Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Clarence B. Randall travel diary

Abstract

The Clarence B. Randall travel diary (dated 1930-1936; 0.09 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises one diary that documents the two trips to Europe taken by Clarence Randall and his wife in 1930 and 1936.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Clarence B. Randall travel diary
Date
1930-1936 (inclusive)
Creator
Randall, Clarence B. (Clarence Belden), 1891-1967
Extent
0.09 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Diaries.
Travel.
Travel -- Personal narratives.
Europe -- Description and travel.
Tourism.
Families.
Friendship.
Randall, Clarence B. (Clarence Belden), 1891-1967
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
2009ms132.1161: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Clarence B. Randall travel diary, 1930-1936, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Clarence B. Randall (1891-1967) was born in Newark Valley, New York to Oscar S. Randall (1848-1937) and Esther C. Belden (1858-1934). In 1917, he married Emily Phelps (1896-1934) and together they had two daughters, Mary F. (1918-2009) and Miranda (1922-2004). Clarence served in the military during World War I, went overseas to France and attained the rank of captain by his return to the United States. After his military service, the family moved to Illinois and Clarence worked as an attorney for a time before becoming an executive with Inland Steel Co. He passed away in Ishpeming, Michigan.
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 Clarence B. Randall travel diary (dated 1930-1936; 0.09 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises one diary that documents the two trips to Europe taken by Clarence Randall and his wife in 1930 and 1936. The typed diary has a note on the interior cover, gifting it to a secretary that worked for Randall. The entries detail the various legs of the trip, he describes their excitement at being able to travel, the quality of their rooms on their ship, little mishaps that occur along the trip, details about the hotels they stayed in, sights they visited, running into fellow Americans and friends made while Randall was in the military, receiving letters from home, his thoughts on European art and architecture, restaurants they visited, and the local weather. The countries visited during the two trips include France, England, Scotland, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Austria, and the Netherlands.
The Clarence B. Randall travel diary 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
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

Clarence B. Randall travel diary, 1930-1936

  • Box WH-174, folder 3
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