The Archives are one of the largest repositories of information about the German immigration to Texas. The extensive collection includes more than a million photographic images, newspapers from 1852 to the present, more than 2,000 oral history recordings, thousands of original written records, government records, church records and genealogical information.

Six major collections make up the Sophienburg Archives. All are open to researchers looking for personal and public information.

1) The Letters and Papers Collection comprises of personal and business correspondence, diaries, documents, deeds, minutes, advertising, etc. from 1844 to the present that are historically relevant to families, businesses and organizations in New Braunfels and Comal County.

2) The Map Collection includes cartographic items from 1844 to present day of New Braunfels, Comal County, other Central Texas counties, local subdivisions, highways, streets and businesses.

3) The Newspaper Collection contains virtually complete runs for the following:

  • Neu Braunfelser Zeitung (German language), 1852-1957
  • New Braunfels Herald (German and English language), 1905-1957
  • New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (English language), 1957-present

Several other smaller area newspapers are also preserved. This collection is used extensively for research of historical local, state and world events. It is also a valuable tool that included obituaries, advertisements, announcements and literature. All hard copies have been recorded on microfilm and/or DVDs for research.

4) Photographic Collection has over one million images including original and copied photographs, slides, postcards, stereopticon views, videos, and glass negatives. The negative and slide collections of the following local photographers are also part of the collection: Seidel, Bridges, Kettler, and Braunfels Studios. Copies of images may be copied for publications or personal use. Fees apply.

5) Rare Books Collection preserves German and English language publications with subjects that encompass history, biography, geography, arithmetic, biology, general science, literature, religion and cooking.

6) Research Library is comprised of books collected specifically on subjects pertaining to the history and cultural heritage of New Braunfels, Comal County and the surrounding area.

These services are also available*:

 Photograph reproduction
 German translation
 Document preservation

*Fees apply. Please contact us:

The Sophienburg
401 W. Coll St.
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
Phone: (830) 629-1572
Fax: (830) 629-3906