Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Head family papers

Abstract

The Head family papers (dated 1919-1950, undated; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) comprises letters and papers that document the lives of the members of the Head family in Kentucky and New Hampshire in the first half of the twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Head family papers
Date
1919-1950, undated (inclusive)
Extent
0.45 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Childhood
Correspondence.
Death
Family.
Farm life
Health
Legal documents.
Letters.
Livestock.
Livestock -- Breeding.
Marriage
World War, 1939-1945.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0373: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Head family papers, 1919-1950, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
George Barbour Head (1866-1946) was born in Providence, Kentucky to John W. Head (1827-1886) and Mary A. Headly (1820-1884). In 1891, he married Isabelle Williams (1866-1953), and together the couple had six children: John Paul (1897-1977), Annie Laura (1893-1985), Alleen (b. 1894), Willie B. (b. 1895), George Jr. (1905-1968), and Yewell Williams (1906-1980). George Sr. worked in the tobacco industry. His brother, William O. Head (1859-1931), was mayor of Louisville from 1909-1913. George Jr. worked as a clerk, and John Paul and Yewell were involved in farming and the breeding and sale of livestock. Annie married Franklin P. Barnett (1893-1975) and had three daughters, Laura, Betty Sue, and Sarah Alice. Alleen married J. Dewey Hill (1898-1959) and had one daughter, Isabelle. Willie married Edward P. Sullivan (1892-1933) and had one son, Percy.
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 Head family papers (dated 1919-1950, undated; 0.45 cubic feet; 1 box) comprise letters and papers that document the lives of the members of the Head family in Kentucky and New Hampshire in the first half of the twentieth century. The letters are sent primarily to three members of the family, George Sr., Belle, and John Paul. George receives most of his letters from his brother, William O. Head, and they discuss the sale of livestock, plans for selling crops, financial advice, and market trends. Other letters sent to George discuss his farming endeavors, family ancestry, and advertisements for agricultural technology. Belle receives numerous letters from her children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and her sisters. In the letters from her children, they write about their daily lives, the birth of children, gossip about friends and family, employment updates on her sons and son-in-laws, social events attended, money concerns, and missing each other on holidays and special occasions. The grandchildren, nieces and nephews write about their daily lives, their hopes for her to visit, and one grandchild details their military duties during World War II. Her sisters write mainly about their daily lives and personal health. John Paul receives letters from friends, family, and business partners. These letters discuss daily life, trips taken, the death of friends, and bills of sale of breeding livestock. The papers in the collection include a newspaper clipping of a wedding announcement, graduation program, photographs, the will of William O. Head, and an estate payment statement from the bequeaths made in William Head's will.
The Head family papers 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
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

Annie L. Head to Belle Head, 1924-1950

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Annie L. Head to Belle Head, undated

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Children to Belle Head, 1921, 1943-1947

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Edward "Percy" Sullivan to "Nana" Belle Head, 1944-1946, undated

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Grandchildren to Belle Head, 1943-1947, undated

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Jessie Howard to aunt Belle Head, 1941-1949, undated

  • Box 1, folder 6
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John Paul Head to Belle Head, 1919-1926, 1947, undated

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Letters from nieces and nephews to Belle Head, 1945-1948

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Letters to Belle Head, 1924, 1946, undated

  • Box 1, folder 9
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Sisters to Belle Head, 1924-1946

  • Box 1, folder 10
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Letters to George B. Head, 1920-1926, 1941, undated

  • Box 1, folder 11
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Letters to Head family siblings, 1920-1950, undated

  • Box 1, folder 12
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Family to John Paul Head, 1922-1946, undated

  • Box 1, folder 13
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Herbert Hill to John Paul Head, 1926-1928

  • Box 1, folder 14
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Letters to John Paul Head, 1919-1950, undated

  • Box 1, folder 15
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Letters to John Paul Head re: agriculture and livestock, 1927-1933

  • Box 1, folder 16
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Head family letters, 1943, undated

  • Box 1, folder 17
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Estate trustee payment statement, 1933 April 1

  • Box 1, folder 18
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Head family papers, 1925, undated

  • Box 1, folder 19
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Will of William O. Head, 1929

  • Box 1, folder 20
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