Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Pee Wee King papers

Abstract

The Pee Wee King papers (dated 1953-1960, 1979, undated; 0.29 cubic feet; 14 folders, 1 photograph) comprises letters, contracts, and a photograph that document the career of country music artist Pee Wee King in the 1950s.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Pee Wee King papers
Creator
King, Pee Wee, 1914-2000
Extent
0.29 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Country Music
Musicians -- Correspondence.
Concert tours
Television programs
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
2009ms132.0845: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Pee Wee King papers, 1953-1960, 1979, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Pee Wee King (1914-2000) was born Julius Frank Anthony Kuczynski in Abrams, Wisconsin. In the 1930s, he began making cowboy movies with Gene Autry, and in 1937, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. King was famous for introducing costumes and special effects to the Grand Ole Opry. In 1936, he married Lydia Hildegard Frank (1917-2011). By the 1940s, King had moved to Louisville, Kentucky where he lived for the remainder of his life. In 1970, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and in 1974, the Country Music Hall of Fame. He wrote more than 400 songs, and recorded over 20 albums and 157 singles; well-known songs of King's include The Tennessee Waltz, Slow Poke, and You Belong to Me.
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 Pee Wee King papers (dated 1953-1960, 1979, undated; 0.29 cubic feet; 14 folders, 1 photograph) comprises letters, contracts, and a photograph that document the career of country music artist Pee Wee King in the 1950s. The letters in the collection come from a variety of people and friends in the industry, booking agents, song publishers, lyricists, managers, and advertisers. The letters discuss shopping songs around to different publishers, tour contracts, release dates for albums and singles, television appearances, song offers, performance bookings, cancellations, royalty payments, and finding sponsors. The contracts detail the dates and locations King was engaged to perform and what his pay was for many of the shows. The photograph is an advertisement for a performance by Pee Wee King and the Golden West Cowboys at the Grand Ole Opry.
The Pee Wee King papers 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

Acuff-Rose Publications letters, 1953-1960

  • Box WH-99, folder 1
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The Billboard Publishing Company letters, 1956-1957

  • Box WH-99, folder 2
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Clem Watkins letters, 1956-1958

  • Box WH-99, folder 3
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Country Music Jubilee letters, 1957-1958, undated

  • Box WH-99, folder 4
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Dave Kaemer to Pee Wee King, 1958, undated

  • Box WH-99, folder 5
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General Artists Corporation letters, 1955-1957

  • Box WH-99, folder 6
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Harry Peebles to Pee Wee King, 1979

  • Box WH-99, folder 7
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Lynch, Hart, and Stockton Advertising Company letters, 1957-1959

  • Box WH-99, folder 8
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West coast tour letters, 1956

  • Box WH-99, folder 9
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West coast tour contracts, 1956

  • Box WH-99, folder 10
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Letters to Pee Wee King, 1956-1958

  • Box WH-99, folder 11
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Letters from Pee Wee King, 1954-1958

  • Box WH-99, folder 12
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Performance contracts, 1957-1958

  • Box WH-99, folder 13
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Papers, 1955-1958

  • Box WH-99, folder 14
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Photograph, undated

  • Box WH-97, item 1
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