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Overview

Biographical Sketches

Scope and Contents of the Papers

Arrangement of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Typescript translation and photocopy of [19--], [197-?],

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Gilbert J. Jordan:

An Inventory of a Typescript Translation and Photocopy of North America, Particularly Texas in the Year 1849, A Travel Account... at the Texas State Archives, [19--], [197-?]



Overview

Creator: Jordan, Gilbert John, 1902-
Title: Typescript translation and photocopy of North America, Particularly Texas in the Year 1849, A Travel Account...
Dates: [19--], [197-?]
Abstract: The papers consist of an original typescript translation from German to English, [197-?], and a photocopy, [19--], of a German traveler's journal of his visit to Texas and other parts of the United States in 1849 (published in 1850). The photocopy was made from a copy of the published journal at Yale University. The translation was prepared by Gilbert J. Jordan, probably in the 1970s.
Quantity: 0.24 cubic ft.
Language English.

Biographical Sketches

Wilhelm Steinert

The German traveler, Wilhelm Steinert, came to Texas in 1849 to investigate conditions for Germans who were considering emigrating. He spent several months touring Texas and other parts of the United States before returning to Germany later that year. To report his findings, Steinert published his journal in Berlin in 1850.

Gilbert J. Jordan

Gilbert J. Jordan (1902-1992) was a professor of German at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas from 1938 to 1968, and later professor emeritus. After his 1968 retirement until 1973 he was a professor of German at Sam Houston State University. He was educated at Southwestern University, the University of Texas, and Ohio State University.

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

The papers consist of an original typescript translation from German to English, [197-?], and a photocopy, [19--], of a German traveler's journal of his visit to Texas and other parts of the United States in 1849. The translation was by Gilbert J. Jordan. It is entitled "North America - Particularly Texas in the Year 1849 - A Travel Account by W. Steinert - A Book for Prospective Emigrants." The photocopy was obtained from Yale University by Professor Jordan to translate the Steinert journal. Portions of Jordan's undated translation were published in a five-part series in the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, beginning with Volume LXXX, Number 1, in July 1976.

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Arrangement of the Records

Both versions are arranged by page number.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for complying with the Copyright Law.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Steinert, Wilhelm.
Subjects:
Diaries.
Places:
Texas--Description and travel.
United States--Description and travel.
Texas--Emigration and immigration.
Document Types:
Photocopies--Texas--Diaries--[19--].
Translations--Texas--Diaries--[197-?].
Titles:
North America, particularly Texas in the year 1849 : a travel account ; a book for emigrants, especially for persons enthusiastic about emigration
Functions:
Promoting (advocating) Texas.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the papers. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Solms-Braunfels Archiv, 1842-1892, 67 volumes of typescripts [in German]
Rudolph Brach Memoirs, 241 pages [typescript re: experiences on Texas-Mexico border, 1848-1870; in German; photocopy--original is at the Leo Baeck Institute, New York]
Publications
Other published Texas travel journals from the mid-1800s are cataloged in the Texas State Archives' Texana Collection.
Steinert, Wilhelm. North America, particularly Texas in the year 1849 : a travel account ; a book for emigrants, especially for persons enthusiastic about emigration / by Wilhelm Steinert ; translated from the German by Gilbert J. Jordan. Dallas, Tex. : DeGolyer Library & William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies, Southern Methodist University, 1999.
Steinert, Wilhelm. Nordamerika, vorzuglich Texas im Jahre 1849; Reisebericht. Ein Buch fur Auswanderer, besonders fur Auswanderungslustige. Berlin : K.W. Kruger's Verlagshandlung, 1850.
Jordan, Gilbert J., editor and translator. "W. Steinert's view of Texas in 1849." Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. LXXX : No. 1, July 1976 through Vol. LXXXI : No. 1, July 1977.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Gilbert J. Jordan Typescript Translation and Photocopy. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1993/001

These papers were donated to the Texas State Archives by Terry Jordan, son of Gilbert Jordan, on September 1, 1992.

Processing Information

Paul B. Beck, December 1992

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Typescript translation and photocopy of North America, Particularly Texas in the Year 1849, A Travel Account..., [19--], [197-?],
0.24 cubic ft.

box folder
1993/001 1. Original typescript translation by Gilbert J. Jordan entitled: "North America - Particularly Texas in the Year 1849 - A Travel Account by W. Steinert, A Book for Prospective Emigrants," [197-?]
2. Photocopy of: Nordamerica - vorzuglich Texas im Jahre 1849 - Reisebericht von M. Steinert, ein Buch fur Auswanderer, Berlin : K.W. Kruger, 1850, [19--]

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