Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Dicken family letters

Abstract

The Dicken family letters (dated 1920-1948; 0.03 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprise letters between the members of the Dicken family in the first half of the twentieth century while they spread across Kentucky and Indiana.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Dicken family letters
Extent
0.03 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Brothers and sisters.
Children
Child rearing
Correspondence.
Death
Employment -- Kentucky
Family.
Farm life -- Kentucky.
Great Depression
Health
Letters.
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
2009ms132.0436: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Dicken family letters, 1920-1948, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Dicken family of Clinton County, Kentucky included James Dicken (1849-1908), his wife Otilla Lowhorn (1854-1937), and their eleven children: Julia (1869-1915), Sherod (1871-1961), Armedia (b. 1874), Martha (1877-1958), Nora (1879-1915), William (1881-1904), Francis Frank (1883-1974), Etta Eva (1887-1968), Otila (1889-1907), Addison Add (1892-1985), and Virginia Dollie (1895-1973).
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 Dicken family letters (dated 1920-1948; 0.03 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprise letters between the members of the Dicken family in the first half of the twentieth century while they spread across Kentucky and Indiana. The letters were primarily sent to Addison, from his brother Frank, sisters Dollie and Martha, and his mother Otilla. In the letters, they discussed moving to different places in Kentucky or prospects in other states, the difficulty in finding steady employment during the Great Depression, the death of their mother, personal health, raising livestock and crops on a farm, and finding work in the cities during wartime. There are a few letters from nieces and nephews that discuss the birth of children.
The Dicken family 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

Dicken family letters, 1920-1948

  • Box WH-23, folder 8
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