University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Gustav Wilhelm Eisenlohr Letters, 1850-1866



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Eisenlohr, Gustav Wilhelm, 1811-1881
Title: Eisenlohr, Gustav Wilhelm, letters
Dates: 1850-1866
Abstract: The Gustav Wilhelm Eisenlohr Letters, 1850-1866, comprise of German letters from Eisenlohr to his friend Otto Helbing in Germany and an English translation.
Accession No.: 1942; 82-055
Extent: 1 1/2 in.
Language: Materials are written in German and English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Gustav Wilhelm Eisenlohr (1811-1881) was a Lutheran minister in the Grand Duchy of Baden, now part of Germany. In 1848, he participated in the Hecker Uprising, which sought to overthrow the monarchy of Baden. After Eisenlohr was tried and convicted for his involvement, he fled to the United States, settling in New Braunfels, Texas, in 1849. Two years later, he succeeded Louis Cachand Ervendberg as minister of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. A staunch Republican, Eisenlohr advocated abolition and freedom of thought and religion. In 1878, he moved to Dallas, where he died in 1881.


Scope and Contents

The Gustav Wilhelm Eisenlohr Letters, 1850-1866, comprise of German letters from Eisenlohr to his friend Otto Helbing in Germany and an English translation. The missives describe Eisenlohr’s life in the United States as a German immigrant, especially in New Braunfels, Texas, and Cincinnati, Ohio, comparing it to life in Germany. The letters also deal with the personal and family concerns of Eisenlohr and Helbing.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Eisenlohr, Gustav Wilhelm, 1811-1881 -- Archives.
Helbing, Otto
Subjects
Germans -- Texas -- New Braunfels.
Germans -- Ohio -- Cincinnati.
Immigrants -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Places
New Braunfels (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century.
Cincinnati (Ohio) -- History -- 19th century.
Germany -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 19th century.
United States -- Emigration and immigration -- History -- 19th century.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Gustav Wilhelm Eisenlohr Letters, 1850-1866, 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

 

Inventory

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2D95 Letters, 1850-1866
Two copies of transcripts