Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Emily McDowell papers

Abstract

The Emily McDowell papers (dated 1838-1873; 0.32 cubic feet; 1 box) comprise receipts, depositions, and legal papers that document the proceedings that found her insane and the costs and legal requirements associated with caring for a person decreed insane.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Emily McDowell papers
Creator
McDowell, Woodford, 1808-1890
Extent
0.32 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Legal documents.
Mental illness
Mentally ill -- Care -- Kentucky.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically. The Wade Hall Collection of American Letters has been processed into discrete collections based on provenance.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0078: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Emily McDowell papers, 1838-1873, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Emily McDowell, born ca. 1800, in Bullitt County, Kentucky was the daughter of John McDowell (1764-1838) and sister to Woodford McDowell (1808-1890). In 1838, she was declared insane by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, had the finding rescinded in 1840, and then was reinstated in 1844 until her death. She spent the rest of her life under the care of her brother, Woodford, who was chosen to manage her and her assets.
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 Emily McDowell papers (dated 1838-1873; 0.32 cubic feet; 1 box) comprise receipts, depositions, and legal papers that document the proceedings that found her insane and the costs and legal requirements associated with caring for a person decreed insane. The majority of the papers consist of depositions from creditors and reports from caretaker, Woodford McDowell, that detail the cost associated with caring for Emily and maintaining her property and assets.
The Emily McDowell 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

Cost of care, undated

  • Box 43, folder 1
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Receipts, 1840-1871

  • Box 43, folder 2
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Deposition and appointment of caretaker, 1838-1844

  • Box 43, folder 3
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Settlement of accounts, 1846-1847

  • Box 43, folder 4
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Legal agreements, 1848-1850

  • Box 43, folder 5
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Costs incurred by Emily McDowell, 1854-1856

  • Box 43, folder 6
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Chancery documents, 1857-1859

  • Box 43, folder 7
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Account balances, 1860-1865

  • Box 43, folder 8
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Annual reports of care, 1871

  • Box 43, folder 9-10
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Deposition, 1871

  • Box 43, folder 11
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Settlement documents, 1872-1873

  • Box 43, 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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