Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ina B. Keckley letters

Abstract

The Ina B. Keckley letters (dated 1918-1919, undated; 0.05 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprise letters sent to Ina from soldiers serving overseas in France during World War I.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ina B. Keckley letters
Creator
Keckley, Ina B., 1886-1967
Extent
0.05 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Correspondence.
Friendship.
Health
Letters.
Military life.
Ohio
Soldiers -- Correspondence
World War, 1914-1918.
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
2009ms132.0397: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ina B. Keckley letters, 1918-1919, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Ina B. Keckley (1886-1967) was born in Union County, Ohio to Joseph Keckley (1853-1931) and Anna Bridenbaugh (1853-1925). She attended Ohio Norther University, and worked as a farmer. She also was an exhibitor and judge of agricultural and horticultural shows in Ohio and surrounding states. She never married and remained in Union County her 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 Ina B. Keckley letters (dated 1918-1919, undated; 0.05 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprise letters sent to Ina from soldiers serving overseas in France during World War I. The majority of the letters come from Earle Morris, a soldier with the 159th Infantry. The letters describe his memories of visiting her family's farm, questions on how her family's goods are doing in competitions and the state fair, updates on his health and when he's in the hospital, the congeniality of the French people, and his sadness at rarely hearing from her. Other letters from soldiers discuss the trip to France, the weather, and how they would like to return home soon.
The Ina B. Keckley 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

Earle Morris to Ina Keckley, 1918-1919, undated

  • Box WH-21, folder 7
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Letters to Ina Keckley, 1918-1919

  • Box WH-21, folder 8
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