Pochmann Family Papers, 1910-1981
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Brief Description:

The first two boxes of the collection pertain especially to Mrs. Pochmann. The collection includes Mrs. Pochmann's correspondence with various editors as well as personal correspondence and letters about awards and honors. A biographical sketch or "Vita" of Mrs. Pochmann by Essie Richardson and an article and program about Mrs. Pochmann receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award of 1981 at S. F. A. S. U. are contained in the collection. Many 6" x 9 1/2" sized notebook pages of handwritten notes by Mrs. Pochmann are included.

Some notes are about her heritage and training. Most of the notes pertain to topics she may have discussed in her radio broadcasts for WHA such as crafts, hobbies, antiques, home building and furnishing, jewelry, antique glass, china, pottery, and furniture. Several typescripts of her radio broadcasts about antiques are included. Mrs. Pochmann's brother, W. C. (Casey) Fouts, of Nacogdoches, is mentioned often in the collection.

Also included are correspondence, notes, clippings, and articles pertaining to Mrs. Pochmann's book, TRIPLE RIDGE FARM. The collection contains a typed manuscript called A FARM IS TO LOVE by Ruth Pochmann which eventually became the book TRIPLE RIDGE FARM. Also included is a 1967 typed manuscript of TRIPLE RIDGE FARM, an account of the experiences Mrs. Pochmann and her family had while reclaiming a rocky hill farm near Coloma, Wisconsin.

The third through the sixth boxes of the collection pertain especially to Dr. Pochmann. The collection includes Dr. Pochmann's correspondence with Harold S. Jantz of Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts during the 1940's in which they critiqued one another's writings. Also included is Dr. Pochmann's correspondence with Karl J. Arndt of Clark University's German Department who helped write a BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF GERMAN-AMERICAN EDITORS AND JOURNALISTS. Personal correspondence contained in the collection includes correspondence with A. W. Birdwell and some relatives.

Also included are programs, articles, and correspondence pertaining to the Conference on Immigration in American History honoring Theodore C. Blegan, Dean of the Graduate School, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis held during January 29-30, 1960. Dr. Pochmann gave a speech entitled "The Migration of Ideas" at the conference. In 1961, the proceedings including Dr. Pochmann's speech were published under the editorship of Dr. Henry S. Commager in a volume entitled IMMIGRATION AND AMERICAN HISTORY. Correspondence about this volume is included in the collection. Programs, notes, and a map about conventions of the Modern Language Association are also included. The collection contains programs, mementos, speeches, awards, honors, clippings, articles, and biographies about Dr. Pochmann. Also included is one reel of microfilm of a typescript of the manuscript for Dr. Pochmann's book, GERMAN CULTURE IN AMERICA: PHILOSOPHICAL AND LITERARY INFLUENCES, 1600-1900 as well as articles and reviews about the book. Articles, notes, reviews, and pamphlets about other works of Dr. Pochmann are included. Also contained in the collection are some essays, articles, notes and book reviews written by Dr. Pochmann.

The sixth box of the collection contains some correspondence and research about Mark Twain as well as fifteen essays written by Dr. Pochmann's students for his Mark Twain Seminars during 1966-1968.

The seventh box contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, and articles pertaining to both Henry and Ruth Pochmann; information about Henry Pochmann's hometown - Round Top; and articles, clippings, notes, book reviews, and manuscripts written by authors other than Henry or Ruth Pochmann. Included in the information about Round Top are newspaper clippings, a poem, an article in TEXAS HIGHWAYS, and correspondence with John G. Banik. Also included are newspaper clippings, an article, a snapshot, cards and notes about Bethlehem Lutheran Church which was organized in 1866 in Round Top and about Traugott Wantke who was Henry Pochmann's great grandfather and who built the pipe organ of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, carving each pipe from the native cedars. Newspaper clippings about Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson's visit to Round Top in 1967 are also included. Most of the rest of the articles and manuscripts relate to education or literature and were written by Karl J. R. Arndt, Harold S. Jantz, Howard Mumford Jones, and others.

Box eight of Mrs. Pochmann's original writings included here are poetry, a play, and fictional as well as non-fictional prose, some of which have been entered in contests. She took a creative writing course taught by Sinclair Lewis at the University of Wisconsin in 1945, and has included some notes about Sinclair Lewis and his advice to his students. Diary notes by Mrs. Pochmann from 1969-1970 are also included. The collection contains tributes to Henry Pochmann, as well as an extended Vita and some additional book reviews. Finally, correspondence, a photograph of the "Pochmann Hopper," and fuel and tire rationing papers are also included.

Held at:
East Texas Research Center
1936 North Street
Nacogdoches, TX 75961
Phone: 936-468-4636
Email: asketrc [at] sfasu.edu
Record Series Number: A/25
Volume: 0.0
Subject Index
Authors -- Texas -- Nacogdoches
Pochmann, Henry A. (Henry August), 1901-1973
Pochmann, Virginia Ruth Fouts, 1903- -- Correspondence
Teachers -- Texas -- Nacogdoches