Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Emma C. Kenzer letters

Abstract

The Emma C. Kenzer letters (dated 1908-1910; 0.1 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprise twenty-one love letters that document the long-distance relationship between Emma and her fiancée where she lived and worked in Evansville, Indiana, and where he lived and worked in Louisville, Kentucky.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Emma C. Kenzer letters
Creator
Kenzer, Emma C.
Extent
0.1 Cubic Feet
Subjects
African Americans -- Kentucky -- Louisville
African Americans.
Courtship
Letters.
Love-letters
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
2009ms132.0085: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Emma C. Kenzer letters, 1908-1910, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Emma C. Kenzer, an African American woman, was from Louisville, Kentucky, but worked at the Majestic Theatre in Evansville, Indiana. She was engaged to William H. Kenzer (1881-1942) of Louisville, Kentucky who worked as a cleaner and presser at American Dye Works and they married around 1910. In 1930 Emma appears in the California census as a domestic aid for a white family and is listed a widow, however William is listed in Kentucky's 1930 census as a widower too.
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 Emma C. Kenzer letters (dated 1908-1910; 0.1 cubic feet; 3 folders) comprise twenty-one love letters that document the long-distance relationship between Emma and her fiancée where she lived and worked in Evansville, Indiana, and where he lived and worked in Louisville, Kentucky. The letters discuss her sending money back to family in Louisville, working at the theatre, and her love for William.
The Emma C. Kenzer 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

Emma C. Kenzer letters, 1908

  • Box 41, folder 9
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Emma C. Kenzer letters, 1909

  • Box 41, folder 10
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Emma C. Kenzer letters, 1910

  • Box 41, folder 11
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