Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: French prisoner of war letters

Abstract

The French prisoner of war letters (dated 1915-1916; 0.025 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises three letters from French soldiers Francois Astier and Georges Legaud who were prisoners of war in German camps during World War I.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: French prisoner of war letters
Date
1915-1916 (inclusive)
Creator
Astier, Francois
Extent
0.025 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Families.
Correspondence.
French language.
World War, 1914-1918.
Prisoners of war.
Prisoners of war -- Germany
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
2009ms132.0677: [identification of item], Wade Hall Collection of American Letters: French prisoner of war letters, 1915-1916, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
The two French soldiers are Francois Astier and Georges Legaud, who both served in World War I and ended up in German prisoner of war camps. Georges was at a camp in Würzburg and Francois was at a camp in Grafenwöhr. No other biographical information available.
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 French prisoner of war letters (dated 1915-1916; 0.025 cubic feet; 1 folder) comprises three letters from French soldiers Francois Astier and Georges Legaud who were prisoners of war in German camps during World War I. The letters are written in French, Astier writes to his parents and Georges writes to a female friend.
The French prisoner of war letters collection is 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
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

French prisoner of war letters, 1915-1916

  • Box WH-69, folder 4
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