Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Bessie Hand letters

Abstract

The Bessie Hand letters (dated 1924-1952; 0.04 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprise letters between friends and family that document long distance relationships and education in the 1920s.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Bessie Hand letters
Creator
Hand, Bessie, 1910-1984
Extent
0.04 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Courtship
Education
Family.
Love-letters
Arrangement
Collection is arranged alphabetically by recipient. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0114: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Bessie Hand letters, 1924-1952, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Bessie Viola Hand (1910-1984) was born in Louisville, Kentucky to Harry S. Hand (1881-1968), a candy maker, and Daisy Pearl Barnhill (1886-1974). She attended Minor High School in Birmingham, Alabama in the mid-1920s. She eventually married her long-term boyfriend, Roy Lee Browning (1894-1971), who worked as a chauffeur.
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 Bessie Hand letters (dated 1924-1952; 0.04 cubic feet; 2 folders) comprise letters between friends and family that document long distance relationships and education in the 1920s. The majority of the letters are written by Bessie and sent to her boyfriend Roy Lee Browning while she was at school in Birmingham, Alabama and he was living in Louisville, Kentucky. These letters discuss her experiences at school with friends and family that lived nearby along with her longing to be home with him. Additionally, there are a few letters from a friend living in Shanghai, China discussing finishing school and one from her parents saying they are well and looking forward to seeing her.
The Bessie Hand 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

Bessie Hand letters to Roy Lee Browning, 1924-1952

  • Box 86, folder 10
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Letters to Bessie Hand, 1926-1936

  • Box 86, folder 11
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