Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Frances Hankins letters

Abstract

The Frances Hankins letters (dated 1922-1938, bulk 1927-1928; 0.3 cubic feet; 11 folders) comprise correspondence to Frances from friends, family, and students that document family life, the stress of finding employment, and the pressure to get married.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Frances Hankins letters
Creator
Hankins, Frances, 1905-1972
Extent
0.3 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Female friendship -- United States.
Letters.
Pennsylvania
Universities and colleges -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Women teachers.
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
2009ms132.0035: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Frances Hankins letters, 1922-1938, bulk 1927-1928, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Frances Hankins (1905-1972), of Milford, Pennsylvania, was the daughter of Nathaniel R. (1872-1937) and Loie Calkins Hankins (1876-1969). Frances was a public school teacher in Milford, PA and lived in a boarding house as well as at her parent's home. Her younger sister, Ruth (1906-1989), followed her example and was a teacher as well.
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 Frances Hankins letters (dated 1922-1938, bulk 1927-1928; 0.3 cubic feet; 11 folders) comprise correspondence to Frances from friends, family, and students that document family life, the stress of finding employment, and the pressure to get married. Many of the letters are from former female college friends discussing life after college. Others are from her mother complaining about her father's inability to keep steady work and warning Frances to not jump into marriage. The collection offers insight into the lives of female schoolteachers and entertainment they pursued outside of work.
The Frances Hankins 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

Frances Hankins letters, 1922

  • Box 119, folder 9
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Frances Hankins letters, 1927 September

  • Box 119, folder 10
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Frances Hankins letters, 1927 October

  • Box 119, folder 11
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Frances Hankins letters, 1927 November-December

  • Box 119, folder 12
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Frances Hankins letters, 1928 January

  • Box 119, folder 13
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Frances Hankins letters, 1928 February

  • Box 119, folder 14
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Frances Hankins letters, 1928 March

  • Box 132, folder 1
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Frances Hankins letters, 1928 April

  • Box 132, folder 2
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Frances Hankins letters, 1928 May

  • Box 132, folder 3
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Frances Hankins letters, 1928 September

  • Box 132, folder 4
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Frances Hankins letters, 1938, undated

  • Box 132, folder 5
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Researchers are required to have an SCRC Researcher Account in order to request or order digital copies of materials. Research Account set-up and use instructions can be found at: http://libguides.uky.edu/SCRCaccount

If you are visiting the Breckinridge Research Room, please request materials at least 48 business hours in advance of your arrival.

For all other questions, contact us at: https://libraries.uky.edu/ContactSCRC.

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