University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Esther L. Mueller Papers, 1845, 1916-1984



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mueller, Esther L., 1902-1984
Title: Mueller, Esther L., Papers
Dates: 1845, 1916-1984
Abstract: Papers produced and collected by Esther L. Mueller (1902–1984), pertain primarily to her study of, and writings about, the history of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County.
Accession No.: 85-219
Extent: 5 ft., 4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Educator, historian, and writer Esther L. Mueller was born in 1902 in Fredericksburg, Texas, and graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 1921. She wrote extensively about the history of Texas and the Fredericksburg area as well as fiction and poetry. Published works include A Bakery of Pioneer Days and Haupt Strasse - Americanized as well as historical articles and unpublished manuscripts. Additionally, Mueller taught at the Texas State College for Women (now Texas Women’s University) and spent three years teaching in Germany in the early fifties.


Scope and Contents

Papers produced and collected by Esther L. Mueller (1902–1984), pertain primarily to her study of, and writings about, the history of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County. Included are notebooks containing interviews with descendants of the area's early German pioneers and the resultant biographies she wrote as well as printed material about Sunday houses, county courthouses, the Easter fires celebration and her research and writing of a book about the area's history, entitled Haupt Strasse - Americanized. Her fictional works are documented through notes, manuscripts, and typescripts for three unpublished novels: "Cornerstone," "Given Name," and "Whispers the Dust," and some short stories and poems. The papers also contain correspondence between Esther's grandfather, Conrad Wehmeyer, and his relatives in Illinois and letters from J. Frank Dobie and Lady Bird Johnson, diaries, observations on students and teaching, a scrapbook of a trip to California, watercolor paintings, and photographs.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Mueller, Esther L., 1902-1984
Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964
Johnson, Lady Bird, 1912-2007
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Woman's University -- Faculty
Subjects
Women and literature -- Texas
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas -- History -- 19th century
Germans -- Texas -- History
Educators -- Texas
Courthouses -- Texas
Places
Fredericksburg (Tex.)
Germany

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Esther L. Mueller Papers, 1845, 1916-1984, 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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2M217 Diaries and Journals, 1921-1971.
Correspondence:
Letters sent, 1923-1973.
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2M218 Letters sent from Germany, 1951-1953.
Letters received, 1932-1977.
Historical Research and Writing:
Biographies (A-P), undated.
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2M219 Biographies (M-Miscellaneous), undated.
Places, groups, and cultural characteristics (A-C). undated.
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2M220 Places, groups, and cultural characteristics (E-R), undated.
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2M221 Places, groups, and cultural characteristics (O-miscellaneous), undated.
Notebooks from interviews, undated.
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2M222 Notebooks from interviews, undated.
Notebooks of primary and secondary sources, undated.
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2M223 Town lots card file and notebook, undated.
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2M224 Plans and draft for a history book on Fredericksburg and Gillespie County, undated.
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2M225 Pioneers in God's Hills, 1960, 1974.
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2M225 Speeches, 1942-1969.
Fiction:
"Cornerstone," notes and typescript, 1943.
"Given Name," notes and final draft, 1963-1968.
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2M226 "Whispers the Dust," notes and drafts, 1950-1951.
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2M227 "Whispers the Dust," notes, 1950-1951.
Pageants, 1929 (1946) 1971.
Short Stories, ca. 1946-1951.
Poems, 1927, ca. 1939, 1957.
Teaching Journals, 1924-1932.
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2M228 Teaching Journals, 1932-1935.
Personal Memorabilia
Zion Lutheran Church newsletters, 1964-1965.
Conrad Wehmeyer letters, 1845-1926.
Miscellaneous mementos and other items, undated.
Esther Mueller's Bible
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2.235/V33 Oversize material, undated.
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2.235/T7 Oversize material, undated.
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3S234 Scrapbook; Print of Fredericksburg, Texas, undated.
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3Y97 Photograph