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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Oscar Richard Bertram 1888-1965, undated

Richard and Amanda Bertram 1877-1898

Max and Amanda Schneider 1889, 1916, undated

Emma Bertram, 1904-1925, undated

Selma Schneider Bracher 1909-1965, undated

Photographs, 1890s-1955

Austin History Center

Bertram Family Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Collection Summary

Creator: Bertram, Oscar Richard, 1829-1892
Title: Bertram Family Papers
Dates: 1887-1965
Dates (Bulk): 1910-1965
Abstract: The Bertram family immigrated to Austin, Texas in the mid-1800s. This collection dates from 1887-1965 contains personal correspondence and memorabilia from members of the Bertram family as well as from the Schneider and Bracher families who are related to the Bertrams through marriage. Also in the collection are over 400 black-and-white photographs, over 300 glass plate negatives, and two nitrate negatives.
Identification: AR.F.007
Quantity: 5.95 linear feet (5 text boxes, 19 glass plate boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks, Outer Vault, Inner Vault, qAR
Language: English, German
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Rudolph Bertram immigrated to Austin, Texas, in 1854, from his birthplace in Sondershausen, Germany. In 1860 he married Bertha Krohn, a fellow German immigrant living in Austin. They had eight children, and four daughters survived into adulthood. Of note is their daughter Emmie who married Charles Huppertz in 1884 and together had three daughters: Meta, Willie, and Josephine.

In 1882, the town of Bertram, Texas, was named for Rudolph Bertram because of his donations and service to the Austin and Northwestern Railroad Company, which connected small hill country towns with Austin for the transport of building materials. He built two buildings in Austin that are still standing, a commercial building at 1601 Guadalupe Street where he operated Bertram’s General Merchandise Store, and his private residence at 2300 Rosewood Avenue, known as the Bertram-Huppertz House, which is now owned by the City of Austin and serves as Rosewood Recreation Center at Rosewood Park. His nephew Oscar Richard Bertram later dedicated himself to documenting the history of Rudolph’s contributions to Austin and to the Austin and Northwestern Railroad Company.

Oscar was the son of Rudolph’s brother, Richard Bertram, and Amanda Wirth Bertram. Richard operated a hotel called the Bertram House in Austin in 1877. He died in 1889 and in 1890 Amanda Bertram remarried to Max Schneider. They had a daughter, Oscar’s half-sister, Selma Schneider, who married Gustav Adolph Bracher and who together had three sons: Victor, Edwin, and Roy. Gus Bracher was a civil engineer with the Texas Highway Department, and their family lived in various towns where he was stationed in Texas until they settled in Houston, Texas. Oscar and Selma were very close though they lived in different cities and they updated each other about their daily lives frequently through letters. Oscar worked as a mater typesetter and linotype operator with Austin publishers A. C. Baldwin and Sons. He was also a member of the Austin Typographical Union No. 138 for over 50 years.

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Scope and Contents

This collection largely consists of personal correspondence and collected memorabilia by members of the Bertram, Schneider, and Bracher Families. Oscar Richard Bertram’s papers, which date from 1888-1965, make up the majority of the collection and consist of personal correspondence, business papers, travel documents, journals, address books, and membership cards to both local and national organizations. Also of note is Oscar R. Bertram’s diploma from St. Edward’s University dated June 15, 1893. A small collection of personal correspondence and financial, legal, and real estate documents are documented in the Richard and Amanda Bertram series which dates from 1877-1889. Of mention in this series is Richard Bertram’s 1877 Declaration of Intention to become a citizen. Max and Amanda Schneider’s materials consist of personal correspondence and real estate documents dating from 1889 and 1916. The Emma Bertram series contains a travel journal of Emma’s from a trip to the Word’s Fair in 1904, as well as an autograph album and personal correspondence from 1904-1925. The second largest series documents Selma Schneider Bracher and contains sent personal correspondence from 1909-1965 and a small amount of personal correspondence from Gus Bracher, the Edwin Bracher family, and the Victor Bracher family. Most of Selma Bracher’s letters are written to her half-brother Oscar. Selma addresses Oscar in her letters as “Dear Budi”. Much of her letters from the 1940s were Air Mail letters sent to her sons in the military. Often she would send a copy to Oscar as well to update him of family affairs. There are also a small amount of letters written in German to Selma’s mother, Amanda Schneider.

The Photographs series spans the 1890s-1910s. There are 338 glass plate negatives in the collection dating from circa 1890s-1910s. The original glass plates are numbered and stored in original order, but the access copies have been organized by subject. The majority of images are of Bertram family and friends in informal individual and group portraits and candid scenes of family and friends on excursions, such as hiking or fishing, and at leisure. There are a large number of images of children and infants. A few family photographs are taken indoors, including one labeled as “Kaffee Klatsch.” Identified individuals include Oscar Bertram, Rudolf Bertram, and Selma Schneider Bracher. There are also many images of homes and a small farm including a garden, chickens, a horse, and a small tobacco field. There are several photos of bowling teams and a couple group portraits of men from Austin Saengerrunde. Another folder of group portraits of men may also contain additional images of Austin Saengerrunde.

Beyond the photos of family and friends, there are a variety of other subjects. Photographs of a military encampment are most likely of Fort Crockett near Galveston. A folder on agriculture includes some animals in stockyards and a Texas Star Rice Mills facility. Photographs of Galveston include a Gulf Fisheries building, men on a beach, a rocky pier, and a wharf. Various buildings are pictured including Burrowes Hall at Samuel Huston College; a Landa Light and Power Building in New Braunfels; Austin High School’s Old Red campus; a grocery store, and other unidentified buildings. The events folder includes a few images of an unidentified event set up with a large tent and banquet tables; one image of Theodore Roosevelt addressing a crowd in front of the Capitol on April 6, 1905; and images of a parade and of Congress Avenue decorated with flags and bunting, possibly for Roosevelt’s visit. The folder on passenger ships includes group portraits of travelers (German immigrants?) and ship crew on the steamers Köln (built 1899) and Chemnitz (built 1901) both of the Norddeutscher Lloyd line of Bremen, Germany.

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Arrangement

This collection is arranged into six series:
I. Oscar Richard Bertram
II. Richard and Amanda Bertram
III. Max and Amanda Schneider
IV. Emma Bertram
V. Selma Schneider Bracher
VI. Photographs

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open to all users

Use Restrictions

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Bertram, Rudolph, 1829-1892.
Bertram, Richard W., 1844-1889.
Bracher, Selma Schneider, 1891-1968.
Bracher, Gus, 1882-1973.
Bertram, Oscar Richard, 1878-1966.
Schneider, Max, 1849-1920.
Schneider, Victor, 1915-1987.
Huppertz, Charles, 1842-1921.
Huppertz, Emmie, 1862-1946.
Bertram, Emmy, 1880-1926.
Subjects (Organizations)
St. Edward's University (Austin, Tex.).
Austin & Northwestern Railroad Company.
Austin Typographical Union No. 138 (Austin, Tex.).
A. C. Baldwin & Sons (Austin, Tex.).
Austin Saengerrunde (Austin, Tex.).
Subjects
Family--Texas--Austin.
Frontier and pioneer life--Texas.
Soldiers--Texas--Austin.
Soldiers--Texas--Correspondence.
World War II.
World War, 1939-1945.
Places
Bertram (Tex.).
Austin (Tex.).
Rosewood (Austin, Tex.).
Galveston (Tex.).
Document Types
Correspondence.
Certificates.
Diaries.
Biography files.
Journals.
Ledgers.
Financial records.
Glass plate negatives.
Black-and-white photographs.
Color photographs.
Nitrate negatives.
Cartes-de-viste.

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Related Material

Archives & Manuscripts Collection: Huppertz Family Papers (AR.1991.045)

General Collection: A 976.40074 OW An Interview with Misses Meta & Willie Huppertz

Architectural Archives: R-1/COA Rosewood Recreation Center, 2300 Rosewood, 4 blueprints, 1930, 1954, 1962

Austin Files


  • AF Biography - Bertram Family
  • AF Biography - Huppertz Family
  • AF Subject - Rosewood Park P1200(23)
  • AF Subject - Austin Typographical Union No. 138 P7000(3)
  • AF Subject - A.C. Baldwin and Sons P7000(4)
  • House-Building - Rosewood Avenue, 2300
  • House-Building - Lavaca Street, 1600
  • House-Building - Guadalupe, 1601

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Separated Material

Various items, including photographs, postcards, and clippings, were separated to Austin Files in July 1966. Ask reading room staff for detailed list provided in donor file. Two nitrate negatives are stored in the Inner Vault and prints are available for reference in Box 5 as well.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

At various times before his death in May 1966 Mr. Oscar Bertram had been visited by staff members of the Austin-Travis County Collection (now the Austin History Center) and had shown his interest by gifts of photographs, etc. After his death his heirs made further donations, but the mass of letters and miscellany contained in these family papers came to the library from a different source. Mrs. Raymond Ramsey, who bought Mr. Bertram's house from his heirs, told Mr. Walter Long about the mass of personal letters remaining in the house. Mr. Long in turn suggested that the Austin-Travis County Collection would be the proper depository for these papers, and they were accordingly accessioned in the spring of 1967.

Preferred Citation

Bertram Family Papers (AR.F.007). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1965/006

Donation Date: 1965 November 1

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Kelly Hanus, June 2017.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Oscar Richard Bertram, 1888-1965, undated

Box Folder
1 1 Personal correspondence--sent, 1910-1965, undated
2-5 Personal correspondence--received, 1903-1965, undated
6-7 Personal correspondence--received (in German), 1902-1965, undated
8 Business papers, 1888-1965
Box Folder
2 1 Temporary U.S. citizenship certificate (1906), German language theater and concert programs, war ration book, miscellaneous 1906, 1922, 1942-1958
2 Passport, travel itineraries, financial journals/budgets, address books, legal document-property, will & testament 1894-1957, undated
3 News clippings, postcards, souvenirs, local and national membership cards/certificates, 1922, 1946-1965, undated
Location BoxItem
qAR 001/021 St. Edward's University diploma to Oscar R. Bertram, 1893 June 15

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Richard and Amanda Bertram, 1877-1898

Box Folder
2 4 Personal correspondence, tax receipts, Declaration of Intention to become a citizen (1877), rental statements, financial, legal, and real estate documents, 1877-1889
Box
4 3 account books (probably for the Bertram House, located at 16th and Guadalupe), 1894-1898
6 Ledger book (water/mold damage started at page 297), 1884-1887

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Max and Amanda Schneider, 1889, 1916, undated

Box Folder
2 5 Personal correspondence, Legal-real estate, Certificate of Master Mason's Widow, 1889, 1916, undated

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Emma Bertram, 1904-1925, undated

Box Folder
2 6 Travel journal: "Our Trip to the World's Fair, St. Louis, Mo., August 7th to 22nd, 1904", Official program for World's Fair, autograph album, personal correspondence, 1904-1925, undated

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Selma Schneider Bracher, 1909-1965, undated

Box Folder
3 1 Personal correspondence--sent, 1909-1939
2 Personal correspondence--sent, 1940-1949
3-8 Personal correspondence--sent, 1950-1965,undated
9 Personal correspondence--sent (in German to mother), 1915-1936
10 Personal correspondence--received (German & English), 1935-1955
11 Personal correspondence--Gus Bracher, Edwin Bracher family, Victor Bracher family, 1910-1926, 1940-1965, undated

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Photographs, 1890s-1955

Box Folder
4 1 Portraits (#073, 080, 082 116) 1935-1949, undated
2 House photos ((#001-021), 1948-1955, undated
3 Holiday photograph cards (#27-28, 71-72, 76, 81), 1948-1953, undated
4 Candids-travel (#30-61, 86-101, 107), 1941-1949, undated
5 Candids-family and friends (#22-26, 29, 62-70, 74, 077-079, 083-085, 102-106, 108-109, 111-115, 117-119), 1945-1955, undated
Glass plate prints, circa 1890s-1910s
Box Folder
5 1 Agriculture (#127, 133, 213, 290, 329), undated
2 Austin Saengerrunde (#236, 336, 417, 431-435, 449), 1919
3 Bertram family homes/farm(#128, 148, 165, 167, 171, 184, 198, 216, 240, 243, 251, 253-255, 258, 262-263, 267-268, 273, 284, 295, 332, 384, 400, 425, 430, 441-442, 447-448, 452-453) undated
4 Buildings (#131, 173, 252, 256, 280, 296, 302, 304, 319, 376, 382, 438), undated
5 Capitol building (#122-123), undated
6 Events, including Theodore Roosevelt visit (#120-121, 125, 132, 134, 156, 289, 291-293, 297, 299, 305-308, 311-312, 426), 1905, undated
7 Family & friends-candid scenes, indoors (#155, 208, 244, 283, 375, 380, 407, 422), undated
8 Family & friends-candid scenes, outdoors (#152, 159-161, 187, 191, 192, 207, 209, 215, 229, 234, 241, 249, 301, 326, 347-348, 353, 365, 369, 389-390, 398, 409, 414), undated
9 Family & friends-children (#135-147, 225-227, 231, 247-248, 250, 257, 271, 313-318, 323, 327, 333-335, 344, 387, 418-421, 423-424, 429, 436, 440, 450-451, 454-455), undated
10 Family & friends-group portraits, outdoor excursions (#130, 158, 182, 193, 203, 210, 217, 228, 235, 239, 245, 278-279, 300, 364, 368, 394, 396, 402, 410, 415), undated
11 Family & friends-group portraits (#211, 224, 230, 232, 237-238, 269, 272, 281, 325, 328, 337, 340-343, 346, 349, 351, 355-356, 359, 362, 371, 379, 383, 386, 391, 397, 408, 413), undated
12 Friends & family-group portraits, men(#163-164, 202, 264-265, 270, 399, 437, 439), undated
13 Family & friends-individual & small group portraits (#124, 153-154, 162, 175, 185, 194-195, 199, 204, 246, 266, 274, 277, 285, 288, 303, 324, 330, 338-339, 350, 352, 354, 357, 366, 370, 372-374, 377, 392, 401, 403-406, 427-428, 443), undated
14 Galveston (#150, 166, 172, 183, 367, 381, 385), undated
15 Horses & carriages (#169-170, 205, 233, 309, 322, 360), undated
16 Landscapes/nature scenes (#126, 157, 177-179, 214, 222-223, 282, 287, 294, 298, 331, 388, 393, 395, 411), undated
17 Military campus & personnel (#129, 151, 206, 212, 218-221, 259-261, 320-321, 444-446), undated
18 Passenger ships (#168, 174, 176, 180-181, 186, 190, 192, 196, 200-201, 286, 358, 361, 363, 378, 416), undated
Location Location
Outer Vault Glass plate shelf 338 glass plate negatives (see prints), 1890s-1910s
Location Box
Inner Vault Nitrate Negative Box 2 nitrate negatives-group photo (#117) and woman with infant on bicycle, undated

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