University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Louis Lenz Collection, 1688-1966

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lenz, Louis, 1885-1967
Title: Lenz, Louis, Collection
Dates: 1688-1966
Abstract: Materials collected by Lenz after his retirement concern the early history of Texas and its settlement, particularly by the Canary Islanders in San Antonio and the Germans in South Texas; the Texas Revolution; and the Texas Republic. Louis Lenz (1885-1967) was a civil engineer and Texana collector.
Accession No.: 68-008; 70-039; 78-065; 83-073; 93-264
Extent: 10 ft., 2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Louis Lenz (1885-1967) was a civil engineer and Texana collector. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1907 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. After working for the Southern Pacific Railroad, he helped construct a railroad in Uruguay in 1912. He served as chief engineer for the Vacuum Oil Company until its merger with the Magnolia Petroleum Company in 1931, when he became district engineer for Magnolia in Louisiana until his retirement in 1951. Afterwards he moved to Houston and began collecting materials on early Texas. He became vice chairman of the Harris County Historical Survey Committee, a member of the Knights of the Order of San Jacinto, and an honorary member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas. In 1956, he designed the official commemorative medallion for the 120th anniversary of the Texas Declaration of Independence.


Bailey, Clay. "Lenz, Louis (1885-1967)."Handbook of Texas Online, (accessed May 12, 2010).

Scope and Contents

The Louis Lenz Collection, 1688-1966, contains materials collected by Lenz after his retirement concerning the early history of Texas and its settlement, particularly by the Canary Islanders in San Antonio and the Germans in South Texas; the Texas Revolution; and the Texas Republic. Significant features of the collection are letters from notable persons in Texas history, family papers and government records of settlers, a daily diary of the Confederate tax collector in Victoria (1862-1864), and ledgers from several business establishments in Cuero. Other materials included are financial and legal records, literary productions, certificates, deeds, land grants, a guest register from the Muti Hotel in Cuero (1880-1883), speeches, photographs, and newspaper clippings. There are also calendars compiled by Lenz for some of the materials and a card index for the collection. Many documents are in German and Spanish, some of the latter with English translations. Some materials are photostatic copies. Also included are photographs of notable persons and events in Texas history and of Lenz. Photographs are arranged by persons, places, and subjects.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Lenz, Louis, 1885-1967 -- Archives.
Lenz, Louis, 1885-1967 -- Photographs.
Byran, Travis B. -- Pictorial works.
Buchel family -- Pictorial works.
Buchel, Augustus Carl, Family.
Chabot, Frederick C. (Frederick Charles), b. 1891.
De Zavala, Lorenzo, Jr. -- Pictorial works.
Zavala, Lorenzo de, 1788-1836 -- Pictorial works.
Flick family -- Pictorial works.
Frobese, William.
Grayson, Benjamin S., d. 1849
Grayson, Thomas Wigg, 1808-1873.
Grimes, Jesse, 1788-1866.
Grimes, Jesse, 1788-1866 -- Pictorial works.
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863 -- Pictorial works.
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863.
Howerton family -- Pictorial works.
Isleib, Carl -- Pictorial works.
Kunitz family.
Leinhardt, Henry -- Pictorial works.
Menchaca, Antonio, 1800-1879 -- Pictorial works.
Navarro, José Antonio, 1795-1871 -- Pictorial works.
Petty family -- Pictorial works.
Santa Anna, Antonio López de, 1794?-1876 -- Pictorial works.
Seeligson family -- Pictorial works.
Seguín, Juan Nepomuceno, 1806-1890 -- Pictorial works.
Smith, Erastus, 1787-1837 -- Pictorial works.
Straube family.
Talahina, R. -- Pictorial works.
Turner, Amasa, 1800-1877 -- Pictorial works.
Wade, Houston, 1882-1947.
Whittaker family -- Pictorial works.
Subjects (Organizations)
Cuero (Tex.). Turkey Trot -- Pictorial works.
Texas Heritage Foundation, Inc. -- Pictorial works.
Texas. Navy -- History -- Sources.
Yanaguana Society -- History -- Sources.
Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
Canary Islanders -- Texas.
Cemeteries -- Texas -- Pictorial works.
Church buildings -- Texas -- Pictorial works.
Clothing and dress -- Texas.
Diaries -- Texas.
Fire extinction -- Pictorial works.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas.
Galveston, Battle of, Galveston, Tex., 1863 -- Pictorial works.
Germans -- Texas.
Horticulture -- Texas.
House furnishings -- Texas.
Indians of North America -- Texas.
Memorials -- Pictorial works.
Merchants -- Pictorial works.
Mission Espíritu Santo (Goliad County, Tex.) -- Pictorial works.
Missions -- Pictorial works.
Monuments -- Pictorial works.
Parades -- Pictorial works.
Photography of fires -- Sources
Processions -- Pictorial works.
Recipes -- Texas.
San Jacinto Museum of History -- Pictorial works.
Ships -- Pictorial works.
Shipping -- Pictorial works.
Slaves -- Texas.
Stores, Retail -- Pictorial works.
Textile fabrics -- Texas.
Veterans -- Pictorial works.
Austin (Tex.) -- Pictorial works.
Castroville (Tex.) -- Pictorial works.
Coahuila and Texas (Mexico) -- History.
Confederate States of America -- Finance.
Cuero (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
Cuero (Tex.) -- Pictorial works.
DeWitt County (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
DeWitt County (Tex.) -- Pictorial works.
El Paso County (Tex.) -- Pictorial works.
Fort Gibson (Okla.) -- Pictorial works.
Indianola (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
Indianola (Tex.) -- Pictorial works.
Mexico -- Pictorial works.
New Spain -- History -- Sources.
San Antonio (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
San Antonio (Tex.) -- Pictorial works.
Victoria (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
Victoria (Tex.) -- Pictorial works.
Texas -- History -- Sources.
Texas -- Capital and capitol -- Pictorial works.
Texas -- Colonization.
Texas -- Emigration and immigration.
Texas -- History -- Republic, 1836-1846.
Texas -- History -- Revolution, 1835-1836.
Texas -- Pictorial works.
Texas, South -- History -- Sources.

Related Material

See also Lefevre (Arthur) Collection, Bastrop (Baron Felipe Enrique Neri de) Papers, Grimes (Jesse) Papers, McKinney (Thomas F.) Papers, and Davis (George Washington) Papers.

Separated Material

Some materials have been separated to the Thomas F. McKinney Papers, Baron Felipe Enrique Neri de Bastrop Papers, and George Washington Davis Papers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Louis Lenz Collection, 1688-1966, 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.

Detailed Description of the Papers


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