Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Robert A. Schmidtman letters

Abstract

The Robert A. Schmidtman letters (dated 1946-1949; 0.06 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprise thirteen letters that document the experience of Schmidtman while attending the University of Alaska-Fairbanks post-World War II.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Robert A. Schmidtman letters
Creator
Schmidtman, Robert A.
Extent
0.06 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Education, Higher.
Letters.
University of Alaska Fairbanks
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
2009ms132.0152: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Robert A. Schmidtman letters, 1946-1949, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Robert A. Schmidtman (1920-2009) was born in Nishnabotny, Iowa to Carl Schmidtman (1891-1972) and Anna Kahl (b. 1893). His parents owned several rental properties and his father, a German immigrant, worked for the railroad as a riveter. Robert attended the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and worked at Point Barrow during the summers. His senior year at the university he was elected senior class president and later he worked for the US government helping to rebuild the infrastructure on the Japanese island of Okinawa. In 1952, he married Miriam Carlson (1920-2008), and the couple moved to Boothbay Harbor, Maine in 1955, where they raised three 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 Robert A. Schmidtman letters (dated 1946-1949; 0.06 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprise thirteen letters that document the experience of Schmidtman while attending the University of Alaska-Fairbanks post-World War II. The letters were sent home to Schmidtman's parents in Iowa and discuss his summer job in Point Barrow, grades and class performance, social activities, traveling around Alaska, and money concerns for his parents. One letter had three photographs included that show some of the Alaskan scenery and Schmidtman.
The Robert A. Schmidtman 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

Robert A. Schmidtmann letters, 1946-1949

  • Box 236, folder 6-7
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