Weitling, Wilhelm, 1808-1871.
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Restricted access; Manuscripts and Archives Division; Permit must be requested at the division indicated.
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 improvementsto the sewing machine. Writings include a journal, 1855-1869, and papers on his theories of astronomy. Also, memorabilia, newsclippings and miscellaneous items.
Wilhelm Weitling (1808-1871) was a German-born tailor, inventor and editor. In Germany he worked as a journeymantailor 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 hissocio-economic theories. He also was the founder and editor of Die Republik der Arbeiter in New York City from 1850 to 1855.
Controlled Access Terms
- Weitling, Wilhelm, 1808-1871.
- Weitling family.
- Collective settlements -- Iowa.
- Sewing machines.
Additional Creator Names
- Henry, Joseph, 1797-1878.
- Sorge, Friedrich A. (Friedrich Adolf), 1828-1906.