Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Chris Astle letters

Abstract

The Chris Astle letters (dated 1951-1962, bulk 1961-1962; 0.05 cubic feet; 4 folders) comprise letters that document the experiences of an airman stationed at Wheeler Air Force Base in Tripoli, Libya during the early 1960s.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Chris Astle letters
Date
1951-1962 (inclusive)
1961-1962 (bulk)
Creator
Astle, Chris, 1941-
Extent
0.05 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962
Correspondence.
Military bases.
Soldiers -- Correspondence
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
2009ms132.0067: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: Chris Astle letters, 1951-1962, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Christopher A. Astle, Jr (b. 1940) was born in Virginia to Christopher Astle, Sr. (b. 1916) and Martha Bristow (1919-2003). He was an bookkeeper in the U.S. Air Force stationed at Wheeler Air Force Base in Tripoli, Libya from January 1961 to December 1962.
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 Chris Astle letters (dated 1951-1962, bulk 1961-1962; 0.05 cubic feet; 4 folders) comprise letters that document the experiences of an airman stationed at Wheeler Air Force Base in Tripoli, Libya during the early 1960s. The letters are from Chris Astle to his parents and they discuss religion, his love interests, daily duties as a bookkeeper, commentary on Libyan culture, and his sightseeing trips. One particular letter details the reactions of the base during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962 and their preparations for war.
The Chris Astle 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
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

Chris Astle letters, 1951-1961 September

  • Box 1, folder 17
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Chris Astle letters, 1961 October-December

  • Box 1, folder 18
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Chris Astle letters, 1962 January-June

  • Box 1, folder 19
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Chris Astle letters, 1962 July-December

  • Box 1, folder 20
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