Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Briggs family letters

Abstract

The Briggs family letters (dated 1847-1868; 0.22 cubic feet; 16 folders) comprise letters to William Briggs and his sister Mary, from extended relatives and friends that document life leading up to and during the Civil War.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Briggs family letters
Extent
0.22 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Reconstruction (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
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
2009ms132.0043: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Briggs family letters, 1847-1868, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Mary S. Briggs (1839-1932) was born to Thomas E. Briggs (1798-1874) and Rosanna Kellogg (1804-1874) in Strykersville, New York. She had at least one brother, William, who died suddenly of an illness in 1857. On June 28, 1862, Mary married Sidney Allen Case (1840-1919), who served with New York's Company C, 1st Dragoons Regiment. They had three children together: Elfie (1866-1941), Nora (1869-1938), and Maude (1876-1928).
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 Briggs family letters (dated 1847-1868; 0.22 cubic feet; 16 folders) comprise letters to William Briggs and his sister Mary, from extended relatives and friends that document life leading up to and during the Civil War. The bulk of the letters were written during the Civil War and revealed the opinions of northern women who were left alone when their husbands were either drafted or volunteered to fight for the Union. They discuss conditions of hospitals and soldiers, the need to fight the Slave Power, and the aftermath of President Lincoln's assassination. The letters also concern issues affecting women in the nineteenth century, including leaving abusive husbands, fear of not finding a husband, and how migration westward and homesteading caused families to be separated.
The Briggs 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 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

Briggs family letters, 1847-1848

  • Box 139, folder 11
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Briggs family letters, 1850

  • Box 139, folder 12
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Briggs family letters, 1851

  • Box 139, folder 13
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Briggs family letters, 1852-1853

  • Box 139, folder 14
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Briggs family letters, 1855-1856

  • Box 139, folder 15
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Briggs family letters, 1857

  • Box 139, folder 16
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Briggs family letters, 1858

  • Box 139, folder 17
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Briggs family letters, 1859

  • Box 139, folder 18
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Briggs family letters, 1860

  • Box 139, folder 19
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Briggs family letters, 1861

  • Box 139, folder 20
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Briggs family letters, 1862

  • Box 139, folder 21
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Briggs family letters, 1863

  • Box 139, folder 22
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Briggs family letters, 1864

  • Box 139, folder 23
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Briggs family letters, 1865

  • Box 139, folder 24
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Briggs family letters, 1866-1868

  • Box 139, folder 25
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Briggs family letters, undated

  • Box 139, folder 26
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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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