Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ducasse family papers

Abstract

The Ducasse family papers (dated 1924-1949, 1961, undated; 0.07 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprise letters, legal documents, and photographs that document the existence of the Ducasse, Larripe, Plaa, and Bana families in France, Louisiana, and California in the twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ducasse family papers
Extent
0.07 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Family.
French language.
Immigrants
Letters.
Legal documents.
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
2009ms132.0327: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ducasse family papers, 1924-1949, 1961, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
John Peter Ducasse (1887-1957) emigrated from France to New Orleans, Louisiana in 1902. According to his naturalization documents he was married to Gabrielle Larripe, however Louisiana Marriage Index lists Ducasse as marrying Marie Louise Larripe (1885-1971) in 1906. Ducasse had two sons, Alexander Jean Baptiste Ducasse (1907-1908) and Joseph Justin Adrien Ducasse (1910-1967). It is believed Marie/Gabrielle and John divorced, because by 1932, Marie has remarried to Henri Plaa (1887-1941), a French immigrant living in California.
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 Ducasse family papers (dated 1924-1949, 1961, undated; 0.07 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprise letters, legal documents, and photographs that document the existence of the Ducasse, Larripe, Plaa, and Bana families in France, Louisiana, and California in the twentieth century. The letters are sent from the various family members, mostly written in French, discussing trips to visit family, Christmas gifts, membership in the Colonial Dames, and gravesite ownership issues. The two legal document consist of John Peter Ducasse's naturalization form and a notarized statement from Marie Querol concerning the ownership of a Ducasse family gravesite in New Orleans. The photographs include portraits of children and relatives, many in military uniforms.
The Ducasse family 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

Ducasse family letters, 1924-1945, 1961, undated

  • Box WH-13, folder 1
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Legal documents, 1917, 1947

  • Box WH-13, folder 2
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Photographs, 1941, 1949, undated

  • Box WH-13, folder 3
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