Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Edwin Carlile Litsey papers

Abstract

The Edwin Carlile Litsey papers (dated 1895-1917, undated; 1.35 cubic feet; 3 boxes) comprise drafts and copies of novels, poems, songs, essays, sermons, and articles written by Kentucky author Edwin Carlile Litsey.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Edwin Carlile Litsey papers
Date
1895-1917, undated (inclusive)
Extent
1.35 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Authors, American -- Kentucky.
Poetry.
Essays.
Songs -- Texts
Sermons.
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
2009ms132.1139: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Edwin Carlile Litsey papers, 1895-1917, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Edwin Carlile Litsey (1874-1970) was born in Washington County, Kentucky to William Henry Litsey (1847-1891) and Sarah Elizabeth Johnston (1850-1882). His first position was as a post runner at the Marion National Bank in 1891 and worked his way up to assistant cashier. He continued to work at the bank for over seventy years. In 1900, he married Carrie Selecman (1874-1910) and together they had one child – Sarah Selecman Litsey (1901-1996).
At 26 years old, Litsey published his first novel, The Princess of Gramfalon. Over the course of his literary career he published 13 books – nine novels, one volume of short stories, one novelette, and two books of poetry. Prominent works include A Man from Jericho (1911), The Eternal Flame (1937), Stones for Bread (1940), and The Filled Cup. Litsey was chosen by the state legislature as Poet Laureate of Central Kentucky in 1954.
"Edwin Carlile Litsey, Poet Laureate Dies". The Lebanon Enterprise, pages 1-2, Thursday, February 5, 1970.
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 Edwin Carlile Litsey papers (dated 1895-1917, undated; 1.35 cubic feet; 3 boxes) comprise drafts and copies of novels, poems, songs, essays, sermons, and articles written by Kentucky author Edwin Carlile Litsey. The majority of the materials are handwritten and signed by Litsey, there are a few typed copies. The collection includes a copy of his first novel, The Princess of Gramfalon. Additionally, there are a few letters written to Litsey in the collection and some clippings.
The Edwin Carlile Litsey 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

Dorothy and Baby John, 1909-1910

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George Bolt: A Man, 1901

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The Hunted People, undated

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The Man from Jericho, 1907-1908

  • Box 1, folder 4
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Phantom Honey, undated

  • Box 1, folder 5
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The Princess of Gramfalon, 1898

  • Box 1, folder 6
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The Race of the Swift, 1905

  • Box 1, folder 7
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The Reborning of Fritot, undated

  • Box 1, folder 8
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The Salt of the Earth, undated

  • Box 1, folder 9
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The Wilderness Lover, 1910-1911

  • Box 1, folder 10
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"The Fireside Philosopher" essays, 1911

  • Box 2, folder 1
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Book reviews and articles, 1901-1910

  • Box 2, folder 2
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Poems, 1895-1899

  • Box 2, folder 3
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Poems, 1900-1916, undated

  • Box 2, folder 4
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Sermons, 1906-1911

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Songs, 1897-1899, undated

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Short stories and essays, A-C, 1897-1916

  • Box 2, folder 7
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Short stories and essays, D-F, 1897-1917, undated

  • Box 2, folder 8
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Short stories and essays, G-I, 1899-1911, undated

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Short stories and essays, J-L, 1901-1914, undated

  • Box 2, folder 10
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Short stories and essays, M-O, 1898-1917, undated

  • Box 2, folder 11
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Short stories and essays, P-R, 1897-1917

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Short stories and essays, S-U, 1898-1917

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Short stories and essays, V-Z, 1899-1916, undated

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Untitled, partial manuscript, 1906 March 23

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Untitled manuscript, 1898 September 8

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Untitled manuscript, 1905 September 20

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Untitled and incomplete works, 1896-1917, undated

  • Box 3, folder 6
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Single and incomplete pages, 1895-1917, undated

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Edwin Carlile Litsey papers, 1897-1917, undated

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