A Guide to the Anders Saustrup Collection, 1969-1992
Born in Holstebro, Denmark, Anders Saustrup (1930-2008) studied comparative literature before he moved to Austin, Texas, and received his Masters in Germanic Studies from the University of Texas in 1956. Saustrup taught at Yale University but returned to Austin and taught German until 1975. Saustrup was passionate about plants and worked as the field director of UT’s Rare Plant Study Center. He was equally as enthusiastic about Texas history, especially German immigration, and eventually worked as the senior editor for the Handbook of Texas. He also aided James Michener with research for Michener’s epic novel, Texas.
Saustrup retired in Round Top, where he remained until he passed away in 2008.
“Anders Schou Saustrup,” Austin American Statesman. Accessed February 29, 2016. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/statesman/
The Anders Saustrup Collection, 1969-1992, document Saustrup’s wide variety of interests in different aspects of Texas history and culture, and include playbills, programs, directories, research materials, copies of an Austin-based school newspaper and a draft of Plantation Life in Texas by Elizabeth Silverthorne.
The playbills feature productions, mostly orchestral, held on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Other playbills represent locally produced shows throughout the city of Austin, which featured actors such as Gordon Gale, Godfrey Cambridge and Tim Russ, as well as a performance put on by renowned mime artist Marcel Marceau. Other printed materials are comprised of programs for religious dedication ceremonies and directories, as well as research materials titled the “Spann Community,” which chronicles the Catholic experience in Washington County, TX. Also included are brochures and a periodical regarding Texas architecture, a book on Wendish egg decorating, and copies of the Baker School’s newspaper, which features interviews with Ed Asner, Willie Nelson, and the Mayor of Austin, Jeff Friedman. There is also a research narrative for Oldenburg, Texas, which was used as part of an application for a historical marker. Finally, the photocopy draft of Plantation Life in Texas includes a typed analysis by Saustrup.
This collection is open for research use.
Anders Saustrup Collection, 1969-1992, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Amanda Reyes, February 2016.
Detailed Description of the Papers