Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ethel Gillette letters

Abstract

The Ethel Gillette letters (dated 1920-1926; 0.02 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises letters from Ethel to her parents that document the daily life of a young family in Owensboro, Kentucky in 1920.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ethel Gillette letters
Creator
Gillette, Ethel Buck, 1885-1967
Extent
0.02 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Correspondence.
Domestic Life -- United States -- 20th century
Economics -- Kentucky -- Owensboro.
Family.
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
2009ms132.0424: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ethel Gillette letters, 1920-1926, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Ethel (Buck) Gillette (1885-1967) was born in Vincennes, Indiana to Earle Buck (1858-1925) and Cora Mathesie (1861-1953). In the early 1900s, Ethel married William Roy Gillette (1883-1955), and together the couple had six children: Helen (1903-1998), Thelma (1906-1993), Robert (1907-1985), Catherine (1913-1999), Bertha (1915-2006), and William (b. 1919). The family moved to Owensboro, Kentucky from Vicennes, Indiana around 1920. 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 Ethel Gillette letters (dated 1920-1926; 0.02 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprise letters from Ethel to her parents that document the daily life of a young family in Owensboro, Kentucky in 1920. The letters describe social events attended, the health of her husband and children, induction into social organizations, a local fire, the cost of clothes and food, receiving letters from other family and friends, and requests for her parents to come and visit her family in Kentucky.
The Ethel Gillette 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 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

Ethel Gillette to parents, 1920-1926

  • Box WH-22, folder 24
To top

Researchers are required to have an SCRC Researcher Account in order to request or order digital copies of materials. Research Account set-up and use instructions can be found at: http://libguides.uky.edu/SCRCaccount

If you are visiting the Breckinridge Research Room, please request materials at least 48 business hours in advance of your arrival.

For all other questions, contact us at: https://libraries.uky.edu/ContactSCRC.

Researchers are required to have an SCRC Researcher Account in order to request or order digital copies of materials. Research Account set-up and use instructions can be found at: http://libguides.uky.edu/SCRCaccount

If you are visiting the Breckinridge Research Room, please request materials at least 48 business hours in advance of your arrival.

For all other questions, contact us at: https://libraries.uky.edu/ContactSCRC.

Requests

No items have been requested.