Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mooney family letters

Abstract

The Mooney family letters (dated 1926-1947; 0.06 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprise letters from family members and report cards sent to Dr. Alfonso John Mooney Sr. and his wife Sallie Wimberly Mooney during the first half of the twentieth century where they lived in Statesboro, Georgia.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mooney family letters
Extent
0.06 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Funeral service.
Letters.
Women in education.
Education, Higher.
Young men -- United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
Young women -- United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
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
Hanna Rumbarger
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0322: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mooney family letters, 1926-1947, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Mooney family of Statesboro, Georgia consisted of parents Dr. Alfonso John Mooney Sr. (1875-1946) and Sallie Wimberly Mooney (1885-1959), children Alfonso John Mooney Jr. (1910-1983), Mary Lind Mooney Saussy (1913-1998), Sara Mooney Riggs (1915-2000) and stillborn infant son (1912). Also in the area lived Sallie's sister, Allie Elma Wimberly Patrick (1892-1976) and husband, William S. Patrick (1867-1945). Alfonso John Sr. worked as a physician in Georgia according to the 1930 census. Mary Lind Mooney attended Randolph-Macon Woman's College (now Randolph College) in Lynchburg, Virginia from 1930-1934. Alfonso John Mooney Jr. attended Emory University.
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 Mooney family letters (dated 1926-1947; 0.06 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprise letters from family members and report cards sent to Dr. Alfonso John Mooney Sr. and his wife Sallie Wimberly Mooney during the first half of the twentieth century where they lived in Statesboro, Georgia. Mary Lind Mooney's report cards from Randolph-Macon Woman's College were sent to Dr. Mooney as well as other letters from the school requesting payments for room and board and notices of holiday breaks. Dr. Mooney also received a single letter from his sister-in-law Allie Elma Wimberly Saussy and a receipt of feeds and fertilizers from 1933. Included in the letters sent to Sallie Wimberly Mooney are letters from her sister Allie that discuss family matters and daily activities. Alfonso John Mooney Jr. also writes to his mother while he is at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. He writes to her about his studies in biology, part time job and daily college activities. There is also one letter sent to Sallie Mooney that contains a funeral services receipt from 1947.
The Mooney family 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

Letters to Dr. A.J. Mooney , 1930-1937

  • Box WH-12, folder 1
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Letters to Sallie Mooney , 1926-1947

  • Box WH-12, folder 2
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