Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: John R. Gallagher letters

Abstract

The John R. Gallagher letters (dated 1909-1957, undated; 0.27 cubic feet; 9 folders) comprises letters and papers that document the life of John R. Gallagher, a postmaster in Ludlow Falls, Ohio in the early twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: John R. Gallagher letters
Date
1909-1957, undated (inclusive)
Creator
Gallagher, John R., 1890-1957
Extent
0.27 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Correspondence.
Business correspondence
Postmasters.
Families.
Travel.
Friendship.
Lobbying
Legislation
Gossip.
Speeches, addresses, etc.
Civil service
Business enterprises
Ohio
Washington (D.C.)
Politics
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
2009ms132.0800: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: John R. Gallagher letters, 1909-1957, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
John R. Gallagher (1890-1957) was born in Ohio to Patrick Gallagher (1865-1951) and Rhoda Gallagher (1867-1925). He married Matilda Swartz (1893-1978) and together the couple had one child, Eleanor (1915-1988). John worked as a postmaster in Ludlow Falls, Ohio, where he lived with his family. He also owned and operated a small general merchandise store.
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 John R. Gallagher letters (dated 1909-1957, undated; 0.27 cubic feet; 9 folders) comprises letters and papers that document the life of John R. Gallagher, a postmaster in Ludlow Falls, Ohio in the early twentieth century. John receives letters from family, friends, and colleagues across the country, including Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C. Letters sent to John from family and friends discuss personal health, employment, his daughter attending school, trips taken, and visits from family and friends. Letters sent to John from colleagues discuss employment, requests for endorsements of politicians, National League of District Postmasters meetings and gossip, bills proposed in congress, lobbying efforts, difficulties in finding new postmasters, meetings with the Postmaster General and US President, and opinions about the Civil Service exam. The papers include reports of John's ratings based on his scores on the Civil Service exams he has taken, a speech given at a state convention for the National League of District Postmasters, and receipts from a merchandising business that he ran outside of being a postmaster.
The John R. Gallagher letters collection is 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
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

Professional John R. Gallagher letters, 1914-1929

  • Box WH-87, folder 3
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Professional John R. Gallagher letters, 1930-1939

  • Box WH-87, folder 4
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Professional John R. Gallagher letters, 1940-1956

  • Box WH-87, folder 5
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Frank G. Davis to John R. Gallagher, 1914

  • Box WH-87, folder 6
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Personal John R. Gallagher letters, 1914-1957, undated

  • Box WH-87, folder 7
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Eleanor Gallagher letters, 1929-1950, undated

  • Box WH-87, folder 8
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Civil Service Commission ratings reports, 1909-1914

  • Box WH-87, folder 9
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John R. Gallagher speech, circa 1939-1941

  • Box WH-87, folder 10
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John R. Gallagher papers, 1956-1957

  • Box WH-87, folder 11
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