Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Jacob Fritz family letters

Abstract

The Jacob Fritz family letters (dated 1851-1922, undated; 0.4 cubic feet; 9 folders) comprise letters and papers that document the life of the Fritz family in Illinois and relatives in Germany and Michigan in the nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Jacob Fritz family letters
Creator
Fritz, Jacob, 1824-1909
Extent
0.4 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Correspondence.
Immigrants -- Illinois.
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
2009ms132.0562: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Jacob Fritz family letters, 1851-1922, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Jacob Fritz (1824-1919) was born in Bayern, Germany to Peter and Katharina Fritz. Between 1840 and 1850, Jacob immigrated to the United States and settled in Mendota, Illinois. In 1858, he married Sophia Louise Jacobs (1826-1910) and together they had four children: John (b. 1862), Gustav (1863-1942), Frank (1866-1939), and Louisa (b. 1872). Jacob worked as a shoemaker his whole life.
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 Jacob Fritz family letters (dated 1851-1922, undated; 0.40 cubic feet; 9 folders) comprise letters and papers that document the life of the Fritz family in Illinois and relatives in Germany and Michigan in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. The letters were sent to Jacob Fritz, his wife Louise, and two of his children from friends and family. The majority of the letters are written in German; however, those written in English discuss personal health, travel, business dealings, and the death of relatives. The collection also contains a loan promissory note and poetry.
The Jacob Fritz 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

Jacob Fritz letters, 1856-1909, undated

  • Box WH-47, folder 1
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Louise Jacobs Fritz letters, 1855-1857, 1887

  • Box WH-47, folder 2
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Gustav Fritz letters, 1909-1910

  • Box WH-47, folder 3
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Louisa Fritz letters, 1909-1911

  • Box WH-47, folder 4
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John Diem letters, 1856-1879

  • Box WH-47, folder 5
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Fritz family letters, 1851-1922, undated

  • Box WH-47, folder 6-7
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Fritz family papers, 1852, undated

  • Box WH-47, folder 8
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Empty envelopes, 1880-1902, undated

  • Box WH-47, folder 9
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