Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mary C. Greenway memory books

Abstract

The Mary C. Greenway memory books (dated 1832-1923, undated; 0.08 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprise three memory books that document the illness and death of Mary Greenway, and education of other Greenway children in Maryland in the nineteenth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mary C. Greenway memory books
Creator
Greenway, Mary C., 1824-1842
Extent
0.08 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Death
Education, Primary
Family.
Journals (notebooks)
Maryland
Poetry.
Religion
Signature books.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0394: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Mary C. Greenway memory books, 1832-1923, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Mary C. Greenway was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1824 to Edward Greenway (1793-1880) and Mary H. Greenway (1797-1861); she passed away in 1842 at the age of seventeen. 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 Mary C. Greenway memory books (dated 1832-1923, undated; 0.08 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprise three memory books that document the illness and death of Mary Greenway, and education of other Greenway children in Maryland in the nineteenth century. The first two books, one with green and gold on the cover and the other with Mary C. Greenway written on the cover, includes poems and memories about Mary Greenway written in the decade preceding her death written by her family and friends. Many of the poems have heavy religious overtones, with many discussing meeting her heavenly father and her soul ascending from earth. In the third book, with Wm. W. T. Greenway on the cover, there are entries describing the day two relatives of the Greenway family passed away, along with a first-hand account of Mary's passing. Both entries detail common Victorian death rituals, along with a later entry describing the Greenway sibling's going to visit and fix up Mary's gravesite. Alongside the entries in the third book are notes from school lessons, written copies of articles, and various food recipes.
The Mary C. Greenway memory books 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

Memory book, 1832-1842

  • Box WH-19, folder 14
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Memory book, 1841-1842

  • Box WH-20, folder 1
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Memory book, 1842, 1872, 1923, undated

  • Box WH-20, folder 2
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