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Austin, Sean - Recipient
1964. 69 letters, 1 postcard. Some letters include enclosures, mostly clippings. There are several loose clippings, perhaps alienated from letters, and two undated letters, one from Vance and one from Dorothy. There are five black-and-white snapshots with typed descriptions, apparently of the Austin's residence in Bogota. This archive consists of 69 letters and 1 postcard, all addressed to Sean Austin during the period September 1963 to May of 1964, when Sean was a student at Lawrence College in Appleton, Wisconsin. 42 letters are from Sean's parents, H. Vance Austin (ca. 1910-1993) and Dorothy Hampton Austin (ca. 1912-1991), and often include salutations to "Pam and Bob," perhaps Sean's siblings. The letters from Vance have extraordinary research value for their political and cultural content.27 of the letters are from Kay Buchholz, a young woman who is a friend of Sean's recount Kay's early months in college in Wisconsin, and provide a portrait of the concerns, attitudes, and activities of a young American woman in the early 1960s. There is one brief letter to Sean, in English and Spanish, from Kathy Chamorro, a young Colombian woman. H. Vance Austin was the Director of the Peace Corps in Colombia, and his letters to his son, usually accompanied by hand-written notes by Mrs. Austin, offer a wealth of detail about a Peace Corps program for establishing economic co-ops, and conditions in Colombia in the early 1960s generally. In a letter of October 20th, 1963 gives some idea of the culture shock he and his wife are experiencing. "If there are speed laws, no one has told the … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Tavistock Books, ABAA [Alameda, CA, U.S.A.]
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