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Jacob and Emily Peat photographs, letters, and postcards


Held at: Pearl S. Buck International [Contact Us]520 Dublin Road, Perkasie, PA, 18944

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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).

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

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

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.

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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.
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