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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 Johannes Christlieb Nathanael Romberg Family Papers, 1708-1933



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Romberg, Johannes Christlieb Nathanael, 1808-1891
Title: Romberg, Johannes Christlieb Nathanael, Family Papers
Dates: 1708-1933
Abstract: 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.
Accession No.: 66-6; 71-87
Extent: 9 1/2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.

Source:

C. V. Pollard and Crystal Sasse Ragsdale. "Romberg, Johannes Christlieb Nathanael."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed August 17, 2011

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Scope and Contents

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.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Romberg, Johannes Christlieb Nathanael, 1808-1891 -- Archives
Romberg family -- Archives
Subjects
German Americans -- Texas
American poetry -- Texas
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas
Places
Fayette County (Tex.)
Texas -- History -- 19th century

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Johannes Christlieb Nathanael Romberg Family Papers, 1708-1933, 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
2N401 Autobiography of Heinrich Otto Mackensen
Romberg family items
Story of My Life, by Caroline Mackensen Romberg
Newspaper clippings
Writing of Johannes Romberg
box
2L422 Mackensen-Ohlendorf letters, 1866-1882
J. D. Romberg literary productions
Romberg family articles and letters
Fayette County items, school material
Photograph of Irma Heilig
Maps:
Texas railroads and county map, 1908
Map of Fayette County, Texas, 1879
Holland, Texas items, articles on farming and community life
Miscellany
Miscellaneous writings
box
3T213 Photographs
Irma Heilig
Farm machinery, [ca. 1910]
[Romberg family?]

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