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Collection Summary

Administrative History

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

F. Weigl Iron Works, 1924-1928, 1955-1977, 2015

Weigl Family History, 1975, 2003

Austin History Center

Weigl Iron Works Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Collection Summary

Creator: Weigl Iron Works
Title: Weigl Iron Works Papers
Dates: 1924-2015
Dates (Bulk): 1955-1977
Abstract: The Weigl Iron Works Papers contain financial records and drawings created by F. Weigl Iron Works, a family business that operated in Austin, Texas, from 1922 to 1977 and specialized in ornamental iron work. Audio recordings and color slides documenting Weigl family history are also included.
Accession number: AR.O.010
Quantity: 1.65 linear feet (4 boxes, 1 flat file)
Location: Archives Stacks, Outer Vault, Oral History Cabinet, qAR
Language: English, German
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

In 1913, Fortunat Weigl, Sr., his wife Anna, and their sons Fortunat Lee (known as Lee) and Herbert, left Bavaria, Germany, and immigrated to Texas. Fortunat found a series of odd jobs in Austin, working for Flury Advertising Company, Calcasieu Lumber Company, the post office, and other businesses. They bought property and built a house at 1001 East 32nd Street (where St. David’s Hospital is located now), which they moved into around 1917.

In 1922, Weigl started the family business, F. Weigl Iron Works, with help from his friend, Swiss woodcarver Peter Mansbendel. They operated out of their home until 1924 when he moved the shop to Enfield Road and Exposition Boulevard. He lost his lease on the Enfield building in the early 1930s. In June 1935, F. Weigl Iron Works moved to 1st and Red River Street where it remained until its closing. Fortunat retired in 1955, and his sons Lee and Herbert formed a partnership and continued the business. In 1957, Fortunat Weigl was awarded the Texas Heritage Foundation Medal for his contribution of iron work in Texas. After Fortunat’s death in 1973, Lee and Herbert continued to run the family business until their retirement in 1977. The brothers were awarded “Craftsman of the Year” by the Austin Chapter of the American Institute of Architects in 1973.

F. Weigl Iron Works contributed ornamental iron work to several buildings and residences in Austin and throughout the state of Texas. For example, the Texas State Capitol, the Driskill Hotel, and the French Legation all contain Weigl iron work. Herbert Weigl, Sr. died in 1978. Fortunat Lee Weigl died in 1988. Since 1978, Iron Works Barbeque has been operating out of the old F. Weigl Iron Works building at 100 Red River Street.

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Scope and Contents

The collection is arranged into records of the F. Weigl Iron Works business and Weigl family history materials. The F. Weigl Iron Works records consist of financial records dating from 1955 to 1977, an unmarked financial ledger dating from 1924-1928, and sketches of iron work projects that are largely undated. The sketches and drawings were scanned and enhanced by Frederic Weigl in 2015 (see Box 4/Folder 2). Also of note is a catalog of photographs, with descriptions and provenance, of Weigl iron works that are owned by members of the Weigl family. The catalog was also created in 2015 by Frederic Weigl, son of Herbert Weigl, Sr.

The Weigl Family History series contains mainly audio recordings of Herbert Weigl, Sr. and F. Lee Weigl telling the family story. Two of the recordings made in the early 1970s (tape #s 3228 and 3229) contain Herbert Weigl narrating “Early Weigl Christmas and New Year Celebrations” and “Weigl Family History.” Transcriptions of the narration with added photographs created in 2003 by Frederic Weigl are cataloged in the Austin History Center General Collection. “The Weigl Story," recorded in 1975 by W. George Allen, contains both brothers, Herbet and F. Lee Weigl, talking about the family's history. 186 slides accompany the recordings. A transcribed copy is also cataloged in the General Collection and contains digitized images of the slides used for the original 1975 presentation.

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Arrangement

Materials are arranged into two series:


  • F. Weigl Iron Works
  • Weigl Family History

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Restrictions

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.

Restrictions exist for this collection. Please see donor file for details.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Weigl, Fortunat, 1884-1973.
Weigl, Herbert, 1911-1978.
Weigl, Fortunat Lee, 1909-1988.
Weigl, Frederic, 1942-.
Subjects (Organizations)
F. Weigl Iron Works.
Leon Chandler, Architect.
Subjects
Foundries.
Ironwork--Texas--Austin.
German Americans--Texas--Austin.
Germans in Texas.
Business enterprises--Texas--Austin.
Family--Texas--Austin.
Places
Austin (Tex.)--Commerce.
Red River Street 104 (Austin, Tex.).
Document Types
Sketches.
Financial records.
Ledgers.
Sound discs.
Sound cassettes.
Color slides.

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Related Material

General Collection


  • A 976.40074 OWF AA, Dedication Ceremonies for An Historical Marker for the F. Weigl Iron Works: 100 Red River Street, Austin, Texas at 2:00 O'clock in the Afternoon, November 6, 1982. 1982.
  • A 739.4722 W428H, Hammers in Hand: Weigl Family Iron Works An Exhibition. 1980.
  • A 739.4722 W428F John Fox, The Weigls: Art Craftsmen in Iron. 1980.

Archives & Manuscripts


Austin Files


  • AF Biography - Weigl, Fortunat
  • AF House/Building - E. 32nd Street 1001
  • AF House/Building - Avenue H 4107
  • AF Subject - Foundries - Weigl Iron Works F3000(3) P T
  • AF Subject - Restaurants - Iron Works R3800(I) P T

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Separated Material

The following were separated to the General Collection


  • A 929.2097643 WE Federic Weigl, Herbert Weigl, Sr.'s Narrative of the Weigl Family History: Beginning in Bad Aibling, Germany and Continuing With the Story of the Family's Immigration to Austin, Texas, in 1913, With Details of the Family's Life From 1884 to 1977, Including A Brief History of the F. Weigl Iron Works of Austin, With Annotations and Photographs Added by Frederic Weigl, the First of Multiple Volumes Covering the Weigl Family History. 2003.
  • A 929.2097643 WE Federic Weigl, The Weigl Story: As Assembled in 1975 by W. George Allen, From Tape Recordings and Color Transparencies Made by Herbert Weigl, Sr., and F. Lee Weigl, Covering the Early History of the Weigl Family in Germany and Texas and the F. Weigl Iron Works. 2003.
  • A 929.2097643 WE Federic Weigl, Early Weigl Christmas and New Years [sic] Celebrations: As Narrated in 1974 by Herbert Weigl, Sr. Telling About the Christmas and New Years (sic) Customs in Bavaria From 1890 to 1910, Including the Singular Practices of the Wendelsteiner Ritterbund and Describing the Celebrations of the Fortunat Weigl Family in Austin Texas, From 1913 Through the 1920's, With Notes Comparing These Practices to Those Followed by the Herbert Weigl, Sr, Family in the 1940's and 1950's, by Frederic Weigl. 2003.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Weigl Iron Works Papers (AR.O.010). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #s: DO/1977/064; DO/2003/124; DO/2004/020

Donation Dates: 6/29/1977, 4/26/1985, 10/25/2003, 12/09/2003, 12/17/2015

Processing Information

Initial inventory by Tim Wilder in July 1991. Final processing and finding aid by Kelly Hanus in January 2019.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

F. Weigl Iron Works, 1924-1928, 1955-1977, 2015

Financial Records, 1924-1928, 1955-1977
Cash Received, 1955-1976
Box
1 Ledger, July 1955-March 1962
Ledger, April 1962-December 1976
Petty Cash Books, 1955-1977
Box
2 Ledger, July 1955-October 1961
Ledger, October 1961-February 1971
Ledger, February 1971-January 1977
Sales Books, 1955-1976
Box
1 Ledger, July 1955-Septbember 1958
Ledger, October 1958-September 1961
Ledger, October 1961-February 1972
Ledger, March 1972-December 1976
Shop Orders, 1955-1971
Box Folder
3 1 Notebook, July 1955-April 1956
2 Notebook, April 1956-July 1958
3 Notebook, April 1959-October 1959
4 Notebooks (3), October 1959-February 1964
5 Notebooks (2), February 1964-February 1968
6 Notebooks (2), February 1968-September 1971
Box
2 Ledger, 1924-1928
Ledger is fragile, please use photocopy in Box 2/Folder 1 instead.
Iron Work, 1966-1976, 2015, undated
Box Folder
4 1 Original shop drawings, 1966-1977
Location FlatFile
qAR 03/11/004 Architectural drawing of iron details for James H. Beall residence, undated
03/11/005 Sketches of hardware parts, undated
03/11/006 Drawing of iron gate for residence, undated
Box Folder
4 2 "Drawings and Sketches for Proposed Iron Work" (Photocopy), 2015
3-4 "Catalog of Weigl Iron Work and Related Items From Collections of the Descendants of Herbert Weigl, Sr.", 2015

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Weigl Family History, 1975, 2003

Box RecordingNo
2 3228 Herbert Weigl, Sr. narrating "Early Weigl Christmas and New Year Celebrations", 2003
1 sound discs (CD); Access copy of digitally recorded interview
Digital file is available on AHC Digital File Viewing Station in Reading Room.
3229 Herbert Weigl, Sr. narrating "Weigl Family History", 2003
5 sound discs (CD); Access copy of digitally recorded interview
Digital file is available on AHC Digital File Viewing Station in Reading Room.
The Weigl Story, 1975
Location RecordingNo
Oral History Collection 1613 The Weigl Story, Volume 1, 1975
1 sound discs (CD); Access copy of digitally recorded interview
Digital file is available on AHC Digital File Viewing Station in Reading Room.
1614 The Weigl Story, Volume 2, 1975
1 sound discs (CD); Access copy of digitally recorded interview
Digital file is available on AHC Digital File Viewing Station in Reading Room.
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault Color Neg. Drawer Presentation slides, 1975

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