Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Bess Erni letters

Abstract

The Bess Erni letters (dated 1911-1915; 0.11 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprise letters written between Erni and friends that document farming, race issues, and hygiene in Kentucky in the early 1900s.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Bess Erni letters
Creator
Erni, Bess, 1883-1974
Extent
0.11 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Farm life -- Kentucky.
Letters.
Race relations.
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
2009ms132.0049: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Bess Erni letters, 1911-1915, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Bess Erni was born September 6, 1892 to G. Oscar Erni (1857-1925) and Elizabeth Erni (1865-1946) in New Albany, Indiana. She worked as a teacher her entire life and remained single up to her death on February 7, 1975.
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 Bess Erni letters collection (dated 1911-1915; 0.105 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprises letters written between Erni and friends that document farming, race issues, and hygiene in Kentucky in the early 1900s. The letters are predominantly between from Bert Furneaux (1886-1977), who writes about his farm, Kentland, in Frankfort, Kentucky, focusing on the condition of his livestock and crops. He touches on issues of race when discussing both white and black help and the health and hygiene of the country as a whole.
The Bess Erni 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

Bess Erni letters, 1911-1912

  • Box 142, folder 1
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Bess Erni letters, 1914

  • Box 142, folder 2
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Bess Erni letters, 1915

  • Box 142, folder 3
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