University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Wied Archives, 1839-1881

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wied, Hermann zu 1814-1864
Title: Wied archives
Dates: 1839-1881
Abstract: Papers consist of the business records of the Prince of Wied dealing with the Verein zum Schutze deutscher Einwanderer in Texas during its later years while the prince was president of that immigration organization
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.00167
Extent: 2.5 linear feet
Language: German , French .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Hermann, the Prince of Wied (full name Wilhelm Hermann Karl Fürst zu Wied), was born in Neuwied, Duchy of Nassau in 1814. He was the nephew of Prince Max of Wied, the famed explorer of the Missouri Valley. Hermann was part of the Adelsverein Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas, which he joined largely because he was engaged to the sister of its patron, the Duke of Nassau. He took little interest in the society until it became clear that the members were seen as having dishonored themselves by not paying their debts. He then became involved in the attempt to pay the bills and encouraged renewed interest in the Verein colony in the hope of recouping the losses. Hermann died in 1864.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, legal and financial records, official documents, printed material, maps, newspapers, and lithographs arranged chronologically under subject.

Papers consist of the business records of the Prince of Wied dealing with the Verein zum Schutze deutscher Einwanderer in Texas during its later years while the prince was president of that immigration organization. They reflect the efforts made by the prince's business manager, Freiherr von Bibra, and the business managers of the other noble members to save the honor of their lords and, if possible, some of their financial investment. Included are the working papers connected with Verein publications meant to revitalize the emigration program; correspondence and official documents having to do with various court cases instituted by the Verein, including actions against some of its members, and against the Verein; and books, articles, and miscellaneous printed matter having to do with the Verein or Texas as, for example, the laws of Texas in German.

In German with some French correspondence.


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.

Index Terms

Personal Names
Bene, Louis, Lieutenant
Bibra, August, Freiherr von, 1808-1894
Fisher, Henry F., 1805-1867
Flersheim, L. H.
Frederick III, German Emperor, 1831-1888
Frederick Wilhelm IV, king of Prussia, 1795-1861
Knyphausen, Graf von
Obert, Monsieur.
Solms-Braunfels, Carl, Prinz zu, 1812-1875
Wied, Hermann zu 1814-1864
Corporate Names
Emigration and immigration
German Americans
Ocean travel
New Braunfels

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Wied Archives, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

OCLC Number


Detailed Description of the Collection

Wied Archives

2Q96 [SRH1230011556] General correspondence, 1844-1852, undated
2Q97 [SRH1230011557] General correspondence, 1853-1863, undated
General Versammlungen, 1845-1857
Miscellaneous reports about Texas, 1845-1858, undated
2Q98 [SRH1230011558] Envelopes, undated
Schmidt Consortium loan
Financial papers, 1855-1863
Bound correspondence, 1862-1867
Claim against Count of Knyphausen, 1850-1852
Complaint against Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels, 1858-1861
Prince Friedrich of Prussia's securities, 1860-1863
2Q99 [SRH1230011559] Bibra's miscellaneous notes, 1850-1857, undated
Classified correspondence
Lt. Louis Bene, 1845-1859, undated
Various German states, 1850
Concerning transportation for emigrants, 1850
Traugott Bromme, 1850-1851
Monsieur Obert concerning mining on the Grant, 1854-1857, undated
King of Prussia, 1855-1857
Concerning Henry Francis Fisher, 1854-1859
Concerning Kroeber honorarium, 1856
Concerning Tabor and Drescher, 1858-1861
F. Cappes, 1850-1859
2Q100 [SRH1230011560] Flersheim complaint against the Verein, 1846-1865
Instruction für deutsche Auswanderer
Correspondence, 1851-1854
Business papers and notes, 1851, undated
Miscellaneous and notes, 1851
Publications and enclosures, 1851
Form letter, undated
2Q101 [SRH1230011561] Colonization organizations
Berliner Verein
Correspondence, 1850-1851, undated
Minutes, forms, and printed material, 1850-1851, undated
Düsseldorfer Verein correspondence, 1850
Miscellaneous material, 1848-1852
Printed material
Newspapers and clippings, 1847-1857
Verein material, 1845-1860, undated
Miscellaneous material concerning Texas, 1845-1855
Allgemeine Gesetze des Staates Texas, 1849
Miscellany, 1850-1881, undated

Oversize Documents

2.325/V58 [SRH1230002519] Maps of Indianola, Neu Braunfels, Friedrichsburg, and the port of Indianola.
Map of the Texas Verein grant, 1848
Map of the Texas Verein grant, 1850
Map of Texas with route from Indianola to German communities marked, undated
Coblenzer Zeitung, 28 March 1851
Kölnische Zeitung, June 27, 1851, February 25, 1856, February 4, 1858
Frankfurter Oberpostamts-Zeitung, 26 July 1851
Weser Zeitung (Bremen), March 7, 1855, April 4, 1855
Mittelrheinische Zeitung (Wiesbaden), 28 August 1855
Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Courant, June 9, 1881-June 12, 1881
Karte von Texas [map of Texas drawn according to surveys in the General Land Office up to 1839].
OD1223d A map of the internal improvements of Virginia [with special attention to public structures for trains, canals, and roads], prepared by C. Crozet, late principal engineer of Va. under a resolution of the General Assembly, adopted, March 15, 1848
Karte des Staates Texas [map of the state of Texas drawn according to the boundaries regulated at Washington in September 1850 and confirmed by the Texas legislature at Austin]. Published by the Verein, Included with Instruction portfolio., 1851
Plat map of Indianola, pre-1850
OD1287 Map of all the railroads in the United States in Operation & Progress, Drawn and engraved under the direction of the Editor of the American Rail Road Journal, undated [pre-1850]
J. de Cordova's Map of the State of Texas, compiled from the records of the General Land Office of the State by Robert Creuzbaur, Houston, 1849