A Guide to the Carl T. Widen Papers, 1902-1985, undated
Born in Des Moines County, Iowa, Carl Theophilus Widen (1884-1985), was the son of Swedish immigrants Carl August Widen and Gustava Peterson. After attending Luther College in Wahoo, Nebraska, and Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, Widen graduated from the University of Texas in 1902. Working as an assistant cashier of the American National Bank in Austin, Texas, until 1918, Widen eventually became a partner of law firm Bohn Bros. In 1917, he married Austin native Edna Bohn, with whom he had three children: Alma Gustava, Edna Augusta, and Eleanor Hilda. In addition to his business endeavors, Widen played the violoncello at different venues in Austin, was involved in the Swedish Order of the North Star, and promoted Swedish heritage in Texas.
"Carl Theophilus Widen." Swedish America Heritage Online. Accessed April 13, 2011. http://www.swedesintexas.com/getperson.php?personID=I125701&tree=sit0001.
Comprised of certificates, newspaper clippings, printed material, an oral history transcript, a diploma, and a photograph, the Carl T. Widen Papers, 1902-1985, and undated, chronicle Widen’s recognition as a prominent Texas Swede as well as his interest in his Swedish heritage. Certificates consist of proclamations from Governor of Texas James V. Allred pertaining to the Texas Swedish Centennial (1938) and Austin Mayor Carole Keeton McClellan designating March 11, 1983 as "Carl T. Widen Day," while other official documents concern his involvement in the Swedish Order of the North Star (1984). The collection also includes Widen’s diploma from the University of Texas (1902); photocopies of newspaper clippings featuring stories about Widen (1962-1984); photocopies of printed material such as programs from the Austin Symphony Society and Widen’s article entitled "A Julotta in Texas," in The Swedish Pioneer Quarterly (1970); a transcript of Widen’s oral history (1964); and an photograph depicting Widen.
This collection is open for research use.
Carl T. Widen Papers, 1902-1985, undated, 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.
Detailed Description of the Papers