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Guide to the Hoevelmann Family collection
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Access
  • Preferred citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Index Terms

  • Overview of the Collection

    Title: Hoevelmann Family collection
    Date (inclusive): circa 1890-1955
    Collection number: USDSC_2013_001
    Creator: Moran, Patrice
    Extent: 2 boxes plus 1 framed item, (2 linear feet)
    Repository: University of San Diego, Archives and Special Collections
    Copley Library
    5998 Alcalá Park
    San Diego, CA 92110
    Abstract: This collection includes memorabilia from the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin, video footage of the 1936 Winter Olympics, and family photographs and video clips of the Hoevelmann family.
    Languages: English German

    Biographical Note

    Theodore Hoevelmann was born in Germany in 1851. Mary Otten was born in Katholisch, Bienen, Rheinland, Prussia on October 9, 1853 to Henrich Otten and Bertha Boecker. Theodore and Mary married on November 16, 1873 in St. Louis, Missouri. Theodore earned a living in St. Louis as a teamster, grocer, and laborer. Mary and Theodore had nine children: Charles, Henry, Lena Altwater, Birdie Cohn, Sophia Kraus, Josie Ebinger, Mamie Sanders, Theodore Jr., and Lulu Nahn.
    Julia "Lulu" Hoevelmann married James M. Nahn. James worked in real estate in St. Louis, Missouri. They had two children, Mary Lee born October 17, 1918 and James William born January 29, 1921. In 1936, Julia and James traveled with friends on the S.S. Bremen to attend the Summer Olympic Games in Berlin.

    Scope and Content Note

    This collection includes memorabilia from Julia and James Nahn's travels on the S.S. Bremen, and at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin. S.S. Bremen materials include menus marketing the Olympic Games, and a passenger list with ship information. Olympics materials include a ticket book for attendance in the Olympic Stadium on August 2nd through 4th. August 3rd, 1936 was the date Jessie Owens won the gold medal for the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.3 seconds. A propaganda book titled Germany The Olympic Year is included along with film clips of the 1936 Winter Olympic Games.
    In addition to records pertaining to the Olympic Games, this collection contains family photographs of the Hoevelmann family, and photographs and film clips of family trips throughout Europe and the United States.

    Additional Note

    While there is reference within the collection to an oral history interview conducted with Patrice Moran, the interview was never recorded.


    This collection is open for research.

    Preferred citation

    [Folder Title], Box # Folder #, Hoevelmann Family collection, Copley Library, University of San Diego, Archives and Special Collections.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Patrice Moran, 2013.

    Custodial History

    Given by Patrice Moran to Derrick Cartwright of USD Galleries in summer 2013. The collection was then transferred to the University of San Diego Archives and Special Collections.

    Processing Information

    A thorough inventory of the collection materials was completed by Zeke Lihosit October 17, 2013. Additional processing of the collection was conducted by Ashley Toutain in 2018.

    Index Terms

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Moran, Patrice
    Hoevelmann, Mary Otten, 1853-1938
    Hoevelmann, Theodore, 1851-1918
    Nahn, Julia Hoevelmann, 1895-1974
    Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945
    Nahn, James, 1894-1955

    Subjects and Indexing Terms


    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Venice (Italy)
    Saint Louis (Mo.)
    Rome (Italy).
    Paris (France).
    Zion National Park (Utah)
    Berlin (Germany)
    Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany)

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Olympic Games (11th : 1936 : Berlin, Germany)
    Olympic Winter Games (4th : 1936 : Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany)
    Nazi propaganda
    Bremen (Ship)