Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: James Able railroad time book

Abstract

The James Able railroad time book (dated 1912-1913; 0.04 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises a time book that documents the hours worked by James Able while working as a fireman on the Louisville & Nashville Railroad in Kentucky in the early 1910s.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: James Able railroad time book
Creator
Able, James, 1889-1974
Extent
0.04 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Hours of labor
Locomotive firemen
Railroad companies -- United States.
Railroads -- Employees -- Hours of service
Railroads -- Kentucky.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0213: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: James Able railroad time book, 1912-1913, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
James Paul Able (1889-1974) was born in Elizabethtown, Kentucky to Frank Able and Mary Lamb. The family shortly moved to Lebanon Junction, Kentucky, and by 1910, James was working as a fireman for the Louisville and Nashville Railroad. In 1912, he married Mamie Newman (b. 1888).
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 Able railroad time book (dated 1912-1913; 0.04 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises a time book that documents the hours worked by James Able while working as a fireman on the Louisville & Nashville Railroad in Kentucky in the early 1910s. The entries keep track of Able's working hours, who was engineer on the train, distance traveled, and time taken for the trip. There are little notes on the margins on the pages about Able and his family, including a notation in the log book for the day of his wedding.
The James Able Railroad time book 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
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

Railroad time book, 1912-1913

  • Box 263, folder 5
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