Austin History Center

Heard Family Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Heard, Daniel
Title: Heard Family Papers
Dates: 1858-1922
Abstract: The Heard family emigrated from Sweden in the mid-19th century and settled in Willimson County, Texas. These papers document the Heard family through correspondence, financial documents, legal documents, photographs, and diaries.
Accession number: AR.H.022
Quantity: 0.2 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives Stacks
Language: English, Swedish
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Daniel and Hedvig Lundquist Heard first immigrated to Texas in 1848. Their son J.W. Heard was born in September 1851. In 1852, the family moved to the city of Austin and in 1858, returned to Sweden where they lived until 1867 when they immigrated again to Texas. They ended up settling in Williamson County. On this second trip to America, Daniel Heard served as an interpreter for around 100 Swedish immigrants. Many of the Swedish immigrants worked as farmers, including Daniel Heard. Daniel and Hedvig had another son, Swen A. Heard, born in Texas in 1879.


Scott, Larry E. The Swedish Texans. San Antonio: University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures, 1990.

Scope and Contents

This small collection documents the Heard family through correspondence, legal documents, financial documents, photographs, and diaries. The early correspondence dates from the 1860s-1880s and is primarily written in Swedish. There are also tax collector forms for Heard's property in Williamson County, and Daniel Heard's Certificate of Naturalisation from 1857 in Travis County. Correspondence to Will Heard (possibly J.W. Heard) dates from the 1920s. The diaries belonging to Daniel Heard date from 1858-1870, and are primarily written in Swedish. Additionally, there are two unidentified and undated studio portraits of a man and woman, possibly Daniel and Hedvig Heard.


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.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Heard, Daniel, 1825-.
Heard, Swen Albin.
Lindell, Henry R.
Heard, J. W.
Heard, Augusta M.
Subjects (Organizations)
Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Brushy Church.
Swedish Americans--Texas--History.
Swedish Americans--Emigration and immigration--History--19th Century.
Williamson County (Tex.).
Round Rock (Tex.).
Texas--Emigration and immigration.
Document Types
Black-and-white photographs.
Legal documents.
Financial documents.

Related Material

Austin Files

  • AF Biography - Daniel Heard
  • AF Subject - Swedes S8200

General Collection

  • A 976.4004397 SC Larry E. Scott, The Swedish Texans. 1990.
  • A 976.400435 SW Johannes Swenson, A Journey From Sweden to Texas in 1867. 1958.
  • A 920 SV V1 & V2, Svenskarne i Texas i ord och bild, 1838-1918. 1919.

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by Heard family member.

Preferred Citation

Heard Family Papers (AR.H.022). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1969/084

Donation Date: 1969

Processing Information

Processing and finding aid by Kelly Hanus in May 2019.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Heard Family Papers, 1858-1922, undated

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, legal documents, financial documents, 1867-1922
2 Diaries, 1858-1870
3 Portraits (#001-002), undated