Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Lynn family letters

Abstract

The Lynn family letters (dated 1862-1899; 0.24 cubic feet; 12 folders) comprise letters and newspaper clippings that document the Lynn family members and their day-to-day lives in the second half of the 19th century while residing in Illinois.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Lynn family letters
Extent
0.24 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Child rearing
Correspondence.
Family.
Gossip.
Health
Letters.
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
Hanna Rumbarger
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0417: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Lynn family letters, 1862-1899, undated, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The Lynn family of Marshall, Illinois consisted of grandparents Joel Lynn and Jane Ann Lynn (née Finch), children Flora Lynn, John Lynn and Maggie Lynn. Maggie Archer (née Lynn) married John R. Archer; they had a daughter named Frankie Archer. The Lynns lived in Marshall, Illinois during the late part of the 19th century. 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 Lynn family letters (dated 1862-1899; 0.24 cubic feet; 12 folders) comprise letters and newspaper clippings that document the Lynn family members and their day-to-day lives in the second half of the 19th century while residing in Illinois. The collection contains many letters from Maggie Archer to her mother Jane Ann Lynn. These letters discuss daily life, other family members, and wishes of good health. The collection also includes letters to Maggie's siblings, John Lynn and Flora Lynn. The siblings write to one another frequently about their marriages, children, and gossip about neighbors and the town.
The Lynn family 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

Catherine Maryman to Jane Lynn, 1868

  • Box WH-25, folder 1
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Rebecca Finch to Jane Lynn, 1878-1885

  • Box WH-25, folder 2
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Agnes Adams to Cousin James, 1870, undated

  • Box WH-25, folder 3
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Louise Cole letters, 1879-1887

  • Box WH-25, folder 4
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Letters to Flora Lynn, 1891-1899

  • Box WH-25, folder 5
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Letters to Joel Lynn, 1862-1868, undated

  • Box WH-25, folder 6
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Letters to John Lynn, 1873-1874

  • Box WH-25, folder 7
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Frankie Archer to Jane Lynn, 1873-1884

  • Box WH-25, folder 8
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Maggie Archer to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Finch, 1876-1877

  • Box WH-25, folder 9
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Maggie Archer to Jane Lynn, 1872-1878

  • Box WH-25, folder 10
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Maggie Archer to Jane Lynn, 1881-1889

  • Box WH-25, folder 11
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Maggie Archer to Jane Lynn, 1890-1894, undated

  • Box WH-25, folder 12
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Researchers are required to have an SCRC Researcher Account in order to request or order digital copies of materials. Research Account set-up and use instructions can be found at: http://libguides.uky.edu/SCRCaccount

If you are visiting the Breckinridge Research Room, please request materials at least 48 business hours in advance of your arrival.

For all other questions, contact us at: https://libraries.uky.edu/ContactSCRC.

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