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Descriptive Summary

Historical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Freie Presse Für Texas Records, 1867-1946



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Freie Presse Für Texas
Title: Freie Presse Für Texas Records
Dates: 1867-1946
Abstract: Die Freie Presse für Texas, a German newspaper published by the Texas Free Press Company in San Antonio, was founded on July 15, 1865, by August Siemering and Company. Records include correspondence, legal papers, memoranda, newspapers and clippings, business accounts, galley proofs, broadsides, and pamphlets, relating to the establishment and operation of a German-language newspaper in Texas.
Extent: 24 ft., 2 in.
Language: Materials are written in German and English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Sketch

Die Freie Presse für Texas, a German newspaper published by the Texas Free Press Company in San Antonio, was founded on July 15, 1865, by August Siemering and Company. Two years later W. B. Moore, James P. Newcomb, and H. Pollmar joined Siemering as editors. The front page contained advertisements, many of which were for San Antonio businesses, and fiction, and the second and third pages conveyed national and world news.

Prominent news items featured in the newspaper include endorsements of Ulysses S. Grant for president (1868), Reconstruction laws, accounts of Indians and Indian raids, and information and advice directed at German immigrants. The newspaper was one of the prominent papers of the day, especially in the many South Texas cities that had large German populations. G. F. Neuhause edited the Freie Presse until the paper was discontinued in 1945.

Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Die Freie Presse für Texas," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/SS/eeswm.html (accessed May 19, 2010).

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Scope and Contents

The records of the Freie Presse Für Texas include correspondence, legal papers, memoranda, newspapers and clippings, business accounts, galley proofs, broadsides, and pamphlets, relating to the establishment and operation of a German-language newspaper in Texas. The records pertain to congressional activities such as the National Recovery Act and amendments and revisions to immigration laws. Additionally, the records reflect the influence on society that German minority groups enjoyed in the 1930s, and also describe the activities of German singing societies and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Materials are written in German and English.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Due to the fragility of newspapers within the collection, microfilm copies should be used rather than the original newspapers.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Siemering, A. (August), 1830-1883
Weiss, Johannes
Weiss, Karl
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Free Press Company
Subjects
Immigration & society
Germans--Texas
Germans--Texas--Newspapers
Places
Berlin (Germany)
Chicago (Ill.)
San Antonio (Tex.)--History

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Freie Presse Für Texas Records, 1867-1946, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

Alternate Format Available

Newspapers are available on microfilm from the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

Box
2N341 Correspondence:
1880-1925
Box
2N342 1926-1927
Box
2N343 1928-April 1929
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2N344 May-October 1929
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2N345 November, 1929 - March 1930
Box
2N346 April-August 1930
Box
2N347 September-December 1930
Box
2N348 January-April 1931
Box
2N349 May-August 1931
Box
2N350 September-December 1931
Box
2N351 January-April 1932
Box
2N352 May-October 1932
Box
2N353 November 1932 - March 1933
Box
2N354 April-September 1933
Box
2N355 October 1933 - March 1934
Box
2N356 April-December 1934
Box
2N357 January-August 1935
Box
2N358 September 1935 - June 1936
Box
2N359 July 1936 - 1937
Box
2N360 1938-1940
Box
2N361 1941-1946
Box
2N362 Non-Texas material
"Dodgers"
Undated
Box
2N363 Undated
Box
2N364 Subscription contest, I and II, 1929
Box
2N365 Scrapbooks of subscription promoters, various papers
Sample printing book
Box
2N366 Legal papers, 1870-1908
Miscellaneous job printing:
A
Box
2N367 Ba - Be
Box
2N368 Be - Bo
Box
2N369 Brackenridge High School, 1928-1932
Box
2N370 Brackenridge High School, 1933-1941
Box
2N371 Brad - Car
Box
2N372 Car - Cu
Box
2N373 D - E
Box
2N374 F - Fu
Box
2N375 H - Heh, G
Box
2N376 Hei - Hu
Box
2N377 I - K
Box
2N378 L - Lone Star League
Box
2N379 Lor - M
Box
2N380 N - P
Box
2N381 Q - Ru
Box
2N382 S - San Antonio
Box
2N383 San Antonio - Sc
Box
2N384 Se - Sw
Box
2N385 T - We
Box
2N386 Wh - Z
Miscellaneous broadsides
Neu Braunfelser Zeitung
1929-1930
Box
2N387 1931-1936
Box
2N388 1939-1941
Box
2N389 1944-1945
Box
2N390 1945-1947
Box
2N391 1937, 1944, 1946
Fredericksburger Wochenblatt
1945
Box
2N392 Das Wochenblatt
1930-1934
Box
2N393 1934-1935
Box
2N394 1935-1936
Box
2N395 1936-1937
Freie Presse Für Texas
1908-1909
Box
2N396 1924-1925, 1932
Box
2N397 1924
Box
2N398 1924-1925

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