Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Olive Cleveland travel diary

Abstract

The Olive Cleveland travel diary (dated 1923; 0.05 cubic feet; 1 folder) consists of a diary kept by Olive during her cruise on board the Mauretania with her husband, Alfred E. Cleveland, from February to April 1932.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Olive Cleveland travel diary
Date
1923 (inclusive)
Creator
Cleveland, Olive, 1877-1933
Extent
0.05 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Cruise ships
Voyages and travels
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0022: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Olive Cleveland travel diary, 1923, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Olive Cleveland (1877-1933) was the second wife of Alfred E. Cleveland (1871-1933), president of the Flash Chemical Co. in Boston, Massachusetts. They were married on June 23, 1920 and lived at 15 Pinckney Street near Beacon Hill.
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 Olive Cleveland travel diary (dated 1923; 0.05 cubic feet; 1 folder) consists of a diary kept by Olive during her cruise on board the Mauretania with her husband, Alfred E. Cleveland, from February to April 1932. Cleveland details the places they saw and the culture on board the cruise ship. Spain, Algiers, Greece, Egypt, Lisbon, and Paris were among the places that the couple explored. The diary is especially critical of Arabs and offers commentary on an elite woman's opinion of the Arab culture and the Muslim religion. She also mentions the culture of businessmen on the ship and decries the manners of her "help" compared to the stewards and stewardesses on board the ship. The elite perspective of cultural dissonance is especially prevalent in her travel account.
The Olive Cleveland travel diary 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
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

Travel diary, 1923

  • Box 120, folder 10
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