University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Heidenheimer Brothers Business Records, 1869-1881



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Heidenheimer Brothers (Galveston, Tex.)
Title: Heidenheimer Brothers business records
Dates: 1869-1881
Abstract: The Heidenheimer Brothers Business Records, 1869-1881, consist of financial records and correspondence documenting the business activities of a Galveston, Texas, general store. The collection includes letters from six full-time traveling salesmen, who covered the state of Texas; letters from retail grocers in almost every Texas town, including many which no longer exist; and correspondence from attorneys engaged by the Heidenheimers to collect on a large number of overdue bills.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01483
Extent: 41.8 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The Heidenheimer Brothers was one of the largest grocery companies in Texas, run by Sampson (1834-1891), Abraham, and Isaac Heidenheimer in Galveston. It was established in 1867, when the brothers moved to Galveston from Virginia City, Montana. In 1883 the name changed to Heidenheimer and Company, and by 1887 Isaac was senior partner. Isaac also ran the firm of Heidenheimer and Hawley, importers of coffee and salt; co-owned a grocery store in Austin called Nelson, Davis, and Company; owned a flour mill in Kansas; and owned a sugar plantation in Louisiana.

In 1878, Sampson Heidenheimer built what is now called the Heidenheimer-Hunter Building in Galveston, which housed various wholesale groceries, until the building was purchased by Fred Hunter in 1920. Sampson also served as director of the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad. The town of Heidenheimer, Texas, grew up around the railway station for the Santa Fe line and was thus named for the railroad's director.

Heidenheimer's Castle, originally built by Galveston Mayor John S. Snydor, was purchased and expanded by Sampson Heidenheimer, who owned it from 1884 to 1890. His brother Abraham then bought the building.

Sources:

Jenkins, Mary. "Barker Center gets 19th Century grocery papers."On Campus, Feb. 28-Mar. 6, 1983, p. 16.

Heidenheimer Brothers Business Records, 1869-1881, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.


Scope and Contents

The Heidenheimer Brothers Business Records, 1869-1881, consist of financial records and correspondence documenting the business activities of a Galveston, Texas, general store. The collection includes letters from six full-time traveling salesmen, who covered the state of Texas; letters from retail grocers in almost every Texas town, including many which no longer exist; and correspondence from attorneys engaged by the Heidenheimers to collect on a large number of overdue bills. The salesmen's reports provide information about what people bought, what food they ate, and the economic conditions of particular areas.The records give many insights into the lives of Texans during the late 19th century and show that some people lived a spartan existence while other citizens enjoyed fine luxuries, such as expensive wine. Herein also exists records of the Heidenheimers' transactions as cotton factors.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Heidenheimer, Abraham
Heidenheimer, Isaac
Heidenheimer, Sampson, 1834-1891
Corporate Names
Heidenheimer Brothers (Galveston, Tex.)
Subjects
General stores
Grocery trade
Places
Galveston
Texas

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Heidenheimer Brothers Business Records, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

1981-155

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center's "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project," 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

Texas letters-received volume
box
3P114 [SRH1230019161] January 1-15, 1880
May 15-31, 1880
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3P115 [SRH1230019162] January 1880
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3P116 [SRH1230019163] March 1-31, 1880
box
3P117 [SRH1230019164] July 15-31, 1880
Northern letters-received volume, February 1880
box
3P118 [SRH1230019165] Texas letters-received volume, June 1-15, 1880
Northern letters-received volume
box
3P118 [SRH1230019165] October 1880
box
3P119 [SRH1230019166] June 1-30, 1880
box
3P56 [SRH1230019088] Letterpress volume
Northern cities, January 1 - May 22, 1873
Texas cities, April 3-30, 1879
box
3P57 [SRH1230019078] Max H. London, agent, letters, September 29-October 3, 1880
G. Feist, agent, letters, September 10, 1879 - September 28, 1880
Salomon Billitz, agent, letters, July 6-October 18, 1880
box
3P58 [SRH1230019087] Letterpress volume
April 21-June 1, 1880
January 4-27, 1879
Letterpress volume
box
3P58 [SRH1230019087] Texas cities
January 29 - February 23, 1880
February 22 - March 31, 1875
Northern cities, March 19 - August 30, 1875
September 22 - October 22, 1874
box
3P59 [SRH1230019086] Texas cities, April 17 - May 10, 1878
Northern cities, December 6, 1873 - October 1, 1874
Texas cities
June 28 - July 28, 1880
January 10-29, 1880
Cotton received, December 3, 1879 - November 23, 1881
Texas cities
box
3P59 [SRH1230019086] April 30 - May 28, 1879
box
3P60 [SRH1230019085] October 5-28, 1875
October 28 - November 23, 1875
Rent records, 1873-1874
Letterpress volume
box
3P60 [SRH1230019085] Texas cities, April 28 - June 18, 1875
Northern cities, June 3 - September 5, 1878
box
3P61 [SRH1230019046] Texas cities, September 11 - October 6, 1879
Northern cities, October 2, 1877 - January 23, 1878
Texas cities, August 12 - September 2, 1876
Texas cities, October 30 - November 10, 1876
Northern cities, August 30, 1875 - March 16, 1876
box
3P62 [SRH1230019047] Texas letters-received volume
January 1-31, 1880
February 1-15, 1880
April 15-30, 1880
Letterpress volume
box
3P62 [SRH1230019047] Texas cities
November 5-21, 1878
March 15-31, 1877
Northern cities, October 28, 1879 - February 5, 1880
Texas cities
box
3P63 [SRH1230019048] December 15-23, 1876
February 27 - April 6, 1874
August 26 - October 15, 1873
April 19 - May 14, 1879
December 20, 1877 - January 7, 1878
box
3P64 [SRH1230019049] March 24 - April 28, 1875
March 24 - April 28, 1876
September 1 - October 5, 1875
July 8 - August 3, 1878
Northern cities (some Texas), December 17, 1878 - March 13, 1879
Texas cities
box
3P65 [SRH1230019050] March 3-28, 1879
June 18-23, 1879
May 28 - June 23, 1879
August 30 - September 13, 1879
January 21 - February 16, 1876
September 2-27, 1876
box
3P66 [SRH1230019051] August 3-30, 1878
September 27 - October 14, 1876
July 3 - August 23, 1877
December 17, 1879 - January 10, 1880
June 27 - July 13, 1876
December 7-20, 1877
November 20 - December 18, 1874 [1884?]
box
3P67 [SRH1230019052] Northern cities
September 8 - December 17, 1878
January 11 - May 5, 1877
Texas cities
September 8 - October 1 , 1880
December 18, 1874 - January 20, 1875
April 7 - May 4, 1874
Northern letters, received volume
box
3P67 [SRH1230019052] July 1880
December 1880
box
3P68 August 1880
Texas letters, received volume
January 1-15, 1881
May 1-15, 1889 [?]
January 1-15, 1880
Jacob Mayer and R. L. Heflein (agents) letters received volume, October 28, 1879 - December 14, 1880
box
3P69 [SRH1230019053] A. L. DeMilley, Joe Edel, and Ed McCarty (agents) letters received volume, October 5, 1879 - June 16, 1881
Letterpress volume
box
3P69 [SRH1230019053] Texas cities, March 28 - April 17, 1878
Northern cities, March 19 - July 24, 1879
Texas cities
box
3P69 [SRH1230019053] March 31 - April 19, 1877
January 23 - February 9, 1878
box
3P70 [SRH1230019054] June 7 - July 8, 1878
August 5 - September 1, 1875
November 9-20, 1877
August 27 - September 20, 1877
October 9-25, 1877
box
3P71 [SRH1230019055] Z. Kramer letters, March 1878, October 1878
Gustave Feist letters, August 1878
M letters, September 1879
A letters, 1878-1880
Letters, 1878-1880
L letters, April 1879
box
3P72 [SRH1230019056] W. F. Turnley letters, October 1878
F letters, April 1879
A letters, January 1879
Nelson Davis letters, March 1879
Max H. London letters, May 1879
A. L. DeMilley letters, January 1879, May 1879
box
3P73 [SRH1230019057] H. C. Overaker letters, 1879
E. Stavenhagen letters, March 1879
C letters, October 1879
I and J letters, August 1879
Max H. London letters, August 1879
box
3P74 [SRH1230019058] J and L letters, 1879
S letters, September 1879
A. L. DeMilley letters, April 1878, September 1878
Gustave Feist letters, December 1878
Aron Strasburger letters, March 1878
W. F. Turnley letters, August 1878
box
3P75 [SRH1230019059] A. L. DeMilley letters, May 1878, November 1878
Charles Heidenheimer letters, May 1878
B letters, October 1879
S and W letters, 1879
box
3P76 [SRH1230019060] Aron Strasburger letters, 1879
D letters, June 1879
E. Steavenhagen letters, January 1879
E. Steavenhagen orders, 1878
Max H. London letters, March 1878
I and J letters, June 1879
M and H letters, 1879
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3P77 [SRH1230019061] E letters, 1879
F letters, September 1879
U letters, June 1879
A. Heidenheimer letters, October 1878
Nelson Davis letters, October 1878
A. L. DeMilley letters, December 1878
V letters, August 1879
W. F. Turnley letters, December 1878
T letters, August 1879
L. Schatzkey letters, November 1879
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3P78 [SRH1230019062] E. Steavenhagen letters, October 1878
Z. Kramer letters, December 1878
A. L. DeMilley letters, March 1878
A., I. and S. Heidenheimer letters, March 1878
Gustave Feist letters, October 1878
A. H. Butler letters, July 1878
G letters, August 1879
Salomon Billitz letters, July 1879
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3P79 [SRH1230019063] A letters, October 1879
Adolph W. Samuels letters, November-December 1878
Aron Strasburger letters, October 1878
Z. Kramer letters, November 1878
E letters, May 1879
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3P80 [SRH1230019064] C letters, June 1876
Z. Kramer letters, April 1878
A. L. DeMilley letters, January 1878
W. F. Turnley letters, November 1878
Gustave Feist letters, June 1879
P letters, May 1879
box
3P81 [SRH1230019065] Max H. London letters, July 1878, January 1879
G and P letters, June 1879
Z letters, 1879
G letters, September 1879
G. Feist letters, January 1879
N letters, June 1879, September 1879
box
3P82 [SRH1230019066] Max H. London letters, September 1879
I and J letters, May 1879
J letters, September 1879
A. Heidenheimer letters, April 1879
D letters, October 1879
box
3P83 [SRH1230019067] B letters, May 1879
Gustave Feist letters, April 1878
Aron Strasburger letters, June-July 1878, December 1878
F letters, May 1879
box
3P84 [SRH1230019068] C letters, May 1876
K letters, June 1876
F letters, September 1879
T letters, June 1879
Nelson Davis letters, January 1879
V letters, September 1879
S., I. and A. Heidenheimer letters, November 1878
H letters, August 1879
box
3P85 [SRH1230019181] Charles Heidenheimer letters, August 1879
S letters, June 1879
Max H. London letters, March 1879
E. Steavenhagen letters, November 1878
E letters, April 1879
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3P86 [SRH1230019182] Max H. London letters, October 1878
B and O letters, 1879
W letters, April-July 1879
H letters, July 1879
L letters, July 1879
C letters, September 1876
E. Small letters, March 1879
box
3P87 [SRH1230019183] C and T letters, September 1879
O letters, May 1879
K letters, August 1879
G. Feist letters, March 1879
S letters, October 1879
box
3P88 [SRH1230019184] Letterpress volume
Texas cities
September 19 - December 7, 1881
February 17 - March 17, 1876
Texas letters, received volume, December 3-31, 1879
Letterpress volume
box
3P88 [SRH1230019184] Northern cities, September 3, 1876 - January 10, 1877
Texas cities, July 18 - August 16, 1879
Northern cities, May 5 - October 2, 1877
Texas cities, March 7 - April 3, 1879
box
3P89 [SRH1230019185] Texas cities, July 17 - August 11, 1876
Accounts, September 2, 1878 - February 5, 1879
Texas cities, September 15-27, 1878
Texas letters, received volume, February 1880
Letterpress volume
box
3P89 [SRH1230019185] Texas cities
November 24 - December 20, 1875
August 10 - September 21, 1874
box
3P90 [SRH1230019186] Northern cities, October 2, 1874 - March 19, 1875
Texas letters, received volume, June 15-30, 1880
Letterpress volume
box
3P90 [SRH1230019186] Texas cities
October 15 - November 18, 1873
July 29 - August 8, 1880
Northern cities, May 15 - August 30, 1880
Texas cities
box
3P90 [SRH1230019186] June 6 - July 13, 1874
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3P91 [SRH1230019187] February 6 - March 7, 1879
December 23, 1876 - January 9, 1877
Northern cities, February 5 - May 15, 1880
Charles Heidenheimer, March 1 - May 6, 1880
Texas cities, June 2 - July 28, 1880
Texas letters, received volume, October 8, 1879 - August 8, 1881
A. Strasburger (agent) letters, received volume, October 8, 1879 - September 1880
Letterpress volume
box
3P92 [SRH1230019188] Texas cities
November 2 - December 7, 1877
August - September 1879
June 4 - July 4, 1877
July 4-30, 1877
November 21 - December 7, 1878
February 25 - March 3, 1878
box
3P93 [SRH1230019189] Northern cities, May 22 - December 3, 1873
Texas cities, June 18 - August 4, 1875
Northern cities, June 22 - August 11, 1872
Texas cities
October 25 - November 9, 1877
February 9-26, 1877
Northern cities, October 25, 1875 - June 6, 1876
box
3P94 [SRH1230019190] Texas cities
June 3-26, 1876
January 7-23, 1878
May 11 - June 7, 1878
November 24 - December 6, 1876
Texas letters, received volume, December 1879
Letterpress volume
Texas cities
box
3P94 [SRH1230019190] December 26, 1878 - January 16, 1879
box
3P95 [SRH1230019192] September 7 - October 15, 1878
December 7-25, 1878
Account/sales volume, January 15 - August 2, 1869
Printed advertisement, Galveston, November 9, 1880
Letterpress volume
Texas cities
box
3P95 [SRH1230019192] December 30, 1873 - January 28, 1874
February 9-23, 1878
February 23 - March 18, 1880
box
3P96 [SRH1230019191] November 24 - December 17, 1879
Northern cities
March 17 - September 13, 1876
January 23 - June 3, 1876
Texas letters, received volume, July 1-15, 1880
box
3P97 [SRH1230019069] A letters, 1879
B letters, May-September 1879
C letters, April 1879
E and F letters, 1879
F letters, 1879
H letters, 1879
H, I, J, and K letters, 1879
Z. Kramer (agent) letters, June 1878
L, M, S and T letters, 1879
box
3P98 [SRH1230019071] W letters, 1879
Letters, 1876-1879
Letters, 1879
O letters, July 1879
box
3P99 [SRH1230019073] K letters, 1879
A letters, April 1879
Max H. London (agent) letters, July 1879
P letters, 1879
R. L. Heflin letters, August 1879
K and D letters, April 1879
R and N letters, May 1879
I and J letters, July 1879
Letter fragments
box
3P100 [SRH1230019075] Loose and fragmented index's to letter volumes, undated
Max H. London letters, received volume, January 9 - February 21, 1881
Texas letters, received volume, December 1879
Letterpress volumes, undated
box
3P101 [SRH1230019076] Letterpress volumes, undated
Loose letters and pages from letterpress volumes and letter received volumes, 1878-1880
box
3P102 [SRH1230019077] Letters, 1878-1879
box
3P103 [SRH1230019070] Letters, 1878-1879
box
3P104 [SRH1230019072] G letters, September 1879
Nelson Davis letters, September 1879
Salomon Billitz letters, January-April 1879
B letters, April 1879
P letters, June 1879
K letters, September 1879
Letters, August-November 1879
Letters, April-June 1879
Gustave Feist letters, April 1879
Letters, 1879
D letters, August 1879
A letters, May 1879
M letters, October 1879
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3P105 [SRH1230019074] P letters, April 1879
W.F. Turnley letters, January 1879
Aron Strasburger letters, August 1879
V letters, June 1879
Max H. London (agent) letters, February 1879
Nelson Davis letters, June 1879
V letters, March-April 1879
G letters, 1879
A letters, July 1879
A letters, May 1879
V letters, May 1879
L letters, October 1879
K letters, May 1879
Aron Strasburger letters, January 1879
W letters, September 1879
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3P112 [SRH1230019158] Letters, 1879
G. Small letters, February 1879
Letters, 1879
R letters, August-September 1879
Letters, 1878-1880
Letters, 1878
Letters, 1879
B letters, August 1879
box
3P113 [SRH1230019159] Letters, 1879
Salomon Billitz letters, March 1879
N letters, July 1879
Letters, 1879
G. Small orders, February-March 1879
Letters, 1879
G letters, May 1879
Letters, 1879
Charles Heidenheimer letters, June-July 1879
Letters, June-September 1879
Letters, 1879
box
3P113A [SRH1230019160] J letters, October 1879
K letters, October 1879
B letters, September 1879
H letters, April 1879
W letters, April 1879
Letters, 1879
M letters, June 1879
Max H. London (agent) letters, 1880-1881
W letters, August 1879
[Morgan Line Sugar Dispute Correspondence], March-June 1879
F letters, July 1879
T letters, May 1879
Letters, 1879
D letters, May 1879
Letters, 1879
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3P106 Texas letters, received volume, August 1880 - September 1881
object
3P107 Monthly balance ledger, 1876-1877
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3P108 Bi-annual report of assets, debits, and stock on hand, 1872-1876
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3P109 Accounting ledger, 1879-1880
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3P110 Accounting ledgers, 1874, 1878
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3P111 Accounting ledgers, 1873, 1877
Steamer Lizzie account ledger, 1880