Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Carr family letters

Abstract

The Carr family letters (dated 1900-1929, 1941, undated; 0.05 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprise letters sent to Cornelia, Minnie, and James Carr in Illinois from relatives and friends across the United States in the first half of the twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Carr family letters
Extent
0.05 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Correspondence.
Family.
Illinois
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
2009ms132.0524: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Carr family letters, 1900-1929, 1941, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Carr family included Cornelia Wentworth Carr (1838-1924), and her two children Minnie L. (1861-1935) and James I. (1867-1944). Cornelia married Isham Carr (1839-1869) in 1860, and together they had Minnie and James, along with Benjamin (1866-1905). The family moved from Illinois to Wisconsin in 1862. Following the death of Isham, Cornelia remarried in 1871 to John Carr (1836-1885), Isham's cousin, and the family moved from Wisconsin to Moline, Illinois. Neither James nor Minnie ever married; they remained in their family home together until their deaths.
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 Carr family letters (dated 1900-1929, 1941, undated; 0.05 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprise letters sent to Cornelia, Minnie, and James Carr in Illinois from relatives and friends across the United States in the first half of the twentieth century. The letters discuss daily life, personal health, moving to a new home, thanks for gifts, sympathy on the death of Cornelia, trips taken, updates on relatives and their families, reminiscing about school, the weather, and requests for the Carr family to visit.
The Carr family 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

Carr family letters, 1900-1929, 1941, undated

  • Box WH-41, folder 3
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