Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Cole family letters

Abstract

The Cole family letters (dated 1881-1908, bulk 1903-1906; 1.4 cubic feet; 4 boxes) comprise letters that document the relationships of the multiple generations of the Cole family in Pennsylvania.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Cole family letters
Extent
1.4 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Courtship
Children
Family.
Love-letters
Marriage -- United States
Pennsylvania
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
2009ms132.0124: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Cole family letters, 1881-1908, bulk 1903-1906, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Howard S. Cole (1859- ca.1920) was born in Sugarloaf Township, Pennsylvania to Alinas Cole (1819-1889) and Rhoda Ann Kile (1822-1904); he was one of eight children. Howard, a farmer, had promised to marry a woman named Sallie in 1883; however, he broke off the engagement to marry Ida A. Campbell (1863-1925) in 1885. Together, Howard and Ida had four children – Winnifred (b. 1885), Flossa (1887-1965), Harry (1888-1969), and Harvey (1891-1932).
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 Cole family letters (dated 1881-1908, bulk 1903-1906; 1.4 cubic feet; 4 boxes) comprise letters that document the relationships of the multiple generations of the Cole family in Pennsylvania. The letters from 1881 to 1885 are between Howard Cole, his fiancée and later wife Ida Campbell, and other girlfriends during those years and discuss everyday life in Pennsylvania and plans for marriage. Following those years, the letters in the collection are primarily between Winnifred Cole and her would-be husband, William R. Belles that discuss their everyday lives, work, family, and longing to see each other as well as a few letters between Winnifred and her family. Additionally, there are some letters between Howard and Ida after their marriage that discuss their children and work.
The Howard S. Cole family 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 The 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

Cole family letters, 1881-1883

  • Box 203, folder 1
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Cole family letters, 1884 March-April

  • Box 203, folder 2
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Cole family letters, 1884 May-June

  • Box 203, folder 3
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Cole family letters, 1884 July

  • Box 203, folder 4
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Cole family letters, 1884 July-December

  • Box 203, folder 5
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Cole family letters, 1885

  • Box 203, folder 6
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Cole family letters, 1897-1902

  • Box 203, folder 7
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Cole family letters, 1903

  • Box 203, folder 8
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Cole family letters, 1904 January-March

  • Box 203, folder 9
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Cole family letters, 1904 April

  • Box 204, folder 1
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Cole family letters, 1904 June-October

  • Box 204, folder 2
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Cole family letters, 1904 November

  • Box 204, folder 3
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Cole family letters, 1904 December 2-9

  • Box 204, folder 4
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Cole family letters, 1904 December 12-29

  • Box 204, folder 5
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Cole family letters, 1905 January 1-10

  • Box 204, folder 6
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Cole family letters, 1905 January 11-18

  • Box 204, folder 7
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Cole family letters, 1905 January 20-31

  • Box 205, folder 1
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Cole family letters, 1905 February 1-22

  • Box 205, folder 2
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Cole family letters, 1905 March

  • Box 205, folder 3
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Cole family letters, 1905 June-September

  • Box 205, folder 4
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Cole family letters, 1905 October-November 16

  • Box 205, folder 5
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Cole family letters, 1905 November 21-December 16

  • Box 205, folder 6
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Cole family letters, 1906 January-May

  • Box 205, folder 7
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Cole family letters, 1906 June

  • Box 205, folder 8
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Cole family letters, 1906 July-August

  • Box 205, folder 9
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Cole family letters, 1906 October 2-10

  • Box 206, folder 1
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Cole family letters, 1906 October 12-24

  • Box 206, folder 2
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Cole family letters, 1906 November

  • Box 206, folder 3
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Cole family letters, 1906 December

  • Box 206, folder 4
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Cole family letters, 1907 January

  • Box 206, folder 5
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Cole family letters, 1907 February

  • Box 206, folder 6
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Cole family letters, 1908

  • Box 206, folder 7
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Cole family letters, undated

  • Box 206, folder 8
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