Gustavus A. Dobler Collection, 1861-1873, MS 3169

Finding Aid to the Gustavus A. Dobler Collection, 1861-1873, MS 3169  

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

Gustavus A. Dobler Collection

Creator

Dobler, Gustavus A.

Call number

MS 3169

Inclusive dates

1861-1873

Bulk dates

1861-1873

Extent

2 boxes, 11 folders

Abstract

Contains the journals of Gustavus A. Dobler from 1861-1873.

Administrative summary

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Purchase from Wonderland Books, December, 2014

Accession number

2014-043-LIB

Processing note

Processed by Lara Westwood, February, 2015

 

Biographical Note

Gustavus A. Dobler was a Maryland State Senator and a paper dealer in Baltimore who was very active in the German community and the Lutheran Church. He was born in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania on October 16, 1839 to Daniel and Christina Barbara Iechle Dobler. He attended school in Pennsylvania and Baltimore, and upon completion of school in 1853, he worked for his father’s paper box company until he moved to Baltimore in 1858. Dobler was employed by paper dealer A. L. Knight, but eventually went into business with Wheelwright, Mudge & Co. His experience with these firms allowed him to open his own business with partner E. T. Mudge. Dobler & Mudge became one of the largest paper firms in the city. The business was located at 113 Hopkins Place.

Dobler married his cousin, Catherine Dobler, daughter of George Dobler on December 17, 1874, after a long courtship. Catherine, also known as Kate, worked as a schoolteacher for most of her adult life until she married Dobler. She died in 1877. He later married Ida Gertrude Gehring, daughter of I. George Gehring. They had three children: Martin Luther, Emma Catherine, and Mary Christina.

Dobler also worked extensively in the Lutheran and German communities. He attended regularly attended the Evangelical Lutheran Church and taught religious school and sung in the church choir. He was also director of the German Orphan Asylum and a member of the German Society of Maryland. He participated in many other civic and church-related groups. He was elected in the Maryland State Senate as a Republican in 1895. He died in 1903.

 

Scope and Content

The collection contains the journals of Gustavus A. Dobler from 1861-1873. Dobler was an avid diarist, writing entries for nearly everyday. He discusses both personal and current events. During the years of the Civil War, he would frequently comment on the latest news, regarding battles, the president, and related happenings in Baltimore. For example, on April 15, 1861, he wrote “‘Abe Lincoln’ has issued a proclamation calling for 75000 soldiers and convening Congress on 4th of July. From all directions we have the appearance of a Civil War. Maryland has thus done nothing so far. Our Governor is led by evil persons.” He was a Confederate supporter but did fight himself. The 1863 journal includes a list of friends and family and which side they supported in the war.

Dobler also details his daily life by describing the day’s weather, where he went, and the state of business at his store. His early journals include accounts of him playing baseball in a city league. His 1867 extensively covers his courtship with his wife Catherine. He frequently discussed the amount of business his paper firm conducted daily, his and his business partner’s travel for work, and the paper market in general. The journals also contain Cash Accounts for each year, as well, addresses for friends and family members.

The collection is arranged chronologically. There are no journals for 1865 or 1872.   

 

Container List

Contents

Dates

Box

Folder

Journal

1861

1

1

Journal

1862

1

2

Journal

1863

1

3

Journal

1864

1

4

Journal

1866

1

5

Journal

1867

2

6

Journal

1868

2

7

Journal

1869

2

8

Journal

1870

2

9

Journal

1871

2

10

Journal

1873

2

11

 

 

 

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