A Guide to the August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben Collection, 1846, 1868
Poet, philologist, historian, and lyricist August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben (1798-1874) was born in Fallersleben, Hannover, Germany. After receiving his education from the universities of Göttingen (1816-1819) and Bonn (1819-1821), Hoffmann von Fallersleben moved to Breslau (now Wroclaw, Poland), where he worked as a librarian and professor of German language and literature for twenty years. Prussian authorities forced him to leave, however, following the publication of Unpolitische Lieder (1840-1841), a compilation of politically-charged songs. Between 1843 and 1845, Hoffmann von Fallersleben befriended two Germans who had emigrated to Texas, which inspired him to write poetry and songs on Texas. In 1846, he published Texanische Lieder and was granted 300 acres of land in Texas by the Adelsverein the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas). Although Hoffmann von Fallersleben never claimed his land, he continued to write about Texas, authoring the three-act opera libretto In beiden Welten in 1852.
Saustrup, Anders S. "Hoffmann von Fallersleben, August Heinrich."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed June 14, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fho88.
A photocopy of two opera libretti and photographs of a songbook compose the August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben Collection, 1846, 1868, documenting Hoffmann von Fallersleben’s poetic works on Texas. The two published operas, In beiden Welten and Der Graf im Pfluge, consist of descriptions of prevalent themes, various background information, as well as lyrics for each opera (1868). Additionally, the songbook entitled Texanische Lieder contains Hoffmann’s von Fallersleben’s collection of folk songs and ballads on Texas (1846).
This collection is open for research use.
August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben Collection, 1846, 1868, 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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