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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Personal

Republican Party Activities

Business and Civic Activities

Photographs

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Eugene Nolte Family Papers, 1886-1964



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Nolte, Eugene Sr. 1869-1933
Title: Eugene Nolte Family Papers
Dates: 1886-1964
Creator Abstract: Eugene Nolte, Sr. was also a successful businessman in the community of Seguin. He served as President of both the Merchants Ice and Cold Storage Company and the Seguin Milling and Power Company. He also succeeded his father as head of the banking firm E. Nolte & Sons, one of the earliest banking firms in Seguin.Eugene "Mike" Nolte, Jr., like his father, was a powerful voice in the Republican Party and a prosperous businessman.
Content Abstract: This collection consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings and photographs. Most of the material is from Eugene Nolte Sr.'s years as Republican State Executive Committee Chairman from 1921 to 1933. Eugene Nolte Jr. is also prominent in the collection. In addition to Republican Party activities, the material also documents the business and other activities of the Nolte family in the community of Seguin Texas.
Identification: MS 34
Extent: 4.2 linear feet (about 3,100 items)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

Eugene Nolte, Sr., was born on March 15, 1869, in Seguin, Texas. He was the son of Edward Nolte, a prominent Seguin businessman and banker. Eugene Nolte, Sr., attended Texas A&M. The son of a Democrat, he became active in the Republican Party and he rapidly gained power within the Republican State organization. President Theodore Roosevelt appointed him United States Marshal for west Texas in 1906. He served in this position until his removal by President Taft in 1912, following Nolte's support of Roosevelt and the Bull Moose Party. In 1921, Nolte was named chairman of the State Republican Executive Committee, a post that he would hold until his death on January 6, 1933.

Eugene Nolte, Sr. was also a successful businessman in the community of Seguin. He served as President of both the Merchants Ice and Cold Storage Company and the Seguin Milling and Power Company. He also succeeded his father as head of the banking firm E. Nolte & Sons, one of the earliest banking firms in Seguin. In addition, Nolte helped to form Nolte Bros., a mercantile firm in Seguin. Nolte was also involved in many civic and philanthropic groups as a Shriner, a Mason, a Rotarian and an Elk.

Eugene Nolte, Sr., married Claudia Gallaher on September 2, 1891. They had three children: Eugene Jr., Nelle, and Claudia. Mr. and Mrs. Nolte liked travelling and made many trips around the country and the world. After Mr. Nolte died on January 6, 1933, Mrs. Nolte continued to travel extensively to areas of Russia, the Far East, and Africa. She also remained an active member of the Seguin community. She was Treasurer of the Seguin Milling and Power Company and served as a Vice President and Director of Nolte National Bank of Seguin until her death on August 14, 1956.

Eugene "Mike" Nolte, Jr., like his father, was a powerful voice in the Republican Party and a prosperous businessman. He was a strong supporter of Republican Presidential candidates Wendell Wilke and Thomas Dewey. He and other "old guard" Republicans in Texas tried to nominate Senator Robert Taft of Ohio for President in 1952. Nolte was himself the Republican candidate for Texas Governor in 1946. In business, Nolte followed in his father's footsteps as President of Merchants Ice and Cold Storage Company. He was also a beer distributor and President of Alamo Poultry and Egg Company, as well as a Director of Nolte National Bank of Seguin.

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Scope and Content Note

The Eugene Nolte Family Papers are composed of correspondence, newspaper clippings and photographs. There are also documents and ephemera, which help document the family's history. Most of the material concerns Eugene Nolte, Sr., and his son, Eugene "Mike" Nolte, Jr. The collection documents activities of leaders in the Texas Republican Party and the business developments of Seguin, Texas, especially during the years between 1920-1950. The collection is divided into four series: Personal, Republican Party Activities, Business and Civic Activities, and Photographs.

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Arrangement

The papers are arranged as follows:
Personal
Republican Party Activities
Business and Civic Activities
Photographs

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the records must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

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Index Terms

Persons
Nolte, Claudia, d. 1956.
Nolte, Eugene Jr.
Nolte, Eugene Sr. 1869-1933.
Topics
Banks and banking.
Republican Party. Texas.
Texas Politics and government.
Genre
Correspondence.
Scrapbooks.
Local Subjects
Family Collections
Politics/Politicians

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Eugene Nolte Family Papers, 1886-1964, MS 34, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Papers were donated in 1990.

Processing Information

Processed by Eric Hartmann, Processing Archivist, July 1999.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Personal

This series consists primarily of correspondence of the Nolte family with other family members and personal friends. Eugene Nolte, Sr., and his wife Claudia are the principle correspondents. There are a large number of condolence letters written at the time of the death of Eugene Nolte, Sr. Some miscellaneous material such as identification documents and small mementos are included as well.
Arranged by person and organized chronologically.
Box Folder
1 Eugene Nolte Sr.
Correspondence
1 General, 1886-1933
2 Family, 1888-1930 and undated
Box Folder
OS 1 1 Oversize materials: Credentials, 1888-1933
Box Folder
1 3 News clippings, 1920-1933
4 Miscellaneous, 1891-1927 and undated
Claudia Gallaher Nolte
Correspondence
5 General, 1933-1936
6 Family, 1920-1953 and undated
Scrolls, 1934 and undated
7 Copies
Box Folder
OS 4 1 Oversize materials: Originals
Box Folder
1 Condolence for Husband's Death
8 General, 1933-1934
9 Scrapbook, 1933
Box Folder
OS 1 2 Resolution in memoriam, 1956
Box Folder
2 1 Miscellaneous, 1954 and undated
Eugene "Mike" Nolte Jr., 1933-1955
2 Correspondence, 1933-1955 and undated
3 News Clippings, 1945
4 Miscellaneous, 1951 and undated
5 Nelle Nolte, 1921-1922

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Republican Party Activities

Materials relating to the Republican Party of Texas are located in the Republican Party Activities series. Most of this material comes from the years Eugene Nolte, Sr., was Chair of the State Republican Executive Committee. Mr. Nolte's support of Herbert Hoover is particularly well documented in this series. "Mike" Nolte's later support of Wendell Wilke and Senator Robert Taft of Ohio is also prominent.
Arranged by person and organized chronologically.
Box Folder
2 Eugene Nolte Sr.
Correspondence
General
6 Undated
7 1895-1916
8 1923-1925
9 1926-1929
10 1930-1931
11 1932
12 Presidential, 1925-1932
News Clippings
13 Undated
14 1907-1924
15 1925-1927
16 1928
17 1928
18 1929
19 1929
Box Folder
3 1 1930-1932
General
2 1904-1910 and undated
3 1911-1932
Eugene "Mike" Nolte Jr.
Correspondence
4 Undated
5 1934-1950
6 1951-1963
News Clippings
7 Undated
8 1938-1947
9 1954-1964
10 General, 1936-1953 and undated
Box Folder
OS 1 3 Oversize materials: Political Paraphernalia, undated
4 Oversize materials: Magazine Articles, 1944-1952
Box Folder
OS 2 3 Oversize materials: Scrapbook, 1946

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Business and Civic Activities

This series consists of materials relating to careers and business interests of the Nolte family, including a bank, a retailer, and a cold storage firm. This series includes information about Eugene Nolte, Sr., serving as U.S. Marshall for west Texas. In addition, the Nolte family's involvement with various community groups is documented here. Eugene Nolte, Sr., served as a Rotarian, a 32nd degree mason and a Shriner.
Arranged by person and organized chronologically.
Box Folder
3 Eugene Nolte, Sr.
Correspondence and Notes
11 Undated
12 1888-1909
Box Folder
4 1 1910-1911
2 1912-1916
3 1919-1925
4 1926-1928
5 1929-1930
6 1931-1932
7 Date Books and Paraphernalia, 1886-1933
Box Folder
OS 2 1 Oversize materials, undated
Box Folder
4 Eugene "Mike" Nolte, Jr.
Correspondence and Notes
8 1933-1953
9 1953-1957
10 News Clippings, 1936-1946 and undated
Box Folder
OS 2 2 Oversize materials: Fiesta, 1953

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Photographs

The Photographs series contains a variety of prints, including a large number of portraits and pictures of groups of people. Some of the prints are of prominent Republicans or business partners of the Noltes, however, most of these prints are unidentified. Some photographs show scenes of life in Seguin, San Antonio, and south Texas. There are also a number of photographs from around the world including a scrapbook from a cruise of the North Cape of Russia in 1937.
Arranged by subject and organized chronologically.
Box Folder
5 Groups
1 Family, undated
2 Social, undated
3 Political, undated
4 Miscellaneous, undated
Box Folder
OS 3 1 Oversize materials, 1908 and undated
Box Folder
5 Portraits
5 Eugene "Mike" Nolte Jr., undated
6 Men, undated
7 Women, undated
8 Children, undated
Box Folder
OS 3 2 Oversize materials, 1931 and undated
Box Folder
6 1 Funerals, 1933-1956
2 Business, undated
Travel
3 Africa, undated
4 Far East, undated
5 India and Southeast Asia, undated
6 North Cape Russia Cruise, 1937
7 Miscellaneous, undated
8 Postcards, undated
9 Dinner Club, undated
10 Miscellaneous, undated
11 Scrapbook

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