University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Arthur Meersheidt Family Papers, 1844-1895, [ca. 1941].



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Meersheidt, Arthur
Title: Meersheidt, Arthur, Family Papers
Dates: 1844-1896, [ca.1941].
Abstract: The Arthur Meersheidt Family Papers, 1844-1896, [ca. 1941], include correspondence from among the Meersheidt family members, family photographs, a scrapbook of German poems and German cartoons.
Accession No.: 1952
OCLC No.:
Language: Materials are written in German, English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical/Historical Note

Born in Braunschweig, Germany, to Frau von Huellesen, Arthur Meerscheidt (1827-1887) served as captain of the 60th infantry battalion in the Hungarian army. He retired honorably in 1849, after fleeing Austria during the Hungarian uprising against the Hapsburg Empire in 1848, and immigrated to Texas in 1850. There, he married Lina von Rosenberg and began farming. Later, he served as a postmaster in LaGrange, Texas and eventually became a lawyer.


Scope and Contents

The Arthur Meersheidt Family Papers, 1844-1896, [ca. 1941], include correspondence from among the Meersheidt family members, family photographs, a scrapbook of German poems and German cartoons. The letters, both transcripts and originals, describe Arthur Meersheidt’s early life in Austria, journey to the United States, impressions of Texas and accounts of Civil War experiences. Materials are in German and English.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Meersheidt, Arthur
Meersheidt, Lina
Von Rosenberg family
Meersheidt family
Subjects
Germans -- Texas -- Correspondence
Germans -- Texas -- History -- 19th century

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Arthur Meerscheidt Papers, 1844-1896, ca. 1941, 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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2N402 Papers, originals
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2Q394 Meerscheidt family letters, Jan. 1844-Oct. 1895
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2Q395 Meerscheidt letters, Jan 1844-Feb. 1891
Photographs and Soergel letters
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4L149 Lina Meerscheidt's scrapbook of German cartoons