Boeer/Wolf Families, Papers, 1837-1972 and undated

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Biographical Sketch

The collection was created by two families the Wolf and Boeer Families who imigrated during the mid to late 19th Century from Germany to Texas. Karl Wolf’s parents had moved to Texas during the 1890’s. Karl Wolf became involved with the “Free Thinkers” Club a social organization that supported freedom, democracy, and nationalism. He eventually married Louisa Boeer, daughter of Maria Wolf Boeer. After moving from the Houston area, Karl’s family settled in Old Glory, Texas where they raised two daughters, Mina and Ilse Wolf. Mina and Ilse both graduated from Texas Technological College in 1932. They each have master’s and doctoral degrees from other universities. Indirectly, Mina and Ilse Wolf are related to Thomas A. Hickey, the Texas socialist and publisher of the The Rebel. Their aunt, Clara, the daughter of Maria Wolf Boeer and sister of Louisa, married Hickey in the very early 1900s. Maria Boeer’s correspondence describes her association with the socialist movement as well as association with German writers from abroad. The family heritage of the Boeer and Wolf Families are detailed from their writing to and from their relatives and friends abroad and in the United States.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of mostly correspondence to and from family members, relatives, friends of relatives of the Boeer and Wolf Families. The correspondence is mostly in the German language. The bulk of the correspondence concentrate on letters sent to Maria Boeer, the grandmother of Mina Wolf Lamb and Ilse Wolf. Includes Maria Boeer’s correspondence with German editors as she was an avid writer herself. Also contains a few of Ilse Wolf’s files on the Home Economics Department at Oklahoma State University and Texas Tech University, as well as files on literary productions, printed materials, and scrapbook material.


The collection is organized by types of materials such as correspondence, printed materials, and scrapbook materials.


Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.

Subjects (Persons)

  • Duncan, David James.
  • Subjects (Places)

  • Washington (State)--Fiction.
  • Subjects

  • American literature--21st century.
  • Novelists, American--20th century--Correspondence.

  • Related Material

    Arch Green and Mina Wolf Lamb Papers, 1832-2002 and undated

    Thomas A. Hickey Photo Collection, SWCPC 633

    Boeer/Wolf Families collection of publications (1878-1976), R1.2

    Boeer/Wolf Families collection of newspapers (1904-1973)

    Administrative Information

    Preferred Citation

    Boeer/Wolf Families, 1837-1972 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


    Collection accession #(s): R1.1

    Gifts, 1989-1991

    Processed by

    Abel Ramirez, 2000.


    Box 2

    Folder 1, Hanschke, Robert, 1902-1907

    Folder 8, Hielscher, Theodor, 1894-1906

    Folder 13, Hoffmeister, Willy and Huhn, Mr., 1908-1910

    Folder 15, John, Margarete, 1907-1921

    Folder 16, Kaepp, J. F., 1917

    Folder 17, Klostermayer, C. W., 1860

    Folder 19, Knipscher, John and Louise, 1881-1889

    Folder 22, Lange-Broderick, Frieda, 1905-1926

    Folder 24, Michel, Frederick, 1902-1908

    Folder 25, Most, Helene, 1918

    Folder 28, Nies, Konrad, 1902-1916

    Folder 29, Panek, Zikes and Clotilde, 1913-1919

    Folder 44, Steinhauser, Albert, 1917-1928

    Folder 48, Walter, Richard, 1916-1921

    Folder 54, Zetkin, Clara and Ziesing, George, 1916-1920

    Folder 57, Professional: Arbeiter-Zeitung, 1906-1925

    Folder 64, Professional: New Yorker Volkszeitung, Volks-Zeitung and Vorwarts der Pacific Kuste, 1909-1936

    Unknown Folder, World War I Opinion - German Socialism - Kaiser, 1916