Esping family papers
Scope and Contents
The Esping family papers, 1869-1983 and undated, has been arranged into four series: Diary, Correspondence, Civil War, and Genealogy. The Diary of Otto William Esping, 1869-1875, is a photocopied English translation of Esping's diary with an introduction and genealogical notes by the translator, Emory Johnson. Correspondence, 1872-1920 and undated, contains letters between Otto William Esping and his nephew Gustav Andreen, as well as those written by Esping family members Axel, Ida, T.F., Mary, Emma, Paul and Lydia. The Civil War series, 1911 and undated, includes letters from Gustav Andreen to the U.S. Secretary of War and the Adjutant General inquiring about the rank and status of his relative Axel Esping the day he died in battle. Also included are the Secretary's responses and a newspaper clipping with the history of the Illinois 45th Infantry, as well as "Julius L. and Axel Esping in the Civil War," an unsigned bound manuscript in Swedish. Genealogy, 1949-1983 and undated, contains research on the Esping family history by E. Gilbert Swanson and other family members. These documents are in both Swedish and English and include a working version of the Esping Genealogy Chart.
- 1869-1983 and undated
- Esping family (Family)
Language of Materials
English and Swedish
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There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.
Conditions Governing Use
Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from Augustana College Special Collections and the copyright holder.
The Esping family emigrated to Illinois from their home in Döderhult, Sweden in 1853. Their name's origin, "asping" or "snake," refers to the movement of ships on water and was awarded to the Esping ancestors who helped construct the king's ships. The family line and genealogy is extensive, but this collection focuses mainly on Julius Esping, his wife Sophie Bezelius, and their direct line. They had seven children: Julius Lambert, Otto William, Ludwig, Oscar Axel (often called Axel), Wilhelmina, Gustaf Robert, and Hilda. Hilda married Andrew Andreen, and their son, Gustav Andreen, would serve as Augustana College's fourth president. Julius and Axel were members of the 45th Infantry of Illinois during the Civil War. Axel was killed in action 25 June 1863 during the battle of Vicksburg in Mississippi. It is unclear whether or not he was awarded a commission the day of his death.
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The Esping family emigrated to Illinois from their home in Döderhult, Sweden in 1853. The family line and genealogy is extensive, but this collection focuses mainly on Julius Esping, his wife Sophie Bezelius, and their direct line. Their sons, Julius and Axel, fought in the United States Civil War, and Axel was killed at the Battle of Vicksburg in 1863. The Esping family papers, 1869-1983 and undated, contains Otto William Esping's diary, family correspondence, accounts of the Espings' involvement in the Civil War, and genealogical data.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Photocopied diary of William Otto Esping received from Marybeth Peterson, July 1981. Immediate source of acquisition of other materials unknown.
Existence and Location of Originals
Original diary retained by donor.
Processed by Allison James, 2007. Revised by Atticus Garrison, June 2016.
- Esping Family papers, 1869-1983 and undated.
- Atticus Garrison
- June 2016
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