Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Rowland Green Railey letters

Abstract

The Rowland G. Railey letters (dated 1887-1938; 1.8 cubic feet; 4 boxes) comprise letters that document farming practices and responses to personal advertisements at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Rowland Green Railey letters
Creator
Railey, Rowland Green, 1868-1932
Extent
1.8 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Education, Rural -- Kentucky.
Law -- Kentucky.
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
2009ms132.0097: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Rowland G. Railey letters, 1887-1932, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Rowland Green Railey (1868-1932) was born in Monroe County, Kentucky to Anthony Jett Railey (1843-1929) and Adalade Gum (1849-1933). After completing his primary education, in 1889 he attended the State College of Kentucky. He completed his degree at Southern Normal School in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1892, and in 1893 graduated from Northern Indiana Normal University in Valparaiso with honors in Columbian Classical Class. Among his professional pursuits, he taught school in Kentucky, was principal of Summer Shade Normal School (1891) and Horse Cave Normal School (1895), elected Circuit Clerk of Monroe County, Kentucky in 1897, and elected in 1900 as a member of Monroe County Republican Executive Committee. He was also a lawyer who practiced general law, and a farmer who grew ginseng and other herbs.
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 Rowland G. Railey letters (dated 1887-1938; 1.8 cubic feet; 4 boxes) comprise letters that document farming practices and responses to personal advertisements at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries. The majority of the letters are responses to personal advertisements that Railey put in newspapers seeking either romantic interests or pen pals; the letters often contain physical descriptions of the women respondents as well as local news. There are other letters discussing the purchase of orange groves and tracts of land, sale of crops, and legal matters. Additionally, there are some letters in the collection which are addressed to Railey's brother, Ollie Luther Railey.
The Rowland G. Railey 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

Rowland Green Railey letters, 1887

  • Box 54, folder 1
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1890-1891

  • Box 54, folder 2
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1894-1896

  • Box 54, folder 3
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1898

  • Box 54, folder 4
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1899

  • Box 54, folder 5
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1900

  • Box 54, folder 6
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1901

  • Box 54, folder 7
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1902

  • Box 54, folder 8
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1903

  • Box 54, folder 9
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1904

  • Box 54, folder 10
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1905

  • Box 54, folder 11
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1906

  • Box 54, folder 12-13
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1907

  • Box 54, folder 14-15
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1908

  • Box 55, folder 1-3
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1909

  • Box 55, folder 4-7
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1910

  • Box 55, folder 8-11
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1911

  • Box 55, folder 12-14
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1914

  • Box 56, folder 1
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1915-1917

  • Box 56, folder 2
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1918

  • Box 56, folder 3
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1919

  • Box 56, folder 4-6
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1920

  • Box 56, folder 7-8
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1921

  • Box 56, folder 9-10
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1922

  • Box 56, folder 11-13
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1923

  • Box 57, folder 1
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1924

  • Box 57, folder 2
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1925

  • Box 57, folder 3
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1926

  • Box 57, folder 4
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1927

  • Box 57, folder 5
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1928

  • Box 57, folder 6
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1929

  • Box 57, folder 7
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1930

  • Box 57, folder 8
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1931-1932

  • Box 57, folder 9
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Rowland Green Railey letters, 1933-1938

  • Box 57, folder 10
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Rowland Green Railey letters, undated

  • Box 57, folder 11-12
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