Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mollie Ellington-Barber letters

Abstract

The Mollie Ellington-Barber letters (dated 1897-1932; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) comprises letters sent to Mollie Ellington-Barber that document life in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Virginia at the beginning of the twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mollie Ellington-Barber letters
Date
1897-1932 (inclusive)
Creator
Barber, Mollie Ellington
Extent
0.45 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Illinois
Families.
Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 20th century
Gossip.
Travel.
Farm life
Arrangement
Collection is arranged alphabetically by sender. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.1020: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mollie Ellington-Barber letters, 1897-1932, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Mollie Ellington-Barber (1876-1934) was born in Cole County, Illinois to James D. Ellington (1830-1910) and Mary Ann Wilson (1842-1883). In 1899, she married Abraham M. Barber (1869-1936), a farmer, and together they had one child, Betsie (1905-1994).
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 Mollie Ellington-Barber letters (dated 1897-1932; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) comprises letters sent to Mollie Ellington-Barber that document life in Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and Virginia at the beginning of the twentieth century. The letters are primarily sent to Mollie from her sisters, discussing family life, visiting each other, their husbands and suitors, personal health, traveling, working on farms, attending church, and local gossip. Other letters from relatives and friends discuss relationships, daily life, employment, getting married, personal health, moving, and spending time with family and friends.
The Mollie Ellington-Barber 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
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

F.C. Barber to Mollie Ellington-Barber, 1906-1915

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Zela Burton to Mollie Ellington-Barber, 1897

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Jennie G. Dean to Mollie Ellington-Barber, 1897-1903

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Almeda Ellington to Mollie Ellington-Barber, 1889-1903

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Eliza Ellington to Mollie Ellington-Barber, 1910-1932

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Sadie Ellington to Mollie Ellington-Barber, 1910-1913

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Fannie Ellington-Woodard to Mollie Ellington-Barber, 1897-1912

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Frank L. Flenor to Mollie Ellington-Barber, 1897-1903

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Hattie Wilson to Mollie Ellington-Barber, 1897-1904

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Letters to Mollie Ellington-Barber, 1897-1912

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Letters from Mollie Ellington-Barber, 1897-1898

  • Box 1, folder 11
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General letters, 1904-1905, 1929

  • Box 1, folder 12
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