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J. Hanno Deiler Papers

J. Edgar and Louis S. Monroe Library, Loyola University New Orleans

2008



Profile Description

Creation: XML finding aid derived from Microsoft Word document.
Finding aid written by Mark Flynn, Special Collections & Archives, J. Edgar and Louis S. Monroe Library, Loyola University New Orleans,
Language: Description is in English.

Overview of the Collection

Repository: Loyola University (New Orleans, La)
Monroe Library
6363 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: 504-864-7111
Email: archives@loyno.edu
Creator: Deiler, John Hanno, 1849-1909.
Title: J. Hanno Deiler Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1890-1909
Quantity: 4 boxes, 1.5 linear ft.
Abstract: These papers consist principally of notes Deiler took while researching the history of Germans and German-Americans in Louisiana. They also contain writings by Deiler, a small amount of correspondence, and miscellaneous items.
Collection No.Collection 4

System of Arrangement

Collection arranged into four series according to record type and then organized alphabetically.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

These papers consist principally of notes Deiler took while researching the history of Germans and German-Americans in Louisiana. They also contain writings by Deiler, a small amount of correspondence, and miscellaneous items. Much of the material is undated; most items probably originated between 1890 and 1909. The papers are arranged into four series: Research Notes; Family Histories; Writings; Miscellaneous.

To help preserve the original material, much of which is fragile, most of the folders have been copied. Originals are found in boxes 1 and 2; copies are found in boxes 3 and 4. Whenever possible, researchers should use copies instead of originals.


Administrative/Biographical History

John Hanno Deiler was born at Altoetting, Upper Bavaria on August 8, 1849, the second son of Konrad and Magdalena Deiler. Deiler attended the public schools in his hometown. He also received training in music from a Bavarian court composer and from his father who was a court musician. In 1866 he won a scholarship to the Royal Normal College of Munich; in 1868 he graduated from that institution with honors. He then held government appointments as a teacher in several schools. While teaching in Munich, he furthered his own education at the Royal Polytechnic Institute and at the University of Munich. In 1871 he accepted a position as principal of a German school in New Orleans. He arrived in New Orleans early in 1872 and later that year married Wilhelmina Saganowski. In 1879 he became professor of German at the University of Louisiana, which later became Tulane University.


It was Deiler's ambition to cultivate a taste for German literature, culture, and song in New Orleans and to improve the condition of Germans in the United States. Toward these ends he helped establish and participated in several organizations. He served for many years as director of the Deutsche Gesellschaft, an immigrant aid society. He started the German Archives for the History of the Germans in the South, now in the possession of the Deutsches Haus in New Orleans. In 1882 he founded and served as president of the New Orleans Quartette Club, which was dedicated to the preservation of German culture and song. Through his efforts the twenty-sixth national Saengerfest of the North American Singers' Union was held in New Orleans in 1890. For this event Deiler served as director-general and leader of the mass choruses. He went on to represent the union at the Saengerfests in Vienna in 1890 and at Stuttgart in 1896. He was elected president of the North American Singers' Union, first in 1896 and then again in 1903. He also wrote extensively about Germans. He was president of the New Orleans German Gazette Publishing Company. He contributed to numerous German and American periodicals. His research interests focused on the history of Germans in the United States, especially in Louisiana. His publications on this topic included many articles and one book, The Settlement of the German Coast of Louisiana and the Creoles of German Descent (Philadelphia, 1909). In 1898 the German Emperor recognized Deiler's literary achievements and his services to the German people in the U.S. by conferring upon him knighthood in the Order of the Crown.


Deiler died at his summer home in Covington, Louisiana on July 20, 1909.


Index Terms

Deiler, John Hanno, 1849-1909
German American newspapers
Louisiana - Emmigration and Immigration

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research. To help preserve the original material, much of which is fragile, most of the folders have been copied. Originals are found in boxes 1 and 2; copies are found in boxes 3 and 4. Whenever possible, researchers should use copies instead of originals.

Use Restrictions

Permission must be obtained from Special Collections & Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Item], J. Hanno Deiler Papers, Collection #4, Special Collections & Archives, J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library, Loyola University, New Orleans.


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