Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Alice B. Tibbetts letters

Abstract

The Alice B. Tibbetts letters (dated 1903-1926, undated; 0.12 cubic feet; 5 folders) comprise letters that document the relationship between Alice Tibbetts and her mother, Louise Baltzell, and their daily lives in Nebraska, Washington, and California in the early twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Alice B. Tibbetts letters
Creator
Tibbetts, Alice B., 1870-1957
Extent
0.12 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Children
Correspondence.
Family.
Friendship.
Health
Letters.
Moving, Household
Travel.
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
2009ms132.0335: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Alice B. Tibbetts letters, 1903-1926, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Alice B. Tibbetts née Baltzell (1870-1957) was born in Iowa to John K. Baltzell (1840-1897) and Louise McCarty (1840-1922). In 1896, Alice married Urville T. Tibbetts (1870-1947); together the couple had two children – John (1901-1915) and Helen (1899-1989). After their marriage, the couple moved to Snohomish, Washington and lived there until the 1920s when the couple moved to Los Angeles, California. They resided in California for the remainder of their lives.
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 Alice B. Tibbetts letters (dated 1903-1926, undated; 0.12 cubic feet; 5 folders) comprise letters that document the relationship between Alice Tibbetts and her mother, Louise Baltzell, and their daily lives in Nebraska, Washington, and California in the early twentieth century. The letters from Alice to her mother discuss a trip home from Oregon with her husband and children, sewing herself a new dress, her concern over her mother experiencing a tornado, her health and the health of her children, and visiting extended relatives. Other letters to Louise come from Alice's husband, Urville, an insurance man, and friends, which discuss payments on insurance policies, renting out some property, and the health of Louise's grandchildren who are receiving specialized care in San Diego. Alice and Urville's daughter, Helen, receives two letters from a friend which discuss receiving and sending gifts, personal health, and the activities of her children.
The Alice B. Tibbetts 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 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

Alice Tibbetts to mother Louise Baltzell, 1903-1914, undated

  • Box WH-13, folder 6
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Partial letters from Alice Tibbetts, undated

  • Box WH-13, folder 7
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Letters to Louise Baltzell, 1904-1908

  • Box WH-13, folder 8
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Norma Wirtz to Helen [Ramaley?], 1926

  • Box WH-13, folder 9
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General letters, 1905, undated

  • Box WH-13, folder 10
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