Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Harry E. Nichols letters

Abstract

The Harry E. Nichols letters (dated 1905, 1934-1941; 0.16 cubic feet; 4 folders) comprises letters to and from Harry Nichols that document his financial support of his nephew's college education at Colorado College and family connections in Colorado and Indiana in the early twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Harry E. Nichols letters
Creator
Nichols, Harry E.
Extent
0.16 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Correspondence.
Family.
College students -- Correspondence -- 20th century
Education, Higher.
Health
College students.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0720: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Harry E. Nichols letters, 1905, 1934-1941, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Harry E. Nichols (1887-1987) was born in Louisville, Kentucky to Joseph Nichols (1855-1921) and Margaret Koehler (1861-1936). By 1900, the family had moved to Madison, Indiana where Harry remained for the rest of his life. He held a variety of municipal positions in Madison, including: Deputy County Treasurer, City Clerk, Clerk of Jefferson Circuit Court, Postmaster, County Auditor, and Judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit Jefferson and Switzerland Counties. He never married.
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 Harry E. Nichols letters (dated 1905, 1934-1941; 0.16 cubic feet; 4 folders) comprises letters to and from Harry Nichols that document his financial support of his nephew's college education at Colorado College and family connections in Colorado and Indiana in the early twentieth century. The majority of the letters are between Harry and his nephew, Joseph, discussing the costs of attending college in Colorado, choosing a school to attend, finding employment, deciding on a major, his personal health, balancing work and studying for class, and his thanks for Harry sending money to help offset costs incurred. Harry also receives letters from his sister updating him on life in Colorado and from a business partner in Texas discussing the beginning of drilling for oil on his property out there. Additionally, there is a letter to Joseph from his minister on his graduation from high school and a birthday wish to Harry's sister from their father.
The Harry E. Nichols 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

Joseph Sherlock to Harry Nichols, 1934-1935

  • Box WH-76, folder 10
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Harry Nichols to Joseph Sherlock, 1934-1935

  • Box WH-76, folder 11
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Letters to Harry Nichols, 1905, 1934

  • Box WH-76, folder 12
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Letters to Sherlock family, 1934-1941

  • Box WH-76, folder 13
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