A Guide to the Johannes Christlieb Nathanael Romberg Family Papers, 1708-1933
Poet Johannes Christlieb Nathanael Romberg (1808-1891) was born in the grand duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin in 1808 to a pastor. Romberg established himself as a merchant in the city of Schwerin before marrying Fredericke Amalie Elise Bauch, with whom he had nine children. In 1847, he and his family immigrated to Texas, settling in Black Jack Creek in Fayette County. Ten years later, Romberg founded the Prairieblume, a literary club where members read and discussed their poems, articles, and other writings. He is considered the foremost German-Texan poet.
C. V. Pollard and Crystal Sasse Ragsdale. "Romberg, Johannes Christlieb Nathanael."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed August 17, 2011
Composed of poetry and other literary productions, newspaper clippings and articles, autobiographies, correspondence, photographs, and maps, the Johannes Christlieb Nathanael Romberg Family Papers, 1708-1933, chronicle the lives and writings of the German-Texan poet and his family. The writings of Johannes Romberg include poems and articles as well as humorous articles written by his son Julius. Autobiographies of family members detail family history and life in 19th century Texas. Correspondence is largely between Romberg family members relating to family life. Additionally, newspaper articles concern civic matters, public education, literature, and various other topics, while photographs are of family members and farm machinery.
This collection is open for research use.
Johannes Christlieb Nathanael Romberg Family Papers, 1708-1933, 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