-1894

  • Box 1, folder 6
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National Remedy Company, 1895-1898, undated

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Real Pen-Work Publishing Company, undated

  • Box 1, folder 8
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S.A. Russ Company, 1891, undated

  • Box 1, folder 9
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United States Medicine Company, 1886-1893, undated

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Agent advertisements, undated

  • Box 1, folder 11
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Book and magazine advertisements, 1887-1903, undated

  • Box 1, folder 12
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Clothing advertisements, undated

  • Box 1, folder 13
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Home goods and furnishings advertisements, 1885-1891, 1915, undated

  • Box 1, folder 14
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Land and agriculture advertisements, 1889, undated

  • Box 1, folder 15
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Machinery advertisements, 1890, undated

  • Box 1, folder 16
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Medical advertisements, 1888, 1902, undated

  • Box 1, folder 17
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Music advertisements, 1891, undated

  • Box 1, folder 18
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Receipts and order forms, 1885, undated

  • Box 1, folder 19
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Stationery and writing advertisements, undated

  • Box 1, folder 20
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