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Colonel George Peek Collection

 Collection
Identifier: ASTATE-2018-11-30

Scope and Contents

The Colonel George Peek Collection is comprised of 6 series and 24 folders. The series are Coast Artillery (8 subseries, 8 folders), World War I and Occupation (1 folder), Artillery Battalions(1 folder), Newspaper Clips (3 Subseries, 3 folders), Photographs (11 subseries, 11 folders) and Personal Documents (1 folder).

Dates

  • 1873 - 1960

Conditions Governing Access

This manuscript collection consists of physical materials. This collection has not been digitized. This collection is open for research use only in the Archives' Reading Room. It is not available for request through Interlibrary Loan. Please contact the archive via email (Archive-L@astate.edu) at least a week in advance of your arrival to ensure the availability of the material.

Biographical / Historical

Colonel George Peek was born in Hampton, Virginia in 1887. He began his military life at Virginia Military Institute, graduating in 1907. Following graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the coast artillery and served in artillery units in the Philippines, Hawaii, and Panama. Just before World War I he was commander of an army mine layer named General Scholfield, which sailed the Atlantic from the Canal Zone to Portland, Maine. During World War I he served as a major and later lieutenant colonel in the American Expiditionary Force in France. He was later transfered to Coblenz, Germany during the occupation where he served as Assistant Chief of Staff of the Army of Occupation and served as a special envoy to Luxembourg. He returned to the United States in 1923 to command several artillery battalions in different camps including Hattiesburg, Mississippi; Paris, Tennessee; Jacksonville, Florida; and Owensboro, Kentucky. He was a commander of the First Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and finally became the executive officer of the school. He served as an instructor for the National Guard, and in the early years of WWII he was a professor of military science and tactics at Arkansas State College from where he was appointed to serve as head of Facility Security Branch of the National Office of Civilian Defense (OCD) Anti-Sabotage Unit beginning in 1942. Colonel Peek retired due to physical disability in 1947 at the age of 60 and spent his terminal leave with his wife, Olive Peek, at his residence, Peek's Hill, in Jonesboro, Arkansas. He died on November 22, 1960 at the age of 73 at the Naval Hospital in Millington, Tennessee.

Extent

1.25 Linear Feet (This collection is comprised of 24 folders contained within 3 document boxes. )

Language

English

Overview

Colonel George Peek was a prominent U.S. Army officer who served for 30 years in various capacities. This collection contains documents related to his period of active duty.

Accruals

No further additions to this collection are expected.
Title
Colonel George Peek Collection Finding Aid
Status
Completed
Author
Flora Smith
Date
2018-11-30
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections - Dean B. Ellis Library Repository

Contact:
Arkansas State University
Dean B. Ellis Library
P.O. Box 2040
State University AR 72467 United States
870-972-2987
870-972-3199 (Fax)