Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Russell and Mary (Hackney) Bryant letters

Abstract

The Russell and Mary (Hackney) Bryant letters (dated 1917-1933; 0.13 cubic feet; 4 folders) comprise 20 letters to Russell Bryant and Mary Hackney that document their courtship and early marriage in Kentucky during the 1920s.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Russell and Mary (Hackney) Bryant letters
Creator
Bryant, Barbour Russell, 1900-1979
Extent
0.13 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Courtship
Courtship -- Kentucky.
Family.
Future life.
Letters.
Music -- Instruction and study.
Social history.
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
2009ms132.0164: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American letters: Russel and Mary (Hackney) Bryant letters, 1917-1933, University of Kentucky Special Collections
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Mary Boston hackney (1901-1999) was born in Mortonsville, Kentucky to Burley Hackney (1873-1943), a blacksmith, and Mattie Hackney (1875-1960). She attended the College of Music in Cincinnati, Ohio between 1922 and 1924. In 1924, she married Danville, Kentucky native Barbour Russell Bryant (1900-1979) and together they had two children, Henry Russell Bryant (1925-2010) and Mary Bryant (b. 1934). Russell worked in his father's dry good store before eventually becoming an insurance salesman.
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 Russell and Mary (Hackney) Bryant letters (dated 1917-1933; 0.13 cubic feet; 4 folders) comprise 20 letters to Russell Bryant and Mary Hackney that document their courtship and early marriage in Kentucky during the 1920s. The letters are primarily between Russell and Mary, there are a few letters to the couple from friends and family. The letters discuss Russell's work in his father's store, Mary's education at the College of Music in Cincinnati, social events, friends, and their desire to see each other. There is a letter from Russell's sister that discusses her supposed abilities to communicate with the dead.
The Russell and Mary (Hackney) Bryant 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

Russel Bryant and Mary Hackney letters, 1917-1922

  • Box 250, folder 8
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Russel Bryant and Mary Hackney letters, 1923

  • Box 250, folder 9
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Russel Bryant and Mary Hackney letters, 1924

  • Box 250, folder 10
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Letters to Russel and Mary Bryant, 1925-1933

  • Box 250, folder 11
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