Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Thomas D. Redd record books

Abstract

The Thomas D. Redd record books (dated 1895-1923; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) comprises record books that document Redd's participation in the Jackson, International Order of Black Men and his trips taken on the Illinois Central Railroad while working as a brakeman in the late 1890s and early twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Thomas D. Redd record books
Date
1895-1923 (inclusive)
Creator
Redd, Thomas D.
Extent
0.45 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Books.
Notebooks.
Logbooks
African Americans -- Employment -- Kentucky.
African Americans.
Railroad travel.
Railroads -- Employees -- Hours of service
African Americans -- Kentucky -- Louisville -- Social conditions
African American fraternal organizations.
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
2009ms132.0661: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Thomas D. Redd record books, 1895-1923, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Thomas D. Redd (1866-1944) was born in Hart County, Kentucky to James Redd and Mary Ophelia Biggs. He married Anna Redd (b. 1881) about 1898, and together they had at least one child, James A. Redd (1899-1976). Thomas worked as a brakeman for the Illinois Central Railroad. He was also an active member of the Jackson, International Order of Black Men. No other biographical information available.
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 Thomas D. Redd record books (dated 1895-1923; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) comprises record books that document Redd's participation in the Jackson, International Order of Black Men and his trips taken on the Illinois Central Railroad while working as a brakeman in the late 1890s and early twentieth century. The records relating to the Jackson, International Order of Black Men are mainly about disbursements provided by the order to members and communities they supported, there is one record book of active members, which lists payments, positions held, and addresses of the members. The record books of trips made on the Illinois Central Railroad list the dates he traveled, which trains he rode on, the conductor's name, and the amount he earned per trip. In the front and back of each book Redd lists who should be contacted in the event of an emergency, what insurance policies he has, and his name and address if the book should ever be lost.
The Thomas D. Redd record books 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

Disbursements of the Jackson, International Order of Black Men, division no. 1, 1902-1904

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Record book of disbursements of the Jackson, International Order of Black Men, Supreme Office Louisville, Kentucky, 1903-1909

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Disbursements of the Jackson, International Order of Black Men subordinate division no. 1 membership book, 1903-1904

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Trip record books, 1895-1903

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Trip record books, 1903-1911

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Trip record books, 1911-1919

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Trip record books, 1919-1923

  • Box 1, folder 7
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