Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Lena Kiefer letters

Abstract

The Lena Kiefer letters (dated 1896-1906, undated; 0.18 cubic feet; 6 folders) comprise letters that document the search for a significant other by Lena in Kentucky at the turn of the twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Lena Kiefer letters
Creator
Kiefer, Lena, 1870-1948
Extent
0.18 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Dating services.
Divorce -- Kentucky.
Long-distance relationships.
Love-letters
Man-woman relationships -- United States -- 20th 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
2009ms132.0306: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Lena Kiefer letters, 1896-1906, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Lena Kiefer (1870-1948) was born Henderson, Kentucky to Albert Kiefer (1843-1917) and Augusta Roemerman (1846-1895). She was married about 1890, but in 1896, she divorced her husband due to his alcoholism. Between 1906 and 1911, Kiefer remarried to Pete J. Oman (1863-1928), a Swedish immigrant living in Washington State.
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 Lena Kiefer letters (dated 1896-1906, undated; 0.18 cubic feet; 6 folders) comprise letters that document the search for a significant other by Lena in Kentucky at the turn of the twentieth century. The majority of the letters come from suitors that Lena reached out to via a matrimonial correspondence service. In the letters, the men describe their looks, work, residence, and desire for either a friendship or romantic relationship. The letters come from across the United States, including Colorado, Illinois, North Dakota, Kansas, and Arkansas. Additionally, there are a few letters from friends to Lena, discussing arguments they have, family, marriage, housework, and jokes, along with a letter from her lawyer concerning her divorce from her husband and a letter from Lena to her sister Florence saying that she will be late in moving in with her sister due to the divorce.
The Lena Kiefer 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

Letters to Lena Kiefer, 1896-1906

  • Box WH-9, folder 10
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Lyda Ford letters to Lena Kiefer, 1903-1904

  • Box WH-9, folder 11
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Love letters to Lena Kiefer, 1906, undated

  • Box WH-9, folder 12
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D.A. Frederick letters to Lena Kiefer, 1906

  • Box WH-9, folder 13
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C.T. Thompson letters to Lena Kiefer, 1901-1903

  • Box WH-9, folder 14
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Lena Kiefer letters to Florence Kiefer, 1896 June 6

  • Box WH-9, folder 15
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