Austin History Center

Huppertz Family Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Huppertz family
Title: Huppertz Family Papers
Dates: 1894-1978
Abstract: The Huppertz family immigrated to Texas in the mid-1800s and some of the family members eventually settled in Austin. The majority of the collection is composed of family photographs accompanied by a small amount of biographical materials and correspondence.
Identification: AR.1991.045
Quantity: .8 linear feet (2 boxes)
Location: Archives stacks
Language: The records are in English and German.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

According to early 1900s Census records the Huppertz family immigrated to Texas from Germany in approximately 1858. Brothers Charles and Edward Huppertz both lived in Austin for the majority of their lives. Census records list Charles' estimated birth year as 1843. He married Emmie Bertram and they had three children: Meta, Josephine and Willie. Census records list Edward's estimated birth year as 1850. He married Lina (Lena) Schenck in 1876 and they had four children: Carrie, Ernest, Maude and Gretchen. Other siblings of Charles and Edward resided in San Antonio.

Charles started out in the grocery business on Lavaca Street. In 1907 he took over the job as Travis County Auditor and remained in this position until his death in 1921 at age 79. Emmie Bertram's family was also in the grocery business and the large 14-room house in East Austin (now Rosewood Park) where Charles and Emmie and their children resided belonged to the Bertram family. Willie Helen Huppertz was born on July 4, 1894. She followed her father's footsteps starting as a temporary summer helper at his office in 1915 and she remained employed by the county for 48 years. She retired in 1963 as assistant auditor of Travis County.

Edward also worked for Travis County as the chief deputy district clerk for many years. He died at age 63 in Austin.

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection is composed of family photographs accompanied by a small amount of biographical materials and correspondence that appear to have belonged to Willie Huppertz. There are approximately 500 photographs, both formal portraits and snapshots, ranging in date from the late 1800 to the 1970s. The majority of the photographs are from the early 1900s to the 1950s and are not identified. Textual materials include Willie's birth certificate, a State of Texas certificate commissioning Willie Huppertz county treasurer of Travis County in 1939, correspondence and greeting cards, Willie's artwork and a couple newspaper clippings.


Arranged by material type.


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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Huppertz, Willie.
Austin (Tex.)
Huppertz family.

Related Material

Austin Files - Biography -- Huppertz

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

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The materials were donated by Sophienburg Archives. It is unknown how the materials came into their possession.

Preferred Citation

Huppertz Family Papers (AR.1991.045). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1990/093

Donation Date: 1990

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2010.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Huppertz Family Papers, 1894-1970, undated

Box Folder
1 1 Certificates, 1894, 1939
2 Correspondence and greeting cards, 1904-1907, 1934-1967, undated
3 Greeting cards from Harry and Grace, undated
4 Artwork, undated
5 Newspaper clippings, 1963, 1970, undated
6-11 Photographs, circa 1890s-1930s
2 Photographs, circa 1890s-1970s