Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: D.K. Gillespie letters

Abstract

The D.K. Gillespie letters (dated 1881-1901; 0.12 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprises twenty letters that document the Gillespie family in Ohio and Kansas.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: D.K. Gillespie letters
Creator
Gillespie, D.K. (David Kirkwood), 1822-1908
Extent
0.12 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Agriculture -- Kansas
Commerce -- United States
Family farms
Farm management -- Kansas
Letters.
Merchants.
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
2009ms132.0135: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: D.K. Gillespie letters, 1881-1901, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
David K. D.K. Gillespie (1822-1908) was born in Dayton, Ohio to William G. Gillespie (1782-1862) and Mary McSimmons Gillespie (1798-1872); he was one of eleven children. On April 22, 1856, Gillespie married Mary McKee (1835-1875) and together the couple had ten children, including James McKee Gillespie (1861-1886) and William Hamilton Gillespie (1857-1952). D.K. Gillespie worked as a produce and commercial merchant, but he also owned plots of land in Kansas. His son, James, was a doctor in Welda, Kansas, and William was a farmer in the same locality.
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 D.K. Gillespie letters (dated 1881-1901; 0.12 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprise twenty letters that document the Gillespie family in Ohio and Kansas. The letters are mainly from Gillespie's sons James and William, and Della Warbington. The letters from his sons discuss their lives, James writes about his life while attending school in Monmouth, Illinois – complaining about the number of Republicans on campus and his roommate who was an abolitionist – and his subsequent life in Welda, Kansas as a physician. William writes about his health, his family, the weather, and how work on the farm is coming along. Della writes for assistance in dealing with her brother and payment for land.
The D.K. Gillespie 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

D.K. Gillespie letters, 1881-1885

  • Box 29, folder 3
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D.K. Gillespie letters, 1886-1890

  • Box 29, folder 4
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D.K. Gillespie letters, 1897-1901

  • Box 29, folder 5
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