Christian F. M. Westphal Immigrant and Family Correspondence, 1856-1918.

Collection Overview

Title: Christian F. M. Westphal Immigrant and Family Correspondence, 1856-1918.

Record Series: MsC-87

Creator: The Westphal family

Date: 1856-1918

Extent: 0.834 linear feet, 2 boxes

Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa.

Language: The original material is almost entirely in German, but there are also English language translations.

Access and Use

Accessing the Collection:

There are no restrictions on the use of this material.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item] in the  Christian F.M Westphal Family collection, 1856-1918, Manuscript Record Series MsC-87, [folder number], University Archives, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa  

Historical Note

Descendants of the Westphal family gave this collection to the University of Northern Iowa Archives in April 2016.  The material had already been sorted by correspondent and time period when it arrived.

Scope and Content

This is an exceptional collection of correspondence that documents the experiences of the Westphal family and its immigration from Germany to the United States.  The collection gives an excellent picture of ways in which the family adjusted to life in the United States over a long period of time.

Nearly all of the correspondence is in German and in the old Continental cursive hand. 

Overall, the material is in good physical condition.  The gift also included extensive and expert research on the history of the Westphal family by descendant Ellen Hanusa Wonderlin.  This excellent piece of scholarship will be an invaluable aid in using this collection. 

Inventory

Box 1

The collection, sorted by correspondent and time period

Box 2

Passages, a history of the Christian F. M. Westphal family, by Ellen Hanusa Wonderlin, 2006

Processing Information

Collection processed by University Archivist Gerald L. Peterson, April 2016; updated, May 31, 2016 (GP). Last updated by Library Associate Dave Hoing, October 2017. Linear feet count updated on August 7, 2017.

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