Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Frances Coleman travel diary

Abstract

The Frances Coleman travel diary (dated 1925-1927, undated; 0.05 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises a diary and two letters that document Frances's travels across Europe in the mid-1920s.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Frances Coleman travel diary
Creator
Coleman, Frances, 1903-1988
Extent
0.05 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
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
2009ms132.0199: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Frances Coleman travel diary, 1925-1927, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Frances Field Coleman (1903-1988) was born in Lexington, Kentucky to Horace W. Coleman (1868-1910) and Elizabeth Goodman (1880-1971). She had one younger sister, Evelyn Goodman Coleman (1908-1975). Frances worked as a farm manager for a time, according to the 1930 US Census, before subsequent censuses list her as an employer. She never 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 Frances Coleman travel diary (dated 1925-1927, undated; 0.05 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises a diary and two letters that document Frances's travels across Europe in the mid-1920s. The diary documents her impressions of people she encountered on the boat and in Europe, how scared she was during many parts of her trip, witnessing political demonstrations, sightseeing, and switching modes of transportation. Additionally, there are two letters from friends in the collection, one describes another voyage taken by a friend in 1925, the other asks Frances to assist another girl with her studies in 1927.
The Frances Coleman travel diary 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 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

Frances Coleman travel diary, 1925-1927, undated

  • Box 259, folder 1
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