Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Nancy Lee Moss letters

Abstract

The Nancy Lee Moss letters (dated 1909-1938, undated; 0.26 cubic feet; 6 folders) comprises letters sent to Nancy Moss that document life in West Virginia in the early nineteenth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Nancy Lee Moss letters
Date
1909-1938, undated (inclusive)
Creator
Moss, Nancy Lee, 1894-1985
Extent
0.26 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Families.
Letters.
Long-distance relationships.
Love-letters
Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 20th century
Marriage
Military life.
Ocean travel
World War, 1914-1918.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0403: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Nancy Lee Moss letters, 1909-1938, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Nancy Lee Moss (1894-1985) was born in West Virginia to Hubert Moss (b. 1845) and Jennie Lee (1872-1952). In 1925, she married Charles E. Rollyson (1889-1943), a World War I veteran and superintendent of a coal mine. No other biographical information available.
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 Nancy Lee Moss letters (dated 1909-1938, undated; 0.26 cubic feet; 6 folders) comprises letters sent to Nancy Moss that document life in West Virginia in the early nineteenth century. Nancy receives letters from friends, family, and her husband. Letters from her friends and family discuss personal health, education, attending social events, and local gossip. The majority of the letters come from Nancy's husband, Charles, who writes about his job, traveling for work, his feelings for her, personal health, their impending wedding, supervising having their home built, how much he misses her, how he manages the mines he is in charge of, news from his family, and financial matters. The letters from her brother discuss the trip overseas, irritation at the slow rate the Army moves at, the possibility of the two men running into each other, and how much they miss her and home.
The Nancy Lee Moss 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
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 Nancy Lee Moss, 1917-1918

  • Box WH-22, folder 1
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Charles E. Rollyson to Nancy Lee Moss, 1914-1925

  • Box WH-135, folder 8
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Charles E. Rollyson to Nancy Lee Moss, 1927-1929

  • Box WH-135, folder 9
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Charles E. Rollyson to Nancy Lee Moss, undated

  • Box WH-135, folder 10
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Letters to Nancy Lee Moss, 1909-1912, 1938

  • Box WH-136, folder 1
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General letters, 1918-1931, undated

  • Box WH-136, folder 2
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