University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Esther L. Mueller Papers, 1845, 1916-1984



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mueller, Esther L., 1902-1984
Title: Esther L. Mueller papers
Dates: 1845, 1916-1984
Abstract: Papers produced and collected by Esther L. Mueller (1902–1984), pertain primarily to her study of, and writings about, the history of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.02973
Extent: 5.33 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Educator, historian, and writer Esther L. Mueller was born in 1902 in Fredericksburg, Texas, and graduated from Fredericksburg High School in 1921. She wrote extensively about the history of Texas and the Fredericksburg area as well as fiction and poetry. Published works include A Bakery of Pioneer Days and Haupt Strasse - Americanized as well as historical articles and unpublished manuscripts. Additionally, Mueller taught at the Texas State College for Women (now Texas Women's University) and spent three years teaching in Germany in the early fifties.


Scope and Contents

Papers produced and collected by Esther L. Mueller (1902–1984), pertain primarily to her study of, and writings about, the history of Fredericksburg and Gillespie County. Included are notebooks containing interviews with descendants of the area's early German pioneers and the resultant biographies she wrote as well as printed material about Sunday houses, county courthouses, the Easter fires celebration and her research and writing of a book about the area's history, entitled Haupt Strasse - Americanized. Her fictional works are documented through notes, manuscripts, and typescripts for three unpublished novels: "Cornerstone," "Given Name," and "Whispers the Dust," and some short stories and poems. The papers also contain correspondence between Esther's grandfather, Conrad Wehmeyer, and his relatives in Illinois and letters from J. Frank Dobie and Lady Bird Johnson, diaries, observations on students and teaching, a scrapbook of a trip to California, watercolor paintings, and photographs.


Restrictions

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
Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964
Johnson, Lady Bird, 1912-2007
Mueller, Esther L., 1902-1984
Corporate Names
Texas Woman's University
Subjects
Courthouses
Educators
Frontier and pioneer life
Germans
Women and literature
Places
Fredericksburg
Germany
Texas

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Esther L. Mueller Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

1985-219

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 Collection

Inventory

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2M217 [SRH1230010551] Diaries and Journals, 1921-1971
Correspondence
Letters sent, 1923-1973
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2M218 [SRH1230010552] Letters sent from Germany, 1951-1953
Letters received, 1932-1977
Historical Research and Writing
Biographies (A-P), undated
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2M219 [SRH1230010553] Biographies (M-Miscellaneous), undated
Places, groups, and cultural characteristics (A-C)., undated
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2M220 [SRH1230010554] Places, groups, and cultural characteristics (E-R), undated
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2M221 [SRH1230010555] Places, groups, and cultural characteristics (O-miscellaneous), undated
Notebooks from interviews, undated
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2M222 [SRH1230010556] Notebooks from interviews, undated
Notebooks of primary and secondary sources, undated
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2M223 [SRH1230010557] Town lots card file and notebook, undated
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2M224 [SRH1230010558] Plans and draft for a history book on Fredericksburg and Gillespie County, undated
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2M225 [SRH1230010559] Pioneers in God's Hills, 1960, 1974
Speeches, 1942-1969
Fiction
"Cornerstone," notes and typescript, 1943
"Given Name," notes and final draft, 1963-1968
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2M226 [SRH1230010478] "Whispers the Dust," notes and drafts, 1950-1951
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2M227 [SRH1230010479] "Whispers the Dust," notes, 1950-1951
Pageants, 1929 (1946) 1971
Short Stories, circa 1946-1951
Poems, 1927, circa 1939, 1957
Teaching Journals, 1924-1932
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2M228 [SRH1230010480] Teaching Journals, 1932-1935
Personal Memorabilia
Zion Lutheran Church newsletters, 1964-1965
Conrad Wehmeyer letters, 1845-1926
Miscellaneous mementos and other items, undated
Esther Mueller's Bible
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2.325/V33 [SRH1230002444] Oversize material, undated
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3S234 [SRH1230022739] Scrapbook; Print of Fredericksburg, Texas, undated
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3Y97 [SRH1230028429] Photograph