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Herman George Eiden Papers

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Finding Aid/Inventory

Photo Albums

Correspondence & Personal Photos

USS Houston (CA-30) news and memorial information

Film and Narrative Script



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Herman George Eiden Papers, 1939-2005 | University of Houston Libraries

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Collection Overview

Title: Herman George Eiden Papers, 1939-2005

Predominant Dates:1939-1941

ID: 10/2016-008

Primary Creator: Eiden, Herman George (1922-1942)

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

The photograph albums remain in the original order as created by Herman G. Eiden.  The rest of the collection has been arranged chronologically, as no clear original order was apparent.

There are four series for this collection.  The first series consists of three photograph albums created by Eiden and sent to his family.  The second contains correspondance to or from Eiden and his family, as well as portrait photos of Eiden.  The third series contains newsletters and articles from the Houston (Cruiser: CA-30) surviror's group, photos, articles, and brochures from the 60th anniversery commemoration of the sinking of the ship.

Date Acquired: 12/23/2015

Subjects: Houston (Cruiser : CA-30), Java Sea, Battle of the, Indonesia, 1942, Lexington (Aircraft carrier : 1927-1942), Sunda Strait, Battle of, Indonesia, 1942, United States, Navy, World War, 1939-1945 - Pacific Area

Forms of Material: Articles, Brochures, Letters (correspondence), Newsletters, Photograph Albums, Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Herman George Eiden Papers consists of three albums of photos and mementos from Eiden's service in the Pacific while in the United States, Navy.  It also includes correspondance to and from Eiden, films and a log script by Eiden, as well as articles, newspapers, and brochures in relation to the sinking of the Houston (Cruiser: CA-30) and its 60th anniversary commemoration.

Related Collections:

Cruiser Houston Collection (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=23)

William A. Bernrieder Collection (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=273)

Captain Albert H. Rooks Papers (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=461)

Samuel Milner U.S.S. Houston (CA-30) and 2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery Papers (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=192)

Biographical Note

Herman George Eiden was born in 1922 to father, Peter H. Eiden, and mother Clara Eiden.  Eiden had four brothers, Albert, Peter, Theodore, and William, as well as three sisters, Charlotte, Clara Imelda, and Ruth.  Growing up in Louisville, Kentucky, Eiden graduated from du Pont Manual Training High School.  Shortly after graduation, Eiden joined the United States, Navy.  He completed his Naval training at the Great Lakes Training station in Great Lakes, Illinois.  While in the Navy, Eiden earned the rank of Fireman Second Class on May 14, 1940 while serving on the U.S.S. Lexington.  He later earned the rank of Fireman First Class on January 8, 1941 while assigned to the U.S.S. Houston (CA-30).  Eiden was stationed in the Pacific and recorded his time at sea with photograph albums and film.

On March 1, 1942, after surviving the Battle of the Java Sea, the U.S.S. Houston (CA-30) was attacked by Japanese war ships in the Battle of Sunda Strait and was sunk.  Many perished in the attack, including Eiden, while those that survived were sent to the Japanese POW camps.

Subject/Index Terms

Houston (Cruiser : CA-30)
Java Sea, Battle of the, Indonesia, 1942
Lexington (Aircraft carrier : 1927-1942)
Sunda Strait, Battle of, Indonesia, 1942
United States, Navy
World War, 1939-1945 - Pacific Area

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Houston Libraries

Access Restrictions: Open for Research

Use Restrictions: Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs.  The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form.  For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

Acquisition Source: Donated by Clara Imelda Eiden Sivori


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Photo Albums, 1939-1941],
[Series 2: Correspondence & Personal Photos, 1939-1942],
[Series 3: USS Houston (CA-30) news and memorial information, 1946-2005],
[Series 4: Film and Narrative Script, 1941-1942],
[All]

Series 2: Correspondence & Personal Photos, 1939-1942
Box 1
Folder 3: Personal correspondance and photos
This series contains letters from Eiden to his family and letters from Eiden's family to him.  It also includes his obituary, graduation picture, and United States, Navy photograph.
Item 1: Graduation picture, 1939
Item 2: Navy Photo, October 1940
a 5x3 copy of Eiden's Navy portrait
Item 3: Navy Photo, October 1940
a 4x6 copy of Eiden's Navy portrait
Item 4: A copy of a letter sent to Eiden, February 4, 1942
a 5-page letter to Eiden from his sister Clara
Item 5: Copies of letters Eiden wrote, February 10,1942; February 18, 1942
A copy of two letters from Eiden to his parents.
Item 6: Obituary, 1942
Herman George Eiden's obituary in the Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.)
Item 7: Letter from Eiden, undated [1940-1941]
A letter from Eiden sent to his mother.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Photo Albums, 1939-1941],
[Series 2: Correspondence & Personal Photos, 1939-1942],
[Series 3: USS Houston (CA-30) news and memorial information, 1946-2005],
[Series 4: Film and Narrative Script, 1941-1942],
[All]

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