Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Russell G. Kirkpatrick letters

Abstract

The Russell G. Kirkpatrick letters (dated 1943-1945; 0.9 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprise letters that document family life in Louisville, Kentucky; Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; and Brooklyn, New York during World War II.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Russell G. Kirkpatrick letters
Creator
Kirkpatrick, Russell Gavin, 1920-2008
Extent
0.9 Cubic Feet
Subjects
African Americans.
Families.
World War, 1939-1945.
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
2009ms132.0060: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Russell G. Kirkpatrick letters, 1943-1945, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Russell Gavin Kirkpatrick was a Black man born August 28, 1920 in Louisville, Kentucky to Jonnie Crutchfield Wilson Kirkpatrick (1879-1949) and Major Gavin Kirkpatrick (1865-1946). He grew up with six half siblings and one full sibling. On January 8, 1943, Kirkpatrick enlisted in the Navy where he served with the 1st Class Naval Reserves, 80 U.S. Naval Construction Battalion, Co. B-6. He received his discharge on December 6, 1945. In the middle of his service, Kirkpatrick married Kizziah Mildretta Prince (b. 1924) on May 24, 1944 however, they divorced August 11, 1950. Kirkpatrick passed away in Paducah, Kentucky on January 16, 2008.
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 Russell G. Kirkpatrick letters (dated 1943-1945; 0.9 cubic feet; 12 boxes) comprise letters that document family life in Louisville, Kentucky; Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; and Brooklyn, New York during World War II. The letters are written to Kirkpatrick from friends and family during his enlistment in the Navy.
The Russell G. Kirkpatrick 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, 1943-1945

  • Box 145, folder 1-8
  • Box 146, folder 1-4
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