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Letters and Correspondence

  • Auswandererbriefe [microform]. [Dortmund, Germany] : MC, 1997. 40 microfilm reels : ill. ; 35 mm.Reproduces about 6700 German emigrant letters from the United States written between 1820 and 1930. Collected by Wolfgang Helbich. About 85% are in the form of photocopies of the originals, 10% are in transcription form only (the originals have been lost), and 5% are the original letters. Biographical research and background studies on the letter writers is reproduced along with the letters, including parish registers, emigration lists, judicial records, passenger lists, manuscript census, city directories, county histories, plat books, etc. Filmed from the originals in the Ruhr-Universität Bochum Includes indexes. Extensive collection of German emigrant letters from the United States, written between 1820 and 1930. More than 350 of these letters were published in 1988 as Briefe aus Amerika : deutsche Auswanderer schreiben aus der neuen Welt 1830-1930 (LC call number: E184.G3 B75 1988). In 1991, Cornell University Press published an English translation, News from the Land of Freedom: German Immigrants Write Home (LC call number: E184.G3 B7513 1991).
  • Braun, Fritz, comp. Auswanderer auf dem Schiff Samuel M. Fox. Ankunft New York, 4. Aug. 1852. (Kaiserslautern, Heimatstelle Pfalz [1964]) 32 p. (Schriften zur Wanderungsgeschichte der Pfälzer, Folge 21) Report on the voyage by Jacob Ernst Ruth and passenger list. Originally published in Pfälzische Familien- und Wappenkunde, 1964. Passenger list of emigrants from the Palatinate who arrived in New York on August 4, 1852; contains some genealogical information.