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Title Wied Archive. Classified Correspondence Concerning Transportation for Emigrants, 1850
Date 21 Oct-Dec 1850
Document Type Correspondence
Reference 2Q99, Box 1, Folder 4
Library / Archive Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
Collection Name Wied Archive. Classified Correspondence
Series Description 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.
Biographical Note / History The Prince of Wied took little interest in the Verein, which he joined because he was engaged to the sister of its patron, the Duke of Nassau, until it became clear that the members were seen as having dishonored themselves by not paying the debts they had incurred. 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. He was the nephew of Prince Max of Wied, the famed explorer of the Missouri Valley.
Theme(s) Colonisation Companies and Emigration Societies; Departures: Port Conditions and Organisation
Country (from) Germany
Country (to) United States of America
Places Hamburg, Wiesbaden, Germany; Fredericksburg, New Braunfels, Texas, United States
Nationality German
People Bibra, Baron August Freiherr von (1808-1894); Wied, Hermann, Furst zu (d1863)
Keywords German Emigration Company, colonisation, colony, immigrant, business, travel, social class, administration, emigration scheme, Society for the Protection of German Immigrants, transportation, passenger, family
Additional Information Please note: Some of the metadata for this document has been taken from the Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin catalogue.
Language German
Copyright Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin