Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Martin O'Sullivan papers

Abstract

The Martin O'Sullivan papers (dated 1917-1919, undated; 0.1 cubic feet; 4 folders) comprise letters, papers, and photographs that document the experiences of O'Sullivan's friends and family while he is serving in the US Army during World War I.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Martin O'Sullivan papers
Creator
O'Sullivan, Martin B., 1887-1986
Extent
0.1 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Business enterprises
Correspondence.
Family.
Friendship.
Lawyers.
Letters.
Marriage
Military life.
World War, 1914-1918.
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
2009ms132.0401: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Martin O'Sullivan papers, 1917-1919, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Martin B. O'Sullivan (1887-1986) was born in Louisville, Kentucky to Daniel O'Sullivan (1857-1946) and Bertha Bijur (1868-1931). He attended Washington and Lee University, graduating in 1908 with a degree in law, and returned home to Louisville to practice. In 1917, O'Sullivan enlisted in the US Army and served until his discharge in November 1918. O'Sullivan 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 Martin O'Sullivan papers (dated 1917-1919, undated; 0.10 cubic feet; 4 folders) comprise letters, papers, and photographs that document the experiences of O'Sullivan's friends and family while he served in the US Army during World War I. The majority of the letters were sent from his father and discuss his attempts at contacting senators to get his son transferred closer to home, events attended while in Washington D.C., receiving letters from other family members, and his faith in his son staying stateside and being used to train other soldiers. Letters from friends of O'Sullivan discuss business ventures, not being accepted into the military, getting married, and requests for O'Sullivan to visit them. The papers include a newspaper clipping on O'Sullivan's military activities and promotions, a blueprint of an area in Barbourville, and memos of transfers and discharges in the US Army. The photographs show unidentified family members.
The Martin O'Sullivan papers 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

Dad to Martin O'Sullivan, 1917-1919

  • Box WH-21, folder 15
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Letters to Martin O'Sullivan, 1917-1919

  • Box WH-21, folder 16
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Martin O'Sullivan papers, 1917-1918, undated

  • Box WH-21, folder 17
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Photographs, undated

  • Box WH-21, folder 18
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