Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Sarah Atkinson letters

Abstract

The Sarah Atkinson letters (dated 1908-1914; 0.12 cubic feet; 4 folders) include letters from Atkinson to a friend in Moline, Illinois, Marie C. Williams that discuss Atkinson's struggles to live life as a now disabled person (the result of an accident), as well as an ongoing family dispute involving an inheritance not given Atkinson from an estate.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Sarah Atkinson letters
Creator
Atkinson, Sarah, 1914-
Extent
0.12 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Female friendship -- United States.
Letters.
People with disabilities.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Ashley Sorrell, Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0072: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Sarah Atkinson letters, 1908-1913, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Sarah Atkinson (d. 1914) lived in Geneseo, Illinois, before moving to the Los Angeles area in California in 1908 for health reasons. She had suffered an accident, which confined her to a wheelchair. Her doctor suggested she move near the beach to take in the fresh air. She lived in a hotel while in California. Atkinson's correspondent in Moline, Illinois, was Maria C. Williams (1831-1920).
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 Sarah Atkinson letters (dated 1908-1914; 0.12 cubic feet; 4 folders) include letters from Atkinson to a friend in Moline, Illinois, Marie C. Williams that discuss Atkinson's struggles to live life as a now disabled person (the result of an accident), as well as an ongoing family dispute involving an inheritance not given Atkinson from an estate.
The Sarah Atkinson 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 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

Sarah Atkinson letters, 1908

  • Box 116, folder 1
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Sarah Atkinson letters, 1910

  • Box 116, folder 2
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Sarah Atkinson letters, 1911-1912

  • Box 116, folder 3
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Sarah Atkinson letters, 1913

  • Box 116, folder 4
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