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Overview

Collection History

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Prints of early Texas cities collection, 1840s-1860, undated,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Prints of Early Texas Cities:

An Inventory of Prints of Early Texas Cities Collection at the Texas State Archives, 1840s-1860, undated



Overview

Title: Prints of early Texas cities collection
Dates: 1840s-1860, undated
Abstract: This collection consists of seven prints of illustrations in both black and white as well as color. The collection was purchased by the Texas State Library from Florence Lange in 1911. The images include stylized depictions of the Texas cities of Galveston, Houston, New Braunfels, and San Antonio. Dates covered are 1840s-1860, undated.
Quantity: 7 items
Language: These materials are written in English and German.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Collection History

The Bibliographisches Institut ("Bibliographic Institute") is a publishing company founded by Joseph Meyer in the German city of Gotha in 1826. In 1828, operations were moved to the city of Hildburghausen, where it remained until 1874. Meyer found significant success as a publisher of educational materials, principally by employing the novel system of serial publication for a base of subscription customers. The Institut published a number of popular titles throughout the 19th century, including encyclopedias, dictionaries, guide books, and atlases. Meyer's Universum (1833-1864), for example, was a series of collected views of the world that eventually comprised 17 volumes published in 12 languages, with about 80,000 subscribers across Europe. In 1874, operations were moved to Leipzig, where the company facilities were destroyed by Allied bombing during the Second World War. The Institut split into two publishing concerns following the establishment of East and West Germany, with branches in Leipzig and Mannheim. This separation persisted until German reunification in 1991, when the two companies were reunited. In 1984, the Mannheim branch merged with its principal competitor in the field of reference works, F.A. Brockhaus of Wiesbaden. As of 2013, the current name of the company is Bibliographisches Institut GmbH.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection consists of seven prints of illustrations in both black and white as well as color. The collection was purchased by the Texas State Library from Florence Lange in 1911. The images include cityscapes, harbors, landscape and waterfront scenes of the Texas cities of Galveston, Houston, New Braunfels, and San Antonio. Dates covered are 1840s-1860, undated. Most, if not all, of the engravings originated from German sources and were featured in educational and promotional materials published in Germany. In an effort to encourage interest in the subject city, the views were often composed in an idealized style with elements of landscape and geography that were not present in reality, such as prominent hills and pastoral scenes. Two known creators are E. Schossig and J.G. Bach (based on a work by Carl G. von Iwonski), who were each responsible for one of the prints. Creators of the remaining five prints are unknown. The Bibliographisches Institut published three of the seven prints; the remaining known publishers are J.G. Bach, J. Heyse, and C.W. Medau. The publisher of one print is unknown.

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Arrangement of the Collection

These records are arranged as received, alphabetically by city.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

Researchers are required to use gloves provided by the State Archives when reviewing photographic material.

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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:
Iwonski, Carl G. von, 1830-1922.
Medau, C. W. (Carl Wilhelm).
Schossig, E.
Bach, J. G.
Heyse, J.
Corporate Names:
Bibliographisches Institut Leipzig.
Subjects:
Cityscapes--Texas--Pictorial works.
Harbors--Texas--Pictorial works.
Landscapes--Texas--Pictorial works.
Waterfronts--Texas--Pictorial works.
Places:
Galveston (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Houston (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
New Braunfels (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
San Antonio (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Document Types:
Prints (visual works)--Texas--1840s-1860, undated.

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Related Material

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

Texas State Archives
San Antonio Souvenir Albums, about 1900, 3 albums [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 2-22/751.]
Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library
Abner J. Strobel Collection, 1892-1931, 12 lin. ft.[Contains half-tone engravings from the book The Old Plantations and Their Owners of Brazoria County, Texas]
Alexander Architectural Archive, University of Texas at Austin
Nicholas Joseph Clayton: An Inventory of his Drawings and Papers, 1883-1901, .08 linear ft. and 490 drawings. [Contains a number of sketches and architectural drawings of Galveston, Tex. dating from the late nineteenth-century]
University of Texas at San Antonio
Texana Collection, 1818-1974, 0.5 linear ft. [Contains a small grouping of steel engraving prints of Galveston, Houston, New Braunfels and San Antonio.]
Cushing Memorial Library and Archives, Texas A&M University
Mary and Mavis P. Kelsey Collection of Americana. [A major collection of prints and illustrations of Texas and the western United States.]
Publications
Kelsey, Mavis Parrott and Robin Brandt Hutchinson. Engraved prints of Texas, 1554-1900. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2005.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Prints of early Texas cities collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1911/004

These records were purchased by the Texas State Library from Florence Lange on December 14, 1911.

Processing Information

Preliminary inventory and notes by John Anderson, July 1983, March 1984

EAD finding aid prepared by Jonathan King, May 2013

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Prints of early Texas cities collection, 1840s-1860, undated,
7 items

Box Print
PP0074 1911/004-1 Galveston., C.W. Medau & Coin Prug., E. Schossig grav., 1840s
[Note: The print was created by E. Schossig, and published by C.W. Medau.]
1911/004-2 Galveston, 1847
[Note: The creator is unknown. The print was originally published in Carl von Sommer, Bericht über Meine Reise nach Texas im Jabre 1846 die Verhältnisse und den Zustand dieses Landres BertreVend: Nebst einer Lithographirten Skizze von Galveston (Report on my trip to Texas in 1846…), Bremen: J. Heyse, 1847.]
1911/004-3 Galveston in Texas, Aus d. Kunstanstalts d. Bibliogr Instituts in Hildbgh, Eigenthum d Verleger, 1856
[Note: The creator is unknown. The print was originally published by the Bibliographisches Institut as Plate 775 in Volume 7 (1856) of the world views compendium Meyer’s Universum. Oder Abbildung und Beschreibung des Sehenswerthesten und Merkwürdigsten der Natur und Kunst auf der ganzen Erde, (24 vols., 1833-1864).]
1911/004-4 Houston, undated
[Print is signed: F.B.]
1911/004-5 Neu Braunfels in Texas, Aus d. Kunstanstalts d. Bibliogr Instituts in Hildbgh, Eigenthum d Verleger, Neues Convers. Lexic., No. 72, 1857-1860
[Note: The creator is unknown. The print was originally published by the Bibliographisches Institut in a volume of the encyclopedia Neues Conversations-Lexikon für alle Stände (15 vols., 1857-1860).]
1911/004-6 Neu-Braunfels. Deutsche Colonie in West Texas, Gez v. C. G. Jwonsky, Lith. Anst. v. J.G. Bach Leipzig, 1857
[Note: The print was created and originally published by J.G. Bach of Leipzig, based on a illustration by Carl G. von Iwonski.]
1911/004-7 St. Antonio (Texas), Aus d. Kunstanstalts d. Bibliogr Instituts in Hildbgh, Eigenthum d Verleger, 1856
[Note: The creator is unknown. The print was originally published by the Bibliographisches Institut as Plate 715 of Volume 7 (1856) of the world views compendium Meyer’s Universum. Oder Abbildung und Beschreibung des Sehenswerthesten und Merkwürdigsten der Natur und Kunst auf der ganzen Erde (24 vols., 1833-1864).]

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