Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Kentucky woman diary

Abstract

The Kentucky woman diary (dated 1936-1938; 0.05 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises one diary that documents the life of a young woman living in Kentucky in the mid-1930s.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Kentucky woman diary
Extent
0.05 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Young women -- United States -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 20th century
Women in education.
Family.
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
2009ms132.0872: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Kentucky woman diary, 1936-1938, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
No biographical information available on Kentucky woman.
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 Kentucky woman diary (dated 1936-1938; 0.05 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises one diary that documents the life of a young woman living in Kentucky in the mid-1930s. In the diary, she writes mainly about her dating life, being asked on dates by young men, being off and on with a young man named Charlie, going on double dates with friends, fights with her mother over letting dates come over, her feelings towards her long-term boyfriend, getting into fights with her boyfriend, and making up with him. She also writes occasionally about going to school, studying for exams, visiting Louisville and nearby towns for entertainment and shopping, and losing her family's house to the major flood in 1937. There is one letter that was tucked into the diary from her mother, discussing her dating adventures and hopes that she is enjoying her time with her aunt and uncle.
The Kentucky woman 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

Kentucky woman diary, 1936-1938

  • Box WH-104, folder 8
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