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Finding Aid for the Hermann C. Raebel Papers, 1865-1997
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • 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.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UCLA Library, Department of Special Collections. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Restrictions on Access

    COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF: Advance notice required for access.

    Additional Physical Form Available

    A copy of the original version of this online finding aid is available at the UCLA Department of Special Collections for in-house consultation and may be obtained for a fee. Please contact:
    • Public Services 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

    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.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 4233636 

    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.