Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Monna Rogers letters

Abstract

The Monna Rogers letters (dated 1910-1955, undated; 0.27 cubic feet; 6 folders) comprise letters that document the personal and religious life of Monna Rogers and other family members in Ohio in the first half of the twentieth century.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Monna Rogers letters
Creator
Rogers, Monna M., 1895-1977
Extent
0.27 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Holiness churches -- Clergy.
Women clergy.
Women in church work.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged 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
2009ms132.0560: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Monna Rogers letters, 1910-1955, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Monna Rogers (1895-1977) was born in Genoa, Ohio to Henry Rogers (1860-1910) and Laura Meeker (1862-1934). She had two older siblings, Leonard (1884-1964) and Edna Grace (1892-1987). Monna worked as a teacher and Holiness Reverend, working within Wesleyan-Methodist denominations in Ohio. She never married and remained in Ohio her entire life.
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 Monna Rogers letters (dated 1910-1955, undated; 0.27 cubic feet; 6 folders) comprise letters that document the personal and religious life of Monna Rogers and other family members in Ohio in the first half of the twentieth century. The majority of the collection consists of letters to Monna from friends and colleagues, discussing church, prayer, personal health, missionary work, fundraising efforts, travel, and daily life. Monna also received a number of letters from her friend Mabel; they discuss Mabel's issues with relatives attempting to steal her inheritance, the removal of a tumor from Mabel's head, instances where she is brutally assaulted by people, the growth of a second tumor in her brain, the efforts of people to catch the relatives who stole from Mabel, court trials for the thieves and assaulters, a physical altercation between Mabel and her companion, and the difficulties of Mabel returning to her faithrs.
The Monna Rogers 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

Letters to Grace Rogers Love, 1910-1922, 1940-1955

  • Box WH-46, folder 1
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Letters to Laura Rogers, 1916-1925

  • Box WH-46, folder 2
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Mabel Bowersmith and Jeptah T. letters to Monna Rogers, 1936-1942

  • Box WH-46, folder 3-4
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Letters to Monna Rogers, 1935-1936

  • Box WH-46, folder 5
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Letters to Monna Rogers, 1941-1943, undated

  • Box WH-46, folder 6
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