Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Thomas H. Spencer family letters

Abstract

The Thomas H. Spencer family letters (dated 1894-1917; 0.06 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprise letters to Thomas and his sister Maude from romantic partners in Kansas and Michigan in the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Thomas H. Spencer family letters
Creator
Spencer, Thomas H., 1883-1949
Extent
0.06 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Business enterprises
Correspondence.
Education
Family.
Long-distance relationships.
Love-letters
Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 19th century
Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 20th century
Marriage
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on proveance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0476: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Thomas H. Spencer family letters, 1894-1917, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Thomas H. Spencer (1883-1949) was born in Salina, Kansas to Charles Spencer (1851-1919) and Olive Schaffer (1857-1936). He had two older sisters, Blanche (b. 1879) and Maude (1881-1931). By 1900, the family was living in Kansas City, Missouri. In 1910, Thomas married Nanna Dunaway (1882-1940), and they had three children: Charles (1913-1984), Elizabeth (1914-1977), and Florence (1916-1964). Thomas worked in wholesale produce at the Spencer Produce Company and remained in Kansas City with his family until his death.
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 Thomas H. Spencer family letters (dated 1894-1917; 0.06 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprise letters to Thomas and his sister Maude from romantic partners in Kansas and Michigan in the later nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The letters to Maude were from a student attending school in Michigan. In them, he wrote about finishing up his program, preparing for commencement, his feelings for her, plans to return home, and his desire to see her. Thomas received letters from his fiancée Nanna. She wrote about attending social events, visiting friends, the weather, living on a poultry farm, and asked him questions about his business.
The Thomas H. Spencer family 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

Letters to Thomas H. Spencer, 1910-1917

  • Box WH-31, folder 6
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Letters to Maude Spencer, 1894

  • Box WH-31, folder 7
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