University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the John Ernest Mowinckel Papers, 1851-1885



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mowinckel, John Ernest, b. 1820
Title: Mowinckel, John Ernest, Papers
Dates: 1851-1885
Abstract: 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.
Accession No.: 80-062
Extent: 2 in.
Language: Materials are written in Norwegian and English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Mowinckel, John Ernest, b. 1820 -- Archives.
Subjects
Agriculture -- Texas -- Travis County.
Immigration & society -- Texas -- Travis County.
Norwegians -- Texas -- Travis County.
Places
Travis County (Tex.) -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Ernest Mowinckel Papers, 1851-1885, 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.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2J130 Diaries, notebooks, legal documents, certificates, and a plat map, 1851-1885
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2R122 Typescripts, 1851-1885