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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Hans Helland Papers, 1851, 1879-1928



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Helland, Hans, 1854-1928
Title: Hans Helland papers
Dates: 1851, 1879-1928
Abstract: The Hans Helland Papers (1851, 1879-1928) consist of personal and business correspondence, financial documentation, legal documentation, ephemera, a scrapbook, and printed materials relating to the personal and professional dealings of Hans Engel Hansen Helland, primarily after his immigration to the United States. The collection consists of two main sections: personal papers and business papers.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01541
Extent: 13 linear feet
Language: English , German , Norwegian Nynorsk; Nynorsk, Norwegian .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Hans Engel Hansen Helland (born August 10, 1854, in Bergen, Norway; died March 9, 1928, in San Antonio, Texas) was trained as an engineer and did railway work in Norway and Germany before coming to Texas to work as an engineer on construction for the Houston and Texas Central Railroad in 1881. In 1885, he married Marie Müller from Dresden, Germany, with whom he had six children. He left the Houston and Texas Central Railroad in 1889, and became the Vice President and General Manager of the Fort Worth and New Orleans/Central Texas and Northwestern Railroads. Helland kept this position until 1902 when his company merged with the Houston and Texas Central Railroad and Helland rejoined his previous company in the position of the Maintenance of Way. In 1906, Helland started a private engineering office in Dallas, Texas, with his associate Nils Werenskjold. Some of his major accounts were with the West Texas Construction Company and the Panhandle Short Line Railroad. Helland left the office in 1908 to take a position of Maintenance of Way for the San Antonio and Arkansas Pass Railroad until 1913 when he was named the City Engineer of San Antonio, Texas. Helland stayed with the city of San Antonio until a change of administration in 1921 forced him to seek other employment. In 1921, he became an engineer with the Grayburg Oil Company in San Antonio, Texas, and in 1926, he left the oil business to return to private consulting work in San Antonio until his death in 1928.

In addition to his professional work, Helland maintained several personal business interests, including land purchases and various business enterprises with his friends and fellow immigrants Eniar Grieg and Frantz Matzow. Helland was also a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the San Antonio Scientific Society, the American Municipal Engineers Association and the Chicago Norwegian Technical Society.

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Scope and Contents

The Hans Helland Papers (1851, 1879-1928) consist of personal and business correspondence, financial documentation, legal documentation, ephemera, a scrapbook, and printed materials relating to the personal and professional dealings of Hans Engel Hansen Helland, primarily after his immigration to the United States. The collection consists of two main sections: personal papers and business papers.

The section of personal papers (1851, 1879-1928 and undated) contains letters to and from Helland and maintains Helland's original organization by correspondent or family group. Most of Helland's personal correspondence is with members of his family or the family of his wife, Marie Müller Helland. Major correspondents include his mother, Karen Marie Folkedal Helland, and his cousin Magda Sommerfeldt and her husband and children. Also included are the files of correspondence with Eniar Grieg and Frantz Matzow, close friends and fellow immigrants from Norway, and with Johan Steen, a childhood friend of Helland's.

The section of business papers (1880-1927 and undated) maintains Helland's original chronological organization within the different companies for which he worked. Documented companies, positions, and dates of service include: the Houston and Texas Central Railroad, Engineer (1881 - July 1889); Fort Worth and New Orleans Railway/Central Texas and Northwestern Railway, Vice President and General Manager (July 1889 – 1902); Houston and Texas Central Railroad, Maintenance of Way (1902 - 1905); Private Engineering Office, Dallas (1906 – May 1908); San Antonio and Arkansas Pass Railroad, Superintendent and Maintenance of Way (June 1908 – 1913); City Engineer of San Antonio (1913 – June 1921); Grayburg Oil Company, Engineer (July 1921-1926); Private Engineering Office, San Antonio (1926-1928). This section includes business correspondence, financial documentation, engineering notes, contracts, and printed materials. In addition to his primary positions, Helland's business papers include documentation of his personal business interests. Finally, papers relating to his membership in professional organizations, most prominently the American Society of Civil Engineers, are included in this section. Helland's business papers also include diaries and account books covering a wide span of time.

Beyond his personal and business-related papers, Helland amassed a collection of general printed items and clippings (1891, 1907-1917 and undated). The majority of these are undated, and they include both English and Norwegian materials. A subset of this grouping includes printed materials Helland collected during his travels to Europe, including ship brochures and tourism pamphlets.

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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.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Helland, Hans, 1854-1928
Helland, Marie Müller
Corporate Names
American Municipal Engineers Association
American society of civil engineers
Central Texas & Northwestern Railway
Chicago Norwegian Technical Society
Fort Worth & New Orleans Railway
Grayburg Oil Company
Houston & Texas Central Railway Company
San Antonio & Arkansas Pass Railroad
Scientific Society of San Antonio
Subjects
Civil engineers
Railroad engineers
Places
Bergen
Dresden
Fort Worth
Germany
Houston
Norway
San Antonio
Texas

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Separated Material

A pamphlet, "The Life of Hans Helland," has been separated to the Library Unit.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Hans Helland Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

1992-021; 2000-171; 2010-268

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kristy Sorensen, August 2001. Subsequent revisions were made by Megan Mummey, May 2010.

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.

Subsequent revision by Colleen Hobbs, January 2021.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

Personal correspondence
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2R704 [SRH1230012466] Marie Müller Helland (Mietze), 1882-1886
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2.325/D32c [SRH1230000822] Oversized copy of letter, [May 4, 1884]
Marie Helland's family
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2R704 [SRH1230012466] Bertha Müller, 1882-1886 and undated
Elsa Müller, 1882-1886 and undated
Karen Marie Folkedal Helland, 1881-1887
Eniar Grieg and Frantz Matzow
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2R704 [SRH1230012466] Eniar Grieg, 1882-1885, 1920, 1927
Frantz Matzow
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2R704 [SRH1230012466] 1879-1881, undated
1881-1882, undated
1882- July 2, 1885
July 24, 1885-1886
Otto Huftsmann, 1884-1886
Frederick Helland, 1917-1928
Peter Helland, 1919-1927
Magda Madsen and Georg J. Helland, 1851, 1882-1887
The Sommerfeldts and Amund Helland
The Sommerfeldts
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2R704 [SRH1230012466] 1882-1889, 1900-1921 and undated
Claim against Hakon settled by his death, 1908, 1913
Inga Hertslet and family
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2R704 [SRH1230012466] 1911-1920
Inga's death, 1922-1925 and undated
Amund Helland, 1882-1886, 1914-1918
Johan Steen
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2R704 [SRH1230012466] 1881, 1899-1927
[Keuur], Letters from Johan Steen, Robert Elgin and others, 1880-1887 and undated
Silver wedding letters, 1910
Other correspondents, 1883-1928 and undated
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4Jc104 [SRH1230032932] Erling Helland and Trabue family, 1897-1915
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4Jc105 [SRH1230032933] Lucile Trabue, 1899-1912
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4Jc106 [SRH1230032934] Erling Helland, 1901-1911
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4Jc107 [SRH1230032935] Erling Helland, 1901-1911
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4Jc108 [SRH1230032936] Erling Helland, postcards, 1905-1911
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4Jc109 [SRH1230032937] Erling Helland, 1907-1915
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4Jc110 [SRH1230032938] Erling Helland, 1912-1914
Mrs. W.C. Hughes, 1909-1916
Notebooks, 1904-1905
Daily Journals, "Trip to Europe", 1911
Letters from "Mietye", 1899-1912
Business
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4Jc110 [SRH1230032938] Bills and Deeds, 1878-1913
Checkbooks, 1913-1919
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4Jc111 [SRH1230032939] City Engineer of San Antonio, 1913-1919
Abstract of Title, Tract #2, undated
Texas School Lands materials, 1906
Maps, undated
Receipts, 1916-1918
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4Jc112 [SRH1230032940] Receipts, 1916-1918
Checks, 1918-1919
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2R705 [SRH1230012467] General, undated
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2.325/D32c [SRH1230000822] Edna Oil and Development Blueprint, undated
Oversized blueprint, undated
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2R705 [SRH1230012467] Houston and Texas Railroad
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2R708 [SRH1230012474] Account Books, 1885-1889
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2R705 [SRH1230012467] Colonel Jordan, Paving Stone & Construction, 1880-1882
Fort Worth and New Orleans Railway/Central Texas and Northwestern Railway
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2R705 [SRH1230012467] General, 1889-1901 and undated
Fort Worth Union Pass Depot, 1897-1899
General Office, 1889-1891 and undated
General Office, 1893-1894 and undated
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2.325/D32c [SRH1230000822] Oversized letters, 1893
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2R705 [SRH1230012467] General Office, 1894-1895 and undated
General Office, 1898 and undated
Houston and Texas Central Consolidation Bill, 1901
Minutes of Meetings, 1900-1901
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2R708 [SRH1230012474] Notebooks and diaries, 1890-1899
Houston and Texas Central Railroad Company
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2R705 [SRH1230012467] General, 1890-1891, 1902-1905 and undated
Dallas-Booneville extension, 1901-1902
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2.325/D32c [SRH1230000822] Oversized magazine articles, 1901
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2R708 [SRH1230012474] Diaries, 1903-1905
Private engineering office, Dallas
General
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2R705 [SRH1230012467] 1906-1907 and undated
1908
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2R706 [SRH1230012468] Bondurant, 1907 and undated
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2R708 [SRH1230012474] Diary, 1907
Location profile, January 1906
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2R706 [SRH1230012468] Reorganization estimate, West Texas Construction Company, 1908 and undated
Panhandle Short Line Railroad
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2R706 [SRH1230012468] General, 1907-1908 and undated
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2R708 [SRH1230012474] Account Books, 1907
San Antonio and Arkansas Pass Railroad
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2R706 [SRH1230012468] General, 1908-1913
Cost of Corpus Christi Railway Span, 1912-1913 and undated
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2R709 [SRH1230012475] Diaries, 1909-1913
City Engineer of San Antonio
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2R706 [SRH1230012468] General, 1913-1921 and undated
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2R709 [SRH1230012475] Notebook
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2R706 [SRH1230012468] Precinct 21, 1917 and undated
Grayburg Oil Company
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2R706 [SRH1230012468] General, 1922-1926
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2R709 [SRH1230012475] Diaries and notebook, 1923-1925
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2R706 [SRH1230012468] Private engineering office, San Antonio, 1926-1927 and undated
Professional organizations
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2R707 [SRH1230012469] American Society of Civil Engineers, 1919-1926
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2.325/D32c [SRH1230000822] Oversized blueprint, July 23, 1920
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2R707 [SRH1230012469] Other organizations, 1916-1923
Personal business
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2R707 [SRH1230012469] General, 1888, 1891, 1901-1927 and undated
Dallas Land Purchase, 1920
Re: Hatch and Railway Company, 1922-1924 and undated
Nelson, 1921-1924 and undated
Private Contracts, 1900-1907 and undated
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2.325/D32c [SRH1230000822] Oversized blueprints, 1907
Printed material/clippings
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2R707 [SRH1230012469] General, 1907-1917 and undated
Travel, 1891 and undated
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2R709 [SRH1230012475] Instruks for lensmænd (veitilsynsmænd), rodemestre og veivogtere I Kristians amt, 1913
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3S126.1 [SRH1230029526] Scrapbook of photographs, documenting various engineering projects around the state of Texas in the early 20th century

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