Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Lynne O. (Coffeen) Dobbins letters

Abstract

The Lynne O. (Coffeen) Dobbins letters (dated 1899-1900; 0.2 cubic feet; 8 folders) comprise letters that document the courtship between Lynne Coffeen and Calvin Dobbins at the turn of the twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Lynne O. (Coffeen) Dobbins letters
Creator
Dobbins, Lynne (Coffeen), 1877-1951
Extent
0.2 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Courtship -- 1890-1930
Letters.
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
2009ms132.0156: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Lynne O. (Coffeen) Dobbins letters, 1899-1900, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Lynne O. Coffeen (1877-1951) was born in Muncie, Indiana to Lemine Lee Coffeen (1842-1899) and Mary Elizabeth Faulkconer (1849-1931); she was their only child. Coffeen's father was a marble cutter, he was co-owner of Muncie Granite & Marble Co., and served as secretary of the Delaware Manufacturing Co. In 1903, Lynne married Calvin E.T. Dobbins (1870-1917), who was a traveling salesman for the Hygiene Milling Co. of Seymour, Indiana and later a salesman for The Edmands Coffee Mills Co. in Boston, Massachusetts. Together the couple had one child, a son, Lee Calvin Dobbins (1905-1984).
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 Lynne O. (Coffeen) Dobbins letters (dated 1899-1900; 0.2 cubic feet; 8 folders) comprise letters that document the courtship between Lynne Coffeen and Calvin Dobbins at the turn of the twentieth century. The letters are from Calvin, to Lynne, and in them, he discusses his travels for work, the weather of the cities he visits, friends he encounters, and local events. The letters come from multiple places, including Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, and Washington, D.C.
The Lynne O. (Coffeen) Dobbins 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 The 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

Calvin Dobbins letters to Lynne Coffeen, 1899-1900

  • Box 271, folder 4-11
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