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Guide to the Ashby and Keifer Family Papers MSS.2638

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

March 2014

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-21T09:44-0500

Language Usage:

English

Description Rules:

Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Collection Title:

Ashby and Keifer Family Papers

Unit ID:

MSS.2638

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

1.0 linear foot

Dates:

1883-1971

Abstract:

The collection contains personal and business correspondence from different members of the Ashby and Kiefer families primarily providing news of daily life from those employed in sales and farming in and around Kentucky and Indiana.

Processing Information:

Processed by

Processed by Amanda Haldy, 2009; revised by Erin Schmidt, 2011

Acquisition Information:

Gift of Wade Hall, 2006.

Preferred Citation:

Ashby and Keifer Family Papers, W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library, The University of Alabama.

Biographical/Historical note

George R. Ashby, son of Isaac Ashby, worked for many years as a window dresser and notions salesman in Hambleton. He married Florence Keifer circa 1899, and they had two children, George A. Ashby and Ruth Ashby, who died in her youth. He became a furniture salesman for the Loeb Company and flourished in that position, being described in his obituary as a "prominent businessman" of Henderson, Kentucky. He died circa 1924 from an unidentified illness.

George R. Ashby was preceded in death by his brother, John Chris Ashby, who was an agricultural laborer. Their younger sister, Sallie Sandefur, was married to a miner.

After his father's death, George A. Ashby continued to live with his mother, Florence, her only companion and assistant as she gradually lost her eyesight. Florence outlived her brother, Herman, sister-in-law, Annie, and sister, Lena Oman, who moved to Washington state circa 1930 and rarely (if ever) saw her family members again.

George A. Ashby's sweetheart of 13 years, Esther, married another man. During World War II, he and his mother provided aid and support to German relatives and friends living in Lasfelde, Kaiserslautern and Bonn.

Access Restrictions:

None

Scope and Contents note

The collection primarily contains correspondence from members of the Ashby and Kiefer families. The family members worked in middle and low income positions in dry goods retail and farming, and most lived in or around Henderson, Kentucky, and Evansville, Indiana.

The letters from the 19th century are primarily love letters, friendly gossip and news traded among family members. The early 20th century letters focus more on family-oriented information. During World War II, George Albert Ashby and his mother, Florence (Keifer) Ashby, corresponded and sent clothing and food to friends and relations in Germany. Most of the incoming correspondences dating from this period are written in German with an accompanying English translation. Post-World War II papers are few and are primarily made up of miscellaneous family correspondence, solicitation mail, and notes from friends.

ISAAC ASHBY, 1890-96 Box 2638.01 Folder 1

ALICE (nee ASHBY) WOOD CROWLEY, 1894 Box 2638.01 Folder 2

JOHN CHRIS ASHBY CORRESPONDENCE Series:

Scope and Contents note

The series contains outgoing and incoming correspondence dating from 1889-1893.

Components in Detail

Outgoing - 1891-92 Box 2638.01 Folder 3

Incoming - Adell, 1892 Box 2638.01 Folder 4

Incoming - Sylvester & Villa Brown, 1891-93 Box 2638.01 Folder 5

Incoming - Miscellaneous, 1889-92 Box 2638.01 Folder 6

GEORGE R. ASHBY CORRESPONDENCE Series:

Scope and Contents note

The series contains outgoing and incoming personal and business correspondence dating from 1883-1937.

Components in Detail

Outgoing - 1892-1924 Box 2638.01 Folder 7

Incoming, Personal - E.T. Ashby, 1890-91 Box 2638.01 Folder 8

Incoming, Personal - James Timmons, 1895-99 Box 2638.01 Folder 9

Incoming, Personal - Fey & Trilby, 1896 Box 2638.01 Folder 10

Incoming, Personal - Florence White, 1896-99 Box 2638.01 Folder 11

Incoming, Personal - Lucille, 1896 Box 2638.01 Folder 12

Incoming, Personal - Hattie Mae Hackett, 1898-99 Box 2638.01 Folder 13

Incoming, Personal - Miscellaneous, 1883-1937 Box 2638.01 Folder 14

Incoming, Business - Miscellaneous, 1893-1919 Box 2638.01 Folder 15

SALLIE (nee ASHBY) SANDEFUR CORRESPONDENCE Series:

Scope and Contents note

The series contains outgoing and incoming correspondence dating from 1888-1916.

Components in Detail

Outgoing, 1888-1916 Box 2638.01 Folder 16

Incoming, 1913 Box 2638.01 Folder 17

FLORENCE (nee KEIFER) ASHBY Series:

Scope and Contents note

The series contains outgoing and incoming correspondence dating from 1895-1971, as well as a calling card, funeral notice, and tax assessors receipts.

Components in Detail

Outgoing - George R. Ashby, 1897-1924 Box 2638.02 Folder 1

Outgoing - Keifer Sisters, 1904-47 Box 2638.02 Folder 2

Incoming - Cousin Louise, Neice Martha, 1895-1924 Box 2638.02 Folder 3

Incoming - Kate Hicks, Snapshots, 1910-63 Box 2638.02 Folder 4

Incoming - Niece Lee, 1932-36 Box 2638.02 Folder 5

Incoming - Miscellaneous, 1895-1971 Box 2638.02 Folder 6

Miscellaneous Box 2638.02 Folder 7

LENA (nee KEIFER) OMAN CORRESPONDENCE Series:

Scope and Contents note

The series contains outgoing and incoming correspondence dating from 1910-1947.

Components in Detail

Outgoing - Florence (nee Keifer) Ashby, 1919-47 Box 2638.02 Folder 8

Outgoing - Miscellaneous, 1910-1935 Box 2638.02 Folder 9

Incoming - Bertha (nee Keifer), 1936-43 Box 2638.02 Folder 10

Incoming - Niece Margaret, 1936-47 Box 2638.02 Folder 11

Incoming - Annie Keifer, 1942-46 Box 2638.02 Folder 12

Incoming - Louis and Dena Keifer, 1943 Box 2638.02 Folder 13

Incoming - Miscellaneous, 1936-47 Box 2638.02 Folder 14

GEORGE A. ASHBY Series:

Scope and Contents note

The series contains outgoing and incoming correspondence dating from 1910-1950, as well as a photograph of Ashby, various receipts, and envelopes.

Components in Detail

Outgoing Correspondence, 1920-1921 Box 2638.02 Folder 15

Incoming - Housemann Family (Lasfelde), 1920-49 Box 2638.02 Folder 16

Incoming - Messing Family (Kaiserslautern), 1948-50 Box 2638.03 Folder 1

Incoming - Heimbach and Gruelich (Bonn), 1948 Box 2638.03 Folder 2

Incoming - Esther, 1927-40 (1 of 2) Box 2638.03 Folder 3

Incoming - Esther, 1927-40 (2 of 2) Box 2638.03 Folder 4

Miscellaneous Box 2638.03 Folder 5

Ruth Ashby Box 2638.03 Folder 6

Miscellaneous Box 2638.03 Folder 7