Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Harold and Virginia Boyer letters

Abstract

The Harold and Virginia Boyer letters (dated 1938-1946; 0.1 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprise letters and photographs that document the relationship between Harold and Virginia and their families while Harold served in the military in Washington and Virginia lived in Ohio during World War II.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Harold and Virginia Boyer letters
Creator
Boyer, Harold, 1916-1979
Extent
0.1 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Correspondence.
Family.
Long-distance relationships.
Marriage
Military life.
Military correspondence.
Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 20th century
World War, 1939-1945.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American.
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
2009ms132.0478: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Harold and Virginia Boyer letters, 1938-1946, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Harold Boyer (1916-1979) was born in Seville, Ohio to Elbert Boyer (1874-1970) and Catherine Lee (1880-1958). About 1940, Harold married Virginia (1915-1976). From 1941-1946, Harold served in the US Army as an engineer eventually retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. After leaving the military, he worked in the purchasing field for 31 years.
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 Harold and Virginia Boyer letters (dated 1938-1946; 0.1 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprise letters and photographs that document the relationship between Harold and Virginia and their families while Harold served in the military in Washington and Virginia lived in Ohio during World War II. Virginia received the majority of her letters from Harold, in them he wrote about missing her, suggestions for home goods to purchase, receiving a car through the military, thanks for gifts sent to him, and updates about when he is to go overseas. Virginia wrote to Harold about her various jobs, visiting with family and friends, and opinions on household matters. There are a few letters from family members to Harold and Virginia included in the collection, these mainly discuss everyday life at home and update on personal health. Photographs in the collection document the Boyer family spending time together in Columbus and Seville, Ohio following the end of the war.
The Harold and Virginia Boyer 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 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 Harold Boyer, 1938-1945

  • Box WH-31, folder 11
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Letters to Virginia Boyer, 1942-1945

  • Box WH-31, folder 12
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Photographs, 1946

  • Box WH-31, folder 12
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