- Weitling, Wilhelm, 1808-1871
- Call number
- MssCol 3271
- Physical description
- 1 linear foot (3 boxes)
- Materials in German (some in Gothic script), English and French
- Preferred Citation
- Wilhelm Weitling papers, Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library
- Manuscripts and Archives Division
- Access to materials
- Advance notice required. Request access to this collection.
Wilhelm Weitling (1808-1871) was a German-born tailor, inventor and editor. In Germany he worked as a journeyman tailor and was a prominent socialist agitator. After emigrating to the U.S. in 1848, he organized an Arbeiterbund or "Workingmen's League" for skilled craftsmen and established a community in Iowa based on his socio-economic theories. He also was the founder and editor of Die Republik der Arbeiter in New York City from 1850 to 1855. Collection consists of Weitling's correspondence, writings, patents and plans, memorabilia, and miscellaneous papers. Correspondence, 1844-1903, contains letters to and from members of the Weitling family, and correspondence and papers relating to the colonies of the Workingmen's League. Patents and plans, 1861-1868, are for improvements to the sewing machine. Writings include a journal, 1855-1869, and papers on his theories of astronomy. Also, memorabilia, newsclippings and miscellaneous items.
Source of acquisitionGift, Weitling, Caroline D, 1953
Using the collection
LocationManuscripts and Archives Division
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, NY 10018-2788
Brooke Russell Astor Reading Room, Third Floor, Room 328
Access to materialsAdvance notice required. Request access to this collection.
Alternative form available
Selected items available on microfilm; New York Public Library