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Overview

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Ernst von Rosenberg Papers, 1899-1915

Von Rosenberg Family Papers, 1859-1964

Carl Wilhelm von Rosenberg Correspondence, 1882-1884


Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

A Guide to the Von Rosenberg Family Papers, 1871-1964



Overview

Creator: Von Rosenberg Family
Title: Von Rosenberg Family Papers
Bulk Dates: Bulk, 1871-1907
Inclusive Dates: 1871-1964
Abstract: Ernst von Rosenberg (1852-1915), longstanding draftsman and chief draftsman at the Texas General Land Office, was born in 1852 near Round Top, Texas. Correspondence, land records, financial documents, records of fraternal organizations, and family papers document the business and some personal affairs of Ernst von Rosenberg, as well as land ownership and some personal affairs of his family, including sons Ernest Jacob and Paul von Rosenberg, mother Auguste von Rosenberg, and Charles von Rosenberg.
Identification: AR.112
Quantity: 2.5 Linear feet, (6 document boxes, 1 oversized box)
Location: File Vault
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

Biographical Note

Ernst von Rosenberg (1852-1915), longstanding draftsman and chief draftsman at the Texas General Land Office, was born in 1852 near Round Top, Texas to Carl Wilhelm and Auguste von Rosenberg. Ernst’s father, Carl Wilhelm (William) von Rosenberg (1821–1901), was also a chief draftsman at the Texas General Land Office and an emigrant with the Adelsverein. The family moved to Austin in 1856, when Ernst was three years old. Public education options were limited in Austin, but Ernst von Rosenberg was self-educated and, following in his father’s footsteps, he was appointed draftsman of the General Land Office in 1876. He was appointed chief draftsman in 1913. With the exception of a two-year period from 1891 to 1893, Ernst von Rosenberg was a draftsman at the Texas General Land Office for thirty-seven years, from 1876 until the time of his death in 1915.

In 1879 von Rosenberg married Helene Lungkwitz, daughter of Texas landscape artist Herman Lungkwitz. Ernst and Helene had eight children, two of whom, Ernest Jacob von Rosenberg and Herman Ursini von Rosenberg, continued the family tradition by pursuing careers at the General Land Office. Ernst von Rosenberg was actively involved in the Austin community throughout his life. As a young man he served in the Travis Rifles, a volunteer infantry company. He was a long-time member of the Austin Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1 and served as its secretary-treasurer for forty years; he also served on the board of the Friends in Need Society, an early fraternal benefit society and insurance organization for whites. Von Rosenberg also served as Alderman on the Austin city council.

Carl Wilhelm (William) von Rosenberg (1821–1901) and Auguste von Rosenberg had eleven children in all, including Ernst, Paul, William, Jr., Frederick, Laura, and Emma. Ernest Jacob von Rosenberg (1889-1975), draftsman, was born to Ernst and Helene von Rosenberg in Austin and worked as an engineer at the Reclamation Department, the Texas General Land Office, and at the Texas Highway Department.

Sources


  • Von Rosenberg Family. Web. 09 Jan. 2012. http://vonrosenbergfamily.com.
  • Von Rosenberg Family Papers (AR.112.VRF). Archives and Records, Texas General Land Office.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

Correspondence, land records, financial documents, records of fraternal organizations, and family papers document the business and some personal affairs of Ernst von Rosenberg, as well as land ownership and some personal affairs of family members, including sons Ernest Jacob and Paul von Rosenberg, mother Auguste von Rosenberg, and Charles Wilhelm von Rosenberg. Ernst’s personal land interests are well documented from 1896-1915 through business correspondence, many with his land agent George Myers. More information about family land holdings, in particular lands on the Walker Wilson, J.G. McGehee, Cocke, and Crawford surveys, is found in Land Papers in the Family Papers sub-group. Documentation of Ernst’s employment at the Texas General Land Office is limited to his applications for employment as draftsman in 1899 and chief draftsman in 1903, a printed circular demanding an increase in draftsmen’s salaries, and a paystub for the special project he worked on to determine the extent of vacant public land in 1899. Letters of reference written to Land Commissioner John James Terrell (1857-1920, Land Commissioner 1903-1909) from associates across Texas supporting Ernst’s employment at the land office show his wide and varied support and associations; correspondents of note include George Littlefield, George Myers, and O. W. Williams. The Financial Documents include tax receipts and other household invoices, and illuminate aspects of the Von Rosenberg household as well as local government and businesses in Austin in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Family papers are few and limited to birth and professional certificates of Ernest J. von Rosenberg. Family members are also mentioned in Ernst’s land business and GLO-related correspondence, in the tax receipts, and especially in the Land Papers series mentioned above.

Some insight into Ernst von Rosenberg’s civic life is provided in the Fraternal Organizations papers. The bulk of this series is from the Friends in Need Society. The correspondence, addressed to G. A. Wheatley, the Secretary of the organization, is from members requesting benefits. Also included is limited documentation of the Select Knights of Texas, the Austin Hook & Ladder Fire Co. No. 1, and the Ancient Order United Workmen of Texas. Ernst’s interest in local politics and his opinions about development in the City of Austin and the fire company’s involvement in political elections are shown in the notes and clippings.

There is a small addition of correspondence from Ernst's father Carl Wilhelm von Rosenberg to W. G. Hansbrough regarding a land ownership dispute with Carl Wilhelm acting as land agent for Hansbrough.

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Arrangement

These records are organized into three series:
Ernst von Rosenberg Papers, 1899-1915,
Von Rosenberg Family Papers, 1859-1964,
Carl Wilhelm von Rosenberg Correspondence, 1882-1884
The Ernst von Rosenberg Papers are further organized into 4 subseries:
Texas General Land Office Employment 1899-1902,
Land Business Correspondence 1896-1915,
Financial Records 1871-1908,
Civic Activities 1899-1908,
The Von Rosenberg Family Papers are further organized into 2 subseries:
Land Records 1859-1901,
Family Documents 1902, 1927-1964,

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use restrictions

Materials may be under copyright protection. US copyright law does allow for reproduction of materials under copyright for uses such as critique, criticism, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form.

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Index Terms

Austin Hook & Ladder Co. No. 1.
Friends in Need Society of Austin.
Hansbrough, W. G.
Terrell, John James, 1857-1920
Texas. General Land Office.
Von Rosenberg, Carl Wilhelm, 1821-1901
Von Rosenberg, Ernest Jacob, 1889-1975
Von Rosenberg, Ernst, 1852-1915
Abstracts of Title
Austin (Tex.)
Cocke Survey
Colorado County (Tex.)
Correspondence
Coryell County (Tex.)
Crawford Survey
Deeds
Draftsmen--Texas
Financial records
J. G. McGehee Survey
Land Certificates
Land ownership--Texas
Legal documents
Manuscripts
Titles
Walker Wilson League
Zavala County (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Short title of Document], [Date: Day-Month-Year]. Box [#], Folder [#], p. [#]. Von Rosenberg Family Papers (AR.112). Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin.

Acquisition Information

Donated by P.D. Nerren and Phleshia Smith, 2010. Donated by Sandra Schenck Baggett, Elizabeth Montgomery, and Virginia A. Lane, 2011.

Processing Information

This collection processed by Laurel Atkins, August 2011. Finding aid updated by Lauren Goodley, November 2011. Addition added and Finding aid updated by Daniel Alonzo, August 2013.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Ernst von Rosenberg Papers, 1899-1915

Texas General Land Office Employment, 1899-1902
Scope and Contents of the Records
This series contains correspondence between Ernst von Rosenberg and Texas Land Commissioner John James Terrell, and various associates, including lawyers, land agents, land companies, surveyors, banks, ranchers, and citizens from across the state. The main topics are related to Ernst’s requests to be reinstated as a draftsman in 1899 after completing work on the special project to tabulate the amount of public domain land in the State of Texas; and to be named chief draftsman in 1902. Included are these requests for employment; a circular asking for letters of reference; responses to Ernst; and letters of reference addressed to Commissioner Terrell.
Box Folder
1 1 Von Rosenberg to Rogan; to unknown, 1899-1902
2 Von Rosenberg to Terrell, 1902
3 Circular from von Rosenberg, ca 1902
4 Circular from Texas General Land Office drafting department, ca 1902
5 Letters to von Rosenberg, A-Z, 1899
6 Letters to von Rosenberg, Abrams - Howard, 1902
7 Letters to von Rosenberg, Jones - White, 1902
8 Letters to J. J. Terrell, Alexander - Mills, 1902
7 Von Rosenberg to J. J. Terrell 1902
9 Letters to J. J. Terrell, Moreland - Wynn, 1902
10 Texas General Land Office paystub 1899
Personal Land Business - Correspondence, 1896-1915
Scope and Contents of the Records
Includes letters to and from von Rosenberg concerning his land ownership, sales, and leases. Items are grouped by topic or conversation (often consisting of a letter and its response from von Rosenberg), arranged in alphabetical order by correspondent.
Box Folder
1 11 [No Last Name], Richard, 1899-10-25
12 Ames, George W., 1900-09-24
13 Barron, J. B., 1896-05-27
14 Boyce, William, 1905-08-04
15 Brown, Frank, 1899-07-15
16 Cassin, William, 1898-05-26
17 Collier, W. W., 1904-04-07
18 Commercial National Bank 1906-09-15
19 Cottingham, S. A., 1900-09-03
20-22 Denmead, A., 1897-1900
23 Helburn, W. A., 1901-04-11
24-27 Herman, George C., 1897-1902
28 Kelly and Norris, Dealers in Mutton Sheep, 1901-03-31
Box Folder
2 1 Kenney, R. M., 1906-09-08
2 Leckie, William H., 1899-10-19
3 Lefevre, Arthur, 1904-05-23
4 Ligertwood, A. G., 1907-04-28
5 Maxey, John Wharton, 1899-09-12
6-26 McNelly, T. H., 1898-1904
Box Folder
3 59 Moorhead, James R., 1897-11-29
60 Morris, R. P. N. 1898-11-12
Box Folder
2 27-67 Myers, George, 1898-1907
Box Folder
3 1-58 Myers, George, 1898-1907
61 Robbins, Fred S., 1904-02-29
62 Ross, J. B., 1900-09-03
63 Shackelford, Lee, 1904-10-31
64 Strickland, Guy O., 1900-01-16
65 Surrey, A. C., 1915-02-06
66 Swenson, E. P., 1907-07-24
67 Thompson, S. A., 1900-01-24
68-69 Vandervoot, F., 1898-1903
70-72 Vivion, J. M., 1898
73-74 von Rosenberg, Charles J., 1898-1903
75 von Rosenberg, Herbert, 1907-04-28
76 Ward, C. T., 1900-04-02
77-78 Ware, Riley R., 1904-1905
79 Blank lease contract ca 1900
80 Envelopes 1858-1903
Financial Materials, 1871-1908
Scope and Contents of the Records
Contains tax receipts from the City of Austin and Travis County, household invoices, calculation sheets, returned checks, bank books, and insurance policies. State and County tax receipts cover Von Rosenberg’s home in Austin as well as the Wilson and McGehee surveys. Invoices and calculations refer to household finances and expenses related to houses and lots in Austin.
Tax Receipts, 1870-1924
Box Folder
4 1 Austin City Tax Receipts, Ernst von Rosenberg, 1875-1899
2 Austin City Tax Receipts, Ernest J. von Rosenberg / C. A. Keuchler, 1915-1924
3 State and County Tax Receipts, Bulk, 1915-19241904-1924
4-5 Travis County Tax Receipts, 1870-1901
7-13 Invoices, 1882-1907
14 Calculations, ca 1900
15 Returned Checks, 1902-1906 and undated
16 Bank Books, ca 1905
17 Fire Insurance Policies, 1908, 1912
Civic Activities, 1899-1908
Box Folder
4 18-23 Friends in Need Society Correspondence, 1899-1908
Box Folder
5 1-2 Select Knights of Texas, 1899-1900
3 Ancient Order United Workmen of Texas, 1899-1900
4-5 Austin Hook & Ladder Fire Co. No. 1, 1902-1906
50 Maccabees of the World Circular, 1904
6 Notes regarding Public Streets, 1906
7 Austin Dam Contract, 1907

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Von Rosenberg Family Papers, 1859-1964

Land Papers, 1859-1901
Scope and Contents of the Records
Documents regarding lands held by von Rosenberg family, including Ernst, Charles, Auguste, and Paul von Rosenberg. Most materials refer to the J.G. McGehee, Cocke, Walker Wilson and Crawford surveys. Items of note include a map by F.M. Maddox.
Deeds, 1859-1880
Box Folder
5 9 Hiram S. Morgan to Edward H. McGehee 1859-07-12
10 Edward H. McGehee to Charles L. McGehee 1859-07-12
11 James P. Hector to Felix E. Smith, 1870-04-12
12 Hiram Turner to Charles Calvin, 1874-07-20
13 Felix E. Smith to Auguste von Rosenberg, 1874-07-27
14 James P. Hector to Felix E. Smith, 1874-11-09
15 C. T. Calvin to M. E. Gerst, 1875-02-22
16 Felix E. Smith to Auguste von Rosenberg, 1875-06
17 Felix E. Smith to Wade M. Smith, 1975-07-03
18 Menard and Mary Gagnon to Ernst von Rosenberg, 1976-04-27
19 Peter Schmitt to Thomas Kirkpatrick, 1975-09-30
20 Thomas Kirkpatrick to Julio Perres, 1876-10-23
21 Auguste von Rosenberg and W. von Rosenberg to Charles von Rosenberg, 1876-11-13
22 Joseph Gerst and M. E. Gerst to Laura Sutton and Samuel C. Lackey, 1877-03-29
23 Felix E. Smith to Paul von Rosenberg, 1877-08-20
24 Auguste von Rosenberg and W. von Rosenberg to Laura and Emma von Rosenberg, 1877-09-01
25 Auguste von Rosenberg and W. von Rosenberg to Paul von Rosenberg, 1877-09-01
26 Paul von Rosenberg to Charles von Rosenberg, 1877-09-19
27 Paul von Rosenberg to Ernst von Rosenberg, 1879-07-01
28 Ernst von Rosenberg to Jeannette Wilhemine Thielpape, 1879-08-14
29 Julio Perres to Charles H. Stafford, 1879-12-29
30 Medard Gagnon to Charles von Rosenberg, 1880-03-19
31 J. Ward and R. T. Campbell to Laura E. Sutton, 1881-02-14
32 Laura and Emma von Rosenberg to Charles von Rosenberg, 1881-10-11
33 John C. Wilson to W. R. Davis, 1881-12-17
34 J. W. Thielpape to Ernst von Rosenberg, 1882-03-14
35 Wade M. Smith to Charles von Rosenberg, 1882-06-01
36 Robert F. Campbell to Warren Wallace, 1882-07-27
37 George Ridgeway to Warren Wallace, 1882-09-07
38 Charles T. Calvin to Charles von Rosenberg, 1882-09-21
39 Felix E. Smith to Ernst von Rosenberg, 1883-06-11
40 Mary E. Farshey to Ernst von Rosenberg 1884-02-14
41 Charles H. Stafford to Ernst von Rosenberg, 1887-04-04
42 Jacob Schneider to Medard and Mary Gagnon, 1887-05-19
43 Ernst von Rosenberg to Joseph Spence, 1889-06-05
44 Wade M. Smith to Charles von Rosenberg, 1890-07-19
45 Joseph Spence to Ernst von Rosenberg, 1891-08-03
46 Charles H. Stafford to Ernst von Rosenberg, 1891-12-28
47 Ernst von Rosenberg to Paul von Rosenberg, 1894-06-01
48 E. T. Moore to Alfred B. Short, 1896-04-17
49 Anna E. Cameron to Charles von Rosenberg, 1897-12-22
Abstracts of Title, 1896-1900
Box Folder
6 1 H.W. Cocke Survey and J. E. Crawford Pre-emption Survey, 1896-04-15
2 John G. McGehee Survey, 1896-04-15
3 John G. McGehee Survey, ca 1900
4 Walker Wilson Survey, 1896-04-17
5 Walker Wilson Survey, ca 1900
Title Papers, 1871-1901
Box Folder
6 6 J. G. McGehee League, 1872-1873
7 Walker Wilson Survey, 1857-1883
8 Live Oak Prairie, 1883-1901
Agreements, 1883-1884
Box Folder
6 9 Charles von Rosenberg--McGeehee lands, 1883-07-13
10 C. H. Stafford and E. S. Knott, 1883-09-28
11 William Wende and Charles von Rosenberg--Walker Wilson league, 1884-05-14
Field Notes, 1897
Box Folder
6 12 J.G. McGehee Survey, 1897-06-29
Maps, ca 1900
Box Folder
6 13 J. G. McGehee and Walker Wilson Surveys, ca 1900
14 Sketch in Zavala County, ca 1900
15 Field Book, ca 1899
Family Documents, 1902, 1927-1964
Box Folder
6 16 Collected materials, ca early 1900’s
17 Ernest Jacob von Rosenberg Certificates, 1927-1964
Oversized Box
7 Ernest Jacob von Rosenberg Certificates, 1902

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Carl Wilhelm von Rosenberg Correspondence, 1882-1884

Box Folder
6 18-21 Carl Wilhelm von Rosenberg to W. G. Hansbrough Correspondence, 1882-1884

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