University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Louis Lenz Collection, 1688-1966

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Lenz, Louis, 1885-1967
Title: Lenz, Louis, Collection
Dates: 1688-1966
Abstract: Materials collected by Lenz after his retirement concern the early history of Texas and its settlement, particularly by the Canary Islanders in San Antonio and the Germans in South Texas; the Texas Revolution; and the Texas Republic. Louis Lenz (1885-1967) was a civil engineer and Texana collector.
Accession No.: 68-008; 70-039; 78-065; 83-073; 93-264
Extent: 10 ft., 2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Louis Lenz (1885-1967) was a civil engineer and Texana collector. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1907 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. After working for the Southern Pacific Railroad, he helped construct a railroad in Uruguay in 1912. He served as chief engineer for the Vacuum Oil Company until its merger with the Magnolia Petroleum Company in 1931, when he became district engineer for Magnolia in Louisiana until his retirement in 1951. Afterwards he moved to Houston and began collecting materials on early Texas. He became vice chairman of the Harris County Historical Survey Committee, a member of the Knights of the Order of San Jacinto, and an honorary member of the Sons of the Republic of Texas. In 1956, he designed the official commemorative medallion for the 120th anniversary of the Texas Declaration of Independence.


Bailey, Clay. "Lenz, Louis (1885-1967)."Handbook of Texas Online, (accessed May 12, 2010).

Scope and Contents

The Louis Lenz Collection, 1688-1966, contains materials collected by Lenz after his retirement concerning the early history of Texas and its settlement, particularly by the Canary Islanders in San Antonio and the Germans in South Texas; the Texas Revolution; and the Texas Republic. Significant features of the collection are letters from notable persons in Texas history, family papers and government records of settlers, a daily diary of the Confederate tax collector in Victoria (1862-1864), and ledgers from several business establishments in Cuero. Other materials included are financial and legal records, literary productions, certificates, deeds, land grants, a guest register from the Muti Hotel in Cuero (1880-1883), speeches, photographs, and newspaper clippings. There are also calendars compiled by Lenz for some of the materials and a card index for the collection. Many documents are in German and Spanish, some of the latter with English translations. Some materials are photostatic copies. Also included are photographs of notable persons and events in Texas history and of Lenz. Photographs are arranged by persons, places, and subjects.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Lenz, Louis, 1885-1967 -- Archives.
Lenz, Louis, 1885-1967 -- Photographs.
Byran, Travis B. -- Pictorial works.
Buchel family -- Pictorial works.
Buchel, Augustus Carl, Family.
Chabot, Frederick C. (Frederick Charles), b. 1891.
De Zavala, Lorenzo, Jr. -- Pictorial works.
Zavala, Lorenzo de, 1788-1836 -- Pictorial works.
Flick family -- Pictorial works.
Frobese, William.
Grayson, Benjamin S., d. 1849
Grayson, Thomas Wigg, 1808-1873.
Grimes, Jesse, 1788-1866.
Grimes, Jesse, 1788-1866 -- Pictorial works.
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863 -- Pictorial works.
Houston, Sam, 1793-1863.
Howerton family -- Pictorial works.
Isleib, Carl -- Pictorial works.
Kunitz family.
Leinhardt, Henry -- Pictorial works.
Menchaca, Antonio, 1800-1879 -- Pictorial works.
Navarro, José Antonio, 1795-1871 -- Pictorial works.
Petty family -- Pictorial works.
Santa Anna, Antonio López de, 1794?-1876 -- Pictorial works.
Seeligson family -- Pictorial works.
Seguín, Juan Nepomuceno, 1806-1890 -- Pictorial works.
Smith, Erastus, 1787-1837 -- Pictorial works.
Straube family.
Talahina, R. -- Pictorial works.
Turner, Amasa, 1800-1877 -- Pictorial works.
Wade, Houston, 1882-1947.
Whittaker family -- Pictorial works.
Subjects (Organizations)
Cuero (Tex.). Turkey Trot -- Pictorial works.
Texas Heritage Foundation, Inc. -- Pictorial works.
Texas. Navy -- History -- Sources.
Yanaguana Society -- History -- Sources.
Alamo (San Antonio, Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
Canary Islanders -- Texas.
Cemeteries -- Texas -- Pictorial works.
Church buildings -- Texas -- Pictorial works.
Clothing and dress -- Texas.
Diaries -- Texas.
Fire extinction -- Pictorial works.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Texas.
Galveston, Battle of, Galveston, Tex., 1863 -- Pictorial works.
Germans -- Texas.
Horticulture -- Texas.
House furnishings -- Texas.
Indians of North America -- Texas.
Memorials -- Pictorial works.
Merchants -- Pictorial works.
Mission Espíritu Santo (Goliad County, Tex.) -- Pictorial works.
Missions -- Pictorial works.
Monuments -- Pictorial works.
Parades -- Pictorial works.
Photography of fires -- Sources
Processions -- Pictorial works.
Recipes -- Texas.
San Jacinto Museum of History -- Pictorial works.
Ships -- Pictorial works.
Shipping -- Pictorial works.
Slaves -- Texas.
Stores, Retail -- Pictorial works.
Textile fabrics -- Texas.
Veterans -- Pictorial works.
Austin (Tex.) -- Pictorial works.
Castroville (Tex.) -- Pictorial works.
Coahuila and Texas (Mexico) -- History.
Confederate States of America -- Finance.
Cuero (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
Cuero (Tex.) -- Pictorial works.
DeWitt County (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
DeWitt County (Tex.) -- Pictorial works.
El Paso County (Tex.) -- Pictorial works.
Fort Gibson (Okla.) -- Pictorial works.
Indianola (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
Indianola (Tex.) -- Pictorial works.
Mexico -- Pictorial works.
New Spain -- History -- Sources.
San Antonio (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
San Antonio (Tex.) -- Pictorial works.
Victoria (Tex.) -- History -- Sources.
Victoria (Tex.) -- Pictorial works.
Texas -- History -- Sources.
Texas -- Capital and capitol -- Pictorial works.
Texas -- Colonization.
Texas -- Emigration and immigration.
Texas -- History -- Republic, 1836-1846.
Texas -- History -- Revolution, 1835-1836.
Texas -- Pictorial works.
Texas, South -- History -- Sources.

Related Material

See also Lefevre (Arthur) Collection, Bastrop (Baron Felipe Enrique Neri de) Papers, Grimes (Jesse) Papers, McKinney (Thomas F.) Papers, and Davis (George Washington) Papers.

Separated Material

Some materials have been separated to the Thomas F. McKinney Papers, Baron Felipe Enrique Neri de Bastrop Papers, and George Washington Davis Papers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Louis Lenz Collection, 1688-1966, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.

Detailed Description of the Papers



3H157 Correspondence, 1910-1963
3H158 Correspondence, 1838, 1883, 1964-1966
Notes and memoranda, undated
Notes on DeWitt County, undated
3H159 Literary productions, 1936-1958
Speeches, 1956, 1959, 1963
Financial, legal and legislative papers, 1916-1960
Miscellaneous papers, Houston Wade, 1931-1934, and undated
3H160 Notebooks
Weekly time and wage book for a street paving crew, kept by Shelby Bouldin, November 7, 1907 - May 14, 1908 Houston [?], Texas
The Stockman's Pocket Bill of Sale memorandum book, Buchel Brothers and Otto Buchel, DeWitt County, Texas, April 16, 1885 - December 23, 1907
Bayou-survey book No. 1, north side, Houston, Texas, 1925 [?]
Bayou-survey book No. 1, south side, Houston, Texas, 1925 [?]
3H166 Miscellaneous papers, Houston Wade, scrapbook, 1931-1934, and undated
Literary productions:
T. R. Win, proof sheets of text on Texas history, undated
Herbert Fletcher, Holland-Jackson genealogy, 1959, and undated
3H167 Theora Whitaker Crosby, 1946-1948, and undated
3H168 Recipes, Theora Whitaker Crosby, undated
Miscellaneous papers:
Buchel family, 1857-1863
3H169 Vahldieck family, 1857-1863
Frobese-Reuss family, 1855-1962
Nagle-Loeble family, 1876-1923
George Wasserman, 1873-1930
3H170 Seeligson-Whitaker, 1894-1946
Seeligson and Buchel receipt book, 1876-1877
David and Mary Lewis, 1858-1909
Captain John York, 1825-1849
Diary of Confederate tax collector, 1861-1863
3H171 Marie (Gohmert) Eckhardt; Gus Zedler; Auguste Greisen; Carl Gohmert, Wanderbuch; letters and other documents, 1816-1917, 1957, and undated
Schubock family, letters and other documents, 1849-1917, 1957
Schubock [?], Georg and Leopold, letters, 1866-1897
Gustav Schleicher, letterbooks, ca. 1861-1865; Texas Code Citations, 1895
3H172 Miscellaneous papers:
James Butler Bonham, 1835, 1958
Harvey Sanderson, 1839-1852
George R. Bringhurst and Crockett family, 1863-1887
Mrs. Pennybacher, fragments, 1830
Captain Joseph Sowell, ca. 1862
Cuero residents, 1875-1906
Miscellany, 1793-1908, 1932, and undated
DeWitt County, ca. 1898
Indianola miscellany, 1875, 1886, 1930-1957
Autograph albums, 1866-1899
3H173 Ledgers
General store, Cuero, 1859-1860, 1894-1895
Physician, Cuero, 1882-1892
Grocery store, Cuero [?], 1900-1903
3H174 Restaurant, Cuero, 1904-1906
Lenz, Louis and Charles, record of expenditures, 1909-1932
Miscellaneous papers
Jesse Grimes, 1831-1864
Nathaniel "Texas Jack" Reed, last of the train robbers, 1936-1957
H. Sanderson and the Republic of Texas Navy, 1838-1852
3H175 Colonel Augustus Buchel of Indianola, 1808-1860
Slave deeds, 1823-1860
Thomas W. and Ben S. Grayson, letters and notes, 1836-1883, 1960
Givens family, 1851-1916
Menefee family, 1836-1878
Staube-Kunitz families, 1827-1900
Letters, deeds, and other miscellany, 1803-1925
Letters and other miscellany, 1829-1902
The Mier Expedition, newspaper extracts, 1842-1844
3J320 Lorenzo de Zavala Sr., and Jr., 1830-1907
Early history of San Antonio de Bexar, transcript
San Antonio de Bexar, and the Canary Islanders, 1730-1806
Letters, Houston Wade to Lenz, 1936-1947
3J321 Frederick C. Chabot
"Notes on the Storming of Bexar"
"The Indians and Missions of Texas"
"San Antonio Handbook for Travellers"
"Houston, A Seat of Government of Texas"
Descriptive list of books, pamphlets, and papers relating to Texas
Correspondence, Louis Lenz-Frederick C. Chabot, 1937-1943
Letters, Leita Small to Louis Lenz, 1939-1947
Correspondence and miscellany concerning Sam Houston, 1829-1964
Typescript concerning Sam Houston
3J322 Index to Lenz Collection
4M413 Ledgers:
Book of receipts and invoices, 1895-1903, Charles Lenz
4M414 Cuero, 1888-1910
Literary productions, undated
4M415 Guest register, Muti Hotel, Cuero, August 1880 - February 1883
3S34-3S36 Photographs: Notable persons and events in Texas history; Louis Lenz
3S182 Photographs: Indianola survivors, Cuero Turkey Trot
"Transportation in Early Days"
"Pioneer Freighters in 1877"
"Organized First Union in Texas"
2.325/V16 Oversize materials
Certificate of election as justice of the peace (Otto Kunitz) [document #20]
Houston Daily Telegraph, October 7, 1964 [ms. 1, document #63]
Patent to Lands in DeWitt County [documents #57-59]
Springfield Daily Post, October 23, 1851 [ms. 27, document #18]
Petition for naturalization [document #13]
Appointment to the office of aid-de-camp [document #24]
Land patent (3); Land grant [ms. #53-55]
List of members of the Sixth Congress [document #21]
Appointment of Jesse Grimes to the rank of colonel of the Army of Texas [document #6]
Certificates (2) in German; receipt E. L. Schubeck
2.325/G279 "A Biographical Sketch of General Mirabeau B. Lamar," by Edward Fontaine, 1857, photocopy of original.
"Somervell's Expedition Against the Southwest," author unknown, 1842-1843, typescript and correspondence.
"Biography of James Norman Smith and Anecdotes of Distinguished Men," 1874
"The Man who Changed the World, Pattillo Higgins," by J. B. Sims, 1955, typescript.
"The Shelby Family"
"Redbones in the Neutral Trip or No Mans Land, Between the Calcasieu and Sabine Rivers in Louisiana and Texas Respectively, and The Westport Fight Between Whites and Redbones, For Possession of This Strip on Christmas Eve, 1882, " by J. A. Crawford, M. D., 1955, typescript and correspondence.
"Educational Work of the Sister of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrement of Houston, Texas," prepared for the occasion of the Centennial of the Diocese of Galvestion, 1874-1947," 1947, typscript.
"John Christopher Columbus Hill, A Boy Captive of the Texan Mier Expedition," by W, L. Crimmins, 1951, typscript.
"Notes on the Ancestry of James Perry," 1964, photocopy
"Dumb Dora's Ditty's," by Theora W. Crosby, typscript.
"Ewen Cameron, Adventurer," by Lynn Eliot, 1945, typscript.
"Opinions Rendered by United Stated Department of the Interior and Attornerys for the State of Louisianan Regarding the Boundary between the States of Texas and Louisiana," mimeograph, photocopy, correspondence, newspaper clippings.
"Harrison County, Texas," by Alex Hampton.
2.325/A151 Unprocessed materials
2.325/B127 “A Sketch of the Life of David G. Burnet,” by Dorothy Louise Fields, undated
2.325/B127-128 Unprocessed materials
2.325/G270 Unprocessed ephemera
2.325/OD31 Map
3D122 Speech
TXC 227 Additional materials
TXC 387 Additional materials
TXC 393 Additional materials
TXC 400 Additional materials
TXC 401 Additional materials