Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Imi Hwangbo papers

Abstract

The Imi Hwangbo papers (dated 1993-1995, undated; 0.12 cubic feet; 6 folders) comprises love letters, post cards, and poems written to and by Imi Hwangbo, a Korean artist living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Imi Hwangbo papers
Date
1993-1995, undated (inclusive)
Creator
Hwangbo, Imi
Extent
0.12 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Love-letters
Art teachers
Art.
Philadelphia (Pa.)
College teachers.
College students.
Sex
Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 20th century
Artists.
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
Hanna Rumbarger
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0775: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Imi Hwangbo papers, 1993-1995, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Imi Hwangbo (b. 1967) was born in Daegu, South Korea. She received her MFA from Stanford University and currently lives and works in Athens, Georgia as an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia. She has alsoreceived numerous artist fellowships, with residencies at the American Academy in Rome, the Camargo Foundation in France, and Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Scotland. Her most recent work is with constructed drawings in geometric patterns and inspired by Buddhist temples and Korean art.
About. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://imihwangbo.com/about/.
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 Imi Hwangbo papers (dated 1993-1995, undated; 0.12 cubic feet; 6 folders) comprises love letters, post cards, and poems written to and by Imi Hwangbo, a Korean artist living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This collection includes letters written to Imi by ex-boyfriends, friends, past students, and coworkers. Her ex-boyfriends, Jonathan Kirk and Jorge Vega, write to her about updates in their jobs, how much they miss her and details about their past sex lives. Imi had multiple friends write to her from all over the world including; Korea, Scotland and multiple cities in the United States. They send her colorful postcards, funny Christmas cards and letters detailing their life updates. Her past students write to her for recommendations for graduate school and thank her for teaching classes in drawing and sculpting. The final piece in this collection is multiple original poems by Imi. The poem topics range from dreams, pop culture references, sex, love and art.
The Imi Hwangbo 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
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

David Cateforis to Imi Hwangbo, 1993-1995

  • Box WH-83, folder 1
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Jorge Vega to Imi Hwangbo, 1994

  • Box WH-83, folder 2
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Jonathan Kirk to Imi Hwangbo, 1994

  • Box WH-83, folder 3
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Letters to Imi Hwangbo, 1994-1995, undated

  • Box WH-83, folder 4
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Post cards and greeting cards, 1994, undated

  • Box WH-83, folder 5
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Original poems by Imi Hwangbo, undated

  • Box WH-83, folder 6
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