Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Eusebius J. Biggs letters

Abstract

The Eusebius J. Biggs letters (dated 1956-1971; 0.05 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprise letters and delivery receipts that document the efforts of Eusebius Biggs to be exonerated from his arrest for obstructing traffic in Chicago, Illinois between 1950 and 1970.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Eusebius J. Biggs letters
Creator
Biggs, Eusebius J., 1896-1971
Extent
0.05 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Correspondence.
Judicial corruption -- United States
Legal documents.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0550: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Eusebius J. Biggs letters, 1956-1971, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Eusebius J. Biggs (1896-1971) was born in Illinois to Henry Biggs (1869-1943) and Naomi Casterton (1867-1934). In 1921, Biggs married Cecilia Guiney (1896-1988) and together the couple had one child, Catherine (1922-1998). Biggs worked as a building contractor in Chicago, Illinois. No other biographical information available.
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 Eusebius J. Biggs letters (dated 1956-1971; 0.05 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprise letters and delivery receipts that document the efforts of Eusebius Biggs to be exonerated from his arrest for obstructing traffic in Chicago, Illinois between 1950 and 1970. The letters were sent to various judges, lawyers, and legal aid businesses discussing his standing as an expert witness for the court and as a citizen; his concerns about corruption among judges in Chicago and greater Illinois courts; and his efforts to be exonerated for his traffic obstruction arrest. Also present in the collection are a number of letter delivery receipts for insured mail items and a membership card for the Chicago Motor Club.
The Eusebius J. Biggs 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 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

Eusebius J. Biggs letters, 1957-1971

  • Box WH-45, folder 23
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Letter delivery receipts and Chicago Motor Club membership card, 1956-1971

  • Box WH-45, folder 24
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