Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Hallie M. Swan letters

Abstract

The Hallie M. Swan letters (dated 1884-1896; 0.09 cubic feet; 1 box) comprise twenty-five letters that document the relationship between Hallie and her brother Leroy in West Virginia and Pennsylvania from 1884 to 1896.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Hallie M. Swan letters
Creator
Swan, Hallie M., 1874-1965
Extent
0.09 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Clerks (Retail trade)
Letters.
Pittsburgh (Pa.)
Strikes and lockouts
Universities and colleges.
West Virginia -- 1890-1910.
Women in education.
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
2009ms132.0137: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Halie M. Swan letters, 1884-1896, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Hallie M. Swan (1874-1965) was born in Middlebourne, West Virginia to Benedict Swan (1835-1917) and Amanda P. Hall (1846-1930). She had three siblings, Leonard Leroy Swan (1861-1929), Lillie B. Swan (1866-1930), and James Edward Swan (1868-1923). In 1908, Hallie married Benjamin F. Haught (1881-1961); the couple did not have any children. In the 1930s, Benjamin became a university professor and the two moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Leroy enrolled in West Virginia University's School of Engineering in 1888, but worked for most of his life as a furniture retailer in New Castle, Pennsylvania. He married Jennie Dora Carter (1871-1968) in 1902.
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 Hallie M. Swan letters (dated 1884-1896; 0.09 cubic feet; 1 box) comprise twenty-five letters that document the relationship between Hallie and her brother Leroy in West Virginia and Pennsylvania from 1884 to 1896. The letters are sent to Hallie from Leroy, and they primarily discuss employment, education, and economic conditions. Hallie at one point expressed interest in moving to Pennsylvania, however Leroy advised her that there was no employment appropriate for a lady, and that she should look into attending a school specializing in stenography and typewriting. His letters also highlighted the economic conditions in Pittsburgh, detailing how many of the jobless and poor were being assisted by relief agencies and charitable organizations in the city.
The Hallie M. Swan 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

Hallie M. Swan letters, 1884-1888

  • Box 257, folder 1
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Hallie M. Swan letters, 1889-1890

  • Box 257, folder 2
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Hallie M. Swan letters, 1891-1893

  • Box 257, folder 3
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Hallie M. Swan letters, 1894-1896

  • Box 257, folder 4
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