University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

E. A. Peden Papers, 1917-1921



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Peden, Edward Andrew, 1868-1934
Title: E. A. Peden papers
Dates: 1917-1921
Abstract: The E. A. Peden Papers, 1917-1921, relate to Peden's work with the Texas Food Administration, the United States Food Administration, and the American Relief Administration, and pertain to the conservation, production, marketing, and distribution of food during World War I.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01822
Extent: 2.5 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Edward Andrew Peden (1868-1934), businessman and Houston community leader, was born in Calhoun County, Georgia. In 1882, after attending Sam Bailey Institute in Griffin, Georgia, Peden moved to Houston and became a clerk at Inman and Company, cotton merchants. He then switched to the hardware and mill supply business, and in 1891 founded Smith, Peden, and Company with his father. Peden's brother joined the company three years later. In 1902 the partnership incorporated as Peden Iron and Steel Company, which proved to be a successful venture, with branches in San Antonio, Louisiana, and Mexico.

Peden had a varied and successful life as a businessman, serving as the first chairman of the Harris County Navigation and Canal Company; as director of the First National Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank, and the Ashbel Smith Land Company; and as president of the Houston Chamber of Commerce, the Ship Channel Land Company, and the Goose Creek Oil Company. Additionally, he worked as the federal food administrator for Texas during World War I, and organized the European Child Relief Bureau of the American Relief Association for President Herbert Hoover. An avid fundraiser, Peden served as a trustee of Rice Institute and the Houston Art League as well as generating funds for the Houston YWCA and Presbyterian schools and colleges in Texas. Peden died in 1934.

Source: Handbook of Texas Online.


Scope and Contents

The E. A. Peden Papers, 1917-1921, contain correspondence, photographs, reports, regulations, pamphlets, books, and newspaper clippings. The papers relate to Peden's work with the Texas Food Administration, the United States Food Administration, and the American Relief Administration, and pertain to the conservation, production, marketing, and distribution of food during World War I. Additionally, the papers document Peden's involvement with the American Aid Program for Europe and include anti-German propaganda. Furthermore, the papers contain photographs, including one of Herbert Hoover, circa 1918.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Hobby, William Pettus, 1878-1964
Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964
Peden, Edward Andrew, 1868-1934
Corporate Names
American Relief Administration.
Texas Food Administration
United States. Food and Drug Administration
Subjects
Businessmen
Food supply
Government aid
World War (1914-1918)
Places
France
Griffin
Houston
Washington, D.C.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

E. A. Peden Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

1953; 1955; 2017-311

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Lawrence Landis, October 1990.

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center's History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project, 2009-2011.

Subsequent revisions by Colleen Hobbs, August 2020.


OCLC Number

776649537


Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

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2J172 [SRH1230008429] Bulletins on Conservation and Food Administration
Peden Iron and Steel Company Catalog No. F, circa 1920-circa 1929
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2J173 [SRH1230008430] Notebooks
Record of minutes, December 31, 1918
Accomplishments of the Federal Food Administration for Texas
Report of the Missouri Council of Defense, 1917-1919
United States Department of Agriculture, bulletin number 792, July 25, 1919
Pamphlets on war and Germany
First National Bank, Hatton correspondence, Del Rio, Texas, 1918-1919
Press Statements
Material on Food Administration
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2J174 [SRH1230008431] Material on Food Administration
Rulings and letters of Food Administration
Books on wartime food problem
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2J175 [SRH1230008432] Material on Food Administration
Bulletins of American Relief Administration
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2J176 [SRH1230008433] Food Administration clippings
Reports of meeting with poultry, cotton, cattle, fish, oyster, and shrimp dealers
Photographs
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3T213/3T214 [SRH1230021853] Peden and United States Food Administration
Herbert Hoover, circa 1918