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Menke, Burlage, and Kracke families papers

Identifier: LaRC-603

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of German manuscript poetry from the 1850s. Some of the poems were written by Reinhardine Menke, but most are of unknown authorship. Most of the poems are contained in Menke's composition books (1844, 1850-1856). These notebooks also contain moral philosophies supported by biblical quotations. Also included is family correspondence (1866-1887), compositions and school exercises (1854, 1873-1879), clippings of German and English poetry, and a notebook of Johann Hermann Buhrlage that contain some copies of his letters regarding his 1847 trip from Germany to New Orleans.


  • 1842-1887


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Reinhardine Menke came to New Orleans from Bremen, Germany. Around 1856, she married Johann Hermann Buhrlage, who came to New Orleans from Talge, Germany in 1847. They apparently had a son named J. Edgar Burlage.

In 1856 Louise Reinhardine Menke Burlage married J.F.L. Kracke. They had a son named Thomas Wharton Kracke.


1.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



The collection is arranged by topic as follows: correspondence, poetry in German, poetry in English, grammar exercises in English, compositions, notes, other items, clippings, and composition and note books. The collection is made up of one box.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Frank Kane. Date acquired: 10/11/1979.

Processing Information

Collection processed in 1978 by MHK.

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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US