Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: D.C. Sage letters

Abstract

The D.C. Sage letters (dated 1857-1864, undated; 0.02 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises letters to Sage from customers, employees, and partners that document his business in gun and ammunition manufacturing and sales in Connecticut around the time of the Civil War.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: D.C. Sage letters
Creator
Sage, D. C. (DeWitt Clinton), 1836-1902
Extent
0.02 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Ammunition -- History.
Cartridges.
Correspondence.
Letters.
Manufacturing industries -- Connecticut.
Manufacturing industries -- Prices.
Manufacturing industries -- United States
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
2009ms132.0363: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: D.C. Sage letters, 1857-1864, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
DeWitt Clinton D.C. Sage (1836-1902) was born in Connecticut to Barzillai Sage (1806-1853) and Elizabeth Yale (1812-1861). Sage married Salena Emma Ives (1841-1896), and together the couple had four children: Virginia (1865-1916), Anna (1866-1940), Bertha (1875-1959), and Charles (1876-1966). Sage was a gun and ammunition manufacturer and merchant, operating factories around Middletown, Connecticut.
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 D.C. Sage letters (dated 1857-1864, undated; 0.02 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprise letters to Sage from customers, employees, and partners that document his business in gun and ammunition manufacturing and sales in Connecticut around the time of the Civil War. The letters discuss the cost of production of cartridges, the speed of production, complaints from merchants about quality for cost, and persons seeking employment in Sage's factories.
The D.C. Sage 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 D.C. Sage, 1857-1864, undated

  • Box WH-17, folder 10
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