Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Harry Wilson letters

Abstract

The Harry Wilson letters (dated 1888-1923, bulk 1890-1914; 0.17 cubic feet; 10 folders) comprise letters between Harry Wilson and his family concerning his immigration to America and changes in Scotland due to World War I.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Harry Wilson letters
Creator
Wilson, Harry, 1869-1945
Extent
0.17 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Farm life
Immigrants
Letters.
Women's and gender history
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Sarah Coblentz
Preferred Citation
2009ms132.0014: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Harry Wilson letters, 1888-1923, bulk 1890-1914, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Harry Wilson (1869-1945) immigrated to America from Scotland in 1888.When Harry first came to America, he lived in Chicago, Illinois, and attempted to open his own butcher shop, but his business ultimately failed. In the early twentieth century, he began work as a farmer and named his enterprise Round Top Farm located in Woodstock, Illinois. Harry's sister, Bella Wilson, came to America shortly after he did, but moved back home once Harry married in 1896, as she was no longer needed to help with the housekeeping. His other sister, Nellie Wilson, also lived in America with Harry and Bella for a short amount of time.
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 Harry Wilson letters (dated 1888-1923, bulk 1890-1914; 0.17 cubic feet; 10 folders) comprise letters between Harry Wilson and his family concerning his immigration to America and changes in Scotland due to World War I. The letters highlight the attitudes of an immigrant's family concerning his move to America, farming practices in Scotland, and the changing landscape of Scotland as new technology and mining practices are introduced into the area due to World War I. Gender issues are also highlighted through his relationship with his sisters and their roles as housekeepers in America and his mother dealing with a property claim.
The Harry Wilson 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

Harry Wilson letters, 1888-1890

  • Box 118, folder 13
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Harry Wilson letters, 1891-1893

  • Box 118, folder 14
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Harry Wilson letters, 1894

  • Box 118, folder 15
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Harry Wilson letters, 1895 June-July

  • Box 118, folder 16
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Harry Wilson letters, 1895 August-December

  • Box 118, folder 17
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Harry Wilson letters, 1896-1897

  • Box 118, folder 18
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Harry Wilson letters, 1902-1905

  • Box 118, folder 19
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Harry Wilson letters, 1907-1911

  • Box 118, folder 20
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Harry Wilson letters, 1914-1915

  • Box 118, folder 21
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Harry Wilson letters, 1916-1923

  • Box 118, folder 22
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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.

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