Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Bessie McAfee letters

Abstract

The Bessie McAfee letters (dated 1905-1952; 0.05 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprise nineteen letters written to Bessie from friends and family that document family matters, local news, and health issues.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Bessie McAfee letters
Creator
McAfee, Bessie (Bessie Anna Elizabeth), 1884-1962
Extent
0.05 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Courtship
Family.
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
2009ms132.0082: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Bessie McAfee letters, 1905-1952, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Bessie McAfee (1884-1962) was born Anna Elizabeth Smith to Cemmie O. Wade (1862-1934) in Kentucky. In June 1906, Bessie married Gilliam Gil Franklin McAfee (1879-1943) and they lived in Louisville, Kentucky together. In 1925, they welcomed their first child, Linda Elizabeth McAfee. Gil worked as a machine operator for the L & N railroad. In 1914, Bessie spent some time at the Martinsville, Indiana sanatorium for treatment of a rheumatic condition.
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 Bessie McAfee letters (dated 1905-1952; 0.05 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprise nineteen letters written to Bessie from friends and family that document family matters, local news, and health issues. There is a letter from 1905 that came from a former suitor of Bessie's.
The Bessie McAfee 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 The 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

Bessie McAfee letters, 1905-1914

  • Box 36, folder 12
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Bessie McAfee letters, 1915-1952

  • Box 36, folder 13
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