Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Haldeman family letters

Abstract

The Haldeman family letters (1933-1957, undated; 0.1 cubic feet; 4 folders) comprise letters between the Haldeman family members and friends that document their daily lives and relationships in Kentucky and Virginia during the mid-twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Haldeman family letters
Extent
0.1 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Correspondence.
Education, Higher.
Marriage
Military education
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by sender or recipient. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0169: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Haldeman family letters, 1933-1957, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Haldeman family members, of Louisville, Kentucky, are Walter N. Haldeman (1900-1981) and Jane H. Haldeman nee Norton (1909-1984) and their two children, Bruce Haldeman (b. 1936) and Janie W. Hope (1938-2015). Walter and Jane married in 1933; Walter was employed as a broker. From 1955 to 1958, Bruce attended the Virginia Military Institute, where he studied to become a civil engineer. While attending the institute he was a member of the Monogram Club and on the swim team, becoming co-captain his final year.
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 Haldeman family letters (1933-1957, undated; 0.1 cubic feet; 4 folders) comprise letters between the Haldeman family members and friends that document their daily lives and relationships in Kentucky and Virginia during the mid-twentieth century. The letters to Jane are from family friends congratulating her on the announcement of her engagement to Walter, along with one letter from Walter that talks about him enjoying the time they spent together and how he hopes to make her happy. The letters from Bruce are to his parents and one family friend; the letters to his parents talk about visiting Michigan, missing his father, and wishing his mother a happy birthday and the letter to a family friend thanks her for a chocolate bar. The letters to Bruce are from his friends and parents while he was attending the Virginia Military Institute (VMI); they discuss visiting Bruce and VMI, classes taken at other colleges, trips home for holidays, funny stories from home, and updates on his younger sister's activities. The letters from Janie are to her parents and older brother, Bruce. She talks about missing them and her daily life.
The Haldeman 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 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

Letters to Jane Norton Haldeman, 1933

  • Box 245, folder 11
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Letters from Bruce Haldeman, 1943-1945

  • Box 245, folder 12
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Letters to Bruce Haldeman, 1954-1957

  • Box 245, folder 13
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Letters from Janie Haldeman, 1947, undated

  • Box 245, folder 14
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