Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Alexander P. Humphrey papers on J.B. Speed Art Museum

Abstract

The Alexander P. Humphrey papers on J.B. Speed Art Museum collection (dated 1925, undated; 0.02 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises correspondence, notes, legal papers, and a booklet that document the gifting and planning of the J.B. Speed Art Museum to the University of Louisville in 1925.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Alexander P. Humphrey papers on J.B. Speed Art Museum
Creator
Humphrey, Alexander Pope, 1848-1939
Extent
0.02 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Art museums.
Building -- Planning.
College art museums.
Correspondence.
Endowments.
Legal documents.
Letters.
Press releases.
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
2009ms132.0423: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Alexander P. Humphrey papers on J.B. Speed Art Museum, 1925, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Alexander Pope Humphrey (1848-1928) was born in Louisville, Kentucky to Reverend Dr. Edward Porter Humphrey (1809-1886) and Martha Ann Fontaine Pope (1820-1886). He attended Centre College and the University of Virginia law school, ultimately becoming a noted lawyer and judge. In 1880, Humphrey was appointed as a chancellor of the Louisville, Kentucky Chancery Court. While serving on the bench, he was a member of the law firm Humphrey, Crawford, and Middleton; counsel to the Southern Railway Company along with many other corporations; and a member of the law firm of Barr, Goodloe & Humphrey. After retiring from the bench, he was a member of the law firm of Brown, Humphrey & Davie. In 1879, Humphrey married Mary Moss Churchill (1851-1926); the couple had five children: Ethel (1880-1938), Edward (1881-1889), Alexander (1883-1917), Churchill (1885-1970), and Mary (1887-1972). In 1884, Humphrey was part of the group of organizers that founded the Filson Club, now The Filson Historical Society, and in 1917, he was president of the Pendennis Club.
The J.B. Speed Memorial Museum, now known as the Speed Art Museum, was built in 1927 by Arthur Loomis and is considered to be the oldest, largest, and foremost museum of art in Kentucky. It is located in Louisville next to the University of Louisville Belknap campus. Hattie Bishop Speed (1858-1942) built the museum as a memorial to her late husband, James Breckenridge Speed (1844-1912), and provided an endowment to fund the museum.
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 Alexander P. Humphrey papers on J.B. Speed Art Museum collection (dated 1925, undated; 0.02 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises correspondence, notes, legal papers, and a booklet that document the gifting and planning of the J.B. Speed Art Museum to the University of Louisville in 1925. The correspondence includes letters between Humphrey, University of Louisville (UofL) Chancellor John L. Patterson, UofL Board of Trustees Chairman Arthur Y. Ford, and Hattie Speed, which discuss the legal requirements of the gift, press releases, and building suggestions. The notes include edits on the gift agreement form, building plan suggestions, and requests of the University as stipulations for approval. The legal papers include a blank gift agreement form and blank copy of the deed of trust between Hattie Speed and the University. The booklet provides information on the University of Louisville, its background and expected future progress.
The Alexander P. Humphrey papers on J.B. Speed Art Museum 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

J.B. Speed Art Museum papers, 1925, undated

  • Box WH-22, folder 23
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