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Schreyer family letters

 Collection — Folder: S1149
Identifier: S1149

Scope and Contents

This collection contains copies of typed transcriptions of three letters sent and received by Johann and Margaret Schreyer. The letters were written in German and translated into English by Miss Thekia Sack. The first letter was written by Johann and sent on June 22, 1846 to his sister-in-law and brother-in-law in Haag, Germany. He shares his experiences and observations about living in America and writes about farming, trades, politics, and social life. The second letter, written September 22, 1846, is a response to Johann's letter and includes the announcement that his in-laws were planning to immigrate to America the following spring. The third letter, dated January 6, 1886, was written by Margaret Schreyer and contains her remarks concerning the letter written in 1846 that inspired many to immigrate to the United States.


  • 1846-1886

Language of Materials

Materials in German and English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Johann "John" Wolfgang Schreyer (1804-1873) and his wife, Margaret Hagen Schreyer (1816-1891), were German immigrants and early pioneers of Marshall County, Indiana. They arrived in America in 1841 and first settled in North Canton, Ohio before setting off for Indiana in August, 1843. They had 3 children: Christiana (1843-1906), Margaret (1850-1901), and John C. (1852-1919). They moved to South Bend, Indiana in 1870 and lived in that city until their deaths.


Information found within collection. "John W. Schrayer." 1860 United States Federal Census. Accessed September 26, 2016.

"Death of Mrs. Margaret Schreyer." South Bend Tribune (IN), February 28, 1891.

"John Schreyer, Old Resident, Dies." South Bend Tribune (IN), April 19, 1919.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)


This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from the South Bend Public Library in 1943.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/09/27 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2016/09/27 by Laura Eliason.
Schreyer family letters
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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