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Jacob and Emily Peat photographs, letters, and postcards

1924-1944, 0.4 linear feet

2004.1

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Summary Information

Repository:
Pearl S. Buck International
Creator:
Peat, Jacob F., 1867-1957
Title:
Jacob and Emily Peat photographs, letters, and postcards
Date [inclusive]:
1924-1944
Call Number:
2004.1
Extent:
0.4 Linear feet
General Physical Description Note:
1 box
Language:
English
Abstract:
Jacob (1867-1957) and Emily (1869-1954) Peat were Methodist missionaries who served in various locations in China and Sumatra from 1893 to about 1934. The Jacob and Emily Peat photographs, letters, and postcards, 1924-1944, consist of letters, two photograph albums, loose photographs and postcards from the Peats. The letters in the collection are addressed from the Peats to their son, Dr. Harry Gaskill Peat, in Ohio.
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Biography/History

Jacob and Emily Peat were Methodist missionaries who served in various locations in China and Sumatra from 1893 to about 1934. Jacob Franklin Peat (February 23, 1867-July 28, 1957) was born in Illinois to Thomas and Sarah J. Peat. As a missionary in China, Jacob worked as a circuit pastor, treasurer of the Board of Foreign Mission of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and later served as administrator of the Methodist Episcopal Church sponsored Wuhu General Hospital in Wuhu, Anhui (formerly Anhwei) province, China. When war prevented missionary work in China from 1928-1933, Peat served as Treasurer of the Methodist mission in Singapore, Straits Settlements. Emily May Peat (November 26, 1869-March 1, 1954) was born in Illinois to Joshua Gaskill and Sarah Hyde and taught kindergarten in China. Jacob and Emily Peat married in 1891 and had five children, many of whom were born in China: Frank E. (born 1893), Harry G. (born 1895), Leslie J. (born 1896), Wilbur D. (born 1898), and Ruth P. (born 1900).

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of letters, two photograph albums, loose photographs and postcards from the Peats, an American missionary family in China and Sumatra. There is no apparent connection between the Peats and Pearl S. Buck or the Sydenstricker family, however the photos show images of China from about the time Pearl S. Buck lived there. Letters in this collection are addressed from the Peats to their son, Dr. Harry Gaskill Peat, in Ohio. See a folder listing for the collection below.

  • Folder 1: Correspondence, 1924
  • Folder 2: Correspondence, 1931
  • Folder 3: Correspondence, 1932
  • Folder 4: Correspondence, 1933
  • Folder 5: Correspondence, circa 1934
  • Folder 6: Correspondence, circa 1944
  • Folder 7: Photographic scrapbook of China, circa 1924-1925
  • Folder 8: Photographic scrapbook of Berastagi, Sumatra, circa 1932
  • Folder 9: Loose photographs
  • Folder 10: Postcards

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Pearl S. Buck International

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by staff of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories using data provided by Pearl S. Buck International

Sponsor

This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Access Restrictions

Contact Pearl S. Buck International for information about accessing this collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Unknown, found in attic of the cottage, Pearl S. Buck house.

Processing Information Note

Summary descriptive information on this collection was compiled in 2014-2016 as part of a project conducted by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to make better known and more accessible the largely hidden collections of small, primarily volunteer run repositories in the Philadelphia area. The Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR) was funded by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

This is a preliminary finding aid. No physical processing, rehousing, reorganizing, or folder listing was accomplished during the HCI-PSAR project.

In some cases, more detailed inventories or finding aids may be available on-site at the repository where this collection is held; please contact Pearl S. Buck International directly for more information.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)
  • Berastagi (Indonesia)
  • China
  • Malaya
  • Ohio
  • Singapore
Personal Name(s)
  • Peat, Emily M., 1869-1954
  • Peat, Harry Gaskill, 1895-1995
  • Peat, Jacob F., 1867-1957
Subject(s)
  • Missionaries
  • Missionaries, Medical
  • Missionaries--China--Correspondence
  • Women missionaries

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