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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Joseph Kleiber Papers, 1860-1877



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kleiber, Joseph, 1833-1877
Title: Joseph Kleiber Papers
Dates: 1860-1877
Abstract: A letter book and four typescript copies comprise the Joseph Kleiber Papers, 1860-1877, documenting Kleiber’s business and mercantile affairs.
Accession No.: 1932
OCLC No.:
Extent: 8 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Merchant and railroad promoter Joseph Kleiber (1833-1877), the son of John George and Teresa (Zola) Kleiber, was born in Strasbourg, Alsace-Lorraine. After immigrating to the United States, he lived in New Orleans before moving to Port Isabel, Texas. In 1856, he married Emma Henrietta Butler, with whom he had five children. Four years later, Kleiber purchased a drugstore in Brownsville and served as a Confederate postmaster there during the Civil War. After Union forces captured Brownsville in 1863, Kleiber and his family relocated to Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, where he sold cotton and supplies to the Confederacy. He returned to Brownsville after the war and was employed in the construction the Rio Grande Railroad between Port Isabel and Brownsville. In 1874, Kleiber became a real estate dealer and died three years later in Austin.

Source: Hunter, John H. “Kleiber, Joseph.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed July 10, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fkl08.

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Scope and Contents

A letter book and four typescript copies comprise the Joseph Kleiber Papers, 1860-1877, documenting Kleiber’s business and mercantile affairs. Supply lists and invoices shed light on his drug store in Brownsville, his customers in southern Texas, and his wholesale suppliers in New Orleans. Additionally, letters describe the organization and operation of the Rio Grande Railroad Company.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Kleiber, Joseph, 1833-1877 -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Rio Grande Railroad Company.
Subjects
Railroads -- Texas.
Railroads -- Rio Grande.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas -- Brownsville.
Places
Brownsville (Tex.)
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joseph Kleiber Papers, 1860-1877, 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.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

box
2E293 Letter book, 1860-1876
Typescript of letter book, 1860-1872
box
2R72 Copies of typescript:
1860-1877
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2R73 1860-1877 (3 copies)

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