Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Gillie Caldwell letters

Abstract

The Gillie Caldwell letters (dated 1926-1927; 0.01 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprise three letters sent to Gillie Caldwell from relatives that document family relationships in Virginia in the late 1920s.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Gillie Caldwell letters
Creator
Caldwell, Gillie Mills
Extent
0.01 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Family.
Farm life
Education
Travel.
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
2009ms132.0756: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Gillie Caldwell letters, 1926-1927, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Gillie (Mills) Caldwell (1900-1963) was born in Floyd County, Virginia to William Mills (1864-1952) and Eliza Aldridge (1869-1962). About 1923, she married Clyde Straley Caldwell (1900-1967), a switch operator at a silk mill, and together the couple had one child, Paul Nelson Caldwell (1924-1974).
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 Gillie Caldwell letters (dated 1926-1927; 0.01 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprise three letters sent to Gillie Caldwell from relatives that document family relationships in Virginia in the late 1920s. The letters discuss personal health, vegetable and fruit harvests from gardens, attending school, family reunions, travel, and hopes for her family to come visit their relatives.
The Gillie Caldwell letters 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
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

Letters to Gillie Caldwell, 1926-1927

  • Box WH-82, folder 17
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