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  • Contributing Institution: Library and Archives at the Autry
    Title: J. G. (John George) Braecklein Papers
    Creator: Braecklein, J. G. (John George)
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.574
    Physical Description: 0.2 Linear Feet (5 folders)
    Date (inclusive): 1901-1958
    Abstract: J. G. (John George) Braecklein (1865-1958) was an architect, responsible for designing Kansas City's first skyscraper, a world champion bones player with a minstrel group, and collector of Native American and Spanish relics. This collection consists of a book of Braecklein's architectural work, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and an obituary. Materials in this collection range from 1901-1958.
    Language of Material: English .

    Processing History

    Processed by Glenna Schroeder, circa 1977-1981. Final processing and finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 October 8, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).

    Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of a book of J. G. (John George) Braecklein's architectural work, newspaper clippings, correspondence, and an obituary. Materials range from 1901-1958.


    The majority of this collection came from donations made by J. G. Braecklein between 1944 and 1950. Some clippings were donated by F. W. Hodge in 1948.

    Preferred Citation

    J. G. (John George) Braecklein Papers, 1901-1958, Braun Research Library Collection, Autry Museum of the American West, Los Angeles; MS.574; [folder number] [folder title][date].

    Conditions Governing Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry Museum of the American West. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Research Services and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry Museum of the American West as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit https://theautry.org/research-collections/library-and-archives  and fill out the Researcher Application Form.

    Biographical Note

    J. G. (John George) Braecklein was born in 1865. He studied architecture at Harvard University, and designed Kansas City's first skyscraper, the Heist Building, in 1888. Besides architecture, Braecklein was interested in and collected Native American and Spanish relics, many of which he gave to Frederick Webb Hodge in 1944. Braecklein also had some involvement in the Boy Scouts in his later years. Braecklein was a world champion bones player, and performed as a member of Epperson Megaphone Minstrals, a blackface musical group active from 1899-1907. Braecklein married Louise Merritt, with whom he had four children. At the time of Braecklein's death on October 7, 1958, he had eight grandchildren and ten great-grand-children.

    Related Materials

    Photograph of Oscar Braecklein (John's father) with the following biographical information: "Just before he left TREUEN, SAXONY, GERMANY, for the gold fields of California by way of Cuba, thence to New Orleans, thence to St. Louis thence to California thence to Leavenworth Kansas in 1855 and opened the first drug store in Leavenworth, Kansas. I gave my daughter his tin type Mrs. Elsie Braecklein Daugherty. The photograph I present to F. W. Hodge. J. G. Braecklein December 15, 1944"

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