Fritz Anneke and Mathilde Franziska Anneke Papers, 1791-1884

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Title: Fritz Anneke and Mathilde Franziska Anneke Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1791-1884

  • Anneke, Fritz, 1818-1972
  • Anneke, Mathilde Franziska Giesler, 1817-1884
Call Number: Wis Mss LW; Micro 951

Quantity: 3.2 c.f. (8 boxes) and 7 reels of microfilm (35mm)

Archival Locations:
Wisconsin Historical Society (Map)

Correspondence, and manuscripts of articles, plays, poems, and addresses of Fritz Anneke, an exiled leader of the German Revolution of 1848, and of his wife Mathilde, an author and woman's rights advocate, who lived primarily in Milwaukee after 1849. The correspondence, practically all of which is in German script, contains much information on the opinions and activities of German-American intellectuals of the nineteenth century. Anneke was connected with reform newspapers in several American cities, went abroad in 1859 to serve as foreign correspondent during the Italian war, held a colonel's commission in the 34th Wisconsin Infantry during the American Civil War, and died in Chicago in 1872 while agent for the German-American Society. Madame Anneke was the author of poems, dramas, and many short articles; editor of a revolutionary newspaper in Germany and of a women's rights newspaper in America in the fifties; a lecturer; the head of a school for girls in Milwaukee for eighteen years; and a pioneer in the equal suffrage movement in Wisconsin. Much of the collection consists of correspondence between the Annekes, in which they discuss affairs of the family and their compatriots in America; their literary pursuits; the progress of the revolutionary movement; and world events. There is information on the antislavery agitator Sherman Booth; on Peter Engelmann, who conducted a rival English-German academy in Milwaukee; and on other persons prominent in early Milwaukee.

Language: German, English

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