Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Vance family papers

Abstract

The Vance family papers (dated 1944-1952, 1977-1979; 0.08 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprises letters and one diary that document the lives of members of the Vance family of Lobb, Kentucky during World War II and later in the twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Vance family papers
Extent
0.08 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Correspondence.
Family.
Farm life
Military life.
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.
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
2009ms132.0608: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Vance family papers, 1944-1952, 1977-1979, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Ollie Vance (1890-1924) and George McKinley Vance (1897-1966) were brothers living in Lobb, Kentucky. Ollie was married to Virgie Jones (1887-1924) and they had three children, Pansy (1910-1986), Garnett (1915-1978), and Hugh (1920-2000). George married Minnie Bennett (1898-1982) and they had two children, Cresswell (1917-1983) and Ray (1920-1984). Garnett was a farmer and was married from 1937 to 1947 to Ruby Scoggins (1915-1948); they had no children. Cresswell married Gertrude Marcum (1916-2013) in 1940 and they had one daughter, Sandy. Creswell served in the US Army during World War II, attaining the rank of sergeant before his release, and returned home to his family and farm. Ray married Virginia (1931-1972) and together they had one child, Raemonda.
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 Vance family papers (dated 1944-1952, 1977-1979; 0.08 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprises letters and one diary that document the lives of members of the Vance family of Lobb, Kentucky during World War II and later in the twentieth century. The letters are sent to George Vance and his wife Minnie from their children and other relatives. Their sons write about serving in the military, being in the Pacific Theatre, personal health, and from whom they have received letters. Relatives write about personal health, family gossip, and happiness at being able to have seen the couple. Attached to a few of the letters are photographs. The small diary recounts day-to-day life for members of the Vance family, tasks completed around the farm, friends helped and visited, deaths, funerals, and contact information.
The Vance family papers collection is 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

Letters to George and Minnie Vance, 1944-1952

  • Box WH-57, folder 4
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Vance family diary, 1977-1979

  • Box WH-57, folder 5
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