Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ruth Keith family papers

Abstract

The Ruth Keith family papers (dated 1882-1961, undated; 0.26 cubic feet; 3 boxes) consist of letters, diaries, certificates, newspaper clippings, a scrapbook, ephemera, and photographs that document the lives of the Keith family, natives of Indiana.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ruth Keith family papers
Date
1882-1961, undated (inclusive)
Creator
Keith, Ruth, 1899-1979
Extent
0.26 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Correspondence.
Bottling -- Kentucky
Family.
Gossip.
Health
Letters.
Arrangement
The collection is arranged by format and thereunder alphabetically. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Brynne Stevens
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0329: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ruth Keith family papers, 1882-1961, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
John F. Keith a farmer in Indiana (1858-1938) and wife Elona M. Jones Keith (1862-1948) had children Carrie Keith Bunger (1883-1956), Olin Keith (1885-1967), Edith Keith Cash (1892-1972), and Ruth M. Keith VanDolah (1899-1979). Carrie Keith married farmer Clayton Bunger (1884-1970) and the couple had two children, Naomi Bunger Yeaman (1911- 2012) and Flora Alberta Bunger (1917-unkown). Olin Keith, a farmer, married Isola Rand Keith (1894-1970) and had children Jay Keith (1913-2002), Junita M. Keith Allison (1911-2003), Donald Keith (1915-1979), Wilma Keith Welch (1917-1990), and Norman Keith (1919-2009). Edith Keith married farmer, foreman, and trackman Edgar S. Cash (1893-1979) with whom she had children Eugene Cash (1919-1993), Arnold Edward Cash (1922-1981), Dale Cash (1924-1993), Virginia Cash (1927-2003), Llewellyn Stanley Cash (1929-unkown), Shirley Jean Cash (1931-unkown), and Paul Cash (1934-unkown). Ruth Keith married Robert Wayne VanDolah (1891-1965), a laborer and mechanic, with whom she had two children, Francis Wayne VanDolah (1918-1993) and Hazel Ruth VanDolah Cole (1920-1990). Hazel VanDolah married Odis Lindle Cole and had child Lindle Keith Cole (1949-1991).
The Keith family lived in various counties throughout Indiana such as Dillsboro, Switzerland, Decatur, Ripley, and Dearborn. Between 1920 and 1930 Robert and Ruth VanDolah moved to Louisville, Kentucky for Robert's job as a mechanic at the Coca Cola Bottling Company. They both lived in Louisville, Kentucky 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 Ruth Keith family papers (dated 1882-1961, undated; 0.26 cubic feet; 3 boxes) consist of letters, diaries, certificates, newspaper clippings, a scrapbook, ephemera, and photographs that document the lives of the Keith family, natives of Indiana. Many of the items were created by or belonged to family member Ruth Keith. The collection is divided into two subseries. The first, Letters and other documents, consists of a diary and scrapbook belonging to Ruth Keith, letters and postcards, Hazel VanDolah's handwriting proficiency certificates, a valentine from Rowena Connors, a funeral announcement for Agnes Woodward, and a card with the name John H. Henschen. Ruth Keith's diary includes drawings, poetry, newspapers clippings, a photograph, and diary entries about family, friends and daily activities such as local events, weather, canning, and other topics. Topics covered in the letters and postcards include daily life, weather, gardening, events, family member and friend activities, illness, and well wishes. The postcards contain pictures of people and places, some identified and others unidentified. The Photographs series contains photographs of family and friends, gravestones, animals, and various locations. Many photographs are of unidentified individuals. Those shown in in the photographs include Ruth Keith, Carrie Keith, Isola Keith, Juanita Keith, Jay Keith, Don Keith, Eda (Edith) Keith Cash, Lindle Keith Cole, Cheryl Marie Cole, Naomi, Kate Reacher, Hazel Mildred Brown, Jewel Bryan and Oliver, Robert G. Crutcher, Chase Rogers Moors, Jessie Smith, and Rowena Connors. Locations in the photographs include the Coca Cola Bottling Company at 16th and Hill; Indiana; Canada; Ohio; Kentucky; and New York.
The Ruth Keith family papers 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
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

Letters and other documents, 1882-1947 and undated

Agnes Woodward funeral announcement, 1882 March 16

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Ethel G. Spangler obituary newspaper clipping, undated

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Hazel VanDolah certificate for a fifth-grade proficiency in handwriting from Louisville Public School Penmanship Department, 1931 June

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Hazel VanDolah certificate for a sixth-grade proficiency in handwriting from Louisville Public School Penmanship Department, 1932 May

  • Box 1, folder 4
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John H. Henschen card, undated

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Letter to Ruth Keith from Elizabeth DeSmith, undated

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Letter to Ruth Keith from Elona Keith, 1947 August-September

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Ruth Keith diary and scrapbook, 1915-1917

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Postcard to Mrs. John Keith from Elona Cash (postcard is of Dillsboro High School), 1925

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Postcard to Mrs. Laura Keith from Mary A. Powell (postcard is of an unidentified man and woman in a car), 1911

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Valentine from Rowena, 1930

  • Box 1, folder 11
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Photographs, 1888-1961 and undated

Boy in a wagon, 1925

  • Box 2, item 1
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Buddy the cat, undated

  • Box 3, item 1
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Carrie Keith, 1902 October 20

  • Box 3, item 2
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Cat, undated

  • Box 3, item 3
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Cat in a window sill, undated

  • Box 2, item 2
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Chase Rogers Moors, undated

  • Box 2, item 3
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Cheryl Marie Cole, 1953 June

  • Box 3, item 4
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Eda (Edith) Keith Cash, Ruth M. Keith, and Jessie Smith in Gaff School photograph, 1906 September

  • Box 1, folder 12
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Grandfather and Grandmother, undated

  • Box 3, item 5
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Hazel Mildred Brown, 1915

  • Box 2, item 4
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Hazel Mildred Brown photograph on a blank postcard, undated

  • Box 2, item 5
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Isola Keith, baby Juanita Keith, and three unidentified women, undated

  • Box 1, item 13
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Jewel Bryan and Oliver at Morgan and Melvina Keith's gravestone, undated

  • Box 3, item 6
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John F. and Elona Keith gravestone, undated

  • Box 3, item 7
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Juanita, Jay, and Don Keith photograph on a blank postcard, undated

  • Box 2, item 6
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Kate Reacher at South School, undated

  • Box 2, item 7
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Lindle Keith Cole, 1953 June

  • Box 3, item 8
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Lizzie and Robert Vandolah gravestone, undated

  • Box 3, item 10
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Louisville police officer, 1961 June

  • Box 2, item 8
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Manhattan, New York, undated

  • Box 3, item 11
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Mom's house at Adams, Indiana, undated

  • Box 3, item 12
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Naomi and Old Shep, undated

  • Box 1, item 14
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New York Harbor, undated

  • Box 3, item 13
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Robert G. Crutcher, undated

  • Box 2, item 9
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Rock formation, Aybuckle Mts., Highway Number 77, undated

  • Box 2, item 10
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Ruth M. Keith Vandolah and school friend Rowena Connors in school photograph, undated

  • Box 1, item 15
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Ruth M. Keith VanDolah in school photograph, 1913

  • Box 1, item 16
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The Statue of Liberty, undated

  • Box 3, item 14
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Three unidentified people at William G. and Imogene T. Taylor's gravestone, undated

  • Box 3, item 15
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Three unidentified women at the gravestone of Stephen and Mary A. Jones, undated

  • Box 3, item 16
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Two unidentified girls and a baby, undated

  • Box 3, item 17
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Two unidentified women in Canada, 1943 July 2

  • Box 3, item 18
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Unidentified baby, undated

  • Box 2, item 11
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Unidentified event on blank postcard, undated

  • Box 2, item 12
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Unidentified girl, undated

  • Box 2, item 13
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Unidentified girl at beach in Cleveland, Ohio, 1934

  • Box 3, item 19
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Unidentified group at the Coca Cola Bottling Company, 16th and Hill, undated

  • Box 1, item 17
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Unidentified man (during war service), 1945 January 18

  • Box 3, item 20
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Unidentified man, undated

  • Box 1, item 18
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Unidentified man and woman, 1961 October 22

  • Box 3, item 21
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Unidentified man and woman at the gravestone of Thomas Jesse and Ava North Cochran, undated

  • Box 3, item 22
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Unidentified man fishing, undated

  • Box 3, item 23
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Unidentified man in car, undated

  • Box 3, item 24
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Unidentified man on a blank postcard, undated

  • Box 2, item 14
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Unidentified man with three dogs, undated

  • Box 3, item 25
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Unidentified people, 1898

  • Box 2, item 15
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Unidentified people, undated

  • Box 3, item 26
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Unidentified people, undated

  • Box 3, item 27
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Unidentified people, undated

  • Box 3, item 28
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Unidentified people, undated

  • Box 3, item 29
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Unidentified people, undated

  • Box 3, item 30
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Unidentified people at the gravestone of Stephen and Mary H. Jones, undated

  • Box 3, item 31
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Unidentified people in West Baden, Indiana, 1923

  • Box 3, item 32
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Unidentified people on porch, 1916

  • Box 3, item 33
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Unidentified woman, 1888

  • Box 2, item 16
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Unidentified woman, undated

  • Box 3, item 34
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Unidentified woman, undated

  • Box 3, item 35
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Unidentified woman, undated

  • Box 2, item 17
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Unidentified woman, undated

  • Box 3, item 36
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Unidentified woman and baby, undated

  • Box 3, item 37
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Unidentified woman and girl inside the West Baden Hotel, Indiana, 1924

  • Box 3, item 38
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Unidentified woman and horse, Dillsboro, Indiana, 1917

  • Box 3, item 39
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Unidentified woman in kitchen, 1961 November 5

  • Box 3, item 40
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Unidentified woman with a car, Angle Court, Kentucky Lake, 1949 September

  • Box 3, item 41
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Unidentified woman with a note on back: "For [illegible] with love from Bob", undated

  • Box 2, folder 18
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Unidentified women in Cleveland, Ohio, 1934 July

  • Box 3, item 42
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