Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: William Eric Richardson letters

Abstract

The William Eric Richardson letters (dated 1993-1994, undated; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box, 1 photograph) comprises letters sent from William Eric Richardson to his girlfriend that document his experience in prison and attempts with sobriety in Kentucky in the mid-1990s.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: William Eric Richardson letters
Date
1993-1994, undated (inclusive)
Creator
Richardson, William Eric
Extent
0.45 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Correspondence.
Love-letters
Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 20th century
Prisoners.
Alcoholism.
Substance abuse -- United States
Carpenters.
Prisoners -- Correspondence.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0888: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: William Eric Richardson letters, 1993-1994, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
No biographical information available on William Eric Richardson.
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 William Eric Richardson letters (dated 1993-1994, undated; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box, 1 photograph) comprises letters sent from William Eric Richardson to his girlfriend that document his experience in prison and attempts with sobriety in Kentucky in the mid-1990s. Between 1993 and 1994, Richardson is an inmate at Roederer Correctional Complex, Northpoint Training Center, and Lee Adjustment Center Correctional Facility. In the letters, he details his struggles with sobriety, efforts to get transferred to different facilities, advice to his girlfriend on her sobriety, learning carpentry, how much he misses her, his desire to hear from her and see her, thoughts on how to make their relationship successful, his anger at learning she is seeing another man, and the subsequent end of their relationship. In many of the letters, he provides his opinions on the facilities he stays in, on the effectiveness of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous, how the judicial system controls their lives, and how to stay sober while not in prison. There are two additional letters to Richardson's girlfriend from a friend, discussing how life is for him in prison and his hopes to hear from her soon.
The William Eric Richardson 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

William Eric Richardson to Linda Widmer, 1993

  • Box 1, folder 1-2
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William Eric Richardson to Linda Widmer, 1994

  • Box 1, folder 3-4
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William Eric Richardson to Linda Widmer, undated

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Larry Corman to Linda Widmer, 1993-1994

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Photograph, 1994

  • Box WH-95, item 1
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