Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ned and Ida Lansinger letters

Abstract

The Ned and Ida Lansinger letters (dated 1941-1942; 0.05 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises letters sent to Ned and Ida from their children and a number of soldiers serving stateside and abroad during World War II.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ned and Ida Lansinger letters
Creator
Lansinger, Ned
Extent
0.05 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Correspondence.
Military correspondence.
World War, 1939-1945.
Military life.
Family.
Military training camps.
Friendship.
Gossip.
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
2009ms132.0586: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ned and Ida Lansinger letters, 1941-1942, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Ned (1886-1977) and Ida Lansinger (1882-1966) were a married couple living in Garrettsville, Ohio. Ned was a jeweler and watch maker while Ida was at home. Both in their second marriages, they had a total of six children between them; Ned with five, Margaret (1911-2002), Grace (1914-1991), Doris (1922-1979), Ned Jr. (1928-1945), and Donita (b. 1931); and Ida with one, Haradah (1924-1994).
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 Ned and Ida Lansinger letters (dated 1941-1942; 0.05 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises letters sent to Ned and Ida from their children and a number of soldiers serving stateside and abroad during World War II. The majority of the letters come from soldiers thanking the Lansingers for sending them birthday cards and letters to keep up their morale while away from home, there are a few from children and family friends keeping the couple up-to-date on their daily lives and activities. Some of the soldiers write about their duties at their camp or on their ship, spending time with friends in the service, their thanks for sending them a letter, and promising to send addresses of other soldiers who would enjoy receiving mail.
The Ned and Ida Lansinger letters 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

Letters to Ned and Ida Lansinger, 1941-1942

  • Box WH-51, folder 6
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