Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Althea Fae Smith letters

Abstract

The Althea Fae Smith letters (dated 1924-1927; 0.54 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprise 187 letters that document the lives of Althea Smith and Ellsworth Hobbs in Maine during the 1920s.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Althea Fae Smith letters
Creator
Smith, Althea Fae, 1901-1990
Extent
0.54 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Basketball for women.
Courtship
Letters.
Postmasters.
Sports -- Women
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
2009ms132.0130: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Althea Fae Smith letters, 1924-1927, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Althea Fae Smith (1901-1990) was born in Mattawamkeag, Maine to John Smith (b. 1877) and Charity Smith (b. 1883). Althea worked as the postmaster for Mattawamkeag, operating the service out of her father's general store. In 1927, she married Ellsworth J. Hobbs (1894-1990), who worked at a power plant in Medway, Maine. Together they had two children.
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 Althea Fae Smith letters (dated 1924-1927; 0.54 cubic feet; 2 boxes) comprise 187 letters that document the lives of Althea Smith and Ellsworth Hobbs in Maine during the 1920s. The letters from Althea discuss her daily activities as a postmaster, time spent at dances, girls' basketball games between Mattawamkeag's team and surrounding localities, and everyday life in a small town in Maine.
The Althea Fae Smith 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 The 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

1924

  • Box 221, folder 1
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1925

  • Box 221, folder 2-14
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1926

  • Box 221, folder 15-18
  • Box 222, folder 1-4
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1927

  • Box 222, folder 5-7
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Undated

  • Box 222, folder 8
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