Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Leonard Smith diary

Abstract

The Leonard Smith diary (dated 1885-1894; 0.09 cubic feet; 1 item) comprises one diary that documents the daily life of Ohio farmer Leonard Smith in the last decade of his life in the late nineteenth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Leonard Smith diary
Creator
Smith, Leonard, 1823-1894
Extent
0.09 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Marriage
Farm life
Family.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by subject. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0468: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Leonard Smith diary, 1885-1894, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Leonard Smith (1823-1894) lived on a farm in New Philadelphia, Ohio with his wife Hannah Clift (1836-1904) and their four children; Margaret (1864-1933), Clift (1865-1939), Nancy (1868-1952), and Leonard (1875-1943). No other biographical information available.
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 Leonard Smith diary (dated 1885-1894; 0.09 cubic feet; 1 item) comprises one diary that documents the daily life of Ohio farmer Leonard Smith in the last decade of his life in the late nineteenth century. The entries are very succinct, in them, he wrote about chores completed around the farm, crops planted and harvested, church attendance, the sale of crops, marriages and births, visits from friends and family, and trips taken. The diary is written inside a Methodist Episcopal Church record book which has portions filled out, including lists of potential members, class records, official members, and baptism records.
The Leonard Smith diary 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

Diary, 1885-1894

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