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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Hedwig Thusnelda Kniker Family Papers, 1887-1987



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kniker, Hedwig T. (Hedwig Thusnelda), 1891-1985.
Creator: Kniker family.
Title: Kniker, Hedwig Thusnelda, family papers
Dates: 1887-1987
Abstract: Papers document the life and career of Hedwig Kniker (1891-1985), University of Texas graduate (B.A. 1916, M.A. 1917), prominent Texas geologist and paleontologist, and donor of the Kniker Carillon at UT (1987), and also relate to her parents, Carl and Natalie Kniker and their seven children.
Accession No.: 87-278; 87-340; 89-218
Extent: 3 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Hedwig Thusnelda Kniker was born to German immigrants Reverend Carl Kniker (1858-1935) and Mrs. Natalie Kniker (1861-1941) on November 13, 1891 in Gay Hill, Texas. She graduated as valedictorian from the Opera House School in New Braunfels in 1908 and became a teacher in Washington County. She was one of seven children. Her parents served at St. Paul Evangelical Church (now known as St. Paul United Church of Christ) in Cibolo, Texas from 1892 to 1934.

In 1913, Kniker enrolled in the University of Texas (UT). She graduated with a B.A. degree in German, psychology, and geology in 1916 and received her M.A. in 1917. She continued her study of paleontology at Cornell University and the University of Chicago before returning to Austin.

Kniker worked at the Bureau of Economic Geology at UT until 1920, at which time she moved to Houston to work for Texaco. In 1927, Kniker moved to San Angelo, where she worked for Phillips Petroleum, as well as Ricker and Dodson. In 1930, she moved to San Antonio and became an independent consultant. In 1941, Kniker moved to Puenta Areanas, Chile to work for the United Geophysical Company.

Kniker returned to the United States to retire in Seguin, Texas in 1950 and in 1970 moved to San Antonio. She died on October 12, 1985. A donation to the University provisioned in Kniker’s will financed the addition of 39 bells to the Main Building Tower chime, turning it into the largest carillon in Texas. The carillon was named for and dedicated to Kniker on November 14, 1987.

Sources:

Tindol, Robert. "Woman for whom Kniker Carillon named left mark as a geologist." From On Campus (November 1987). Last modified May 1999. Accessed July 3, 2013. http://www.utexas.edu/tours/mainbuilding/news/carillon/knicker.html.

"Frequently Asked Questions." The Guild of Student Carillonneurs. University of Texas. Accessed July 3, 2013. http://www.texascarillon.com/about-the-carillon.

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Scope and Contents

Papers document the life and career of Hedwig Kniker (1891-1985), University of Texas graduate (B.A. 1916, M.A. 1917), prominent Texas geologist and paleontologist, and donor of the Kniker Carillon at UT (1987), and also relate to her parents, Carl and Natalie Kniker and their seven children. Included are academic and professional literary productions, diplomas, UT memorabilia, genealogical materials, and photographs of the Kniker family and The University of Texas. The papers also include audiocassette tapes of Kniker Carillon musical programs and a videotape of the carillon’s dedication ceremony in 1987.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use of audio material by appointment only; please contact sound archivist for more information.

Use of video material by appointment only; please contact repository for more information.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Kniker, Hedwig T. (Hedwig Thusnelda), 1891-1985 -- Archives.
Kniker family.
Subjects (Organizations)
Saint Paul United Church of Christ (Cibolo, Tex.)
University of Texas – Alumni and alumnae.
University of Texas at Austin – Alumni and alumnae.
University of Texas at Austin – Buildings.
University of Texas at Austin. Department of Geology.
Subjects
Carillon music.
College students – Texas – Austin.
Geologists – Archives.
Geology – Study and teaching.
Paleontologists.
Women geologists.
Places
Austin (Tex.)
Cibolo (Tex.)

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Related Material

See also the UT Bureau of Economic Geology Records, 1874-1988.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Hedwig Thusnelda Kniker Family Papers, 1887-1987, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Lynn Bell, November 1987.

Subsequent revisions were made by Vanessa Attia, July 2013.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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3A16 Papers
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3Y97 Photographs of Kniker family and the University of Texas
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2.325/V23 Oversize materials:
Diplomas, 1916, 1917
Certificate, 1917
Newspaper clippings, 1987
Poster, 1987
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2.325/S Audiocassettes:
Kniker Carillon musical programs, 1987:
Toll for Constitutional Bicentennial, September 17, 1987
Dedication ceremony and recital, November 14, 1987
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3Y202 Videocassette:
Dedication of the Kniker Carillion, November 14, 1987

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