Scope and Contents
The collection consists, except for a few items, of letters of various members of the Thönges Family. The most representative is Heinrich Thönges, the father, who writes from Steinfurth, Germany to his children resident in the United states. The rest of the mterial consists of letters from the various children and brothers of Heinrich.
The letters from Heinrich contain advice consistent with his Protestant ethic, while the children's letters have fleeting glimpses of life during the U. S. Civil War in which they participated.
The collection is entirely in Geman except for the letter of Chester K. Knight (1863 Nov 29) and the reply thereto from Conrad Thönges (1864 Jan 24).
- Majority of material found within 1862 - 1880
Conditions Governing Access
The materials are open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Robert C. Meyer.
0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
Language of Materials
The papers consist almost entirely of correspondence between Heinrich Thönges in Steinfurth, Germany and his children in the United States. Included are descriptions of life during the Civil War and addresses to commemorate the Battle of Antietam.
- Guide to the Thönges Family Papers
- Under Revision
- July 2008
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository
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