Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Rose Ellen Kelly letters

Abstract

The Rose Ellen Kelly letters (dated 1935-1939, bulk 1936; 0.16 cubic feet; 1 box) comprise forty letters that document the experiences of middle-class women during the Great Depression.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Rose Ellen Kelly letters
Creator
Kelly, Rose Ellen, 1915-1990
Extent
0.16 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Celebrities -- United States
Depressions -- 1929
Letters.
Music -- 20th century.
Radio programs
Women -- United States -- Social conditions.
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
2009ms132.0131: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Rose Ellen Kelly letters, 1935-1939, bulk 1936, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Rose Ellen Kelly (1915-1990) was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Thomas J. Kelly (1881-1959) and May Kelly (b. 1881). In 1941, she married George H. Hornbeck, Jr. (1913-1960).
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 Rose Ellen Kelly letters (dated 1935-1939, bulk 1936; 0.16 cubic feet; 1 box) comprise forty letters that document the experiences of middle-class women during the Great Depression. The letters are sent to Kelly from friends, many of whom lived in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The letters discuss economic concerns, job searches, dates and marriage prospects, and pop culture such as movies, music, and radio programs. Movie stars and singers mentioned include Humphrey Bogart, Bing Crosby, Bette Davis, Shirley Temple, and Guy Lombardo.
The Rose Ellen Kelly 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

Rose Ellen Kelly letters, 1935

  • Box 222, folder 9
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Rose Ellen Kelly letters, 1936

  • Box 222, folder 10
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Rose Ellen Kelly letters, 1937

  • Box 222, folder 11
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Rose Ellen Kelly letters, 1938

  • Box 222, folder 12-13
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Rose Ellen Kelly letters, 1939

  • Box 222, folder 14
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Rose Ellen Kelly letters, undated

  • Box 222, folder 15
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