Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: George H. Wilkes letters

Abstract

The George H. Wilkes letters (dated 1890-1901; 0.09 cubic feet; 5 folders) comprise letters from friends and family that document intellectual discussions and family genealogy just prior to the twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: George H. Wilkes letters
Creator
Wilkes, George H., 1866-1950
Extent
0.09 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Education, Higher -- United States
Family.
Genealogy.
Law -- United States
Letters.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged alphabetically by sender. If an individual sender sent more than one letter, a folder was assigned for that correspondence. Otherwise, letters were grouped by relation, as in the case as from family or from friends. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0111: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: George H. Wilkes letters, 1890-1901, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
George Henry Wilkes (1866-1950) was born in England to James Joseph Wilkes (1837-1922) and Elizabeth Taylor Wilkes (1841-1905); he was the oldest of four children. The Wilkes family immigrated to Kansas sometime between George's birth in 1866 and 1880, when they appear in the Kansas Census. From around 1895 to 1898, Wilkes lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan, studying law at the University of Michigan. In 1901, he married Minnie L. Thompson and they moved to Florence, Colorado where Wilkes worked as an attorney.
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 George H. Wilkes letters (dated 1890-1901; 0.09 cubic feet; 5 folders) comprise letters from friends and family that document intellectual discussions and family genealogy just prior to the twentieth century. Several letters are from academic professors, and so discuss school or pupils, as well as the recent books being read or intellectual thoughts. Letters from family include an in-depth discussion on family members on the paternal side, along with support and encouragement in pursuing a career and education.
The George H. Wilkes 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 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

Personal correspondence letters from family, parents and brother, 1891-1895

  • Box 86, folder 1
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Personal correspondence letters from friends, 1890-1901

  • Box 86, folder 2
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Personal corresondences, letters from Kauffman, Ann M., 1892-1896

  • Box 86, folder 3
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Personal correspondence letters from Michener, 1892-1896

  • Box 86, folder 4
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Correspondence letters from Wilkes, George [uncle], 1891-1901

  • Box 86, folder 5
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