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Hoffmann family papers

Identifier: Midwest-MS-Hoffmann

Scope and Content of the Collection

Letters and legal documents, all handwritten, relating to the Hoffmann family.


  • Creation: approximately 1789-1901



Materials are in German.

Conditions Governing Access

The Hoffmann family papers are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Hoffmann family 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 the Hoffmann Family

German immigrant family based in Wilmette, Illinois, and Dubuque, Iowa.

Little can be gleaned from the papers of the Hoffmann Family, since all of the correspondence and documents are in German longhand script. Names that can be identified are John Augustus Hoffmann near Chicago and Franz Joseph Hoffmann of Dubuque; Magreth Hoffmann; Mathias Hoffmann, and John W. Hoffmann. The 1870 Federal Census lists a Mathias Hoffmann living in Niles, Illinois, born 1826, married to Anna Hoffmann and having four children: John, Nicholaus, Caroline, and Margarethe: this may be the family documented in the family papers. A 1901 letter in the collection has the letterhead of the Hoffmann Brothers, dealers in General Merchandise: Feed, Coal, Wood, etc., with the return address of Wilmette, Illinois.


0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)


Correspondence and documents relating to the immigrant Hoffmann family, especially John A. Hoffmann of Illinois and Franz Joseph Hoffmann in Dubuque, Iowa. By 1901, the family had established a feed and fuel company in Wilmette, Illinois.


Papers arranged by type of material.

Collection Stack Location

1 22 4



Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith


This inventory was created with the generous support of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this inventory do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Inventory of the Hoffmann family papers, approximately 1789-1901
Alison Hinderliter
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

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

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