Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Jefferson County Jail, Kentucky prisoner record book

Abstract

The Jefferson County Jail, Kentucky prisoner record book (dated 1922-1925; 0.3 cubic feet; 1 box) comprises one record book that documents the inmates of Jefferson County Jail in Kentucky in the mid-1920s.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Jefferson County Jail, Kentucky prisoner record book
Extent
0.3 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Logbooks
Prison administration.
Prisons
Prohibition -- Kentucky.
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
2009ms132.0340: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Jefferson County Jail, Kentucky prisoner record book, 1922-1925, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Jefferson County Jail was built in 1905, designed by D.X. Murphy & Bros, with corridors separating the male and female prisoners and the black and white prisoners. In 1983, the jail was converted into an office complex that now houses the Commonwealth's Attorney offices, the office of the Circuit Court Clerk, and Jefferson County Public Law Library.
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 Jefferson County Jail, Kentucky prisoner record book (dated 1922-1925; 0.3 cubic feet; 1 box) comprises one record book that documents the inmates of Jefferson County Jail in Kentucky in the mid-1920s. Raymond A. Busch, a clerk for the county jail, compiled the information in the book. The entries include the home of the prisoners, their offense, who committed them, length of sentence, discharge date, and other additional remarks concerning the prisoner's release. The information recorded in the logbook is between January 1922 and April 1925, so many of the offenses pertain to the creation, possesion, and sales of liquor as it was illegal during prohibition.
The Jefferson County Jail, Kentucky prisoner record book 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

Jefferson County Jail record book, 1922-1925

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