Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Marion D. Brown letters

Abstract

The Marion D. Brown letters (dated 1943-1945; 0.05 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprise letters to Marion from family and friends that document the daily lives of soldiers, teachers, and farmers in Illinois and California during World War II.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Marion D. Brown letters
Creator
Brown, Marion D., 1910-1994
Extent
0.05 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Correspondence.
Illinois
Letters.
Medical care
Recruiting and enlistment.
World War, 1939-1945.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by sender. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0177: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Marion D. Brown letters, 1942-1945, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Marion Dudley Brown (1910-1994) was born in Ashmore, Illinois to Chandos D. Brown (1883-1970) and Jessie E. Williams (1884-1939). He had at least six siblings, William Gerald (1909-1991), Carolyn (1912-1988), Ronald (1916-2013), Lowell Eugene (1918-2015), Theodore Gail (1920-1993), and Freda E. (1925-2016). According to the 1940 US Census, Brown worked as a photographer. In 1938, he married Barbara Anne Bemis (1916-2005); however, they divorced sometime prior to 1946.
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 Marion D. Brown letters (dated 1943-1945; 0.05 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprise letters to Marion from family and friends that document the daily lives of soldiers, teachers, and farmers in Illinois and California during World War II. The letters are primarily from Marion's siblings. They discuss multiple topics, including work, their other siblings, finances, trips taken, social visits, dating, personal health, military training, and the weather. Letters from Marion's father also discuss finances, personal health, and the weather; however, they also discuss updates on neighbors, the local news, and having Carolyn move back from California to take care of him. There are a few letters from friends that discuss school, social visits, and an offer to purchase a melodeon from him.
The Marion D. Brown 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

Letters from siblings, 1942-1945

  • Box 252, folder 1
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Letters from father, 1944-1945

  • Box 252, folder 2
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Letters from friends, 1944-1945

  • Box 252, folder 3
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