Papers of the John Wade Kidwell family of West Virginia. Includes funeral and estate records of John Wade and Dessie Christina Judy Kidwell (ca. 1980s-1990s). Also includes photographs, correspondence, artifacts, 8 mm motion picture film, VHS tapes, and blueprints. Photographs depict family vacations (1965-1988), family portraits (ca. 1920s-1980s), and Christmas (1954-1984). Correspondence includes holiday greeting cards (ca. 1940s-1990s). Artifacts include items which belonged to Dessie (ca. 1970s-1980s) and paintings (early 1950s - 1983). Motion picture film and VHS tapes depict family vacations and other events (1950s-1970s). Blueprints depict the family home built in 1978. Also includes binders of material regarding the Kidwell's time in Alexandria, VA and Washington, D.C. (1941); John Wade's work at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (1943-1946); and of John Wade and Dessie's daughter, Carol Jean Kidwell Mullennex (1939-1993). Many items also have accompanying descriptive notes written by Chris Kidwell (ca. 2012).
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5 Linear Feet (Summary: 5 ft. (2 record cartons, 15 in. each); (2 document cases, 2 1/2 in.); (4 document cases, 5 in. each); (1 flat storage box, 1 1/2 in.); (1 flat storage box, 3 1/2 in.))
Papers of the John Wade Kidwell family of West Virginia. Includes funeral and estate records of John Wade and Dessie Christina Judy Kidwell (ca. 1980s-1990s). Also includes photographs (ca. 1920s-1980s), correspondence (ca. 1940s-1990s), artifacts (1950s-1980s), motion pictures (1950s-1970s), and blueprints of family home. Also includes records regarding the Kidwell's time in Alexandria, VA and Washington, D.C. (1941); John Wade's work at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (1943-1946); and daughter Carol Jean Kidwell Mullenex (1939-1993). Addendum of 2013/07/08 includes additional records regarding Carol Jean Kidwell Mullennex. Addendum of 2013/08/02 includes records regarding two of John Wade and Dessie's children, David Lee and Neal (Keith O'Neal) Kidwell, and their families. Addendum of 2014/07/18 includes material regarding the assassination of President Kennedy; Chris Kidwell; and gospel music performances on recorded to VHS tapes. For more information, please see the Scope and Content note.
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