Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ethel Richterkessing photographs

Abstract

The Ethel Richterkessing photographs (dated 1929-1948, undated; 0.22 cubic feet; 3 boxes) comprises eighty-five photographs that document the life of Ethel Richterkessing and her friends and family in Kentucky and Florida.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ethel Richterkessing photographs
Creator
Richterkessing, Ethel
Extent
0.22 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Portrait photographs
Family.
Travel.
Swimming
Friendship.
Entertainment events
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0580: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Ethel Richterkessing photographs, 1929-1948, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Ethel Richterkessing nee Edwards (1908-1998) was born in Louisville, Kentucky to Clarence Edwards (1877-1952) and Irene Wooley (1888-1954). Between 1930 and 1940, Ethel married Henry M. Richterkessing (1908-1968), a pressman for a newspaper company in Louisville. The couple remained in Louisville their entire lives. 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 Ethel Richterkessing photographs (dated 1929-1948, undated; 0.22 cubic feet; 3 boxes) comprises eighty-five photographs that document the life of Ethel Richterkessing and her friends and family in Kentucky and Florida. The photographs are of events attended, trips taken to the beach and monuments, family get-togethers, and entertainers. A few of the photographs are signed by friends asking her to remember them and the good times they had together.
The Ethel Richterkessing photographs 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

Portrait of two unidentified young men, undated

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View of headstones in a cemetery with unidentified woman walking in background, undated

  • Box 1, item 2
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Four unidentified women and two young children, undated

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Two unidentified women in swimsuits standing near water's edge, undated

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Portrait of unidentified infant, undated

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Unidentified man in military uniform, undated

  • Box 1, item 6
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Blurry image of two unidentified women sitting on a blanket, undated

  • Box 1, item 7
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Portrait of unidentified man and woman, undated

  • Box 1, item 8
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Unidentified woman in costume with headdress, undated

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Unidentified man and two women sitting on a bench, undated

  • Box 1, item 10
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[Photo strip - top]: Unidentified woman and child looking at camera, undated

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[Photo strip - bottom]: Unidentified woman and child looking at each other, undated

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Unidentified man and woman, each holding a young child, undated

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Portrait of unidentified infant, undated

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Unidentified woman in a swimsuit sitting on blanket at a beach, undated

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Portrait of unidentified young woman, undated

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Two unidentified women in swimsuits sitting in an over-sized adirondack chair, undated

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Unidentified woman on balcony overlooking the ocean, undated

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Two unidentified women sitting outside an ivy-covered building, undated

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Two unidentified women sitting outside an ivy-covered building, undated

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Unidentified man and two women sitting outside an ivy-covered building, undated

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Unidentified woman sitting in a chair outside, undated

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Unidentified woman standing on steps of house, undated

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Unidentified woman sitting in grass field, undated

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Unidentified woman in swimsuit standing on small dock or pier over water, 1945

  • Box 1, item 25
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Unidentified young woman posing in front of door, undated

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Unidentified woman sitting on base of statue of William Cullen Bryant, undated

  • Box 1, item 27
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Portrait of unidentified toddler, undated

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Unidentified man in military uniform, undated

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Unidentified woman in front of park full of pigeons, undated

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Unidentified woman in swimsuit on beach, undated

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Unidentified woman standing on steps leading up to a building, undated

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Unidentified woman sitting on retaining wall in a yard, undated

  • Box 1, item 33
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Unidentified man in a suit, undated

  • Box 1, item 34
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Unidentified woman in a swimsuit next to a pool, undated

  • Box 1, item 35
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Unidentified woman standing on steps leading to house, undated

  • Box 1, item 36
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Portrait of unidentified baby, undated

  • Box 1, item 37
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Unidentified man in yard with prosthetic leg, undated

  • Box 1, item 38
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Unidentified young boy and girl kneeling in yard, undated

  • Box 1, item 39
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Unidentified man in a suit, undated

  • Box 1, item 40
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Unidentified young boy and girl in yard, undated

  • Box 1, item 41
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Unidentified woman in a swimsuit making a quizzical face or scowling, undated

  • Box 1, item 42
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Portrait of unidentified toddler making a surprised face, undated

  • Box 1, item 43
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Portrait of unidentified infant, undated

  • Box 1, item 44
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Three unidentified women and a dog standing on its hind legs in front of a house, undated

  • Box 1, item 45
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Unidentified woman standing in front of a column, undated

  • Box 1, item 46
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Unidentified woman sitting on armrest of chair, outside, undated

  • Box 1, item 47
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Portrait of young girl in cap and gown, note reads To my mom [illegible] Jane, 1948

  • Box 1, item 48
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Two unidentified women standing in yard, undated

  • Box 1, item 49
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Two unidentified women in swimsuits laying on sandy beach, undated

  • Box 1, item 50
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Portrait of unidentified young girl, undated

  • Box 1, item 51
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Three unidentified young girls, two on sides holding out dress of middle girl, note on back reads Miss Spring. Miami Festval over all first grade, 1949 June

  • Box 1, item 52
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Unidentified woman sitting in outdoor chair, undated

  • Box 1, item 53
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View of back of unidentified woman fixing swimsuit on beach, undated

  • Box 1, item 54
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Unidentified woman and two men in yard, undated

  • Box 1, item 55
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Negative of unidentified woman standing next to a mailbox, undated

  • Box 1, item 56
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Unidentified man in a suit, undated

  • Box 1, item 57
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Unidentified woman sitting on a stone monument reading Franklin, undated

  • Box 1, item 58
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Unidentified woman in a yard, undated

  • Box 1, item 59
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Two unidentified women in swimsuits sitting on a blanket, undated

  • Box 1, item 60
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Unidentified man and woman in swimsuits on the beach, undated

  • Box 1, item 61
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Unidentified young boy and girl in yard, undated

  • Box 1, item 62
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Unidentified woman in swimsuit, sitting on rock wall, undated

  • Box 1, item 63
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Two unidentified woman sitting on stone retaining wall, undated

  • Box 1, item 64
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Unidentified woman posing in yard, undated

  • Box 1, item 65
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Two unidentified women and a man, undated

  • Box 2, item 66
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Two unidentified men standing outside Gulfstream Park Racetrack, undated

  • Box 2, item 67
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Two unidentified men messing around with a hose, undated

  • Box 2, item 68
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Unidentified man and woman in front of a sculpture, undated

  • Box 2, item 69
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Unidentified man in swim trunks on a beach, undated

  • Box 2, item 70
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Two unidentified men on a boat, undated

  • Box 2, item 71
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Unidentified woman sitting at a dinner table, undated

  • Box 2, item 72
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Four unidentified persons [two men, two women] sitting at a table, 1946 July 6

  • Box 2, item 73
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Portrait of an unidentified woman, undated

  • Box 2, item 74
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Three unidentified men and six children, undated

  • Box 3, item 75
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Portrait of unidentified man smoking a cigarette, undated

  • Box 3, item 76
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Portrait of unidentified woman in a dancing costume, note reads Here's to Ethel, the dearest, sweetest pal in all the world. May we never be parted. Hazel, undated

  • Box 3, item 77
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Portrait of unidentified woman in a dancing costume, note reads Ethel dear, Always remember your girls in the All Star Review especiall Ruby Keeler, always [illegible] - never forget Herman Timberg, 1929 January 19

  • Box 3, item 78
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Portrait of unidentified woman in a dancing costume, note reads To Ethel - What a girl! What a pal! Remember Joe's gal. Dotty, 1930 August 3

  • Box 3, item 79
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Portrait of five unidentified woman in matching costumes, undated

  • Box 3, item 80
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Portrait of five unidentified woman in matching costumes, undated

  • Box 3, item 81
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Portrait of Viola Schray, note reads To Ethel the sweetest pal in all the world, Vi, undated

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Portrait of Earl Hoffman, note reads To Ethel: May your dancing feet bring you lots of success. Earl Hoffman, undated

  • Box 3, item 83
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Portrait of Hester Bailey showcasing her flexibility, note reads To Ethel, a sweet girl, a wonderful dancer, one of my most promising pupils. May you attain all the success I wish for you. Love, Hester Bailey, undated

  • Box 3, item 84
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Portrait of Hester Bailey, note reads To Ethel, one of the Hester girls - when you become famous try and remember the good times we had together and never forget your teacher, Hester Bailey, 1930 June 27

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