Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Underwood family papers

Abstract

The Underwood family papers (dated 1924-1959; 0.07 cubic feet; 1 folder, 9 photographs) comprises papers and photographs that document the lives of the members of the Underwoods, an African-American family, while living in Ohio in the first half of the twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Underwood family papers
Extent
0.07 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Family.
African Americans.
World War, 1939-1945.
African Americans -- Military service.
Real property
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0891: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Underwood family papers, 1924-1959, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Underwood family of Kentucky and Ohio was an African-American family that consisted of Henry Lawrence Underwood (1865-1928), his wife Carrie L. Underwood (1884-1971), and their five children, Nellie Underwood Richardson (b. 1911), Henry L. Underwood, Jr. (b. 1913), Carrie Louise Underwood (b. 1915), Virginia Alice Underwood Vaughn (1919-1995), and Agnes Underwood (b. 1920). Patriarch Henry worked as a private detective, potentially working on the Pearl Bryan murder case in 1896, and traveling salesman. Henry Jr. worked at Transcontinental & Western Air, Inc., in Indianapolis, Indiana and later served in the army during World War II. Nellie went on to marry Thomas Richardson (b. 1900). Virginia married Eugene Floyd Vaughn (b. 1921) and during World War II, she worked in the Army Red Cross. It is unknown if Carrie or Agnes ever married.
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 Underwood family papers (dated 1924-1959; 0.07 cubic feet; 1 folder, 9 photographs) comprises papers and photographs that document the lives of the members of the Underwoods, an African-American family, while living in Ohio in the first half of the twentieth century. The papers include utility bills, contracts for purchasing a home, Social Security insurance policies, unemployment information, wedding invitations, forms for children born abroad, Civil Service exam results, and a short biography on Henry Lawrence Underwood, Sr. The photographs depict members of the Underwood family at home, at school, participating with the war effort, and one with President Harry S. Truman.
The Underwood family papers 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

Underwood family papers, 1924-1959, undated

  • Box WH-108, folder 8
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Photographs, 1936, undated

  • Box WH-95, item 1-4
  • Box WH-100, item 5-6
  • Box WH-75, item 7-9
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