University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Kellersberger Family Papers, 1837-1990



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Vass, Winifred Kellersberger
Creator: Kellersberger family
Title: Kellersberger Family Papers
Dates: 1837-1990
Abstract: Correspondence, diaries, printed material, photographs, creative works, legal documents, scrapbook material, map, and audio recording created and maintained by members of the Kellersberger family (1837-1990) document family members' lives and activities, most notably Getulius Kellersberger (1821-1902) and his grandson Eugene Kellersberger (1888-1966).
Accession No.: 91-036
OCLC No.: 35168370
Extent: 9 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

In 1849, at the age of 28, Getulius Kellersberger emigrated to the United States from Switzerland. He was an engineer and urban planner who worked with Frederick Olmstead on the design of Central Park in New York and later laid out the first map of the city of Oakland, California. When the Civil War broke out, Getulius Kellersberger returned to Central Texas, where the rest of his family had already settled. During the war, he designed and supervised the construction of the Confederacy's defenses at Fort Manhasset, including the famous "Quaker guns"--fake cannons made of plywood.

Getulius' son Julius (J.R.) Kellersberger was born in 1856 in San Francisco. In 1884 he bought a store in Cypress Mill, Texas, where he raised his family and was prominent in the civic and social life of the community.

Julius' fourth child, Eugene, was born in 1888. He grew up in Cypress Mill and attended the Whitis prep school and the University of Texas at Austin. He received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis and decided to embark on a life of missionary service, treating lepers in the Belgian Congo. Dr. Kellersberger remained in Africa for 25 years, gaining renown for his treatment of leprosy and sleeping sickness.

Edna Bosch, Dr. Kellersberger's first wife, contracted sleeping sickness while in Africa but was cured through the use of a new drug. While recuperating in the United States, she was tragically murdered by her mother-in-law. Several years later Dr. Kellersberger married a fellow Christian missionary, Julia Lake Skinner. In his later years, he was a key figure in the activities of the American Leprosy Missions, becoming their general secretary in 1940. Eugene Kellersberger died in Texas in 1966.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, diaries, printed material, photographs, creative works, legal documents, scrapbook material, map, and audio recording created and maintained by members of the Kellersberger family (1837-1990) document family members' lives and activities, most notably Getulius Kellersberger (1821-1902) and his grandson Eugene Kellersberger (1888-1966). The material is divided into three groups: the records of I. Eugene , II. Getulius, and III. other Kellersbergers and related family members.

The records in the first group include materials dealing with Dr. Kellersberger's medical contributions, such as his treatment of leprosy and sleeping sickness, as well as his role in the formation of American Leprosy Missions and his 25 years of medical missionary service in the Belgian Congo. Another series within this group concerns the trial of the woman accused of murdering Eugene Kellersberger's first wife, Edna.

Getulius Kellersberger's records describe his work as an engineer for the Confederate Army during the Civil War and as a city planner in New York and California. A copy of his memoirs is included. The third group of records focuses on other family members, such as Carl Matern, Eugene's grandfather on his mother's side, and Julius (J.R.) Kellersberger, Eugene's father. Other significant series are the correspondence and research notes of Annie Kellersberger Schnelle, Eugene's sister, and correspondence with Kellersberger family relatives in Switzerland.


 

Arrangement

The Kellersberger Family Papers are organized into three series:
  • I. Eugene R. Kellersberger
  • II. Getulius Kellersberger
  • III. Kellersberger and related families

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Kellersberger, E. R. (Eugene Roland), 1888-1966
Kellersberger, Getulius Josef, 1821-1902
Kellersberger, Julius R., 1856-1942
Matern, Carl Andreas, 1820-1868
Fuchs, Adolf, 1805-1885
Kellersberger family--Archives
Subjects
American Leprosy Missions
All Africa Leprosy and Rehabilitation Training Centre (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)
Bibanga Leper Colony
Engineers--United States--History
Leprosy--Africa
Missions, American--Africa
City planning
Edna Kellersberger Memorial Hospital
Places
Fort Manhasset (Tex.)--History
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Technology
Central Park (New York, N.Y.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Kellersberger Family Papers, 1837-1990, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 
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3B31 Eugene Roland Kellersberger Papers
Biographical material
Eugene Roland Kellersberger
Printed items, genealogical materials, legal documents, resume and correspondence, 1916, 1966, 1979-1988
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2.325/D36a Oversized material, 1906-1926
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3B31 Edna Bosche Kellersberger, printed material, essay, 1923-1924, 1988, undated
Julia Lake Kellersberger, printed material, memoir, 1989
Correspondence, 1927-1964
Diaries, Journals, 1904-1949, undated
Medical contributions and missionary work, printed material and literary productions, 1923-1989, undated
Programs, 1938
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3S47 Photographic material
Leper colony near Cairo, Egypt, 1938
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3S180 Oversized photograph, graduating class at London School of Tropical Medicine, 1922
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2.325/S28 Sound recording, lecture on leprosy and sleeping sickness, and other material, 1957, 1961



 
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3B31 Getulius Kellersberger Papers
Biographical material, printed material, essay, and Bible, 1837, 1850-1931, 1977, undated
Memoirs and reminiscences, 1896, 1955-1963, and undated
Printed material
Articles by, 1861, 1896, 1977
Articles about:
City planning, 1965-1969 and undated
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2.325/D36a Oversize material, undated
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3B31 Fort Manhasset, Civil War, 1962-1977
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4L814 Family Bible given to Carolyn Kellersberger, wife of Getulius, 1850



 
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2.325/D36a Kellersberger and Related Families
Oversized material, 1850-1860, 1971-1975, undated
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3S47 Photographic material, undated
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3B32 Adolph Fuchs and family - correspondence, printed material and essay, 1850-1987
Oscar J. Fox (Fuchs) - printed material, 1956-1962, undated
Julius (J.R.) and Helene Matern Kellersberger - printed material, album certificates, 1856, 1875-1882, 1926, 1990
Carl Andreas Matern - biographical material and legal documents, 1847-1857, 1955, 1968-1969, 1984
Annie Kellersberger Schnelle - correspondence, creative works, printed material, 1955, 1971-1975
Switzerland, genealogical material, correspondence, printed material, 1921-1966
Other family members, 1965-1986, undated
Printed material, 1970-1987
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2.325/OD11 Map, Llano County, undated