Austin History Center

Arthur and Lilian Von Boeckmann Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Von Boeckmann, Lilian Husson
Title: Arthur and Lilian Von Boeckmann Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1889-1972
Bulk Dates: 1880s-1960s
Abstract: Arthur Von Boeckmann, born in 1889, was raised in Austin, Texas by his parents Reinhardt and Laura Von Boeckmann. He married Lilian Husson of New Orleans in 1914. The collection is composed principally of family photographs, along with a limited amount of biographical information and legal documents, dating from the late 1800s to 1974.
Identification: AR.2012.012
Quantity: .4 linear feet (1 box and 1 qAR photograph)
Location: Archives stacks, Outer Vault
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Reinhardt Von Boeckmann was born in Germany in 1855. He came to the United States in 1867, living in New Braunfels, Texas for five years before moving to Austin, Texas in 1872. He married Laura Bastian, also from Germany, in 1876. The couple had six children: Felix, Franz, Arthur, Walter, Carl and Hertha. Reinhardt was a printer by trade and started the Von Boeckmann-Jones Company in Austin, Texas in 1902. He died in 1909 and Laura passed away in 1938.

Arthur von Boeckmann, born October 23, 1889, married Lillian Husson in 1914. Lilian was the daughter of Maria Barkinger and Francis Husson of New Orleans, Louisiana. Lilian had five siblings: Harold, Ernest, John, Catherine, Elizabeth. Little is known about the couple but it appears that Arthur worked at his father's printing company and was a purchasing agent for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. At some point the couple moved to Chicago, and then on to New Orleans in the late 1950s. Arthur died in 1963 and Lilian passed away a year later, both in New Orleans.


Scope and Contents

The collection is composed principally of family photographs, along with a limited amount of biographical information and legal documents, dating from the late 1800s to 1974. A small portion of the photographs are labeled and consist of an assortment of photographs from Arthur's childhood of he and his siblings, as well as photographs of Arthur, Lilian and family as adults. The majority of the photographs are unidentified and span from the late 1800s to the 1960s. Many of the unidentified photographs are stamped with the name of the photographer's studio with New Orleans's addresses so it can be surmised that these are photographs of Lilian's family.

The biographical information consists of obituaries of various Von Boeckmann and Husson family members, news clippings, postcards, a diary and a funeral program. The legal documents concern the estate's of Arthur Von Boeckmann and his sister Hertha Elsie Von Boeckmann.


Arrangement

Arranged by material type.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

None.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Persons:
Von Boeckmann, Arthur.
Von Boeckmann, Felix.
Von Boeckmann, Franz.
Von Boeckmann, Hertha.
Von Boeckmann, Lilian Husson.
Von Boeckmann, Walter.
Organizations:
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus
Family Names:
Husson
Places:
Austin (Tex.)
Subjects:
Family--Texas--Austin

Related Material

Austin File Biography - Von Boeckmann, Reinhardt.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

Collection was donated by an individual who inherited the materials from the Husson family in New Orleans.

Preferred Citation

Arthur and Lilian Von Boeckmann Papers (AR.2012.012). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2012/023

Donation Date: 2012

Processing Information

Finding aid was created and encoded by Molly Hults in 2012.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box Folder
1 1 Biographical information, 1925, 1942-1964, undated
2 Estate legal documents, 1963, 1972
3 Von Boeckmann childhood photographs, circa 1889-1900
4 Von Boeckmann adulthood photographs, 1929-1961, undated
Location qARBox
Outer Vault Archives Collection Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus concession stand employees, 1939
Box Folder
1 5-7 Unidentified photographs, late 1800s-1961, undated