Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Stephen Hulfish letters

Abstract

The Stephen Hulfish letters (dated 1914-1919; 0.11 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprises letters from Stephen sent to his girlfriend that document his experiences at a training camp in California and later deployment to France during World War I.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Stephen Hulfish letters
Date
1914-1919 (inclusive)
Creator
Hulfish, Stephen
Extent
0.11 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Correspondence.
Love-letters
Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 20th century
Long-distance relationships.
Military life.
World War, 1914-1918.
World War, 1914-1918 -- France.
Military training camps.
Travel.
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
2009ms132.0689: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Stephen Hulfish letters, 1914-1919, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Steve Hulfish (1891-1975) was born in Indiana to Edwin Hulfish (1849-1915) and Margaret Spore (1867-1956). From 1918 to 1919, Hulfish served in an engineer regiment in the US Army. In 1919, Hulfish married Grayce Lowe (1894-1988). He worked as a compositor for a publishing company.
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 Stephen Hulfish letters (dated 1914-1919; 0.11 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprises letters from Stephen sent to his girlfriend that document his experiences at a training camp in California and later deployment to France during World War I. In the letters, Steve writes about his duties in the camp, running into friends, the weather in California, going to San Francisco and San Jose, training they are required to complete, and getting specialized training for messenger pigeons. He also writes about his desire to return to Indiana, news from his parents, and how much he misses his girlfriend. Once in France, he writes about the conditions of the camp they are in, the weather, when he might be coming home, and thoughts on French and black soldiers. Additionally, there is one letter in the collection from his girlfriend that talks about the weather and her personal health.
The Stephen Hulfish 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
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

Steve Hulfish to Grayce Lowe, 1914-1919

  • Box WH-71, folder 5-6
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