Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Forrester family letters

Abstract

The Forrester family letters (dated 1905-1942; 0.05 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprise five letters to the Forrester family from relatives and friends that document life in Colorado and Ohio in the first half of the twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Forrester family letters
Extent
0.05 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Correspondence.
Family.
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
2009ms132.0532: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Forrester family letters, 1905-1942, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Forrester family comprised Hiram Edward Forrester (1860-1946), his wife Adelaide Kern (1861-1961), and their three children, Margaret (1890-1972), George (1893-1975), and Mary Anna (1896-1922). Hiram and Adelaide married in 1887 in Indiana, and relocated to New York shortly after. In 1897, Hiram is listed as operating a dental practice in San Jose, California; however, by 1900 the family lived in Pueblo, Colorado. In the 1930s, Hiram and Adelaide relocated to Toledo, Ohio where they spent the remainder of their lives. Margaret married Edgar Mull (1861-1932) in 1928, and the couple moved from Colorado to Toledo, Ohio by 1930. George worked as an electrical engineer and moved from Colorado to Detroit, Michigan; it is unclear if he ever married. Mary Anna married Kennedy Boardman (1894-1959) in 1921, she died four days after giving birth to a stillborn son.
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 Forrester family letters (dated 1905-1942; 0.05 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprise five letters to the Forrester family from relatives and friends that document life in Colorado and Ohio in the first half of the twentieth century. The letters discuss romantic relationships, studying, personal health, holiday plans, trips taken, and plans to visit the family.
The Forrester family 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

Forrester family letters, 1905-1942

  • Box WH-41, folder 8
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