Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History

August Heintze Collection

Manuscript Collection: MC025



Collection Summary

Creator: Heintze, August, 1851-1923, collector
Title: August Heintze collection
Dates: 1838-1920
Dates: (Bulk: 1857-1920)
Abstract: Record books, photographs, a scrapbook, and an advertisement record life in Galveston, Houston, and LaGrange, Texas, between 1857 and 1920.
Identification: MC025
OCLC Record No. 47128164
Quantity: 13 items
Language Materials are in English.
Repository: Albert and Ethel Herzstein Library, San Jacinto Museum of History, La Porte, Texas

Creator Sketch

Born in 1851 in Kappaln, Schleswig, Germany, August Heintze emigrated to the United States in 1873 after serving in the Franco-Prussian War. He first settled in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas but soon moved to Warrenton, Fayette County, Texas. In 1878 he married Johanna Speckels with whom he had one son, A. J. Heintze. In 1883 Heintze moved to LaGrange, Fayette County, Texas, and engaged in the mercantile business. As a boy Heintze began collecting curios and relics associated with the history of countries where he visited and lived. His collection grew to become what was known as the Heintze Museum. August Heintze died in LaGrange on July 7, 1923.


Scope and Content Note

Record books, photographs, a scrapbook, and an advertisement record life in Galveston, Houston, and LaGrange, Texas, between 1857 and 1920. Two record books, a membership book and a ledger, contain the membership lists and records of the Galveston Hook and Ladder Company No. 2 (1874-1882) and the Galveston Hook and Ladder Company (1857-1876). Five photographs document Galveston from 1876 to 1915, three of the photographs concern the results of storms in 1913 and 1915. A scrapbook compiled by August Heintze contains newspaper clippings, postcards, and photographs of the Heintze Traveling Man's Museum in LaGrange, Texas, and of people and events in Houston, Texas. A single advertisement for shotgun shells has no date. A single pamphlet concerns the economic health of Galveston after the storm of 1915. Ephemera contains two souvenir photograph collections of the State Fair of Texas in Dallas, Texas, 1908 and of Houston, Texas, 1910. One typescript of an 1838 letter from J. B. Miller to James W. Johnson deals with the settling of N[estor] Clay's estate.


 

Arrangement

Organized into five series; arrangement is chronological.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Terms Governing Use

Open for research by appointment.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the San Jacinto Museum of History. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the San Jacinto Museum of History as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Index Terms

Names:
Clay, Nestor--Estate
Organizations:
Galveston Hook & Ladder Company No. 1 (Galveston, Tex.)
Galveston Hook & Ladder Company No. 2 (Galveston, Tex.)
Heintze Traveling Man's Museum (La Grange, Tex.)
Subjects:
Hurricanes--Texas--Galveston--20th century
Places:
Galveston (Tex.)--Photographs
Houston (Tex.)
La Grange (Tex.)
Formats:
Account books
Scrapbooks

Administrative Information

Citation

[Identification of Item], August Heintze Collection, MC025, San Jacinto Museum of History, Houston, Texas.

Acquisition

Gift of A. J. Heintze, 1942.

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Canby Jackson, 2001.


Bibliography:

"Death Claims Another Leading Citizen of LaGrange." LaGrange Journal, 8 July 1923.


Inventory

 

Ledgers - Organizational Records

box folder
27.1 1 Galveston Hook and Ladder Company No. 2 1874-1882
range shelf
14 4 Galveston Hook and Ladder Company 1857-1876



 

Scrapbook

box folder
27.1 2 Scrapbook ca. 1920



 

Printed Materials

box folder
27.1 3 Advertisement 1870, n.d.
4 Ephemera: Souvenir photograph collections 1908, 1910
5 Pamphlets: "Galveston. Where Business Will be Better Than Ever During the Coming Years." 1915



 

Photographs

box folder
27.1 6 Galveston 1876-1915, n.d.



 

Typescript

box folder
27.1 7 Ltr. J. B. Miller to James W. Johnson 1838, 10/11