Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Clay Greenwell letters

Abstract

The Clay Greenwell letters (dated 1907-1912; 0.01 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises love-letters sent to Clay Greenwell of Nelson County, Kentucky during the early part of the twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Clay Greenwell letters
Creator
Greenwell, Clay
Extent
0.01 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Love-letters
Long-distance relationships.
Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 20th century
Family.
Domestic Life -- United States -- 20th century
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Hanna Rumbarger
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0794: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Clay Greenwell letters, 1907-1912, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Clay Greenwell (1887-1930) was born and raised in Nelson County, Kentucky. In 1917, he married Stella Larkin (1896-1974) and together they had three sons, James Greenwell (1917-1992), William Greenwell (b.1925) and Howard Greenwell (b. 1928). According to Clay Greenwell's headstone, he was struck and killed by a train on December 24, 1930.
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 Clay Greenwell letters (dated 1907-1912; 0.01 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises love-letters sent to Clay Greenwell of Nelson County, Kentucky during the early part of the twentieth century. These love letters are from multiple different young women living in different parts of Kentucky and Missouri. The young women write to Clay about their feelings for him, their daily schedules, plans for the future, and requests Clay to write them back. Clay also receives letters from his sister that provide updates on their elderly mother.
The Clay Greenwell letters 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

Letters to Clay Greenwell, 1907-1912

  • Box WH-83, folder 18
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