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Guide to the Franz Sigel Papers
1806-1930 (bulk 1848-1880)
 MS 565

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Collection processed by Corrinne Collett. Finding aid by Christine George.

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 23, 2018
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series VII: Sigel Family Papers, 1806-1915, undated

Scope and Content

Within this series there are three subseries. The documents contained within this series are in both English and German, with the bulk of German in the first two subseries. There are letters, telegrams, and some official documents.

Subseries VII.A: Moritz Sigel Papers, 1806-1859

Scope and Content

Moritz Sigel was Franz Sigel's father. Like Sigel, Moritz took part in the 1848 revolution and had to leave Germany. He managed to escape when the revolution failed and, like his son, went to the United States and settled in New York City. However, just before the outbreak of the American Civil War, Moritz petitioned the Prussians for a pardon and was able to return to Germany in 1859. All of the documents in this subseries are written in German. There appear to be a number of official documents with seals and a diploma. The majority are handwritten documents that appear to be letters and notes.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 8 Moritz Sigel Papers
1806-1842
Box: 7 Folder : 9 Moritz Sigel Papers
1842-1842
Box: 7 Folder : 10 Moritz Sigel Papers
1851-1859

Subseries VII.B: Elise Sigel Papers, 1861-1910, undated

Scope and Content

This subseries which begins during the American Civil War years and ends in the early twentieth century consists of letters and telegrams. The bulk is letters, and those letters are mostly written in German. There are some notable exceptions when the correspondence is in English. Those instances are typically condolence letters or telegrams after Sigel died in 1902.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 11 Correspondence
1861-1862
Box: 7 Folder : 12 Correspondence
1863-1865
Box: 7 Folder : 13 Correspondence
1866-1901
Box: 7 Folder : 14 Correspondence
1902-1910, undated

Subseries VII.C: Other Family Papers, 1900-1915

Scope and Content

Within this subseries are Franz Sigel Jr.'s papers and other family correspondence. Franz Sigel Jr.'s papers consist mainly of telegrams telling of his father's deteriorating health and then ones conveying condolences. There is also a letter from the Gen. Franz Sigel Monument Committee. The other family correspondence contains only a few documents which are written in German.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 15 Franz Sigel Jr. Papers
1902-1905
Box: 7 Folder : 16 Family Correspondence
1900-1915

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