University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Charles Burmeister Papers, 1876-1877

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Burmeister, Charles
Title: Charles Burmeister Papers
Dates: 1876-1877
Abstract: This collection contains images and observations of Dallas and Houston, Texas, by Charles Burmeister, sent to Texas from Wisconsin to assess its potential for German immigration, in the years 1876 to 1877.
Extent: 1/2 in. manuscript material, 12 stereo views
Language: Materials are written in German.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Charles Burmeister (1856-1891) was born in Wisconsin of German parents. He was sent from Wisconsin to Texas to investigate living conditions and opportunities for German immigrants.

Scope and Contents

Stereo views are of Dallas and Houston, primarily commercial buildings. One of the Dallas views portrays the lynching of a black man named Wesly Jones. Manuscript material includes letters and postcards containing Burmeister’s views of the climate and business opportunities in Texas. Most of the letters are in German with synopses in English.


Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Burmeister, Charles--Archives
Germans—Texas—History—19th century
Lynching—Texas—19th century
Buffalo Bayou (Tex.)
Dallas (Tex.)
Houston (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Charles Burmeister Papers, 1876-1877, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Papers



2B176 Correspondence, 1876-1877
3S109 Stereo views, 1877