Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: V.E. Fowler photographs

Abstract

The V.E. Fowler photographs (dated 1946-1950, undated; 0.08 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprises negatives and photographs that show the lives of families in Kentucky and Ohio following World War II.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: V.E. Fowler photographs
Creator
Fowler, Virgil E., 1887-
Extent
0.08 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Family.
Friendship.
Military life.
Tourism.
Travel.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by original recipient. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0439: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: V.E. Fowler photographs, 1946-1950, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Virgil E. Fowler was born in Washington, D.C. in 1887 to James Fowler (1855-1923) and Lila Vanzandt (b. 1867). By 1900, Virgil was living in Portsmouth, Ohio with his mother and step-father. In 1909, Fowler married Ethel Mutchler (1887-1964) and together the couple had three sons: Virgil H. (1918-2002), Paul E. (1922-1998), and Robert E. (1924-2001). Fowler owned and operated three businesses in Portsmouth, a camera shop, a photo works, and an x-ray laboratory.
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 V.E. Fowler photographs (dated 1946-1950, undated; 0.08 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprise negatives and photographs that show the lives of families in Kentucky and Ohio following World War II. The photographs are items that were returned to the developer due to being unclaimed by the recipients. The photographs depict daily life, spending time with family and friends, sightseeing, military service, and landscape views. Recipients include J.L. Allen, Lou Carter, William Lewis, and Earl Fultz.
The V.E. Fowler photographs 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

J.L. Allen, circa 1950

Negative of an unidentified man holding a watermelon, circa 1950

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Negative of a wooden rollercoaster, circa 1950

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Lou Carter, undated

Negative of unidentified man and young girl in wooded area, undated

  • Box 1, item 3
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Negative of unidentified woman standing in a field, undated

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Negative of unidentified woman posing with child sitting on ground next to her, undated

  • Box 1, item 5
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Negative of unidentified man, woman, and child in front of barn, undated

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Negative of unidentified woman posing on chair, undated

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Negative of unidentified man, woman, and child kneeling in a yard, undated

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Negative of unidentified woman sitting in grass, undated

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Negative of unidentified woman posing in yard, undated

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Negative of unidentified woman and young girl in front of trees, undated

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Negative of unidentified young girl playing in grass, undated

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Negative of unidentified young girl standing in overgrown field, undated

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Negative of two unidentified women holding suitcases, undated

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Negative of unidentified man and young girl kneeling in yard with two unidentified women in background

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Negative of unidentified man and woman in front of a barn with the woman kissing the man's cheek

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William Lewis, circa 1946

Negative of faded view of unidentified man sitting in a barracks, circa 1946

  • Box 1, item 17
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Negative of view down dirt road lined with army trucks and tents, circa 1946

  • Box 1, item 18
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Negative of army vehicle in field, circa 1946

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Negative of army vehicles and artillery in field, circa 1946

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Negative of three unidentified men posing, one in middle has MP sash pulled across chest, circa 1946

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Negative of three unidentified men in military uniforms, one is crouching, circa 1946

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Negative of four unidentified men in military uniforms, one is crouching, circa 1946

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Negative of unidentified man in military uniform leaning against and amphibious vehicle, circa 1946

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Negative of two unidentified men in military uniforms posing with knives, circa 1946

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Negative of two unidentified men in military uniforms, circa 1946

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Negative of unidentified man in military uniform in front of a plane, circa 1946

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Negative of blurry image of unidentified men and women in a tent, circa 1946

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Negative of two unidentified men in military uniforms with two women, circa 1946

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Negative of unidentified man and woman hugging with second man in background pretending to strike couple, circa 1946

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Negative of three unidentified men posing on front of a vehicle, circa 1946

  • Box 2, item 31
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Negative of three unidentified women in a window, circa 1946

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Negative of unidentified men working on a heavy artillery gun, circa 1946

  • Box 2, item 33
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Negative of military vehicles and machinery in a field, circa 1946

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Negative of three unidentified men standing next to a tank and amphibious vehicle, circa 1946

  • Box 2, item 35
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Negative of four unidentified men inside a tank, one standing outside it, circa 1946

  • Box 2, item 36
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Negative of heavy artillery weapon, circa 1946

  • Box 2, item 37
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Negative of two unidentified men pretending to fight with knives, circa 1946

  • Box 2, item 38
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Negative of two unidentified men standing next to a tank, circa 1946

  • Box 2, item 39
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Negative of view of military trucks across a field, circa 1946

  • Box 2, item 40
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Negative of two unidentified men in military uniform with two women in front of an armored car, circa 1946

  • Box 2, item 41
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Negative of two unidentified men in military uniform with two women standing on top of armored car, circa 1946

  • Box 2, item 42
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Negative of unidentified military man holding a woman while sitting on a wall, circa 1946

  • Box 2, item 43
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Negative of unidentified man in military uniform posing with a woman, circa 1946

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Negative of two unidentified women wearing sunglasses, circa 1946

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Negative of view of military vehicles and tents in a camp, circa 1946

  • Box 2, item 46
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Negative of unidentified military men working on trucks with artillery guns, circa 1946

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Negative of five unidentified military men sitting on and standing around a car, circa 1946

  • Box 2, item 48
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Earl Fultz, circa 1946

Negative of four unidentified women standing on a ledge, circa 1946

  • Box 2, item 49
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Negative of unidentified man and two women walking along sidewalk, circa 1946

  • Box 2, item 50
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Negative of view of pigeons in park, circa 1946

  • Box 2, item 51
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Negative of view of statue or monument, circa 1946

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Negative of parked cars, circa 1946

  • Box 2, item 53
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Negative of unknown building, circa 1946

  • Box 2, item 54
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Negative of two unidentified men and a woman standing underneath a statue, circa 1946

  • Box 2, item 55
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Negative of unidentified woman standing underneath a statue, circa 1946

  • Box 2, item 56
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Negative of busy intersection, circa 1946

  • Box 2, item 57
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Negative of parked cars in front of unknown building, circa 1946

  • Box 2, item 58
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Negative of unidentified woman walking along sidewalk, circa 1946

  • Box 2, item 59
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Negative of four unidentified women standing underneath a statue, circa 1946

  • Box 2, item 60
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Unknown family, circa 1949

Negative of unidentified woman standing in yard, circa 1949

  • Box 2, item 61
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Negative of unidentified woman in yard with her hands on her hips, circa 1949

  • Box 2, item 62
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Negative of unidentified man in yard with his hands on his hips, circa 1949

  • Box 2, item 63
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Negative of unidentified young girl in yard, circa 1949

  • Box 2, item 64
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Negative of unidentified man kneeling next to young girl, circa 1949

  • Box 2, item 65
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Negative of close-up of unidentified woman with hands on her hips, circa 1949

  • Box 2, item 66
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