Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: James F. Longley death inquisition record

Abstract

The James F. Longley death inquest (dated 1932; 0.05 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises the record of the inquisition into the circumstances surrounding James Longley's death by a sheriff's deputy in Louisville, Kentucky in 1932.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: James F. Longley death inquisition record
Date
1932 (inclusive)
Creator
Longley, James F., 1894-1932
Extent
0.05 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Legal documents.
Murder.
Police shootings.
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
2009ms132.0596: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: James F. Longley death inquisition record, 1932, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
James F. Longley (1894-1932) was born in Chicago, Illinois, and later moved to Louisville, Kentucky. He married Nettie Tucker (1899-1968) in 1926, and together the couple had two children: Gwendolyn (1927-2001) and Vinnie (1929-2008). Longley worked as a laborer in the city sewage services and later in a tobacco company. He was shot in 1932 by a sheriff's deputy after causing a scene and threatening to shoot a manager at the tobacco company and the aforementioned deputy.
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 James F. Longley death inquisition record (dated 1932; 0.05 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises the record of the inquisition into the circumstances surrounding James Longley's death by a sheriff's deputy in Louisville, Kentucky in 1932. It is a full transcript of the proceedings of the inquisition and lists the jurors, attorneys, and witnesses involved in the case. The end has the outcome of the inquisition and the opinions of the jurors who listened to the proceedings.
The James F. Longley death inquisition record 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

James F. Longley death inquisition record, 1932 October 11

  • Box WH-54, folder 8
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