University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Edward Albert Kreger Papers, 1885-1955

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kreger, Edward Albert, 1868-1955
Title: Kreger, Edward Albert, Papers
Dates: 1885-1955
Abstract: Edward Albert Kreger served in the field and as a Judge Advocate during his long military career. This collection consists mostly of his correspondence, both profession and personal and various other materials saved by Kreger.
Extent: 9 ft., 8 in.
Language: Materials are written in English and German
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born near Keota, Iowa, Edward Albert Kreger (1868-1955) graduated from Iowa State College in 1890. He then studied law at the University of Iowa and Drake University before being admitted to the Iowa Bar. Prior to joining the military, he served as principal for various school districts in Iowa and practiced law in Cherokee, Iowa. Kreger married Louise Mae in 1891 and fathered one daughter. With the outbreak of the Spanish-American War in 1898, he joined the 52nd Iowa Volunteer Infantry and was stationed at Camp Thomas, Georgia. During the Filipino Insurrection (1899-1902), Kreger was appointed 1st Lieutenant of the 39th U.S. Infantry, “Bullard’s Indians,” and was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross “for extraordinary heroism.”

Following his service in the Philippines, Kreger attended Infantry School at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and then taught there for two years. In 1907, he went to Cuba to draft the Electoral Law of Cuba, and, in 1911, he became Judge Advocate and professor of law at the U.S. Military Academy. Serving under Enoch Crowder, the Judge Advocate General for the American Expeditionary Force, Kreger was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal in 1919. He served as a member of General John Pershing’s staff for the arbitration of the Tacna-Arica dispute between Chile and Peru in 1923. Kreger was appointed Judge Advocate General in 1928 and retired from the military just three years later.

Scope and Contents

The Edward Albert Kreger Papers, 1885-1955, primarily comprise correspondence reflecting his legal and military career. The professional correspondence discusses the Philippines Insurrection, Cuban Electoral Law of 1908, military law, the Tapca-Arica dispute, and the First World War. Personal correspondence illustrates Kreger’s relationship with his mother, among other family and friends. Newspapers and clippings from The Keota Eagle and other papers chronicle his career as well. Furthermore, the collection contains books related to Iowa history, two German language schoolbooks, official War Department memoranda, military orders and publications, and material from his student days at Iowa State College. The collection also contains Kreger’s photograph collection, which documents his time at Iowa State, military career and depict him with notable military and political figures.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Kreger, Edward A. (Edward Albert), 1868-1955 -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
American Expeditionary Force
Iowa State College
United States.Army.Regiment, 39th.
United States.Army.Judge Advocate General's Corps -- History
United States.War Dept.
Cuba.Ley electoral (1908 Apr. 1)
Philippine Insurrection, Philippines, 1899-1902
Spanish-American War, 1898
World War, 1914-1918 -- United States
Tacna-Arica question
Military law -- United States
Keota, (Iowa) -- History
Washington (D.C.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Edward Albert Kreger Papers, 1885-1968, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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.

This collection contains unprocessed materials.

Detailed Description of the Papers



2N457 Box 1:
Part 1
2N458 Part 2
2N459 Box 2:
Part 1
2N460 Part 2
2N461 Part 3
2N462 Part 4
2N463 Part 5
2N464 Part 6
2N465 Box 3:
Part 1
2N466 Part 2
2N467 Part 3
2N468 Part 4
2N469 Box 4:
Part 1
2N470 Part 2
2N471 Part 3
2N472 Part 4
2N473 Box 5:
Part 1
2N474 Part 2
2N475 Part 3
2N476 Part 4
2N477 Box 6:
Part 1
2N478 Part 2
4L285 Broadsides
2.325/D11c Certificates
3T107 Photographs
Edward A. Kreger's military career
Edward A. Kreger with the Judge Advocate General's Department
3Y79 Edward A. Kreger during his college days in Iowa and in the military
L. Mae Kreger
Douglas McArthur
E.E. Booth
C.P. Summerall
Charles Burton Robbins
F.T. Davison
Unidentified soldier groups
3S134 Photographs (oversize)
William Howard Taft, [ca. 1910]
Company M, Fourth Infantry, Iowa National Guard, 1894
Unidentified United States Army Genearl, [ca. 1918}
Pig cooked at Hawaiian Luau, 1930s