Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mary S. Sheets letters

Abstract

The Mary S. Sheets letters (dated 1837-1839; 0.01 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises two letters sent to Mary from her sister that document life for a school teacher's family in Virginia in the early nineteenth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mary S. Sheets letters
Creator
Sheets, Mary S. Randolph
Extent
0.01 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Family.
Moving, Household
Travel.
Teachers.
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
2009ms132.0772: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mary S. Sheets letters, 1837-1839, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Mary S. (Randolph) Sheets (1811-1892) was born in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. In 1833, she married William Sheets (1803-1872) and together the couple had at least five children, William H. Sheets (b. 1841), Mary Randolph Sheets (b. 1842), Anna Harrison Sheets (1844-1884), Kate Randolph Sheets (1848-1937), and Thomas Sheets (1850-1929). Mary's husband, William, was Clerk in the Indiana House of Representatives, Indiana Secretary of State, a lawyer, a paper manufacturer, and hotelier.
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 Mary S. Sheets letters (dated 1837-1839; 0.01 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises two letters sent to Mary from her sister that document life for a school teacher's family in Virginia in the early nineteenth century. In the letters, Mary's sister discusses moving from Suffolk to Norfolk, the cost of housing in Norfolk, worries about running a school, the difficulties in finding teachers, financial difficulties, an open invitation for Mary to visit, and hopes that she will be able to visit Mary soon.
The Mary S. Sheets letters 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

E. Watkins to Mary S. Sheets, 1837-1839

  • Box WH-82, folder 32
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