Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Jane Day letters

Abstract

The Jane Day letters (dated 1840-1849, 1993; 0.18 cubic feet; 6 folders) comprises letters between Jane Day, her husband, and her family members that document life in Ohio in the mid-nineteenth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Jane Day letters
Creator
Day, Jane Louisa Marble, 1809-1893
Extent
0.18 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Correspondence.
Marriage
Family.
Domestic Life -- United States
Children
Education, Higher.
Teachers.
Business enterprises
Health
Death
Gossip.
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
2009ms132.0669: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Jane Day letters, 1840-1849, 1993, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Jane (Marble) Day (1809-1893) was born in Connecticut to Simeon Marble (1777-1856) and Susan Bishop (1784-1861). In 1836, Jane married Henry Noble Day (1808-1890) and together the couple had three children, Henry (1838-1901), Mary Elizabeth (1845-1939), and Susan (1848-1921). Henry was a noted American philosopher. Henry was a tutor at Yale from 1831 to 1834, a pastor from 1836 to 1840, chair of Sacred Rhetoric at Western Reserve College from 1840 to 1858, and president of the Ohio Female College from 1858 to 1864. After resigning from his final position, Day spent the remainder of his years writing, publishing around twenty books.
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 Jane Day letters (dated 1840-1849, 1993; 0.18 cubic feet; 6 folders) comprises letters between Jane Day, her husband, and her family members that document life in Ohio in the mid-nineteenth century. In the letters to Jane from her husband, Henry Noble Day, he writes about his daily life, interacting with other pastors and educators, meetings with administrators, deaths of friends, and his personal health. Jane writes to her parents and siblings, discussing day-to-day life, traveling, a railroad venture by her husband, local gossip, birth and death announcements, updates about her husband's work, and what it is like to raise a young family out in the West.
The Jane Day letters collection 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
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

Henry Noble Day to Jane Day, 1840-1844

  • Box WH-66, folder 14
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Jane Day to family, 1841-1844

  • Box WH-66, folder 15
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Jane Day to mother, 1842-1847

  • Box WH-66, folder 16
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Jane Day to Mary Marble, 1842-1849

  • Box WH-66, folder 17
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General letters, 1841-1844

  • Box WH-66, folder 18
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Letters to Wade Hall re: Jane Day letters, 1993

  • Box WH-66, folder 19
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