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Moellmann family papers 1825-1909

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Indiana State Library - Indianapolis [Mss I] ISLI L188 (Text) 00000106297401 Manuscripts Available -

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  • Physical Description: 0.3 Cubic feet 1 manuscript box

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General Note:
Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2016/02/24 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/02/24 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid revised 2017/12/27 by Brittany Kropf.
Restrictions on Access Note:
This collection is open for research.
Summary, etc.:
This collection contains personal papers and correspondence of Rev. Wilhelm Moellmann from 1825 to 1839, including a diary of his voyage to the United States, as well as the personal papers and correspondence of his wife, Wilhemina Moellmann, Augustus Mollmann, Carl Barus, and other family members from 1840 to 1901. The collection also includes a variety of New Year's cards, including a pop-up card, ranging from 1889 to 1902; miscellaneous invitations and programs ranging from 1879 to 1909; and 2 undated, unidentified photographs.Many of the items in the collection are written in German. The original spelling of the family name was Mœllmann and much of the correspondence is addressed with this surname. Rev. Wilhelm's family seems to have change the spelling to "Moellmann" after immigrating to America, but his brother, Augustus, used the spelling "Mollmann".
Preferred Citation of Described Materials Note:
Moellmann family papers, Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Biographical or Historical Data:
Wilhelm Moellmann was born in Germany on November 26, 1804. He and his wife, Wilhemina (1812-1888), came to the United States in 1835. Moellmann was the first minister of the Northern German Lutheran Congregation in Cincinnati, Ohio. They had two daughters, Sophia (1835-1920) and Wilhelmina (1840-1906). He died on May 7, 1840. Rev. Moellmann's daughter, Sophia, married Carl Barus (1823-1908), a well-known musician and director of the Indianapolis Maennerchor. Their daughter, Alice Sophia (1867-1897) married millionaire Indianapolis brewer, Albert Lieber (1863-1934) in 1887 and they had 3 children. Their daughter, Edith Sophia (1888-1944), married Kurt Vonnegut, Sr.(1884-1957) on November 22, 1913 and they had 3 children. Their youngest child was the well known novelist, Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1922-2007).Sources:Information found within "Alice Sophia Barus." Indiana Marriage Index, 1800-1941. Accessed February 22, "Alice Sophia Barus Lieber." Find a Grave index. Accessed February 22, 2016. "Edith Sophia Lieber Vonnegut." Find a Grave index. Accessed February 22, 2016. "Rev. Wilhelm Moellmann." Find a Grave index. Accessed February 22, 2016.
Language Note:
Materials in English and German.
Ownership and Custodial History:
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.
Accumulation and Frequency of Use Note:
No further additions are expected.
Subject: Barus family
Barus, Carl, 1823-1908.
Moellmann family
Moelmann, Wilhelm, 1804-1840.
Indianapolis Maennerchor.
Kipp Brothers Company.
Clergy > Family relationships.
Clergy > Indiana.
Immigrants > Germany.
Lutheran Church.
Lutheran church buildings.
United States > Description and travel > 19th century.
Genre: Calendars.
Visiting cards
Greeting cards

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