Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Tice family letters

Abstract

The Tice family letters (dated 1850-1930, undated; 0.45 cubic feet, 1 box) comprise letters and one journal that document the Tice family, including Orceneth, Margaretta, and their children William, Gertrude, Arthur, and Clara, in Cincinnati, Ohio in the second half of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Tice family letters
Extent
0.45 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Correspondence.
Tourism and museum
Travel -- Personal narratives.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged alphabetically by recipient's last name. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0281: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Tice family letters, 1850-1930, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Orceneth Fisher Tice (1834-1912) was born in Indiana to John Tice (1799-1872) and Caroline Taulman (1810-1898). John worked a variety of jobs, including merchant, farmer, businessman, boatman, and insurance agent. The Tice family moved from Indiana to Monroesville, Ohio in 1836, and in 1842, the family moved to Cincinnati. Orceneth followed his father in becoming a merchant. In 1864, Orceneth married Cincinnati-native Margaretta Reynolds (1839-1933). Together the couple had four children: William Fisher (1865-1934), Anna Gertrude (1866-1961), Arthur (1868-1952), and Clara (1871-1880).
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 Tice family letters (dated 1850-1930, undated; 0.45 cubic feet, 1 box) comprise letters and one journal that document the Tice family, including Orceneth, Margaretta, and their children William, Gertrude, Arthur, and Clara, in Cincinnati, Ohio in the second half of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century. The letters are majority addressed to Margaretta and Orceneth, mostly letters sent between each other; however, other senders include their children, relatives, and friends. The letters between Orceneth and Margaretta are written while Orceneth is on purchasing trips to New York, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Tennessee, Indiana, England, France, and Belgium. Orceneth writes of his accommodations, his health, merchants and acquaintances he met, goods purchased, and the sightseeing he did while in Europe. Margaretta writes of her health and the health of their children, visiting family and friends, and neighbors moving. The other letters to the Tice family discuss their children's finances, death and birth announcements, weather and natural disasters, working on the draft board during World War I, and tuberculosis scares. The journal includes copies of a number of poems, the history of the Tice family in the United States, and a loose sheet of paper listing the genealogy of the Reynolds family.
The Tice family letters 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

Letters to Tice, Margaretta, 1879-1924

  • Box 1, folder 1
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Letters to Tice, Margaretta from children, 1884-1890, 1918

  • Box 1, folder 2
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Letters to Tice, Margaretta from relatives, 1862-1904, 1930, undated

  • Box 1, folder 3
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Letters to Tice, Margaretta from Orceneth Tice, 1866-1888, undated

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Letters to Tice, Orceneth from Gertrude Tice, 1880-1886, undated

  • Box 1, folder 5
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Letters to Tice, Orceneth from Margaretta Tice, 1880-1886

  • Box 1, folder 6
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Letters to Tice family children, 1875-1886

  • Box 1, folder 7
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Tice family letters, 1850-1864

  • Box 1, folder 8
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Journal and family genealogy, 1864-1897, undated

  • Box 1, folder 9
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