Haenel Family Photograph Collection
An Inventory of the Collection
The Haenels were a family of German descent. Emil and Mary Haenel had three children, August William, Eda, and Emil, Jr. They are first listed in the city directory in 1898. Emil Haenel was a merchant who ran a store called Haenel's One Price Cash Store located at 1700-1706 Lavaca Street (at the corner of 17th), Austin, Texas. The family residence was around the corner at 302 W. 17th street. By 1916 the city directory describes the family's store as selling "groceries, feed, china, glassware, toys, etc." and having a 5 and 10 cent counter. At this time both August and Emil, Jr. are listed as store clerks, but August has his own residence at 411 W. 16th Street. By 1920 August has married a woman named Bertha, and Emil, Jr. has married a woman named Margaret and they live at 301 E. 15th Street. By 1927 Emil, Sr. has died; Mary continues to live at their home on 17th Street and August and Emil continue to run the cash store. By this time Eda has married Ludwig Wendlandt, a bookkeeper at C.B. Book, and they reside at 1710 Lavaca Street. Haenel's Cash Store is last listed in the city directory in 1953.
220 photographs (94 glass plate negatives, 82 cellulose nitrate negatives [plus one blank negative], and 43 black and white prints loose and in an album) document the Haenel family from approximately 1900-1915. The negatives contain some formal portraits of Emil Haenel, Mary Haenel, August W. Haenel, and Eda Haenel (later Wendlandt) as well as many informal portraits of them and candid scenes taken outside their home and near their store. There are several pictures of cats and dogs, presumably the Haenel family's pets. Beyond images of the immediate family, there are also informal portraits of other unidentified individuals, including a baby (possibly Emil, Jr.) and other children. There are several group portraits and candid scenes of people picnicking and at leisure near the Colorado River and presumably at Barton Springs.
Besides images of family and friends the negatives include other scenes from around Austin. Some images depict the destruction of the Austin Dam after the 1900 flood as well as construction of a new dam. A few images depict an unidentified military encampment with tents, soldiers, horses, and cannons; one image has the Capitol building visible in the background. Two images show locomotive engines and a few more depict an overturned fire truck. There are also some images of the gravestone of William Radam at Oakwood Cemetery. A few images were taken of the city from the dome of the Capitol building.
A photograph album (#57) includes 35 black and white prints primarily of outings and picnics, but also of informal portraits, and a few houses. 5 loose photos in the album (individual and group portraits) were removed and foldered with another loose print (a portrait of Emil). A framed photo of Emile Haenel Jr. and Margaret Bohn Haenel is a composite portrait and includes in the frame some artificial flowers from Margaret’s bridal veil.
In addition to the photographic negatives and prints are a few ephemeral items: the original envelopes for the negatives, including one that advertises Jno. E. Keller Stationery and photo supplies, some from Haenel's shop, and another from a Schmidt Kodak Shop; an Ansco film flyer; a letter to August Haenel from Schaeffer Photo Supply Company dated 1910; and a small, unused photograph album.
Restrictions on Access
The glass plate and nitrate negatives are restricted from access. Digital surrogates are available for viewing instead.
Restrictions on Use
The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.
Haenel Family Photograph Collection (AR.2009.072). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/1995/036; DO/1976/001 (album); DO/2017/037 (framed photo).
Final processing and EAD by Nicole Davis/July 2014. Updated May 2017.
Digital copies of the negatives are available on a disk in the Reading Room Digital Collections Box.
Detailed Description of the Records