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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch of the Ulit Family

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Organization of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series I. Antonio (Ulit) Pfeifer, 1889-1969, n.d (16 items).

Series 2. Oscar Ulit and Harry Ulit, ca. 1898 (2 items).

Series 3. Josephine "Jo" Ulit, 1934-1951, undated (158 items).

Series 4. Ulit Family - General, [1924?], 1932-1966, 1969, undated (184 items).

Series 5. Alfred Hofmann, 1892-1936 (1 item).

Austin History Center

Ulit Family Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Collection Summary

Creator: Ulit family
Title: Ulit Family Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1889-1969.
Bulk Dates: 1932-1944.
Call Number: AR.1992.010
Quantity: Archive and Manuscripts Collection: 2 boxes (156 items); Oversize Volumes Collection: 9 items; Archives Photo Collection: 114 items; Map Collection: 2 items.
Collection Unit: Archives and Manuscripts Collection.
Repository: Austin History Center. Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe St., Austin, Texas, 78701.

Biographical Sketch of the Ulit Family

The Ulit Family have lived in Austin, Texas since William Ulit, Jr. moved to Austin in 1891. William Ulit, Jr. was born January 12, 1865 in New Braunfels, Texas, the son of Wilhelm and Philippine (Scheel) Ulit, who emigrated from Germany in 1855. William Ulit, Jr. married Selma Hofmann in 1888 and from this union four children were born: Antonio Bertha (1889-1969), Otillie Marie (1891-?), Harry Henry (1894- 1969), and Oscar Alfred (1896-1969). Antonio Ulit married Reinhold Pfeifer in 1909 and their marriage lasted 42 years until his death in 1951; they did not have any children. Antonio (Ulit) Pfeifer did the accounting for Ed Pfeifer and Son (later called the Pfeifer Music Company), a local Austin business that made and sold pianos and organs, from the years 1919 through 1956. Oscar Ulit married Idalee LeMaster in 1919 and had two children: Josephine "Jo" Estelle (1920-) and Dorothy Leigh (1923-1971). Jo Ulit was active in social and cultural events in high school and college, was a volunteer at Bergstrom Air Force Base (originally called Del Valle Air Force Base, Bergstrom Field) during World War II, and went to American Airlines stewardess training school in New York. Alfred Hofmann was not a Ulit, but rather the brother of Selma Hofmann and maternal uncle to the children of William and Selma Ulit.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

Certificates, books, letters, photographs, drawings, scrapbooks, printed material, financial material, cartographic material, and newspaper clippings (361 items) document the lives, interests and times of the Ulit Family, 1889-1969, [bulk dates 1932-1944]. Arranged by the Austin History Center in five series representing Antonio (Ulit) Pfeifer, Oscar Ulit and Harry Ulit, Josephine "Jo" Ulit, the Ulit Family - General, and Alfred Hofmann, the records illuminate the lives and activities of the various Ulit family members and relatives. The papers of the Antonio (Ulit) Pfeifer contain the oldest material and spans the longest time (1889-1969), but do not constitute a significant amount of the bulk of material (only 16 items). The records of Antonio (Ulit) Pfeifer do contain some financial documents (6 items) of the Ed Pfeifer & Son (later called the Pfeifer Music Company), for whom Antonio (Ulit) Pfeifer kept accounting records for from 1919 through 1956. The papers of Oscar Ulit and Harry Ulit contain the second least amount of material (2 items), but do contain a good pastel drawing of Oscar and Harry Ulit as boys. The papers of Josephine "Jo" Ulit are the second largest sub-series (158 items) and are comprised of three scrapbooks and loose scrapbook material, which contain some of the most diverse information. The three scrapbooks cover Jo Ulit's high school and college life at Austin High School and the University of Texas, the early history of Bergstrom Air Force Base (originally called Del Valle Air Force Base, Bergstrom Field) and Jo Ulit's experiences of working there as a volunteer during World War II, and Jo Ulit's training as a stewardess with American Airlines. The papers of the Ulit Family-General contain the most material (184 items), including a large number of photographs (82 items) and newspaper clippings (78 items). In the Ulit Family-General papers there are invitations (1939, 1 item), photographs (1939, 11 items) and newspaper clippings (1939, 3 items) documenting the Inaugural Parade and Reception of Govenor O'Daniel in 1939. There is also material on Govenor O'Daniel in Jo Ulit's first scrapbook. The papers of Alfred Hofmann has the least amount of material (1 item), but contain an autograph book that includes inscriptions by friends in the Seguin-New Braunfels area, a lovely miniature painting, and a short inscription by Antonio (Ulit) Pfeifer.

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Organization of the Records

The records are organized into five series arranged by family member, family in general, or relative that created the records, any of which may then be divided into subseries based on document types.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.

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Index Terms

Persons:
Hofman, Alfred.
O'Daniel (Govenor).
Pfeifer, Antonio Bertha (Ulit).
Tuttle, Josephine "Jo" Estelle (Ulit).
Ulit, Harry Henry (1894-1969).
Ulit, Oscar Alfred (1896-1969).
Organizations:
American Airlines.
Austin High School (Austin, Tex.).
Ed Pfeifer & Sons.
John T. Allan Junior High School (Austin, Tex.).
Pfeifer Music Co.
Places:
Bergstrom Air Force Base (Austin, Tex.)
Del Valle Air Force Base, Bergstrom Field (Austin, TX).
Subjects:
Govenor O'Daniel Inauguration.
Document Types:
Certificates.
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Maps.
Photographs.
Printed Material.
Scrapbooks.

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Separated Material

1 Book: The Higher Officials of the United States, 1894, long inscription to William H. Moore from his father F. C. Moore.

1 Booklet: Princess Margaret's Wedding Day, 1960

1 Certificate: replica of the Joint Resolution of Congress to Admit Texas to the Union, n.d.

2 Maps: Radio map of the U.S., and Middle East map, n.d.

2 Motion picture magazines, 1924-1936.

4 Pamphlets on civil defense and fallout shelters, 1959-1960, n.d.

2 Travel brochures: from Guatemala and Costa Rica, 1944, n.d.

1 Wall calendar: issued by Bank of Bishop, TX., 1923.

Portrait - Pastel Drawing of Oscar Ulit and Harry Ulit, [ca. 1896], artist unknown (1 item)Texas Highway Map, 1942 winter Edition, 1942 (1 item). Discarded

Various torn up receipts from the Pfiefer Music Co., n.d.

Marriage Certificate (Reinhold Pfeifer and Antonio Ulit), 1909 (1 item). qAR Box 14/45

Austin Public School, High School Diploma for Antonio Bertha Ulit, 1909 (1 item). qAR Box 14/44

Baptism Certificate for Oscar Alfred Albert Ulit, 1896 (1 item). qAR Box 14/46

Baptism Certificate for Antonio Bertha Ulit, 1890 (1 item). qAR Box 14/47

Scrapbook - Jo Ulit's High School and College Scrapbook, 1935-41. Archives Oversize Volumes

Scrapbook - Jo Ulit's Bergstron Air Force Base Scrapbook, 1941-44. Archives Oversize Volumes

Scrapbook - Jo Ulit's American Airlines Scrapbook. Archives Oversize Volumes

Ledger - Pfeifer Music Co. Ledger 'A' 1919-56. Archives Oversize Volumes

WWII Newspaper Clippings, 1941-44 (64 items). Austin Files

Gov. O'Daniel Newspaper Clippings, 1939 ( 3 items). Austin Files

Debutante Newspaper Clippings, 1938-39 (3 items). Austin Files

British Royalty Newspaper Clippings, 1936, 1960 (4 items). Austin Files

Assorted Newspaper Clippings, 1935-36, 1962, 1965 (8 items). Austin Files

Books - Bergstron Field, Austin, Tx.: A Picture book of Fts Field and Archives (2 items - 11, in printed envelope) n.d. General Collection

Street Map of Austin (issued by Gracy Title Co.), 1969 (1 item). Map Collection

Loose photos from Jo Ulit's Bergstron Air Force Base Scrapbook (1)-(28). Archives Photo Collection

Photos (b&w) (29) - (112). Archives Photo Collection

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

Donor: Jo (Ulit) Tuttle.

Donor #: DO/1979/085.

Donation Date: 1992-06-15.

Processing Information

Initial Inventory, Processing, and Finding Aid by Brent Heustess, December 1993.

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Other Finding Aids:

MARC record.

Original project description written by archives students.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I. Antonio (Ulit) Pfeifer, 1889-1969, n.d (16 items).

Certificates, 1889, 1909.
(3 items).
Box
Oversize AR Baptism certificate for Antonio Bertha Ulit, 1889.
(1 item).
(Text in German, certificate issued in Austin, TX.)
Diploma issued to Antonio Bertha Ulit from Austin High School, 1909.
(1 item).
Marriage certificate issued to Reinhold Pfeifer and Antonio B. Ulit, 1909.
(1 item).
(Marriage performed by R. J. Briggs, Pastor First Congregational Church, Austin, TX.)
Books, 1904, 1949, 1969.
(3 items).
Box Folder
1 1 Souvenir of … San Francisco: Photo-gravures, 1904.
(1 item).
(Inscribed "To Antonio Ulit from Edmund Pfeifer, April 27, 1905.)"
2 Guest book for 40th wedding anniversary party of Reinhold and Antonio Pfeifer, 1949.
(1 item).
3 Memorial book for the funeral of Mrs. Antonio Bertha Pfeifer, 1949.
(1 item).
Letters, 1941.
(1 item).
Box Folder
1 4 Souvenir Folder of Galveston, TX., addressed "To Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Pfeifer", 1941.
(1 item).
Photographs, 1949, undated
(3 items).
Box
AR Photo Collection Reinhold and Antonio Pfeifer, and unidentified child at the 40th wedding anniversary party of Reinhold and Antonio Pfeifer, 1949.
(1 item).
Portrait of Antonio (Ulit) Pfeifer, undated
(2 items).
Financial Material of the Pfeifer Music Company, 1919-56.
(6 items).
Box
Oversize AR Ledger 'A', 1919-1956.
(1 item).
Box Folder
1 5 Ledger 'B', 1923-1949.
(1 item).
6 Ledger 'C', 1937-1941(?).
(1 item).
7 Assorted Financial documents, 1930-1936.
(3 items).

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Series 2. Oscar Ulit and Harry Ulit, ca. 1898 (2 items).

Box
Oversize AR Baptism certificate for Oscar Alfred Ulit, 1896.
(1 item).
(Text in German, certificate issued at St. Paul's Church in Austin, TX.)
Pastel drawing of Oscar and Harry Ulit, artist unknown, ca. 1898.
(1 item).

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Series 3. Josephine "Jo" Ulit, 1934-1951, undated (158 items).

Scrapbooks, 1934-1951, undated
(158 items).
Box
Oversize AR Jo Ulit's High School and College Scrapbook, 1935-1941.
(1 item).
(Contains: handwritten notes; correspondence, inlcuding letters, telegrams, invitations, postcards, greeting cards; photographs, booklets, programs books for various cultural and sporting events in Austin; ticket stubs; newspaper clippings; and other memorabilia.)
Box Folder
2 8 Loose material from Jo Ulit's High School and College Scrapbook, 1934-1941.
(36 items).
(Contains: handwritten notes; correspondence, including letters, invitations, postcards; photographs; Tax Identification Card; programs books for various cultural and sporting events in Austin; ticket stubs; nametags; newspaper clippings; Austin High School Directory for 1934-1935; and other memorabilia.)
Box
Oversize AR Jo Ulit's Bergstrom Air Force Base Scrapbook, 1941-1944
(1 item).
(Contains: handwritten notes; newspaper clippings; correspondence, including postcards and greeting cards); photographs of the base, personnel, and aircraft; programs books for various Bergstrom Air Force Base events in Austin; decals; matchbooks; letterhead; and other memorabilia.)
Loose material from Jo Ulit's Bergstrom Air Force Base Scrapbook, 1941-1944, undated
(88 items).
Box Folder
2 9 Loose Printed Material, 1942-1943, undated
(20 items).
(Contains: handwritten notes; correspondence, including letters, invitations, and postcards; photographs; Tax Identification Card; programs books for various cultural and sporting events in Austin; ticket stubs; nametags; newspaper clippings; Austin High School Directory for 1934-1935; and other memorabilia.)
Box
AR Photo Collection Loose Photographic Material, undated
(29 items).
(Contains: photographs of the base, personnel, and aircraft.)
Loose books, undated
(2 items).
Box
General Collection Bergstrom Air Force Base, Austin, Texas: A Picture Book of the Field and Its Activities, undated
(2 items).
Box Folder
2 10 Loose Newspaper Clippings, 1942-1943, undated
(37 items).
Box
Oversize AR Jo Ulit's American Airlines Scrapbook, 1946.
(1 item).
(Contains: handwritten notes; correspondence, including etters, telegrams, and postcards; photographs; American Airlines pamphlets; American Airlines Flight Reports; matchbook covers; hotel bills; programs books for various cultural events in places Jo Ulit visited while traveling; newspaper clippings; and other memorabilia.)
Box Folder
2 11 Loose material from Jo Ulit's American Airlines Scrapbook, 1946-1951, undated
(31 items).
(Contains: notebook; handwritten notes; correspondence, including letters, invitations, postcards, and greeting cards; photographs; American Airlines memoranda; American Airlines newsletter; American Airlines Flight Reports; American Airlines menus, typed songbook (American Airlines parody songs); bank deposit slips; KIWIS Directory from 1951.)

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Series 4. Ulit Family - General, [1924?], 1932-1966, 1969, undated (184 items).

Printed Material, 1932-1966, undated
(21 items).
Box Folder
2 12 Assorted programs of cultural and sporting events in Austin, 1935-1941, undated
(11 items).
13 The Nugget: The Official Publication of John T. Allan Junior High School, 1932-1934.
(3 items).
14 Christmas Carol songbooks, undated
(2 items).
15 Nuclear Attack Safety pamphlets, 1966, undated
(2 items).
(Information prepared for residents of Austin and Travis Country.)
16 Invitation to Governor O'Daniel's Inaugural Reception, 1939.
(1 item).
17 List of Members of the First Texas All-State High School Chorus, 1941.
(1 item).
18 By-Laws of the Order of the Sons of Hermann pamphlet, 1953.
(1 item).
Financial Material, 1942-1944.
(1 item).
Box Folder
2 19 Rent Notebook, 1942-1944.
(1 item).
Cartographic Material, 1942, 1969.
(2 items).
Box
Map Col. Maps of Austin and Texas, 1942, 1969.
(2 items).
Photographic Material, [1924?], 1937-1943, undated
(82 items).
Box
AR Photo Collection Assorted people, 1937-1943, undated
(67 items).
Governor O'Daniel's Inaugural Parade, 1939.
(11 items).
Box
AR Photo Collecction People in black face and negro costume, [1924?].
(3 items).
(People in photo: Homer Muellar, Antonio (Ulit) Pfiefer, Paul Roesle, Jo Ulit, Helen Ulit, Wilford Wallin.)
Box
AR Photo Collection Publicity photo of the Mountain Music Theater, autographed, undated
(1 item).
Newspaper Clippings, 1935-1965.
(78 items).
Box
Austin Files Clippings about Soldiers from Austin in WWII, 1941-1944.
(64 items).
Assorted Clippings, 1935-1965
(8 items).
Clippings about Debutantes in Austin, 1938-1939
(3 items).
Clippings about Governor O'Daniel's, 1939.
(3 items).

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Series 5. Alfred Hofmann, 1892-1936 (1 item).

Box Folder
2 20 Autograph book, 1892-1936.
(1 item).
(Contains: inscriptions, drawings and stickers.)

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