Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ralph Fleming letters

Abstract

The Ralph Fleming letters (dated 1915-1917; 0.02 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises two letters from Ralph Fleming that document his experience with ocean travel during World War I.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ralph Fleming letters
Creator
Fleming, Ralph
Extent
0.02 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Correspondence.
World War, 1914-1918.
Ocean travel
Torpedo-boat destroyers.
Shipwrecks
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
2009ms132.0712: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ralph Fleming letters, 1915-1917, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
No biographical information available on Ralph Fleming.
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 Ralph Fleming letters (dated 1915-1917; 0.02 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises two letters from Ralph Fleming that document his experience with ocean travel during World War I. In the first letter, Fleming writes about sailing to Italy, their ship being escorted through a minefield, his return to America, and the hurricane damage to New Orleans after the September 1915 hurricane. The second letter discusses Fleming's experience being on two different ships that were hit by torpedoes near France within two weeks, escaping on to a lifeboat from the first one and it sinking in four minutes, and the second ship being able to sail into port with a hole in its side.
The Ralph Fleming letters 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
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

Ralph Fleming letters, 1915-1917

  • Box WH-72, folder 25
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