Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Winston A. Thompson papers

Abstract

The Winston A. Thompson papers (dated 1943-1964, undated; 0.22 cubic feet; 11 folders) comprise printed materials, publications, school records and assignments, and a memory book that document the life of Winston Thompson while attending Central High School in Louisville, Kentucky in the 1950s.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Winston A. Thompson papers
Creator
Thompson, Winston A., 1934-1997
Extent
0.22 Cubic Feet
Subjects
African Americans -- Education -- Kentucky -- Louisville
Guide-books
High school students -- Kentucky
Education -- Kentucky.
Pamphlets.
Programs.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged alphabetically. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0547: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Winston A. Thompson papers, 1943-1964, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Winston A. Thompson (1934-1997) was a black man born in Louisville, Kentucky to Paul Thompson and Dorothy Moore. Between 1949 and 1953, he attended Central High School. No other biographical information available.
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 Winston A. Thompson papers (dated 1943-1964, undated; 0.22 cubic feet; 11 folders) comprise printed materials, publications, school records and assignments, and a memory book that document the life of Winston Thompson while attending Central High School in Louisville, Kentucky in the 1950s. The papers include directories of the students at Central High School, programs from musical performances, informational booklets on the school, guide books and handouts for the students, notes and homework by Winston, and health information required by the schools.
The Winston A. Thompson 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

Bible study pamphlets and safe driving course completion certificate, 1948-1951

  • Box WH-45, folder 7
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Central High School annual musicale programs, 1949-1953

  • Box WH-45, folder 8
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Central High School guide book, 1952 September

  • Box WH-45, folder 9
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Central High School handouts and booklets, 1951-1953, undated

  • Box WH-45, folder 10
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Central High student directory, 1950-1951

  • Box WH-45, folder 11
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Clippings on Central High School, 1964, undated

  • Box WH-45, folder 12
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Informational booklet on Central High School, 1952

  • Box WH-45, folder 13
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Music theory notes, undated

  • Box WH-45, folder 14
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School health records, 1943-1953

  • Box WH-45, folder 15
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Senior class memory book, circa 1953

  • Box WH-45, folder 16
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Zoology project on the microscope, undated

  • Box WH-45, folder 17
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