University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Wied Archives, 1839-1881

Descriptive Summary

Creator Wied, Hermann, Furst zu, d. 1863.
Title Weid Archives,
Dates: 1839-1881
Abstract Papers consist of the business records of the Prince of Wied dealing with the Verein zum Schutze deutscher Einwanderer in Texas during its later years while the prince was president of that immigration organization
OCLC No. 21794394
Extent 2 ft., 6 in
Languages Materials are in German and French.

Biographical Note

The Prince of Wied took little interest in the Verein, which he joined because he was engaged to the sister of its patron, the Duke of Nassau, until it became clear that the members were seen as having dishonored themselves by not paying the debts they had incurred. He then became involved in the attempt to pay the bills and encouraged renewed interest in the Verein colony in the hope of recouping the losses. He was the nephew of Prince Max of Wied, the famed explorer of the Missouri Valley.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, legal and financial records, official documents, printed material, maps, newspapers, and lithographs arranged chronologically under subject.

Papers consist of the business records of the Prince of Wied dealing with the Verein zum Schutze deutscher Einwanderer in Texas during its later years while the prince was president of that immigration organization. They reflect the efforts made by the prince's business manager, Freiherr von Bibra, and the business managers of the other noble members to save the honor of their lords and, if possible, some of their financial investment. Included are the working papers connected with Verein publications meant to revitalize the emigration program; correspondence and official documents having to do with various court cases instituted by the Verein, including actions against some of its members, and against the Verein; and books, articles, and miscellaneous printed matter having to do with the Verein or Texas as, for example, the laws of Texas in German.

In German with some French correspondence.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Bene, Louis, Lieutenant.
Bibra, August, Freiherr von, 1808-1894.
Fisher, Henry Francis, 1805-1867.
Flersheim, L.H.
Frederick III, German Emperor, 1831-1888.
Frederick Wilhelm IV, king of Prussia, 1795-1861.
Knyphausen, Graf von.
Obert, Monsieur.
Solms-Braunfels, Carl, Prinz zu, 1812-1897.
Wied, Hermann, Furst zu, d. 1863--Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Verein zum Schutze deutscher Einwanderer in Texas (Wiesbaden, Germany)
Emigration and immigration--Texas.
German Americans--Texas.
Ocean travel--History--Sources.
Germany--Emigration and immigration--History--19th century--Sources.
Germany--Nobility--19th century.
Fredericksburg (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Indianola (Tex.)--History--Sources.
New Braunfels (Tex.)--History--Sources.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Wied Archives, 1839-1881, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Wied Archives

2Q96 General correspondence, 1844-1852 and undated
2Q97 General correspondence, 1853-1863 and undated
General Versammlungen, 1845-1857
Miscellaneous reports about Texas, 1845-1858 and undated
2Q98 Envelopes, undated
Schmidt Consortium loan:
Financial papers, 1855-1863
Bound correspondence, 1862-1867
Claim against Count of Knyphausen, 1850-1852
Complaint against Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, 1858-1861
Prince Friedrich of Prussia's securities, 1860-1863
2Q99 Bibra's miscellaneous notes, 1850-1857 and undated
Classified correspondence:
Lt. Louis Bene, 1845-1859 and undated
Various German states, 1850
Concerning transportation for emigrants, 1850
Traugott Bromme, 1850-1851
Monsieur Obert concerning mining on the Grant, 1854-1857 and undated
King of Prussia, 1855-1857
Concerning Henry Francis Fisher, 1854-1859
Concerning Kroeber honorarium, 1856
Concerning Tabor and Drescher, 1858-1861
F. Cappes, 1850-1859
2Q100 Flersheim complaint against the Verein, 1846-1865
Instruction für deutsche Auswanderer:
Correspondence, 1851-1854
Business papers and notes, 1851 and undated
Miscellaneous and notes, 1851
Publications and enclosures, 1851
Form letter, undated
2Q101 Colonization organizations:
Berliner Verein:
Correspondence, 1850-1851 and undated
Minutes, forms, and printed material, 1850-1851 and undated
Düsseldorfer Verein correspondence, 1850
Miscellaneous material, 1848-1852
Printed material:
Newspapers and clippings, 1847-1857
Verein material, 1845-1860 and undated
Miscellaneous material concerning Texas, 1845-1855
Allgemeine Gesetze des Staates Texas, 1849
Miscellany, 1850-1881 and undated


Oversize Documents

2.325/V58 Maps of Indianola, Neu Braunfels, Friedrichsburg, and the port of Indianola.
Map of the Texas Verein grant, 1848.
Map of the Texas Verein grant, 1850.
Map of Texas with route from Indianola to German communities marked, undated.
Coblenzer Zeitung, 28 March 1851
Kölnische Zeitung, 27 June 1851, 25 Feb. 1856, 4 Feb. 1858.
Frankfurter Oberpostamts-Zeitung, 26 July 1851.
Weser Zeitung (Bremen), 7 March, 4 April 1855.
Mittelrheinische Zeitung (Wiesbaden), 28 August 1855.
Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant, 9, 10, 11, 12 June 1881.
Karte von Texas [map of Texas drawn according to surveys in the General Land Office up to 1839].
2.116/OD1223D A map of the internal improvements of Virginia [with special attention to public structures for trains, canals, and roads], prepared by C. Crozet, late principal engineer of Va. under a resolution of the General Assembly, adopted March 15, 1848.
Karte des Staates Texas [map of the state of Texas drawn according to the boundaries regulated at Washington in September 1850 and confirmed by the Texas legislature at Austin]. Published by the Verein, Included with Instruction portfolio. 1851.
Plat map of Indianola, pre-1850.
OD1287 Map of all the railroads in the United States in Operation & Progress, Drawn and engraved under the direction of the Editor of the American Rail Road Journal, n.d. [pre-1850].
J. de Cordova's Map of the State of Texas, compiled from the records of the General Land Office of the State by Robert Creuzbaur, Houston, 1849.