Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ray E. Brewer diary

Abstract

The Ray E. Brewer diary (dated 1919; 0.02 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises a diary that documents the last month of Ray Brewer's service in the military in France in 1919.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ray E. Brewer diary
Creator
Brewer, Ray E.
Extent
0.02 Cubic Feet
Subjects
World War, 1914-1918.
Military life.
Ocean travel
Tourism.
Artists' preparatory studies
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0713: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ray E. Brewer diary, 1919, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Ray E. Brewer (1895-1964) was born in Rockville, Indiana to Governor L. Brewer (1871-1951) and Anna Elizabeth Daugherty (1876-1963). He served in the military during World War I, and was overseas in 1919. In 1927, he married Amelia Butler (b. 1892) however, the couple divorced in 1933. Later in 1933, he married Gladys Cleone Carpenter (1898-1980). Ray worked as an artist and Gladys was an author.
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 Ray E. Brewer diary (dated 1919; 0.02 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises a diary that documents the last month of Ray Brewer's service in the military in France in 1919. In the diary, Brewer writes about his daily life, attending art classes offered by the military in France, visiting different French cities, sightseeing, attending shows with friends, flirting with women, and sailing back to the United States.
The Ray E. Brewer diary 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

Ray E. Brewer diary, 1919

  • Box WH-72, folder 26
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