A Guide to the Edward Albert Kreger Papers, 1885-1955
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.
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.
This collection is open for research use.
Edward Albert Kreger Papers, 1885-1968, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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