University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Rudolph Kleberg Family Papers, 1829-1966

Descriptive Summary

Creator Kleberg family (Rudolph Kleberg, 1847-1924)
Title Kleberg (Rudolph) Family Papers
Dates: 1829-1966.
Abstract Papers of Rudolph Kleberg (1847-1924), newspaper editor, lawyer, Texas Senator, United States Attorney and Representative, and official reporter of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Papers include Kleberg family correspondence originating from Germany and the King Ranch.
Extent 5 ft., 8 in.
Languages English and German.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Cat Spring and reared in Cuero, De Witt County, Texas, Rudolph Kleberg (1847-1924) was the son of German immigrants Robert Justus (1803-1888) and Rosa von Roeder Kleberg (1813-1907), who arrived in Texas in 1834. After serving in the Civil War, Kleberg practiced law, founded and edited the Cuero Star (1873-1876), and served as DeWitt County Attorney (1876-1880). After a period in the Texas Senate (1883-1885), he was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas (1885-1889). He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1896 to 1903 and became official reporter for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin in 1905, a position he held until his death in 1924.

Older correspondence and miscellaneous items in German.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, literary productions, diaries, scrapbooks, printed material, legal and financial records, maps, photographs, and family histor document the life and career of lawyer and public servant Rudolph Kleberg (1847-1924) and the lives of members of his family. Included is correspondence relating to Kleberg's terms in the U.S. House of Representatives (1896-1903) and his years as reporter for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals (1905-1924) as well as his literary works and scrapbooks. In addition there is extensive family correspondence, much of it originating on the King Ranch, and family diaries and scrapbooks. Significant topics cover the Aransas Pass deepwater harbor, Kleberg's aid to accused murderer Leo Frank, the publishing of Texas Criminal Reports, the purchase of the Alamo, German-American views during World War I, railroad regulation, and the history of Cuero. Robert Justus Kleberg's papers include letters written by him, his wife, and her family members in Germany before emigration to Texas in 1834; later family correspondence; and some business letters.



Papers are organized into three series: 1. Rudolph Kleberg papers. 2. Rudolph Kleberg family papers. 3. Robert Justus Kleberg papers.


Arranged alphabetically and chronologically by subject.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Kleberg family.
Eckhardt family.
Sack family.
Von Roeder family.
Kleberg, Rudolph, 1847-1924--Archives.
Kleberg, Robert Justus, 1803-1888.
Kleberg, Caesar, 1873-1946.
Kleberg, Louise Indiana, 1876-1953.
Kleberg, Mathilde Violet, 1883-1968.
Frank, Leo, 1884-1915.
Subjects (Organizations)
King Ranch (Tex.)
Kleberg Town and Improvement Company.
United States. Congress. House.
West Publishing Co.
Cuero Star (Cuero, Tex.)
C. J. Krehbiel (Firm : Cincinnati, Ohio)
German Americans--Texas.
Real property--Texas.
World War, 1914-1918.
Cuero (Tex.)
De Witt County (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Rudolph Kleberg Family Papers, 1829-1966, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Collection


Rudolph Kleberg papers:

2J45 Correspondence, business and public life:
Received, arranged chronologically, 1868-1904
Received, arranged alphabetically, A-S
2J46 Received, arranged alphabetically, T-Z
Letterpress book, 1905-1913
Sent, 1905-1924 and undated
Letters of condolence, 1924-1925
2J47 Telegrams of condolence, 1924
Literary productions:
By Rudolph Kleberg:
Prose and poetry:
Manuscript and typescript, 1896-1923 and undated
2J48 Published material, 1898-1917
Musical works and correspondence, 1924-1936 and undated
About Rudolph Kleberg, 1887, 1924-1925, and undated
Scrapbook material:
Scrapbook 1, 1880-1930 and undated:
Pasted material
Loose material
Scrapbook 2, 1892-1900 and undated
Scrapbook 3, 1896-1901:
Pasted material
Pasted and loose material
2J49 Scrapbook 4, 1896-1902, 1913, and undated
Appointments and certificates, 1885-1918 and undated
Invitations and introductions, 1884-1918, and undated
Land documentation, 1873-1917 and undated
Political and legislative material, 1883-1917 and undated
Financial and legal records, 1874-1924 and undated
Court Reports correspondence, 1907-1924 and undated


Robert Kleberg family papers:

2J49 Letters by writer:
Rudolph and Mathilde Kleberg, 1866-1914 and undated
2J50 Caesar Kleberg, 1884-1944 and undated
Alfred Leon Kleberg, 1894-1939 and undated
August Joseph Kleberg, 1885-1919 and undated
Mathilde (Til) Violet Kleberg, 1896, 1913-1916 and undated
2J51 Louise (Lula) Kleberg, 1885-1914 and undated
Ernst Kleberg, 1943-1884
Henrietta King and Alice King Kleberg, 1887-1931 and undated
Various Kleberg family members, 1867-1944 and undated
Eckhardt family members, 1864-1959 and undated
Hillebrand family members, 1858-1887
Miscellaneous letters, A-Z, 1866-1964
Unidentified writers and fragments, 1899, 1918, 1924 and undated
Sack'sche Familienstiftung correspondence, 1845-1925 and undated
2J52 Letters of condolence:
Mathilde Kleberg, 1932
Caesar Kleberg, 1946
Family history and genealogy, 1961 and undated
Literary productions, undated
Lula, 1895; Tillie, 1898; Mathilde, 1909
Loose material from diaries, 1898, 1901, and undated
Greeting cards, pictorial material, and miscellany, 1930 and undated
2J53 Scrapbook material:
Scrapbook 1, 1883-1904 and undated
Scrapbook 1 loose material, 1898-1918 and undated
Scrapbook 2 (the theater) loose material, 1901-1905 and undated
Scrapbooks K, L, and LIK loose material, 1911-1937 and undated
Printed material:
Sack family publications:
Das silberne Buch der Familie Sack, 1900
Miscellaneous publications, 1905, 1924-1925
Newspaper clippings:
Family affairs, 1915-1966 and undated
General, 1898-1948 and undated
2J54 Miscellaneous publications, 1879-1956
Miscellaneous financial papers, 1925-1947
Legal and legislative material, 1885-1955 and undated
Eulogies and tributes, 1913-1946 and undated


Robert Justus Kleberg papers

2J54 Biographical and historical material, 1876 and undated
Family correspondence, 1820-1836, 1866-1867, 1881-1904 and undated
General correspondence, 1866-1912
Land documentation and correspondence, 1838-1869
2J55 Land documentation and correspondence, 1870-1890 and undated
Financial and business records, 1840-1887 and undated
Veterans of the Texas Revolution correspondence, 1870-1888 and undated
Certificates and official notices, 1824-1873 and undated
Miscellaneous speeches, 1867, 1905, and undated
2J56 Chief Justice, DeWitt County, documents, 1852-1856
Austin and DeWitt counties business, 1838-1870
Poetry, 1729, 1898, and undated
Domestic scrapbook, 1894 and undated
Photostat volumes:
Kleberg letters and documents, 1837-1885 and undated
Kleberg letters and documents, 1835-1898 and undated
2.325/V53 Oversize documents
OD1287 Oversize documents


Photographic material:

3Y491 Portrait of Mr. & Mrs. Marcellus Kleberg
Portraits of Caesar Kleberg
Unidentified photos
3S221 Portrait of Caesar Kleberg
Caesar Kleberg hunting
Caesar Kleberg with Will Rogers?
Unidentified group
Unidentified portrait
3Y552 Photograph album, trip to California and Southwest, ca. 1910
Loose prints from scrapbooks and diaries:
Lula Kleberg's diary, ca. 1895
Scrapbook, Rudolph Kleberg family papers #1 (scrapbook in 2J52), ca. 1883-1904
Loose prints:
Caesar Kleberg and King Ranch, ca. 1875-1945
Robert Justus Kleberg, undated
Marcellus Kleberg and wife, undated
Various unidentified persons, undated
OD 1278 Panoramic photograph of an unidentified group.