Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: H.C.T. Richmond letters

Abstract

The H.C.T. Richmond letters (dated 1917-1919, undated; 0.9 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprise letters between Richmond, his wife Halline, daughter Roberta, and family and friends that document his experiences as a doctor overseas in France and life at home for his family in Kentucky and Oklahoma during World War I.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: H.C.T. Richmond letters
Creator
Richmond, Henry Charles Tyler, 1885-1951
Extent
0.9 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Correspondence.
Family.
Letters.
Love-letters
Medicine
Medicine, Military
Military correspondence.
Military hospitals.
World War, 1914-1918.
World War, 1914-1918 -- France.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Medical care.
World War, 1914-1918 -- Medical and sanitary affairs.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0369: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: H.C.T. Richmond letters, 1917-1919, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Henry Charles Tyler Richmond (1885-1951) was born in Ewing, Virginia to Nathaniel Richmond (1863-1885) and Mary E. Morison (1865-1956). In 1910, Richmond married Halline Anna Arnold (1885-1972), together they had one daughter, Roberta Katherine (1913-1930), and settled in Louisville, Kentucky. Richmond was a doctor, and served in the medical corps during World War I, reaching the rank of Captain by December 1918. Richmond was overseas in France from February 1918 to June 1919 working in different hospitals near the front lines.
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 H.C.T. Richmond letters (dated 1917-1919, undated; 0.9 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprise letters between Richmond, his wife Halline, daughter Roberta, and family and friends that document his experiences as a doctor overseas in France and life at home for his family in Kentucky and Oklahoma during World War I. The majority of the letters are from Richmond to Halline, in them he discusses his voyage to France, settling into life in the camps, the work he does in the hospital, soldiers he meets, and trips taken around France to sightsee. He also writes about the various illnesses in the camps, dealing with outbreaks of pneumonia and influenza, taking on more responsibility, becoming a patient himself when sick, gifts from now-healthy patients, and running into friends in the hospitals and camps. He writes frequently of how he misses Halline and their daughter and regularly buys them gifts he comes across while on his furloughs. Richmond also writes a few letters to his daughter, Roberta, and he says how much he misses her, how he hopes she enjoys the gifts he sends her, and that he hopes she is being a good girl for mother. Richmond receives a few letters from friends and his wife, mostly discussing news in Kentucky and Oklahoma, asking how life in France is, and wishes for his safe return home. Halline receives letters from friends and family, many update her on life in Oklahoma, ask about how Roberta is growing, talk about visits from friends and family, ask for her and Roberta to come visit them, and thanks for gifts or photographs sent to them.
The H.C.T. Richmond 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

H.C.T. Richmond letters to Halline Richmond, 1917 December-1918 February

  • Box 1, folder 1
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H.C.T. Richmond letters to Halline Richmond, 1918 March

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H.C.T. Richmond letters to Halline Richmond, 1918 April

  • Box 1, folder 3
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H.C.T. Richmond letters to Halline Richmond, 1918 May

  • Box 1, folder 4
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H.C.T. Richmond letters to Halline Richmond, 1918 June

  • Box 1, folder 5
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H.C.T. Richmond letters to Halline Richmond, 1918 July

  • Box 1, folder 6
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H.C.T. Richmond letters to Halline Richmond, 1918 August

  • Box 1, folder 7
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H.C.T. Richmond letters to Halline Richmond, 1918 September

  • Box 1, folder 8
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H.C.T. Richmond letters to Halline Richmond, 1918 October

  • Box 1, folder 9
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H.C.T. Richmond letters to Halline Richmond, 1918 November

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H.C.T. Richmond letters to Halline Richmond, 1918 December

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H.C.T. Richmond letters to Halline Richmond, 1919 January

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H.C.T. Richmond letters to Halline Richmond, 1919 February

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H.C.T. Richmond letters to Halline Richmond, 1919 March

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H.C.T. Richmond letters to Halline Richmond, 1919 April

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H.C.T. Richmond letters to Halline Richmond, 1919 May-June

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H.C.T. Richmond letters to mother, 1919 April 22

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H.C.T. Richmond letters to Roberta Richmond, 1918-1919

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Letters to Halline Richmond from family, 1917-1919

  • Box 2, folder 6
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Letters to Halline Richmond, 1917

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Letters to Halline Richmond, 1918-1919, undated

  • Box 2, folder 8
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Letters to H.C.T. Richmond, 1918-1919

  • Box 2, folder 9
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General letters, 1919, undated

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