Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Earl G. Stiller letters

Abstract

The Earl G. Stiller letters (dated 1941-1946, undated; 1.81 cubic feet; 4 boxes, 16 items) comprise letters, papers, maps, and photographs that document the lives of friends and family of Earl G. Stiller in Indiana, Kentucky, and overseas during World War II.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Earl G. Stiller letters
Date
1941-1946, undated (inclusive)
Creator
Stiller, Earl G.
Extent
1.81 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Families.
Military life.
World War, 1939-1945.
Friendship.
Gossip.
Moving, Household
Parent and child.
Travel.
Military orders
Pamphlets.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged into two series: Letters and Papers. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.1121: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Earl G. Stiller letters, 1941-1946, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Earl G. Stiller (1920-1993) was born in Floyds Knobs, Indiana to Edward P. Stiller (1884-1959) and Irene A. Sprigler (1894-1975). He worked as a farmer, firefighter, and truck driver over the course of his life. In 1943, he enlisted in the US Army and attained the rank of corporal. Stiller never married and remained in Indiana his entire life.
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 Earl G. Stiller letters (dated 1941-1946, undated; 1.81 cubic feet; 4 boxes, 16 items) comprise letters, papers, maps, and photographs that document the lives of friends and family of Earl G. Stiller in Indiana, Kentucky, and overseas during World War II. The letters are sent to Earl from friends and family, with the majority coming from his mother. His mother writes about her daily life, working on the farm, spending time with their father and neighbors, personal health, visiting his siblings, excitement at having grandchildren, rumors about the war, her worries about him joining the military, sending him small packages and money, and her hopes to see him again soon. His siblings and in-laws write about daily life, employment, life in the military, pregnancies, spending time with family and friends, moving cities, celebrating holidays, birthdays, and weddings; gossip heard from friends, their hopes that he is doing well in the military, sending gifts, and hearing from other friends serving in the military. Letters from friends discuss life in the military, reminiscing on shared memories, transferring camps, inside jokes, going on dates, gossip and news from family and friends, employment, what Earl can expect once in the military, participating in education and officer training courses, going overseas, receiving furloughs, running into old friends while in the service, and plans for what they want to do when they return home. The papers include maps, train time tables, military publications and orders, religious pamphlets, and newspaper clippings. The photographs include strips of negatives that detail desert landscapes and unidentified persons.
The Earl G. Stiller 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
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, 1942-1946, undated

A.C. Banet to Earl G. Stiller, 1942

  • Box 1, folder 1
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A.C. Banet to Earl G. Stiller, 1943

  • Box 1, folder 2
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A.C. Banet to Earl G. Stiller, 1944

  • Box 1, folder 3
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A.C. Banet to Earl G. Stiller, 1945

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Edmund Banet to Earl G. Stiller, 1944-1945

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Charles Best to Earl G. Stiller, 1943

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Charles Best to Earl G. Stiller, 1944

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Charles Best to Earl G. Stiller, 1945, undated

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Joseph Bukausky to Earl G. Stiller, 1945

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Levin Gosney to Earl G. Stiller, 1944-1945

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Lucille S. Gosney to Earl G. Stiller, 1943

  • Box 2, folder 1
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Lucille S. Gosney to Earl G. Stiller, 1944

  • Box 2, folder 2
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Lucille S. Gosney to Earl G. Stiller, 1945

  • Box 2, folder 3
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Lucille S. Gosney to Earl G. Stiller, 1946, undated

  • Box 2, folder 4
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Lee Grantz to Earl G. Stiller, 1942-1944

  • Box 2, folder 5
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Sara Hanna to Earl G. Stiller, 1944-1945

  • Box 2, folder 6
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Hazel Pawson to Earl G. Stiller, 1943-1945

  • Box 2, folder 7
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Kermit Schell to Earl G. Stiller, 1945

  • Box 2, folder 8
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Colton M. Stiller to Earl G. Stiller, 1944-1945

  • Box 2, folder 9
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Helen Stiller to Earl G. Stiller, 1943

  • Box 2, folder 10
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Helen Stiller to Earl G. Stiller, 1944-1945

  • Box 2, folder 11
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Mother to Earl G. Stiller, 1943

  • Box 3, folder 1
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Mother to Earl G. Stiller, 1944

  • Box 3, folder 2-4
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Mother to Earl G. Stiller, 1945

  • Box 3, folder 5-7
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Mother to Earl G. Stiller, 1946

  • Box 3, folder 8
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Mother to Earl G. Stiller, undated

  • Box 3, folder 9
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Earl G. Stiller to family, 1943-1944

  • Box 4, folder 1
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Letters to Earl G. Stiller, 1942-1945, undated

  • Box 4, folder 2
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General letters, 1942, undated

  • Box 4, folder 3
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Papers, 1941-1946, undated

Clippings, undated

  • Box 4, folder 4
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Maps and train timetables, 1943-1944, undated

  • Box 4, folder 5
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Military papers, 1944-1946, undated

  • Box 4, folder 6
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Military publications, 1941-1944, undated

  • Box 4, folder 7
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Pamphlets and memos, 1944, undated

  • Box 4, folder 8
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Negatives, undated

  • Box WH-156, item 1-16
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