Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Edward J. Nordhoff papers

Abstract

The Edward J. Nordhoff papers (dated 1904-1942; 0.05 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprise log books, genealogy materials, and letters that document the youth and military service of Edward Nordhoff just before and during World War I.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Edward J. Nordhoff papers
Creator
Nordhoff, Edward J. (Edward Joseph), 1893-1973
Extent
0.05 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Aeronautics -- History
Aeronautics, Military.
Genealogical correspondence.
Genealogy.
Letters.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0108: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Edward J. Nordhoff papers, 1904-1942, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Edward Joseph Nordhoff (1893-1973) was born in Seattle, Washington to Edward Nordhoff (1858-1899) and Josephine Brenan (1871-1920). He enlisted in the military in November 1917, and was a private first class in the 293rd Aero Squadron, and instructional flying squadron, in Riverside, California. Just prior to enlisting in 1917, Nordhoff married Ida Harriet Escalet (1887-1982), they did not have any children together and eventually divorced in 1972.
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 Edward J. Nordhoff papers (dated 1904-1942; 0.05 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprises log books, genealogy materials, and letters that document the youth and military service of Edward Nordhoff just before and during World War I. The log book details the practice flights taken by Nordhoff including their duration, engine, and aircraft used. The genealogy materials include a copy of Nordhoff's birth certificate, and a letter from a Washington state notary with a list of family births from the Nordhoff family Bible to receive an identification card from the Civil Aeronautics Administration. The letters discuss feelings about boarding school and preparation to attend Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
The Edward J. Nordhoff papers 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

Aeronautics, 1918, 1924-1935

  • Box 90, folder 1
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Nordhoff genealogy, 1942

  • Box 90, folder 2
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Letters to Mrs. McDermott, 1904, 1910

  • Box 90, folder 3
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