Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo

A Guide to the Muegge and Callaghan Families Papers, 1860-1978

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Muegge and Callaghan Families
Title: Muegge and Callaghan Families Papers
Dates: 1860-1978
Creator Abstract: A native of Ireland, Bryan Callaghan (circa 1812-1854) came to San Antonio, Texas, about 1838, where he was engaged in business and served a term as mayor. His youngest child, Bryan Callaghan Jr. (1852-1912), received a law degree and entered politics in San Antonio, serving as alderman, mayor, and County Judge. His daughter Concepción married Julius Theodore Muegge, a member of a pioneering German family in San Antonio.
Content Abstract: Letters, legal documents, financial documents, printed material, photographs, and artifacts document the political and personal activities of family members.
Identification: Col 1274
Extent: 15.75 linear feet (3 document boxes, 10 oversize boxes, 1 oversize item)
Language: Materials are primarily in English; some documents are in French or German.
Repository: Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library at the Alamo, San Antonio, Texas

Biographical Note

The product of intermarriage among several of the many ethnic communities in San Antonio, Texas, members of the Callaghan and Muegge families played a prominent role in the city's political and social activities.

The family originated with Bryan Callaghan (circa 1812-1854), a native of Ireland who came to San Antonio about 1838. A businessman and mayor of the city from 1847 to 1849, Callaghan married Concepción Ramon (1829-1910), a member of a prominent local family. Bryan Callaghan Jr. (1852-1912), their youngest child, received his education at schools in San Antonio and France and obtained a law degree at the University of Virginia before embarking on a political career that would dominate San Antonio for over thirty years. Callaghan was elected city alderman in 1879 and served as city recorder before winning his first term as mayor in 1885. In all, he won the mayor's office nine times and was defeated twice. Resigning the office in 1891, he was elected to two terms as Bexar County Judge. He was active until his death, which came in 1912, the year following his final mayoral victory.

In 1879, Callaghan married his first cousin, Adele Guilbeau (1859-1924), the daughter of French immigrant François Guilbeau (1813-1879) and Rosaria Ramon (died 1861). The couple raised seven children, including Alfred Callaghan (1890-1959), who became the third member of the family to serve as mayor of San Antonio, winning one term in office in 1947 after holding the office of Tax Commissioner for two terms. A daughter, Concepción Callaghan (1881-1960), married Julius Theodore Muegge (1879-1942), a member of a pioneer German merchant family. The Muegge's (the Anglicized spelling of the name, which also appears in the German form Mügge) had two children, including Adele Muegge Doyle (1906-1994), an active member of a number of San Antonio organizations.


Bryan Callaghan biographical file, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Chabot, Frederick C. With the Makers of San Antonio. San Antonio: Artes Graficas, 1937.

Adele Louise Doyle biographical file, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Doyle, J. Kaaz. "Bryan V. Callaghan, Jr." Handbook of Texas Online. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fcadw.

Muegge and Callaghan Families Papers, 1860-1978, Col 1274, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Texans and Their State. Forth Worth: Texas Biographical Association, undated.

Scope and Content Note

Letters, legal and financial documents, printed material, photographs, and artifacts documenting the political and personal activities of several family members make up the Muegge and Callaghan Families Papers.

The first of seven series, Personal and Political Material includes a mixture of documents, arranged in chronological order. Included are some scattered letters; political ephemera associated with Bryan Callaghan and his son, Alfred Callaghan; records of a lawsuit over the Guilbeau estate, which contain some genealogical details; genealogical information on the Callaghan, Guilbeau, and Biesenbach families; and miscellaneous printed items.

The Organizations series contains clippings and some printed items associated with Adele Muegge's membership in three groups. Items associated with a 1954 controversy involving the Catholic Women's Association include letters, minutes, and clippings.

The Newspapers series gathers a few items, generally containing some mention of family members.

Clippings are arranged by subject and are particularly concerned with family members and politics, primarily the activities of Bryan and Alfred Callaghan.

Scrapbooks gather material on a variety of subjects, again concentrating on family members and politics.

Photographs are arranged by subject and represent numerous members of the Callaghan, Guilbeau, and Muegge families.

Artifacts consist of a number of articles of clothing and accessories, primarily belonging to Adele Guilbeau Callaghan.

Organization of Collection

This collection is organized into seven series.
Series 1: Personal and political material
Series 2: Organizations
Series 3: Newspapers
Series 4: Clippings
Series 5: Scrapbooks
Series 6: Photographs
Series 7: Artifacts


Access Restrictions

No restrictions. The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Please be advised that the library does not hold the copyright to most of the material in its archival collections. It is the responsibility of the researcher to secure those rights when needed. Permission to reproduce does not constitute permission to publish. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright, literary property rights, and libel.

Index Terms

Personal Names
Muegge family.
Callaghan family.
Biesenbach family.
Guilbeau family.
Callaghan, Adele Guilbeau, 1859-1924.
Callaghan, Alfred, 1890-1959.
Callaghan, Bryan, 1852-1912.
Muegge, Theodore Julius.
Doyle, Adele Muegge, 1906-1994.
Catholic Women's Association of San Antonio.
San Antonio Conservation Society.
San Antonio Women's Federation.
San Antonio (Tex.)--Politics and government.
Family papers.
Printed ephemera.

Related Material

City of San Antonio. Office of the Mayor, Alfred Callaghan Records, 1934-1949, San Antonio Municipal Archives.

City of San Antonio. Office of the City Clerk, Mayor's Proclamations, 1939-1951, San Antonio Municipal Archives.

Additional records pertaining to the Callaghan family's involvement in San Antonio politics and government can be found in other collections at the city's Municipal Archives.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Muegge and Callaghan Families Papers, 1860-1978, Col 1274, Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, San Antonio, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Adele Muegge, 1977 May, 1984 June, and 1985 April.

Processing Information

Processed by Warren Stricker, 1994 December.

Finding aid edited and encoded by Caitlin Donnelly, 2011 March.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Personal and political material

Box Folder
1 1 Bill of sale: C. M. Dubuis to Francis Guilbeau for burial plot, 1868 March 16.
2 Embroidery sampler: Adele Guilbeau, 1870.
Oversize 4 Book: Le Livre de Piete de la Juene Fille. Avignon: Aubanel Freres, Editeurs, 1873. 842 pages, in French, inscribed by Adele Guilbeau.
Box Folder
1 3 Account statement: Ramsey and Ford to Bryan Callaghan, San Antonio, Texas, 1883 August 1.
Oversize 5 Ribbon: George Paschal, mayor's race, 1893.
Oversize 4 Remembrance book: Theodore Muegge, 1893-1894.
Oversize 5 Ribbon: Big 6, Citizen's Ticket, 1894.
Ribbon: Citizen's Ticket, 1896.
Box Folder
1 4 Pass: San Antonio Interstate Drill, complimentary pass to Rosaria Callaghan, 1897 July 17-25.
5 Letters: Bryan Callaghan to Rosaria Callaghan, 4 items, 1904-1905.
6 Ephemera: Concepción Callaghan and J. Theodore Muegge wedding invitation and reception menu, 2 items, 1905 August 15.
Oversize 8 Pamphlet: Cartoons by "Minor of Texas," San Antonio Gazette 1905.
Oversize 5 Ribbon: Reception Committee, William Howard Taft visit, 1909.
Ribbon: "Hon. Bryan Callaghan, San Antonio Spring Carnival," undated.
Ribbon: "Sodality of the Immaculate Conception, St. Louis College, San Antonio, Texas," possibly circa 1910.
Box Folder
Large Map Case Family tree: Stambaumm der Familie Biesenbach, 1660-1910, circa 1910.
Box Folder
1 7 Letter: Dr. Patrick J. Byrne to Bryan Callaghan, with enclosed clipping, 1912 April 25.
8 Bill of sale: J. W. Shaw to Bryan Callaghan for burial plot, 1912 July 4.
9 Resolution: Board of Health, City of San Antonio, on the death of Bryan Callaghan, 1912 July 11.
10 Abstract of title: Lot No. One, City Block No. 1306; and Lots No. Eight, Nine, and Ten, Block No. Two, New City Block, No. 1311; San Antonio, Sherman Street property; contains records of estates of Francis Guilbeau and Bryan Callaghan, 1915 June 24.
11 Placard: J. E. Mugge and Co., "The American's Creed," 1918.
12 Lawsuit: Anita Nozeran et al. vs. Adele Callaghan, et al., history of the case, 1919 July 12.
13 Lawsuit: Anita Nozeran et al. vs. Adele Callaghan, et al., brief and argument in behalf of complainants, 1919 July 12.
14 Lawsuit: Anita Nozeran et al. vs. Adele Callaghan, et al., stenographer's report, 1919 June 30.
15 Letter: Anita Nozeran to Adele Callaghan, in French, 1923 July 23.
16 Letter: Adele Callaghan to Anita Nozeran, draft, in French, April 29.
17 Postcard: Adele Callaghan to Adele Mügge, 1924 April 12.
18 Notebook: on death of Adele Guilbeau Callaghan [photocopy], 1924 August.
19 Automobile records: Mrs. C. C. Muegge, 1931-1932.
20 Periodical: The Comet, 1939 April.
21 Handbill: Maury Maverick opposition, possibly 1939.
22 Political ephemera: San Antonio city election, People's Ticket, 1939.
23 Campaign material: San Antonio mayoral election, 1939.
24 Service record: Work Projects Administration, project and service records of Theodore Julius Muegge, 1940-1942.
25 Menu: Anchaco Room, St. Anthony Hotel, San Antonio, Texas, 1941 April 18.
26 Family histories: Guilbeau-Callaghan families, manuscripts and typescripts, 8 items [includes photocopy], 1941 and undated.
27 Plat: Block 33, City Block 542, San Antonio, Texas, Elm Street property, 1942 October 29.
28 Application forms: Office of Price Administration, application for basic mileage ration book, Mrs. C. C. Muegge, 1942 November 19.
29 Political ephemera: San Antonio city election, Victory Ticket, 4 items, 1943 and 1945.
30 Handbill: San Antonio bond election, Tax Payers Protective League, 1945.
31 Vendor's note: Alfred Callaghan to Mrs. Concepción C. Callaghan [photocopy], 1945 July 27.
32 Funeral program: Maggie Powell, 1949 June 27.
33 Political ephemera: Alfred Callaghan, 3 items, 1949 and undated.
34 Letters: Allan Shivers to Adele Muegge, 2 items, 1954 and 1956.
35 Political ephemera: Allan Shivers, 4 items, 1954.
Oversize 5 Campaign button: Allan Shivers, 1954.
Box Folder
1 36 Letters: Miscellaneous to Adele Muegge, 6 items, 1954-1965 and undated.
37 Letters: Miscellaneous to Adele Muegge, 5 items [photocopies], 1954-1977.
38 Ephemera: Monte "Mike" Harris, testimonial dinner, programs and guest lists, 4 items, 1955 March 10.
39 Resolution: Senate Resolution No. 88 in memory of Alfred Callaghan, 1959 February 17.
40 Funeral card: Col. Thomas J. Brogan, 1966.
41 Calling card: Ed Guilbeau, undated.
Oversize 5 Ribbon: "The Grand Midwinter," undated.
Box Folder
1 42 Membership: Grotto Sanctuary of the Mary Immaculate League, Julius Theodore Muegge, undated.
43 Prayer cards: in English and German, 12 items, 1935, 1951, and undated.
44 Transaction record: stock purchase, Adele Muegge, undated.
45 Christmas cards: 2 items, undated.
46 Miscellaneous material: 5 items.

Series 2: Organizations

Box Folder
2 Catholic Women's Association, 1941-1962 and undated
47 Pamphlet: Silver Jubilee Catholic Women's Association, 1941.
Gift card, undated.
48 Correspondence: 8 items, 1953-1954.
49 Minutes: 2 items, 1953 November 25, November 30, and December 8.
50 Clippings: 14 items, 1945-1962 and undated.
San Antonio Conservation Society, 1952-1957
51 Letters and invitation: 5 items, 1955-1957.
52 Newsletters: 2 items, 1956 February and May.
53 Program: "Poinsard's Folly" or "Ursuline" by Kay Hart, circa 1956.
Script: "Eugenio Navarro," typescript, circa 1956.
54 Clippings: 6 items, 1952-1957.
55 San Antonio Women's Federation newsletter, 1978 May.

Series 3: Newspapers

Oversize 8 The Record, containing an account of Bryan Callaghan's death, 1912 July 13.
Neighborhood News, 1940 March 1.
St. Mary's of Texas Rattler, 1940 April 19.
Newspaper Collection Separated newspapers
San Antonio Light Texas Yearbook 1942.
San Antonio Express Extra, reporting on President Franklin Roosevelt's death, 1945 April 13.
San Antonio Evening News Second Extra, reporting on the Soviet Union's declaration of war against Japan, 1945 August 8.
The Alamo Register, 1954 May 28.

Series 4: Clippings

Box Folder
2 56 Alfred Callaghan, 35 items [includes photocopy], 1943-1959 and undated.
57 Bryan Callaghan, 23 items [includes photocopies], 1905-1959 and undated.
Bryan Callaghan death, 1912
58 San Antonio Express [fragile, see photocopies], 1912 July 8.
59 San Antonio Light [fragile, see photocopies], 1912 July 8.
60 San Antonio Express [fragile, see photocopies], 1912 July 9.
61 San Antonio Express [fragile, see photocopies], 1912 July 10.
Oversize 8 The Record, 1912 July 13.
Box Folder
2 62 Photocopies, 5 items, 1912.
63 Callaghan family, 10 items [includes photocopies], 1910-1954.
Includes Adele Guilbeau Callaghan, James B. Callaghan, Marie Callaghan, and Concepción Ramon Callaghan Navarro.
64 Guilbeau family, 7 items [includes photocopies], 1941-1968.
65 Guilbeau family, "Mrs. Callaghan Has Legion of Honor Cross," typescript, 8 copies, undated.
66 Harris, M. M. "Mike," 6 items, 1956 and undated.
67 Adele Muegge, 8 items [includes photocopies], 1929-1961 and undated.
68 Muegge family, 13 items [includes photocopy], 1922-1955 and undated.
Includes Julius Ernst Mügge, Julius Theodore Muegge, and Theodore Julius Muegge.
69 San Antonio biographies, 10 items [includes photocopies], 1936-1964 and undated.
Includes Josephine Withers Bullis, Antoinette O'Shaughnessy Campbell, R. R. Claridge, George Grenet, William H. Hennessy, Louise Jud, Bryan Callaghan Mauermann, Gus B. Mauermann, and M. Blandine O'Sullivan.
70 San Antonio general, 5 items [includes photocopies], 1944-1959.
71 San Antonio history, 21 items [includes photocopies], 1933-1976.
72 San Antonio history, excerpts from City of Flaming Adventure by Boyce House, 4 items, 1968.
73 San Antonio history, "Through the Years" columns, San Antonio Light, 93 items, most mention Bryan or Alfred Callaghan, undated.
74 San Antonio politics and government, 16 items, 1939-1945.
75 San Antonio politics and government, 25 items, 1946.
76 San Antonio politics and government, 6 items [includes photocopies], 1948-1958.
77 San Antonio politics and government, 3 items, undated.
78 San Antonio politics and government, city election [photocopy], 1933.
79 San Antonio politics and government, city election, 24 items, 1939.
80 San Antonio politics and government, city election, 6 items, 1943.
81 San Antonio politics and government, city election, 9 items, 1945.
82 San Antonio politics and government history, 4 items, 1935-1937 and 1973.
83 Miscellaneous, 7 items, 1934-1945 and undated.

Series 5: Scrapbooks

Oversize 6 Political cartoons, San Antonio city election, 1907.
San Antonio politics and government, Bryan Callaghan, Callaghan family, French clippings, and miscellaneous clippings and illustrations, 1888-circa 1919.
San Antonio politics, Bryan Callaghan, San Antonio history, Guilbeau family, Callaghan family, Holekamp family, Alfred Callaghan, 1939 election, and Muegge family, 1912-1940.
Oversize 7 Callaghan family, San Antonio politics and government, Bryan Callaghan, Guilbeau family, and French clippings [photocopies of pages], 1860-1924.
Muegge family, personal memorabilia, railroad material, Bryan Callaghan, photographs of Bryan Callaghan funeral, Alfred Callaghan, Callaghan family, family photographs, Texas history, Stinson Airport, San Antonio politics and government, 1947 San Antonio election, Catholic Women's Association, and miscellaneous clippings, 1909-1953.

Series 6: Photographs

Box Folder
3 84 Callaghan and Guilbeau families, 17 items, undated.
Includes Alfred Callaghan, Bryan Callaghan III, Charles Callaghan, Concepción Callaghan [Muegge], Concepción Ramon Callaghan, James Callaghan, Marie Callaghan, Rosaria Callaghan, Adele Guilbeau [Callaghan], Edward Guilbeau, and Eugenie Guilbeau.
85 Bryan Callaghan, framed portrait, undated.
86 Bryan Callaghan funeral, 8 items, 1912.
87 Bryan Callaghan grave, 4 items [includes two copy prints], 1912.
88 Holekamp family, 2 items, 1903 and undated.
89 Adele Muegge, 12 items, 1906, 1945-1960, and undated.
90 Muegge family, 19 items, 1911-1942 and undated.
Includes Charles Heberer, Therese Heberer, Ernst Holekamp, August Muegge, Clara Biesenbach Scharff Muegge, Concepción Callaghan Muegge, Edward Mügge, Julius Ernst Mügge, Julius Theodore Muegge, Theodore J. Muegge, Will Muegge, and J. E. Mügge and Co. warehouse.
91 Julius Theodore Muegge, Grand Marshal, Battle of Flowers parade, framed photograph, 1904.
92 Non family, 6 items, 1896-1910 and undated.
Includes Mr. and Mrs. Nicolas Bassila, Alfred Campbell, Antoinette O'Shaugnessy Campbell, Mollie Gallagher, Henrietta Goudeau, Monte M. Harris, and A. L. Lockwood.
93 Unidentified, 11 items, undated.
94 Copy prints
Includes Julius Theodore Muegge, Concepción Callaghan Muegge, Rosaria Callaghan, and J. E. Muegge store.
Oversize 8 Photocopies

Series 7: Artifacts

Oversize 9 Photograph album, photos removed.
Oversize 10 Fan.
Feather hair ornaments, 2 items.
Blue satin sash.
Black fabric.
Black lace.
Oversize 11 Clothing worn by Adele Guilbeau Callaghan.
Oversize 12 Black dress worn by Adele Guilbeau Callaghan at Rough Riders Ball, Menger Hotel, San Antonio, 1905 April 7.
Oversize 13 White dress worn by Adele Guilbeau Callaghan, circa 1905.
Box Folder
3 95 Photographs of artifacts in Muegge and Callaghan Families Papers, 11 items.