The Resource Henkel family papers

Henkel family papers

Henkel family papers, 1786-1916
Henkel family papers
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  • Contains papers of the Henkel family of New Market, Va., the bulk of which include letters, religious documents, newspapers, and advertisements published by the Henkel Press. Also present are some Henkel family history materials and business documents and miscellaneous secular materials. Letters, either in German or English include correspondence mostly to and from North Carolina and Tennessee as well as Virginia. Religious documents reflect the family's dedication to the Lutheran faith and includes sermons, etc.; some music (in handwritten notation); Rockingham County marriage licenses; and papers on religious and church/Tennessee Synod matters
  • (cont.) Secular documents include prose; poetry and speeches on political and social concerns of the day (anti-slavery, intemperance); business papers; and student notebooks (some containing fraktur). Family history and Henkel Press publications including oversize items make up the largest part of the collection and contain handwritten drafts and printed advertisements; miscellaneous sales and school notices; a formula for ink used in printing; and various issues of Virginische Volksberichter und Neumarketer Wochenschrift, and Westliche Correspondenz, and other similar publications
  • 1990 addition to the collection includes documents related to/about Joseph Salyards
Biographical or historical data
The Henkel family of New Market, Va. was a family of Lutheran clergy, physicians, and printers that included Paul Henkel (1754-1825), Ambrose Henkel (1786-1870), and Socrates Henkel (1823-1901). The Henkel Press, established in 1806, eventually published more Lutheran material than any other press in the country during its time, and also earned fame for its excellent children's books. Although the press began printing in German for the large Shenandoah Valley German community, it also published in English at an early date.
Cataloging source
Henkel family papers
Also known as the Henkel family papers
Series I. Letters (Folders 1-4, Box 1: 1806-1892 and undated); Series II. Religious Documents (Folders 5-11, Box 1: 1783-1897 and undated); Series III. Secular Documents (Folders 12-13, Box 1 and Folders 1-5, Box 2: 1790-1910); Series IV. Family history, undated (Folder 6, Box 2 and Oversize flat Box); Series V. Henkel Press publications (Folders 7-8 of Box 2 and Oversize flat Box: 1806-1891); Series VI. Oversize Henkel Press publications and other miscellaneous publications (Folders 1-10: 1809-1868 and undated)
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Cumulative index finding aids
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2 Hollinger boxes (21 folders) and l flat box (10 folders)
Governing access note
For use, see Special Collections librarian
On deposit from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society (see the Nov. 1985 contract)

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