Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Dennis M. Valentine papers

Abstract

The Dennis M. Valentine papers (dated 1967-1969, bulk 1968-1969; 0.3 cubic feet; 10 folders) comprise letters from his parents documenting the protest movements in the U.S. during the Vietnam War as well as commentary on race riots and the shooting of Robert F. Kennedy.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Dennis M. Valentine papers
Creator
Valentine, Dennis M.
Extent
0.3 Cubic Feet
Subjects
African Americans -- Civil rights.
Illinois
Letters.
Riots -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged by format.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0026: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Dennis M. Valentine papers, 1967-1969, bulk 1968-1969, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Dennis M. Valentine was born to Palmer and Lillian Valentine in Aurora, Illinois. Valentine enlisted in the United States Army in 1967. He was stationed at Fort Sill, Oklahoma from 1967-1969, and discharged in 1969. Valentine served as a private and his unit never deployed to Vietnam.
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 Dennis M. Valentine papers (dated 1967-1969, bulk 1968-1969; 0.30 cubic feet; 10 folders) comprise letters from his parents documenting the protest movements in the U.S. during the Vietnam War as well as commentary on race riots and the shooting of Robert F. Kennedy. Lillian Valentine's letters highlighted the way the protest spirit spread across age groups, noting that high school students were protesting and demanding the removal of certain teachers and administrators in Illinois. These letters offer insight into a conservative opinion of the radicalization of youth and the Vietnam War.
The Dennis M. Valentine papers 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

Dennis M. Valentine letters, 1967-1969

  • Box 122, folder 1-9
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Dennis M. Valentine army documents, 1967-1969

  • Box 122, folder 10
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