HALL, WADE HENRY, 1934-2015


University professor; collector; philanthropist. Born– February 2, 1934, Union Springs. Parents– Wade and Sarah (Waters) Hall. Education– Troy State College, B.S., 1953; University of Alabama, M.A. 1957; University of Illinois, Ph.D., 1961. Served in U.S. Army, 1954-1956. High school English teacher, Opp, Al., 1953-54; taught at University of Illinois, 1957-1961; University of Florida, 1961-1962; Kentucky Southern College, Louisville,  1962-69; Bellarmine College,  chair of the Department of English and the Division of the Humanities, 1969-88 . Contributed to many professional journals and anthologies. Collected books, manuscripts, and artifacts of Southern Culture; established the Wade Hall Collection of Southern History and Culture at the University of Alabama. Member, American Studies Association, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Kappa Delta Pi, and Phi Kappa Phi. Died September 25, 2015.


Contemporary Authors online; obituary


Conecuh People:  Words of Life from the Alabama Black Belt.

Greetings from Kentucky: A Post Card Tour, 1900-1950. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1988.

Hell-Bent for Music: The Life of Pee-Wee King.  Lexington:  University Press of Kentucky, 1996.

The High Limb; Poems. Louisville, Ky.; Poetry Press, 1973.

High upon a Hill:  A History of Bellarmine College.  Louisville:  Bellarmine College Press, 1999.

James Still:  Portrait of the Artist as a Boy in Alabama.  King Library Press, 1998.

One Man’s Lincoln:  Billy Herndon (Honestly) Represents Abe.  Kentucky Humanities Council, 1998.

Outrageous Times of Larry Bruce Mitchell.  Montgomery, Al.:  New South Books, 2002.

Reflections of the Civil War in Southern Humor. Gainesville, Fla.; University of Florida Press, 1962.

Rest of the Dream; the Black Odyssey of Lyman Johnson. Lexington, Ky.; University of Kentucky, 1988.

The Smiling Phoenix; Southern Humor from 1865 to 1914. Gainesville, Fla.; University of Florida Press, 1965.

The Truth Is Funny:  A Study of Jesse Stuart’s Humor.  Indiana Council of Teachers of English, 1972.

A Visit with Harlan Hubbard.  University of Kentucky Libraries, 1996.

Waters of Life from Conecuh Ridge:  The Clyde May Story.  Montgomery, Al.:  New South Books, 2003.


Holy Boldness:  Public Prayers of Donald J. Burke.  Louisville:  Highland Baptist Church, 1980.

Kentucky Anthology:  Two Hundred Years of Writing in the Bluegrass State.  University Press of Kentucky, 2005.

The Kentucky Book. Louisville, Ky.; Courier-Journal & Louisville Times Co., 1979.

Never Less than Love; Poems, by Joy Bale. Louisville, Ky.; Kentucky Poetry Press, 1973.

Passing for Black: The Life and Careers of Mae Street Kidd.  University Press of Kentucky, 1997.

The Rest of the Dream: The Black Odyssey of Lyman Johnson.  Lexington:  University Press of Kentucky, 1988.

This Place Kentucky. Louisville, Ky.; Courier-Journal, 1975.


Greetings from Alabama: A pictorial history in vintage postcards.  Montgomery:  NewSouth Press, 2016.


Sacred Violence: A Reader’s Companion to Carmac McCarthy:  Selected Essays from the First McCarthy Conference, Bellarmine College, Louisville, Kentucky, October 15-17, 1993.  El Paso:  Texas Western Press, 1995; second edition, 2002.


A collection of papers of Wade Hall is held by the Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama.