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Edward Paik papers

Identifier: 3315

Scope and Contents

The Edward Paik papers (1931-2000, bulk 1939-1994) consist of personal papers, photographs, albums, printed materials, and ephemera created and collected by Edward Paik. The majority of the material is comprised of personal and family photographs, negatives, and albums, as well as printed materials in the form of magazines, clippings, instructional books, and postcards. The collection also contains Paik's personal papers comprised of school yearbooks, correspondence, cards, and letters, and documents related to his professional career in the food service equipment industry. The remainder of the collection comprises ephemera related to Paik's time in U.S. Air Force, largely service medals in their original boxes, as well as stamps, pins, woven names, patches, and a wool flight cap.


  • 1931 - 2000
  • Majority of material found within 1939 - 1994


Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator of the Korean Heritage Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Korean Heritage Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Biographical Note

Edward Paik, born in California on March 20, 1917, was a Korean American food service equipment sales supervisor, certified Kitchen Specialist, and U.S. Air Force Surplus Property Disposal Specialist.

Paik came from a large Korean family. He went to Whittier Union High School and thereafter worked for Richard M. Nixon from 1936 to 1937. During the war years, Paik went back to school, studying at the University of Ohio and earning a certificate as a Surplus Property Disposal Specialist for the U.S. Air Force. He worked as an airplane inspector for the U.S. Air Force during World War II. In 1943, he was accepted as a flying cadet but did not complete his training due to cutbacks in the program.

After the war Paik went on to work in the food service equipment industry. He was a sales supervisor at Litton Industries, the manager of Iscro Restaurant, and a food service equipment consultant for numerous restaurants, hotels, and hospitals. In 1951 he earned his Kitchen Specialist certificate.

He was married to Katherine Paik and sometimes went by the name Eddie Pack, mostly in his professional career.


2.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Language of Materials



Edward Paik was a Korean American food service equipment sales supervisor, Kitchen Specialist, and U.S. Air Force Surplus Property Disposal Specialist. This collection comprises primarily photographs and printed materials created and collected by Edward Paik. It also contains ephemera in the form of service medals, a wool cap, and Army patches, as well as personal papers in the form of correspondence, letters, and yearbooks.


The Edward Paik papers have been organized into the following series: 1. Personal papers; 2. Photographs and albums; 3. Printed materials; 4. Ephemera. Folders are arranged alphabetically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the estate of Edward Paik.

Finding aid for the Edward Paik papers
Sarah Cassone
2018 May
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries East Asian Library Repository

Doheny Memorial Library
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-1825 United States