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Guide to the Helen Heller Family Papers 1840-1941

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Descriptive Summary


Heller, Helen Family. Papers




0.5 linear feet (1 box)


Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center
University of Chicago Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago, Illinois 60637 U.S.A.


The Helen Heller Family Papers document experiences of the Rudolph and Wetlzer families after immigration to the United States. The papers also included printed documents from the 1848 revolution in the German states.

Information on Use


The collection is open for research.


When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Heller, Helen Family. Papers, [Box #, Folder #], Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, University of Chicago Library

Biographical Note

The family of Helen Rudolph Heller immigrated to the United States in the nineteenth century. Heller herself trained as a classical pianist and was married to Albert Heller, whose family founded B. Heller and Company in Chicago.

Scope Note

The Helen Heller Family Papers include correspondence, printed matter, mementos, and legal documents of the Rudolph and Wetzler families dating from the 1840s to 1940s. Series I contains proclamations, broadsides, and other printed material pertaining to the 1848 revolutions in the German states; most of these documents were printed in Vienna. Series II contains general family correspondence and papers dating from 1840 to 1893, including letters between various family members in Europe and the United States, the 1853 marriage certificate of Joseph Rudolph and Charlotte Wetzler, Joseph Rudolph’s will, and an 1865 German language account of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Series III contains letters to and from Bertha Rudoplh dating from the early 20th century. Series IV contains correspondence and other documents of the Wetlzer family dating from 1883 to 1921, including programs and publicity for concerts given by members of the Wetzler family. Also included is correspondence pertaining to musical compositions by Herman Wetzler, as well as an 1890 photograph of Minna Wetzler.

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Series I: Printed Material, Germany and Austria, 1848

Box 1   Folder 1

Proclamations, March, April

Box 1   Folder 2

Proclamations, March, May

Box 1   Folder 3

Broadsides, May

Box 1   Folder 4

Speech, March 30

Box 1   Folder 5

Narrative, April 6-20

Box 1   Folder 6

Report, April 27

Box 1   Folder 7

Newspaper for the Vienna National Guard, June 1

Box 1   Folder 8

Petition to Ferdinand I, March 15-16

Series II: Family Documents and Papers

Box 1   Folder 9


  • Anton Rudolph to Bertha Rudolph, 1840
  • No signature; to parents, n.d.
  • "Old ones" to "Dear ones," 1893
  • "The old ones" to "Dear little children," 1894
  • Karl Rudolph to "Dear grandparents," 1862
  • Charles Wetzler to Joseph Rudolf, 1862
  • Xaveria Erler and Paul Erler to "Very dear sir," n.d.
Box 1   Folder 10


  • Rudolph to "My dear uncles," 1848
  • Joseph Rudolph to parents, 1849
  • no signature; to "Honorable and beloved brothers," n.d.
Box 1   Folder 11

Meeting Notes

  • "The Committee of the Union for Spiritual Enlightenment and Social Reform," n.d.
  • Meeting transcript, organization not identified, 1851
Box 1   Folder 12


  • Marriage certificate, Joseph Rudolph to Charlotte Wetzler, 1853
  • Atendance certificate, N.Y. Grammar School for Boys to Charles Rudolph, 1863
  • Will, Joseph Rudolph, 1893
  • Receipt, Illionis School of Trade to Charles Rudolph, 1865
  • "Little Diary or Memories of Past Days," manuscript by Rupert Mittelbach, 1842
  • Promissory note, A. Wetzler to Lotti Rudolf, 1863
Box 1   Folder 13

Illinois Staats-Zeitung, April 15, 1865

Series III: Bertha Rudolph Correspondence

Box 1   Folder 14

Bertha Rudolph Correspondence

  • Bertha Rudolph to Frank, 1900
  • Bertha Rudolph to "My dear ones and dear veritable old man," 1900
  • Bertha Rudolph to Mr. Pritsch, 1900
  • Bertha Rudolph to Paul Rudolph, 1911
  • no signature; to Bertha Rudolph, 1927
  • Bertha Rudolph to Paul Rudolph, 1936
  • Julia B. Wendt and Billy to Bertha Rudolph, 1941
  • Julia B. Wendt to Bertha Rudolph, 1941

Series IV: Wetzler Family Correspondence and Printed Ephemera

Box 1   Folder 15


  • Concert program, 1883
  • Advertisement, 1884
  • Concert series program, 1902-1903
  • Photograph of Minna Wetzler, 1890
Box 1   Folder 16


  • C.H. Cremer to "My dear Fräulein," 1900
  • Ossip Gabrilowitsch to Herman Wetzler, 1921
  • Alfred Hertz to Herman Wetzler, 1921
  • Ossip Gabrilowitsch to Bertha Rudolph, 1921
Box 1   Folder 17

Article on Herman Wetzler from Schweizer Illustrierte Radio-Zeitung, February 1933