Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Eleanor Graham diary

Abstract

The Eleanor Graham diary (dated 1895-1924; 0.06 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises one diary that documents the life of Eleanor Graham while she is living and working in Bogota, Colombia as a school principal in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Eleanor Graham diary
Creator
Graham, Eleanor Nevegold
Extent
0.06 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Education
Women in education.
Family.
Friendship.
Travel.
Religion
Marriage
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
2009ms132.0817: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Eleanor Graham diary, 1895-1924, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Eleanor (Nevegold) Graham (b. 1859) was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Frederick Nevegold (1835-1910) and Abiah Allis (1843-1862). The family moved to Frankfort, Kentucky shortly after the death of their mother, and after witnessing an early skirmish in the Civil War Eleanor was sent to West Virginia to live until the end of the war. In 1880, Eleanor entered the State Normal School in West Chester, Pennsylvania and graduated in 1883. Between 1883 and 1893, she taught in schools across Pennsylvania. November 1893, she sailed for Bogota, Colombia to become one of the principals of the American School for Girls in the city. In 1896, she married Reverend Malbone Watson Graham (1867-1929) who was working as a missionary in Colombia at the time. In 1898, the couple welcomed their only child, Malbone Watson, Jr. (1898-1965). In 1904, the family returned to the United States.
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 Eleanor Graham diary (dated 1895-1924; 0.06 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises one diary that documents the life of Eleanor Graham while she is living and working in Bogota, Colombia as a school principal in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In the diary, she writes about her daily activities, spending time with friends and colleagues, working with politicians to keep the school open, what books she reads, attending sermons and lectures, political strife in Colombia, earthquakes experienced, meeting her future husband, getting engaged and subsequently married, welcoming their son, returning to the United States, and her memories of her family to recount to her son. Included in the diary are a couple photographs of the family as well and newspaper clippings of events in Eleanor's life.
The Eleanor Graham diary 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
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

Eleanor Graham diary, 1895-1924

  • Box WH-89, folder 7
To top

UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center is open by appointment only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Materials must be requested at least 5 days before your appointment.

Researchers must have an SCRC Researcher Account to request materials. View account set-up and use instructions here.

Questions? Contact SCRC via our Contact Form.

You may come across language in UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center collections and online resources that you find harmful or offensive. SCRC collects materials from different cultures and time periods to preserve and make available the historical record. These materials document the time period when they were created and the view of their creator. As a result, some may demonstrate racist and offensive views that do not reflect the values of UK Libraries.

If you find description with problematic language that you think SCRC should review, please contact us at SCRC@uky.edu.

UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center is open by appointment only on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Materials must be requested at least 5 days before your appointment.

Researchers must have an SCRC Researcher Account to request materials. View account set-up and use instructions here.

Questions? Contact SCRC via our Contact Form.

Requests

No items have been requested.



  1. Schedule an appointment. Properly fitting masks are required.

  2. Submit a request for SCRC materials.



You may come across language in UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center collections and online resources that you find harmful or offensive. SCRC collects materials from different cultures and time periods to preserve and make available the historical record. These materials document the time period when they were created and the view of their creator. As a result, some may demonstrate racist and offensive views that do not reflect the values of UK Libraries.

If you find description with problematic language that you think SCRC should review, please contact us at SCRC@uky.edu.