Approximately 311 autograph letters plus a few postcards, signed by Paul Isenberg, Beta Glade Isenberg, Mary Sophia Hyde Rice Isenberg, Mary Dorathea Rice Isenberg, Daniel Paul Rice Isenberg, and Pastor Hans Isenberg among others, in German and English. Lihue (Kauai) and other places in Hawai'i; Bremen, and other places in Germany and Italy, Colorado Springs (Colorado); 15 February 1859 - 10 February 1946
Large and small 8vo, approximately 850 pp. written, some with stamped and addressed envelopes; various small tears, stains and browning.
[With:] 30 related family documents and ephemera, including:
Isenberg, Hans. Notebook listing communicants in the German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lihue, for the years 1883-1887. 12mo. — Isenberg, Hans & Dora Rice. German Passport issued 18 September 1887, with Honolulu visa. 12mo. — J. Kealalio. "Hauoliwale na Haipule." Printed sheet-music, 6 pp. folio. — Baptismal Certificate of Dorathea Jane Isenberg. Lihue, 2 December 1917. — 2 Records of Naturalization of Hans Isenberg. Honolulu, October 1905 & 20 January 1908. — Koloa Plantation. Agreement of sale by Dr. R. W. Wood to P. Isenberg, J.W. Wright and A Haneberg, signed. Honolulu & Lihue, 14-15 December 1871. Folio, 1 ½ pp. written. — Lihue Plantation Co. Deed for sale of land to Daniel Paul Rice Isenberg, 15 December 1906. Typescript. — The Planter's Monthly. Vol. 13, no. 5 (May 1894). Honolulu: Hawaiian Gazette Publishing Co., 1894. 8vo, original printed wrappers; backstrip and edges torn. — Wood, Harry O. "On the Earthquakes of 1868 in Hawaii," in Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, vol. 4, no. 4 (1914), pp. 169-203; some foxing.
[With:] Approximately 240 portrait photographs, portrait calling cards, and photographic views of Hawai'i and Bremen. Various sizes; some fading. Including a portrait daguerreotype of Hannah Maria Rice Isenberg in a carved wood case; upper cover broken.
an intimate view of the life of a sugar plantation family on kauai
Heinrich Paul Friedrich Isenberg ("Paul Sr."1837-1903) arrived in Hawaii in the late 1850s as part of the general immigration of German citizens, and was employed as an overseer of the Lihue Plantation on Kauai. Isenberg married Hannah Maria in 1861 (daughter of William Harrison Rice), and became manager of the plantation in 1862. Their two children Dorathea and Daniel Paul Rice ("Paul Jr.") were at the time the only white children in Lihue. When Hannah Maria died in 1867, Paul Sr. married Beta Glade. They maintained homes in Bremen and on Lihue, when Paul Sr. began to develop the Lihue Plantation heavily, and in 1871 acquired an interest in the Koloa Plantation (see sale agreement included in this lot and cited above). Having acquired a considerable fortune, he retired from Lihue in 1878, but obtained a half-share partnership with Heinrich Hackfeld to form American Factors Ltd.
The present correspondence, documentary and photographic archive illuminates each step in this story, extending from an 1859 letter by Hannah Maria Rice, to the developed business interests of the Hackfeld partnership and American Factors in the 1930s. Members of the family travelled back and forth from Bremen, Colorado Springs, and in Europe generally, keeping each other informed of family events and observations. The photos depict a variety of family members, homes and views in Bremen and Hawai'i. A collection of letters and documents covering the same period may be found in the Bishop Museum Archives, Honolulu.
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