A Guide to the George S. Wehrwein Albums, 1910-1926
George S. Wehrwein (1883-1945) was a long-time professor of land economics at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. He also worked for the Department of Extension and taught agricultural economics at the University of Texas at Austin, ca. 1914-1917 and worked for the Office of Farm Markets at the University of Washington in Pullman, ca. 1918.
The collection consists of two albums. One focuses on the University of Texas at Austin, Dallas, Brownwood, San Antonio and West and North Central Texas. The other contains images of Wisconsin, Washington, and Pennsylvania. Included in the first album are photographs and clippings depicting eminent Texans such as George W. Breckenridge, R. E. Vinson, and Will C. Hogg, many photographs of Battle Hall in 1915, Old Main, the Department of Extension, the Woman’s Building, and numerous other campus-related buildings and residences nearby as well as the Texas State Capitol, the General Land Office with a note of its relationship to O. Henry and Elizabeth Ney’s studio. Also included are clippings about a university student protest and the impeachment of Governor James E. Ferguson. The Dallas section focuses on the Texas State Fair in 1916 and the Sixth Annual Corn Exposition in 1914. Images of San Antonio include the Alamo, the River Walk and the Gunter Hotel. Several of the missions are also included along with clippings and captions describing them. Brownwood is portrayed in photographs and postcards of Daniel Baker College and the public library. Other towns pictured include Voca, Temple, Clifton and Meridian. Several pages of the album feature Wehrwein’s Austin home, his friends, and family. The second album is titled “Wis Wash. Penna.” and contains highlights of tourist, residential and educational locations in those three states. A major focus is the Dells of the Wisconsin River. A business card proclaims Wehrwein’s position with the Office of Farm Markets in Pullman, Washington, which is portrayed both as a town and with a focus on the University of Washington. Other cities in the northwest that are pictured are Seattle and Walla Walla Washington, and Lewiston, Idaho. The Pennsylvania section is dated 1918 and includes photographs of a college in an unnamed town, various schoolhouses in the countryside, and Independence Hall and Carpenters’ Hall in Philadelphia.
George S. Wehrwein Albums, 1910-1928, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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.
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