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Meuly-Daimwood Family papers

Identifier: Coll-108
The Meuly-Daimwood family papers contain an extensive number of documents, photographs, and books related to the daily lives of several prominent, related families in Corpus Christi, Texas, and its surrounding area during the 19th and 20th centuries. These family names include Meuly, Daimwood, Magnenat, Blucher, Humphreys, Rahn, and Creglow. As such, the collection reveals much about the growth of Corpus Christi from its earliest days as a frontier community through the boom times of the modern era.

The documents begin with Corpus Christi settler and merchant Conrad Meuly (1812-1865) and carry forward with his in-laws and descendants. They contain early correspondence of German residents of Corpus Christi, land deeds, legal documents, personal and professional papers, as well as tax records. The papers reveal the families' involvement in the local community through items such as invitations, church function pamphlets, tax and estate records, Blucher survey maps, pamphlets from World War I and World War II, certificates from the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, depression era correspondence, voluminous newspaper clippings, issues of local newspapers, items dealing with Hurricane Celia in 1970, and artifacts.

Of special note, the Meuly-Daimwood Family Papers illustrate the area's wild and diverse nature. Documents in this collection dealing with Indian raids, Texas Rangers, the Santa Fe expedition, and local legends of buried treasure demonstrate the particular flavor of this part of the Texas Coastal Bend in the late 1800s.

The Meuly-Daimwood Papers likewise contain over 2500 photographs and negatives, some of which date from early Texas photographers Louis de Planque and Fred W. Bartlett.

The complete Meuly-Daimwood family papers comprise approximately twelve linear feet of documents and artifacts as well as nine oversized boxes of early newspapers.


  • 1812-1970


Language of Materials

Materials are in English and German.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

This material is made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user assumes full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to taking precautions against infringement of copyright and respecting the publication rights of reproduced materials. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards. Any materials used should be fully credited with their source according to the example given in the Preferred Citation note. Requests for assistance with citations and images of publication quality should be directed to


14 Linear Feet

Biographical / Historical

Conrad Meuly was born in 1812 and later settled in Corpus Christi where he worked as a merchant. He died in 1865. Many of his descendents became prominent citizens of Corpus Christi.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; 1997.


Guide to the Meuly-Daimwood Family Papers
In Progress
The Meuly-Daimwood Papers were initially arranged and identified by Jo Creglow. Michael D. McDaniels completed the archival processing, folder labeling, and inventory of the documents in 2009.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives, Mary and Jeff Bell Library, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Repository

6300 Ocean Dr.
Unit 5702
Corpus Christi TX 78412 United States
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