Austin History Center

Franzetti Family Papers

An Inventory to the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Franzetti Family
Title: Franzetti Family Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1914-1959
Abstract: The papers represent members of the Franzetti family of Austin, Texas: Joseph (Joe) C. Franzetti and his parents, Guiditta and Angelo Franzetti. Store ledgers, correspondence, and financial documents reflect the Franzetti family's grocery business and rental real estate activities. Additional correspondence documents personal relations among the family and their friends.
Identification: AR.I.002
Quantity: 1.25 linear feet (4 boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks, Outer Vault
Language: The records are primarily in English. Some materials are in Italian.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

The collection documents one branch of the extended Franzetti family of Austin, Texas: Joseph (Joe) C. Franzetti (1911-1995); his father, Angelo Franzetti (circa 1878-1931); his mother, Guiditta Franzetti (circa 1884-1960); and, to a lesser extent, Joe's siblings, Louis Franzetti (1910-1984), Julia McWhorter (née Franzetti) (1915-1995), and Arthur Franzetti (1922-2009). Angelo Franzetti's brother, Carlo Franzetti, immigrated to the United States from northern Italy at the turn of the twentieth century. He began a grocery business in Austin, Texas, and was joined by his brother, Angelo, and later Angelo's wife, Guiditta. By 1903, Angelo had opened his own grocery store at 901 E. 6th Street in Austin, Texas. As the early decades of the twentieth century progressed, a number of other members of the extended Franzetti family would settle in Austin and open additional grocery stores. The family of Angelo and Guiditta Franzetti also owned a number of rental houses in East Austin, Texas, and Joe Franzetti made his career in real estate.

Scope and Contents

Ledgers, correspondence, legal documents, and financial documents illustrate the business and private lives of members of the Franzetti family of Austin, Texas. Arranged in three subgroups, Franzetti Grocery Company Records, Franzetti Family, and Photographs, the records document the family's grocery and rental real estate businesses, as well as their relationships among family and friends.

The Franzetti Grocery Company Records contain several store ledgers from the early- to mid-1920s. The Franzetti Family subgroup includes personal correspondence of Joe and Guiditta Franzetti, as well as miscellaneous correspondence associated with various other family members. Of special interest are several World War II letters, and letters from the family's country of origin, Italy. A small portion of the correspondence is written in Italian. This subgroup also includes Joe's and Guiditta's monthly rental income receipts for the various residential properties that they owned in East Austin, and receipts and contracts related to debts owed to Angelo Franzetti.

The 72 black and white silver gelatin photographic prints included in the collection were reported by the donor to have been found in one of the rental properties owned by the family in East Austin, and feature African American subjects. They appear to date from as early as the 1890s through the 1930s.


The collection is arranged in four subgroups, Franzetti Grocery Company Records, Franzetti Family, and Photographs.


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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Franzetti, Angelo (circa 1878-1931).
Franzetti, Arthur (1922-2009).
Franzetti, Carlo.
Franzetti, Guiditta (circa 1884-1960).
Franzetti, Joseph (Joe) C. (1911-1995).
McWhorter (Franzetti), Julia (1915-1995).
Franzetti Grocery Company.
Harrison-Wilson Company.
Joe C. Franzetti Real Estate.
Payne & Wiley Company.
African Americans--Social life and customs.
Family history--Texas--Austin.
Italian Americans--Texas--Austin.
Italian American grocers--Texas--Austin.
Grocery trade--Texas-Austin.
Rental housing--Texas--Austin.
Austin (Tex.).
Document Types:
Financial documents
Legal documents

Separated Material

The following books were returned to the donor:

  • Public Speaking Library: Analyses of Oratorical Style (R.E. Pattinson Kline, 1930)
  • Public Speaking Library: Authorities on Oratory, Use of Illustrations, After-Dinner Speaking Arguments (R.E. Pattinson Kline, 1930)
  • Public Speaking Library: Speeches Selected for Practice (R.E. Pattinson Kline, 1930)
  • Effective Public Speaking, Lessons No.1-No.24 (North American Institute, 1930)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by a member of the Franzetti family in 1970. A subsequent donation was made in 1996. The photographs included in this collection were found in one of the rental houses that the family owned in East Austin (Tex.).

Preferred Citation

Franzetti Family Papers (AR.I.002). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1969/027

Donation Date: 1970 March

Donor #: DO/1969/027

Donation Date: 1996 September 10

Processing Information

Initial inventory by Michael Passman and Ruth Baker, December 2000. Final processing, finding aid, and encoding by Ashley Adair, August 2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Franzetti Grocery Company Records, circa 1920-1929

Box Folder
1 Store ledgers, circa 1920-1925
1 Correspondence, 1928-1929, undated

Franzetti Family, 1914-1959

Joseph (Joe) C. Franzetti, 1939-1946
Box Folder
1 2 Correspondence, 1943-1945
3 Rental receipts, 1939-1946
Guiditta Franzetti, 1931-1959
Box Folder
2 1 Correspondence, 1931-1959
2 Rental receipts, 1939-1958
Angelo Franzetti, 1914-1929
Box Folder
2 3 Correspondence, 1929
4 Loan contracts and receipts, 1914-1928
Additional family correspondence, 1929-1948, undated
Box Folder
2 5 Miscellaneous correspondence, 1929-1948, undated

Photographs, Undated, circa 1890s-1930s

Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Shelf Photographs 1-59, undated, circa 1890s-1930s
Shelf Photographs 60-72, undated, circa 1890s-1930s