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Helmecke family papers

 Collection
Identifier: GA-09-04

Scope and Content

Correspondence, memorabilia, and legal and religious documents of the Helmecke family, a family of German origin who lived in Cincinnati. The material documents the family's life in Germany, their immigration to the U.S., and their lives as German-Americans living in Cincinnati and then in Michigan.

Dates

  • 1767-1961

Creator

Language of Materials

The records are in English

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research.

Biography of the Helmecke Family

The Helmecke family of this collection lived in Braunschweig, Germany before immigrating to the United States. Stephan Helmecke came to Cincinnati in 1902 to work for the Globe Wernecke Company in Norwood, Ohio. It is likely that Stephan Helmecke took this job, because he was related to the Wernecke family. Stephan appears to have done a substantial amount of timber-cruising for the company in the Southern United States and in Michigan. This job consisted of assessing the value of timber.

Stephan's wife, Marie (Engel) and their two children Carl Albert and Marie Gertrud followed him to the United States in 1903. The family lived in Cincinnati for five years before moving to Grand Rapids, Michigan. Both Carl and Gertrud attended the University of Michigan. Carl became a professor of German language and literature after receiving his M.A. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught at Upper Iowa University and Western State College at Gunnison, Colorado. While at Gunnison, he spent a sabbatical year in Hitler's Germany (1937-1938) serving as an exchange professor at the University of Berlin. Upon retiring from Gunnison in 1955, Helmecke moved to Corpus Christi, Texas where he tuaght at Del Mar College, the Incarnate Word Academy Christopher College and the University of Corpus Christi. He passed away in 1984.

Extent

4.7 Linear Feet

Overview

Correspondence, memorabilia, and legal and religious documents of the Helmecke family, a family of German origin who lived in Cincinnati. The material documents the family's life in Germany, their immigration to the U.S., and their lives as German-Americans living in Cincinnati and then in Michigan.

Statement of Arrangement

This collection is arranged into folders by topic.

Physical Location

Archives and Rare Books Library

Related Material

Also see the Carl A. Helmecke papers, GA-05-04
Title
Finding aid for the Helmecke family papers, 1767-1961
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
Finding aid prepared by Archives and Rare Books Library staff
Date
2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding Aid Written In English

Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Rare Books Library Repository

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