Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Horse Cave Hotel register

Abstract

The Horse Cave Hotel register (dated 1873-1879; 0.42 cubic feet; 1 box) consists of the register of the hotel that documents the varied travelers coming to the hotel in Horse Cave, Kentucky during the 1870s.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Horse Cave Hotel register
Extent
0.42 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Hotels.
Hotelkeepers.
Hotel management -- Kentucky
Hotels -- Kentucky -- History.
Logbooks
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
2009ms132.0440: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Horse Cave Hotel register, 1873-1879, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Horse Cave Hotel was a hotel that operated out of Horse Cave, Kentucky providing a location for travelers and merchants to rest while traveling across Kentucky. The hotel's proprietors included E.L. Biggerstaff and J.W. Pool (b. 1838). 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 Horse Cave Hotel register (dated 1873-1879; 0.42 cubic feet; 1 box) consists of the register of the hotel that documents the varied travelers coming to the hotel in Horse Cave, Kentucky during the 1870s. The register lists names, residencies, and arrival dates. Included in the register are advertisements for goods and services provided by local and large merchants in the surrounding area.
The Horse Cave Hotel register 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

Horse Cave Hotel register, 1873-1879

  • Box 1
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