Finding Aid for the Hermann C. Raebel Papers, 1865-1997

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Finding Aid for the Hermann C. Raebel Papers, 1865-1997

Collection number: 522

UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections

Manuscripts Division



Los Angeles, CA

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  • Manuscripts Division
  • UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections
  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
  • Box 951575
  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
  • Telephone: 310/825-4988 (10:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Pacific Time)
  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu
  • URL: http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special/scweb/
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Hermann C. Raebel Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1865-1997
Collection number: 522
Creator: Raebel, Hermann C., 1848-1869
Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.) 1 oversize box
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library. Department of Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Abstract: Hermann C. Raebel Jr. (1848-1869) was born in Leipzig, Germany. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy (1866). While on maneuvers off the coast of Brazil in 1866, received a commission as ensign. He painted watercolors and wrote letters home while serving on several U.S. Navy ships along the west coast of South America (1866-69). The collection contains 46 about 10 x 6 watercolors of scenes from the east coast of South America, along with color photocopies.
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.
Language: English.

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  • Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
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  • Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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  • Email: spec-coll@library.ucla.edu

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Darvel T. Lloyd, 1997.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Hermann C. Raebel Papers (Collection 522). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Biography

Hermann C. Raebel Jr. was born in 1848 in Leipzig, Germany; at age 9, he came to the U.S. with his family; graduated from high school in 1862 in Cleveland, Ohio at age 14, then entered the U.S. Naval Academy, graduating in 1866; while on maneuvers off the coast of Brazil in 1866, received a commission as ensign; painted watercolors and wrote letters home while serving on several U.S. Navy ships along the west coast of South America, 1866-69; died on June 25, 1869 in the hospital ship Illinois in New York Harbor after contracting yellow fever in the Caribbean.

Biographical Narrative

Hermann C. Raebel Jr. was born in Leipzig, Germany, in 1848 (exact date unknown). His family emigrated to the United States in 1857, when he was 9 years old. In 1862, at the age of 14, Raebel graduated from high school in Cleveland, Ohio. That same year he entered the U.S. Naval Academy, and graduated from there in 1866. On November 1, 1866, aged 18, and whilst on maneuvers off the coast of Brazil, Raebel received a commission as Ensign in the U. S. Navy from President Andrew Johnson. Reputedly that made him the youngest officer in the Navy at the time. Raebel painted his watercolors and wrote the letters that are recorded in the collection by his father whilst serving on several U. S. Navy ships up and down the coast of South America between 1866 and 1869. In 1869 Raebel caught yellow fever in the Caribbean and on June 25 died in the hospital ship Illinois in New York harbor. He was 21 years old.

Scope and Content

Collection contains 46 about 10 x 6 watercolors of scenes from the east coast of South America, along with color photocopies. Also contains a letter to his sister, and a notebook in which his father copied his letters. These are in German, but a translation of them was done by family members in the late 1950s. Collection also contains photographs of Raebel, his obituary from a German-American newspaper, and his original 1866 commission from President Andrew Johnson to be an ensign in the U.S. Navy.

Expanded Scope and Content

This is a small collection whose main features are 46 watercolors painted by Raebel on his journeys up and down the east coast of South America, and copies of his letters to his father about his journeys. The watercolors, all about 10 x 6, are mainly of views of the Brazilian coast and coastal towns. There are also several views of Montevideo, Buenos Aires and Rio Negro in Patagonia. Raebel wrote a series of letters to his father about his naval training and travels, which his father copied in to a notebook which is in the collection. He letters were all in German, as that is all his father understood, but there is also a translation of them done by family members in the late 1950's. Other items in the collection include photographs of Raebel, alone and with Navy colleagues, and his original commission from President Johnson.

Organization and Arrangement

Arranged in the following series:
  1. Watercolors (Box 1).
  2. Photographs (Box 1).
  3. Correspondence (Box 1).
  4. Obituary (Box 1).
  5. Family history (Box 2).
  6. Navy commission (Box 2).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Raebel, Hermann C., 1848-1869--Archives.
United States--Navy--Officers--Archives.
Watercolorists--United States--Archival resources.
Diaries.


Container List

 

Watercolors

Box 1, Folder 1

Sketches. H.C. Raebel. 2 ships rolling in heavy seas. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 2

Heidelberg Castle. December 1865.

Box 1, Folder 3

Pequot House. New London, Connecticut. August 1865.

Box 1, Folder 4

Thames River. New London, Connecticut. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 5

[No caption] Sailors in a ship's rigging. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 6

[No caption] Sailors manning a ship's cannon. January 8, 1866.

Box 1, Folder 7

Pao de Azucar. Rio de Janeiro. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 8

Cobras Island. Rio de Janeiro. January 15, 1866(?).

Box 1, Folder 9

Embrassons-nous encore! Botafoga Bay - Rio. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 10

Characteristic scene in the streets of Rio. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 11

Misericordia Hospital. Rio de Janeiro: n.d.

Box 1, Folder 12

Anhatonurim Island. St. Catherine, Brazil. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 13

Santos - Brazil. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 14

The Haunted House at Santos. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 15

Nictherohy. February 4, 1866. St. Sebastian.

Box 1, Folder 16

Montevideo, Uruguay. S.A. March 14, 1866 .

Box 1, Folder 17

Rio Tigri Buenos Ayres. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 18

Rio Tigri Buenos Ayres. April 18, 1866.

Box 1, Folder 19

[No caption] Rio Tigri, Buenos Aires. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 20

Martin Garcia' Island. [Uruguay] April 19, 1866.

Box 1, Folder 21

(Higueritas) Gaucho's domicile. Nueva Palmyra April 22, 1866.

Box 1, Folder 22

Saladera Fray Bentos. Uruguay. April 26, 1866. Liebig's Extract of Meat.

Box 1, Folder 23

[No caption] U.S. ship tied up at dock.

Box 1, Folder 24

Carpincha hunting. May 2, 1866. Arroya Negro. Uruguay.

Box 1, Folder 25

Colonia. Uruguay. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 26

Rio de Janeiro. June 28, 1866.

Box 1, Folder 27

Bahia, Brazil.

Box 1, Folder 28

[No caption] Sailors in rowing boat. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 29

Ashes to ashes! Dust to dust! October 1, 1866. Isla Grande. Brazil.

Box 1, Folder 30

Rio de Janeiro October 8, 1866. Don Pedro I. Signed: H.C. Raebel, U.S.N. 1866.

Box 1, Folder 31

Gloria Hill. Rio de Janeiro. February 25, 1866.

Box 1, Folder 32

Convent Island. Rio. Boa Viage. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 33

Light House on the Breakwater in Pernambuco, Brazil. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 34

Shipping a sea on board U.S.S. Nipsic. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 35

Patagonas - North side of Rio Negro. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 36

South side of Rio Negro - Patagonia. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 37

Mont Cerro - Montevideo. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 38

Road leading to the [?], July 10, 1868. Union [?] Road.

Box 1, Folder 39

The cascatina in Petropolis, Brazil. July 10, 1868.

Box 1, Folder 40

Scene from the Grand Cascatina. July 12, 1868. Also an unfinished sketch of the same area.

Box 1, Folder 41

[No caption] Armored warship in bay. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 42

[No caption] View of bay and mountains from the sea. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 43

[No caption] View of bay from the sea with fortress on hill in background. Signed: H.C. Raebel.

Box 1, Folder 44

[Burial at] sea. 1869. Signed: H.C.R..

Box 1, Folder 45

Inundation. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 46

[No caption] Sailing ship with moon. n.d.

 

Photographs

Box 1, Folder 47

Carte-de-visite portrait of Hermann Raebel in naval uniform.

Box 1, Folder 48

Carte-de-visite photographs (2) of Raebel and two fellow naval officers.

Box 1, Folder 49

Carte-de-visite photograph of an unidentified warship.

 

Correspondence

Box 1, Folder 50

Letter from Raebel, at the U.S. Naval Academy in Newport, to his sister. n.d.

Box 1, Folder 51

Notebook into which Gustav Raebel copied his son Hermann's letters about his naval training and trips to South America.

Box 1, Folder 52

Translation of Hermann's letters to his father by family members in the 1950s.

Scope and Content Note

Also, color photocopies of all Raebel's watercolors.
 

Obituary

Box 1, Folder 53

Raebel's obituary from a Cleveland, Ohio German-American newspaper.

 

Family History

Box 2

2 copies of Raebel's family tree.

 

Certificates

Box 2

Raebel's commission from President Andrew Johnson to be an ensign in the U.S. Navy. December 20, 1866.