Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Clyde Morton Stallings papers

Abstract

The Clyde Morton Stallings papers (dated 1939-1988, bulk 1939-19428; 0.27 cubic feet; 7 folders) primarily comprise incoming letters to Stallings from university friends, especially from Louisburg College (Louisburg, North Carolina) roommate, Matt McDade; the letters detail the lives and friendships of young men coming of age in North Carolina during World War II, both on and off campus.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Clyde Morton Stallings papers
Creator
Stallings, Clyde Morton, 1920-2007
Extent
0.27 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Education, Higher.
Letters.
North Carolina
Universities and colleges.
World War, 1939-1945.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format and chronologically. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Ashley Sorrell, Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0071: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Clyde Morton Stallings papers, 1939-1988, bulk 1939-1942, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Clyde Stallings (1920-2007) went to Louisburg College (Louisburg, North Carolina), a preparatory school, in 1940 before entering college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1941. He was drafted into the United States military during World War II in 1942. In his adult years, he worked as an interpreter in Colonial Williamsburg and for the Washington Evening Star. Many of the letters to Stallings were sent from his Louisburg College roommate, Matt Compton McDade (1922-2002). McDade also went to college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he majored in journalism. He was drafted into the United States military in 1943 and wrote for the Stars and Stripes in Cairo, Egypt. After the war, McDade continued his journalism career, writing for the Richmond Times Dispatch and Washington Post. He also worked for the U.S. State Department in 1947 at its London bureau.
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 Clyde Morton Stallings papers (dated 1939-1988, bulk 1939-1942; 0.27 cubic feet; 7 folders) primarily comprise incoming letters to Stallings from university friends, especially from Louisburg College (Louisburg, North Carolina) roommate, Matt McDade; the letters detail the lives and friendships of young men coming of age in North Carolina during World War II, both on and off campus. Topics include dating and dancing in McDade's small North Carolina hometown of Cedar Grove; McDade's anxieties about being drafted; and his belief that the war marked the end of their "carefree" days as young adult boys. The collection also includes Stallings' sketches of his Louisburg College friends and dorm room; an issue of the student newspaper; and a letter Stallings wrote to collector Wade Hall in 1988 explaining the seemingly intimate nature of the letters.
The Clyde Morton Stallings papers 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 The 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

Incoming letters, 1939-1942

Letters to Clyde Stallings, 1939

  • Box 115, folder 3
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Letters to Clyde Stallings, 1940

  • Box 115, folder 4
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Letters to Clyde Stallings, 1941

  • Box 115, folder 5
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Letters to Clyde Stallings, 1942

  • Box 115, folder 6
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Outgoing Letters to Wade Hall, 1988

  • Box 115, folder 7
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Sketches and newspaper, 1940

Sketches of Louisburg College dorm and roommates, 1940

  • Box 115, folder 8
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Whispering Oaks Louisburg College student newspaper, 1940 February 9

  • Box 115, folder 9
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