Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Bertha Talbott letters

Abstract

The Bertha Talbott letters (dated 1882-1904; 0.18 cubic feet; 6 folders) comprise letters to Bertha from family and friends documenting life for young college students in Ohio in the late nineteenth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Bertha Talbott letters
Creator
Talbott, Bertha, 1872-1953
Extent
0.18 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Correspondence.
Education -- Women.
Female friendship -- United States.
Young women -- United States -- Social life and customs -- 19th Century.
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
2009ms132.0512: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Bertha Talbott letters, 1882-1904, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Bertha Talbott (1872-1953) was born in Ohio to William Talbott (1848-1922) and Mary Taylor (1853-1923). In 1915, she married John K. Hastings (1844-1931). 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 Bertha Talbott letters (dated 1882-1904; 0.18 cubic feet; 6 folders) comprise letters to Bertha from family and friends documenting life for young college students in Ohio in the late nineteenth century. The letters from friends discuss attending social events, making trips home over school breaks and holidays, attending or re-entering school, thoughts about school work, and hopes to see Bertha. Letters from family members were sent by her parents, brother, aunt, uncle, and many cousins. Her parents wrote about their daily lives, working in the fields, having family and friends over, injuries, how much they miss her, and requests for her to write or visit other relatives. Her brother wrote to her about his job, moving around cities, and his daily life. Bertha's extended relatives write about visits from her family, inquiries on how she and her family are faring, personal health, questions about school, invitations for her to come visit, and social events attended.
The Bertha Talbott 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

Parents letters to Bertha Talbott, 1888-1893

  • Box WH-38, folder 2
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Roy Talbott letters to Bertha Talbott, 1894-1904

  • Box WH-38, folder 3
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Aunt and uncle letters to Bertha Talbott, 1882-1901

  • Box WH-38, folder 4
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Cousins letters to Bertha Talbott, 1882-1904

  • Box WH-38, folder 5
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Hackett family letters to Bertha Talbott, 1890-1894

  • Box WH-38, folder 6
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Friends letters to Bertha Talbott, 1885-1901

  • Box WH-38, folder 7
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