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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Neuendorff Family Papers, 1857-1950

Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Neuendorff Family Papers, 1857-1950



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Neuendorff Family
Title: Neuendorff Family Papers
Dates: 1857-1950
Creator Abstract: A native of Prussia, Paul Emil Maximilian Neuendorff (1830-1885) settled in San Antonio, Texas, and held several offices in the community. His son John Baptiste Neuendorff (1868-1938) was an inventor who filed many patents over the course of his life.
Content Abstract: Letters, certificates, patent records, clippings, and a photograph make up the Neuendorff family papers, documenting significant events in the lives of family members. Early records, from 1857 through 1885, are related to Max Neuendorff, while most of the later items are associated with his son, John B. Neuendorff.
Identification: Col 905
Extent: 1.63 linear feet (1 box, 4 oversize items)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

Paul Emil Maximilian Neuendorff was born in Prussia on 1830 August 10. He moved to Texas sometime before 1857, the year he married Maria Antonita Catarina Menchaca (1836-1911) in Bexar County. Neuendorff served the Confederacy during the Civil War and was later a member of the United Confederate Veterans organization. After the war, Max and Maria Neuendorff had eight children: Frederick, Antonio, Adela, John, Maria Antonia, Ana (or Anna), and Teresa (or Theresa). Neuendorff was appointed a notary public of Bexar County in 1879 and a special agent of the census office the following year. In 1885 Neuendorff was elected a Justice of the Peace for Bexar County. He became a naturalized American citizen on 1882 May 1 and died on 1885 November 6.

John Baptiste Neuendorff, the son of Max and Maria Neuendorff, was born in San Antonio on 1868 June 23. He married Mary Lemke on 1894 July 10; the couple had two children. As an inventor, Neuendorff filed many patents over the course of his life in a wide variety of areas, including a device to protect trouser cuffs from becoming soiled in 1897, a series of gasoline substitutes and the processes for making them in 1928, and many others. John Baptiste Neuendorff died in San Antonio on 1938 April 3.

References

Chabot, Frederick C. With the Makers of San Antonio. San Antonio, Texas: Artes Graficas, 1937.

Neuendorff Family Papers, 1857-1950, Col 905, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

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Scope and Content Note

Letters, certificates, patent records, clippings, and a photograph make up the Neuendorff family papers, documenting significant events in the lives of family members. Early records, from 1857 through 1885, are related to Max Neuendorff. Included are items related to his marriage to Maria Antonita Menchaca, a member of a prominent local family. Several certificates are related to Neuendorff's appointment to various positions. Most of the later items are associated with Neuendorff's son, John B. Neuendorff. These include several patents issued to him for various devices and processes and letters related to his inventing efforts. A photograph of a portrait of Jose Antonio Menchaca is also part of the papers.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

No restrictions. The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Neuendorff family.
Neuendorff, Max, 1830-1885.
Neuendorff, John B.
Neuendorff, Antonia Menchaca, 1836-1911.
Menchaca, Antonio, 1800-1879.
Subjects
Germans--Texas--San Antonio.
Inventors--Texas--San Antonio.
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)
Genres/Formats
Family papers.
Certificates.
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Patents.
Photographs.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Neuendorff Family Papers, 1857-1950, Col 905, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. M. F. Neuendorff, 1976 February.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 1998 August.

Finding aid edited and encoded by Tom D'Amore, 2011 July.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Neuendorff Family Papers, 1857-1950

The items are arranged chronologically.
Box Folder
1 1 Letter: Maximilian Neuendorff, San Antonio, Texas, to Antonio Menchaca, 1857 January 8.
2 Marriage license: Paul Emil Maximilian Neuendorff and María Antonita Catarina Menchaca, Bexar County, Texas, with attached certificate, 1857 April 15.
3 Marriage license: Paul Emil Maximilian Neuendorff and María Antonita Catarina Menchaca, Bexar County, Texas [certified copy], 1857 April 16.
Box Folder
Oversize 1 Certificate: appointment of Max Neuendorff as notary public, Bexar County, Texas, 1879 March 17.
Oversize 2 Certificate: appointment of Max Neuendorff as special agent of the census office to collect the statistics of manufactures, San Antonio, Texas, 1880 July 10.
Box Folder
1 4 Announcement: Mr. and Mrs. Max Neuendorff, silver wedding anniversary, 1882 April 17.
Box Folder
Oversize 3 Certificate: citizenship of Max Neuendorff, San Antonio, Texas, 1882 May 1.
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1 5 Letter of recommendation: John E. Ochse for Max Neuendorff, 1882 May.
Box Folder
Oversize 4 Certificate: Albert Sydney Johnson [sic] Camp, Confederate Veterans, to Max Neuendorff, San Antonio, Texas, 1884 July 13.
Box Folder
1 6 Certificate: commission of Max Neuendorff as Justice of the Peace, 1885 March 26.
7 Marriage record?: Martin Schiebel and Adelheid Neumann, circa 1885.
8 Specifications: John Baptista Neuendorff and Ulrich Herman Rische, improvements in bottle stoppers or capsules, 1898 February 14.
9 Patent: Comptroller-General of Patents to John Baptista Neuendorff and Ulrich Herman Rische, improvements in bottle stoppers or capsules, 1898 February 15.
10 Patent: U.S. Patent Office to John B. Neuendorff, trouser protectors, 1897 July 20.
11 Patent: U.S. Patent office to John B. Neuendorff, automatic telephone directories, 1899 October 17.
12 Patent: U.S. Patent office to John B. Neuendorff, churns, 1899 November 14.
13 Patent: U.S. Patent office to John B. Neuendorff, oil burners, 1903 August 4.
14 Letter: E. G. Liggers, Washington, D.C., to John B. Neuendorff, San Antonio, Texas, 1911 May 31.
15 Patent: U.S. Patent Office to John B. Neuendorff, gasoline substitutes and processes of making, 1928 April 24.
16 Letter: John B. Neuendorff, San Antonio, Texas, to Mr. Beaver, Pearsall, Texas, 1935 November.
17 Letter: J. B. Neuendorff to Mr. Beaver, Pearsall, Texas, undated.
18 Letter: J. B. Neuendorff, San Antonio, Texas, to Mr. Beaver, Pearsall, Texas, undated.
19 Sketch: unidentified device, undated.
20 Genealogical notes: Neuendorff and Menchaca families.
21 Miscellaneous papers, 1899-1937 and undated.
22 Photograph: Antonio Menchaca.
23-25 Clippings, 1931-1950 and undated.

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