University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Edmund Heinsohn Papers, 1912-1990

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Heinsohn, Edmund, 1888-1989
Title: Edmund Heinsohn Papers
Dates: 1912-1990
Abstract: Correspondence, articles, sermons, news clippings, sound recordings, printed materials and photographs, comprise the Edmund Heinsohn Papers, 1912-1990, documenting his ministries at the First Methodist Church in Georgetown and United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas.
Accession No.: 71-59; 80-9; 82-362; 83-155; 85-226; 86-191; 94-338; 95-101; 96-328; 2011-049
OCLC No.: 73527086
Extent: 9 ft. 6 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Attorney and Methodist minister Edmund Heinsohn (1888–1989), was born to Charles and Louise (Schwecke) Heinsohn, in Fayetteville, Texas. Heinsohn received his A.B. (1911) and LL. B. (1912) degrees from the University of Texas and opened a law office in Temple in 1912. He married Lollie Grimes in 1917, and they had three daughters. After practicing law for eleven years, Heinsohn entered the Methodist ministry in 1923 and served six years at the First Methodist Church in Georgetown. The pastor of the United Methodist Church in Austin from 1934 to 1958, Heinsohn supported the desegregation of the Methodist Church and the University of Texas.

A trustee of Southwestern University and Huston-Tillotson College, Heinsohn received honorary degrees from these institutions and was the first alumnus to receive the J.D. degree from the University of Texas law school. Heinsohn was also chairman of the Texas State Library and Historical Commission, a member of the Kiwanis Club of Austin, and the 1959 Most Worthy Citizen of the City of Austin.

Source: Gronberg, Les. “Heinsohn, Edmund.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed on March 8, 2011.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, articles, sermons, news clippings, sound recordings, printed materials and photographs, comprise the Edmund Heinsohn Papers, 1912-1990, documenting his ministries at the First Methodist Church in Georgetown and United Methodist Church in Austin, Texas. Correspondence concerns both church administration and social issues, such as World War II and racial segregation. Sound recordings document Heinsohn’s sermons at the United Methodist Church (1951-1957), while photographs depict church parishioners and events. Additionally, the collection includes birthday and anniversary tributes, as well as documents relating to his academic career at the University of Texas and membership in the Kiwanis Club of Austin.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Henson, Edmund, 1888-1989 -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin -- History -- 20th century.
Kiwanis Club of Austin.
United Methodist Church (Austin, Tex.)
First Methodist Church (Georgetown, Tex.)
Methodist Church -- Texas -- History.
Methodist Church -- Texas -- Clergy.
Austin (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century.
Austin (Tex.) -- Social life and customs.
Georgetown (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century.
Georgetown (Tex.) -- Social life and customs.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Edmund Heinsohn Papers, 1912-1990, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Les Gronberg, April 1985. Subsequent revisions were made by Evan Usler, March 2011.

This collection contains unprocessed materials.

Detailed Description of the Papers



3U280 General correspondence 1934-1976
Correspondence on special issues:
War, race, poverty, separation of church and state, 1934-1973
Letters from men in service (World War II), 1943-1945
3U281 Correspondence, United Methodist Church (Austin):
Completion of twenty years, 1954
Completion of twenty-five years, 1959
"Most Worthy Citizen Award," 1959
Bishop A. Frank Smith, 1917-1970
Comments on sermons, 1927-1973
Official retirement, 1959
David Lowes Watson, Heinsohn Lectures, 1986
3U282 Written works:
Articles in The University Methodist entitled "From my Study," 1949-1959, undated
Articles in the Kiwanis Klarion, 1969-1972
Reactions to books written by Heinsohn, correspondence, 1952-1974, undated
Printed materials:
News clippings, 1912-1979, 1985
Journals and certificates, 1912-1968
Additional printed materials
3U283 Miscellaneous printed materials
Birthday Tributes
Speeches and addresses:
Special occasion messages
3U284 General messages
Associations with the University of Texas:
The board of regents removes President Rainey, 1944
Correspondence with J. Frank Dobie, Walter Webb, and G. B. Smedley
Reunions of the 1911 law class
Transcript of taped interview with Dr. Heinsohn, 1970
Correspondence course, “Admission on Trial,” SMU, 1923
Awards, tributes, photographs, 1950- ca. 1980s
Speeches, tributes, University Methodist Church 1942-1990
Kiwanis Club of Austin 1969-1972
Newspaper clippings 1943-1954
3U285 Sermons:
Red Oak, Sterrett, Ovilla, 1923-1925
Sagamore Hill (Ft. Worth), 1925-1927
3U286 Georgetown, Texas:
January 15, 1928; April 22, 1928; September 28, 1928; September-December, 1929
January, 1930 - June, 1931
3U287 January, 1930 - June, 1931
3U288 Austin, Texas (includes San Angelo and BMC-Belton?):
January, 1934 - June, 1936
3U289 July, 1936 - December, 1938
3U290 January, 1939 - July, 1941
3U291 August, 1941 - December, 1943
3U292 January, 1944 - May 1946
3U293 June, 1946 - December, 1948
3U294 January, 1949 - March 1951
3U295 April, 1951 - December 1953
3U296 January, 1954 - July 1956
3U297 August, 1956 - December, 1958
3U298 January-June, 1959, undated
3U299 Funeral services:
Eulogies by Dr. Heinsohn, alphabetical, A-Y August, 1956 - December, 1958
Sermons about funerals and death
3Y6 Photographs:
13 snapshots, 1955 Christmas party, 3 with Dr. Heinsohn
7 photographs of Dr. Heinsohn
6 photographs of methodists, parishoners, and churches
1 photograph of George Bruce Halsted
2.325/D14a Tribute booklet (oversize) 1954
2.325/R Taped sermons at University Methodist Church (Austin):
June 10, 1951
June 17, 1951
July 8, 1951
July 15, 1951
July 22, 1951
October 14, 1951
February 1958
March 31, 1957
June 8, 1958
October 20, undated
Phonodisc, special recognition service for Dr. and Mrs. Heinsohn: n. d., two ten-inch, 33 1/3 L. P.s