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Duane Keele Collection

 Collection
Identifier: CA041-86

Scope and Content

This collections contains correspondence, memoranda, forms, manuals, booklets, newsletters, log books, ephemera, scrapbooks, clippings, articles, charts, audio tapes, moving images, and photographs that were collected and/or created by Duane Keele during his career with Air America. The Duane Keele Collection is housed in two manuscript boxes of various sizes totaling 0.6 linear ft.

The collection arrived in fair condition and was initially processed with only a container list as description. Due to a change of the content management system, further description proved to be necessary.

Box 1, Folder 1 contains correspondence, memoranda, and forms exchanged between Air America, Inc. as employer and Duane Keele as employee.

Folder 2 contains a Personnel Manual for American Employees to support new employees in their new environment.

Folder 3 contains a booklet Air America, Inc. Udorn, Thailand, American Personnel to support new employees in their new environement.

Folder 4 contains correspondence, drafts, articles, and ephemera in relation to the establishment of the Far East Pilots Association (FEPA).

Folder 5 contains the official publication of the Far East Piltos Association (FEPA).

Folder 6 contains Keele's pilot's log books.

Folder 7 contains information about cultural life in Southeast Asia.

Folder 8 contains ephemera from Laos and Thailand.

Folder 9 contains a safe conduct pass for downed American pilots in a combat zone in English and a Southeast Asian language.

Folder 10 contains various propaganda leaflets in a Southeast Asian language.

Folder 11 and 12 contain operational manuals for the Sikorsky UH 34D helicopter.

Folder 12 contains a Joint Operations Graphic (Air) map for Laos.

Folder 13 contains clippings and articles about Air America in Southeast Asia.

Box 2, Folder 1 and 2 contain DVDs vol 1-12 of Reunion scrapbooks, whose original are at The Vietnam Archives of Texas Tech University.

Folder 3 contains an article about foreign affairs in Southeast Asia.

Folder 4 contains images from a group of people being greeted by Air America personnel, landscapes, aerial views, buildings, and a wounded person on a stretcher.

Folder 5 contains three mini audio cassette tapes containing interviews with Link Luckett and Clif Hendriyx (tape no. 1); Wright and Straback (tape no. 2); Jeffries and Joseph F. Kerch, (tape no. 3); and June and David Crowell (tape no. 4); the Super 8 moving film depicts landscaps of Laos, aerial views of Pakse, and Mekong River, street scences of Udorn, family, and buildings (item no. 5); and one travel kit from JAL Airlines.

Scrapbook 7 and 8 contain clippings about Air America and Southesast Asia.

Dates

  • 1968 - 1973
  • Majority of material found within 1968 - 1971

Language of Materials

Collection is in English.

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection are open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish material from this collection in any form, current or future, must be obtained from the Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Biographical Sketch

Milton Duane Keele was a Captain for rotor wing aircraft for Air America in Udorn, Thailand from May 29, 1968 through December 31, 1973, when he separated from the company.

He flew extensively in Laos and was also active in the Far East Pilots Association (FEPA).

Sources

Source
Jerry Fink Collection, Air America Roster, Folder 1, Box 32, History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas.

Extent

0.6 Linear Feet (One manuscript box and one half-size manuscript box)

Abstract

Milton Duane Keele was a Captain for rotor wing aircraft for Air America in Udorn, Thailand from May 29, 1968 through December 31, 1973, when he separated from the company.

Series Description

The archivist kept the original organization intact without any further arrangement.

Provenance Statement

The Duane Keele Collection was donated to the History of Aviation Archives, Special Collections and Archives Division, Eugene McDermott Library, The University of Texas at Dallas, by Duane Keele in multiple accessions from 1986 through 2005.

Additional Sources

Additional information can be found in the History of Aviation Archives in the following collections:

Civil Air Transport/Air America Archives

Books/Magazines

Books and magazines were pulled and cataloged to be included into the HAC monograph and magazine collection.

Image ID

It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission from copyright holders of materials to which this institution does not own copyright.

Images in this collection are identified by a unique number that provides information about the format, record group, collection, series, box, folder, and image numbers. Please use this number when ordering reproductions of images from this collection.

Record Group Code

1 = CAT/Air American Archives

2 = Doolittle Archives

3 = Lighter than Air Archives

4 = George H. Williams, Jr., World War I Aviation Library

5 = History of Aviation Archives

6 = University Archives

7 = HAC Stacks

8 = WPRL Stacks

9 = Cecil H. and Ida M. Green Collection

10 = Belsterling Collection

11 = Closed Stacks

12 = Unidentified

13 = Chance Vought Archives

14 = Twirly Birds Archives

Image Format Code

P = Photograph/Postcard

S = Slide

N = Negative

T = Positive Transparency

B = Black and White

C = Color

Example: 1MDK-1-1-PB1

1 = CAT/Air American Archives

MDK= (Milton) Duane Keele Collection

= Series Number

1 = Box Number

1 = Folder Number

P = Photograph/Postcard

B = Black and White

1 = Image Number

Images archived in plastic image holders may also have a location code in the format: 1/TL. In this example, the number is the sheet number and the letters indicate the top left position on the sheet. Position indicators are T = top, L = left, R = right, M = middle, and B = bottom. Position indicators may be combined to describe the position on the sheet, as shown in this example.
Title
Guide to the Duane Keele Collection
Status
Completed
Author
Nava, Patrizia, 1960-
Date
2018-12-04
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English (eng)
Edition statement
First revision by Patrizia Nava, CA. 2018-12-04.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Division, History of Aviation Archives. Repository

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