A Guide to the John Ernest Mowinckel Papers, 1851-1885
Born in Norway, John Ernest Mowinckel (b. 1820) immigrated to Travis County, Texas, in 1843. Mowinckel, who owned a farm in Travis County, became a United States citizen in 1853.
Composed of original and typescript copies of diaries, notebooks, legal documents, certificates, and a plat map, the John Ernest Mowinckel Papers, 1851-1885, chronicle Mowinckel’s activities in Travis County, Texas. Diaries and notebooks discuss weather conditions and life on the farm, including Mowinckel’s livestock and purchase of agricultural equipment and supplies. Legal documents consist of a deed for the purchase of land in Travis County as well as a military land claim, while certificates relate to property ownership and Mowinckel’s citizenship. Additionally, a Photostat of a plat map illustrates property owned by various individuals in Travis County.
This collection is open for research use.
John Ernest Mowinckel Papers, 1851-1885, 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