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Emma Meier Rupp papers

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Rupp

Scope and Content of the Collection

Diary, correspondence, and miscellaneous family documents. A number of letters written by Adolph are on camp stationery. All of the letters are in German, with numerous references to places and personal names in English. The diary is in English and includes a transcription.


  • Creation: 1861-1864



Materials are in German and English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Emma Meier Rupp papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 5 folders at a time maximum, and items in each folder will be counted before and after delivery to the patron (Priority I).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Emma Meier Rupp papers are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections at

Biography of Emma Meier Rupp and Adolph Rupp

Emma Meier, the presumed author of the diary, was a relative or employee of an unknown store owner in Brunswick, Missouri. Her allegiance is unknown, but entries in the diary suggest the proprietor had Southern sympathies. Adolph Rupp was a Union Soldier in Company H, 18th Regiment, Missouri Volunteers, Infantry. Adolph was stationed in St. Louis until June 1863. He then traveled through Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia, eventually returning to St. Louis. According to research done by the book dealer, the Rupps married after the war and settled in Chariton County, Missouri.


0.4 Linear Feet (1 box)


Civil War diary of Emma Meier, who either worked for or was a relative of an unknown store owner with Southern sympathies in Brunswick, Missouri, together with fifty-four letters, 1861-1864, written to her by Adolph Rupp, a Union soldier serving in Company H, 18th Infantry Regiment, Missouri Volunteers. Rupp wrote from St. Louis, and various locations in Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia. All the letters are in German, with place locations and personal names recorded in English.


Arranged alphabetically by type of material. Letters are arranged chronologically.

Collection Stack Location

1 31 5


Purchase, 2012.

Processed by

Catherine Grandgeorge, 2016.

Inventory of the Emma Meier Rupp papers, 1861-1864
Catherine Grandgeorge
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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