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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Hielscher, Julian Adolf, 1864 -1946 Papers, 1882 - 1941

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Hielscher, Julian Adolf, 1864 - 1946. Papers, 1882 - 1941.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 1288

Hielscher, Julian Adolf, 1864 - 1946. Papers, 1882 - 1941. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1288. 1 hollinger.


This collection consists of items pertaining to Julian Adolf Hielscher, of Mankato, Minnesota. Hielscher was a doctor, and served in the U.S. Army during World War I. The collection contains materials that relate to Hielscher's life in high school and college, as well as the time he spent in France during World War I. High school and college materials include papers written by Hielscher and photographs. Included in the items from World War I are correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, and various pieces of memorabilia obtained by Hielscher while in France.

Biographical Note:

J. A. Hielscher was born near the town of LeCenter, Minnesota on October 21, 1864. He graduated from Northwestern College in Naperville, Illinois in 1888, and from the University of Minnesota Medical School in 1891. He was also a graduate of the Rolla School of Mines, Rolla, Missouri, 1912. He practiced medicine in Mankato, Minnesota until the 1940s. He served in the U.S. Army in France during World War I, and was active in community organizations, politics, and various businesses in Mankato. Hielscher married Dr. Helen Hughes in 1910. She also practiced medicine in Mankato, and was one of the leaders in establishing the American Legion Auxiliary in Mankato. Dr. Julian Adolf Hielscher died on October 9, 1946.

Biographical information obtained from the collection and from the Mankato Free Press, October 10, 1946.

Scope and Content:

This collection consists of items pertaining to Julian Adolf Hielscher, a physician from Mankato, Minnesota. Included in the collection are various research papers written by Hielscher during high school and college, and others written and presented to the Laconian Literary Society and the Cliosophic Society. Also included in the collection are newspaper clippings that cover events throughout Hielscher's life, including his years of practice in Mankato, his wife's role in founding the American Legion Auxiliary, and other various events. Correspondence between Hielscher and his wife during World War I is also included in the collection. Most of these communications are handwritten letters, but some are postcards from France.

Also included in the collection are photographs and other memorabilia. The photographs are of the Hielschers, the people Dr. Hielscher encountered in World War I, and other various friends and relatives. The memorabilia included in the collection also originates in World War I France, and includes postcards and other items obtained from the French people, and from German prisoners.


There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Hielscher, Julian Adolf, 1864 - 1946. Papers, 1882 - 1941. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1288, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Helen Erickson donated this collection in July 1977.

Processed By:

Karin Thiem processed this collection in January 1978. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell December 2000.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about Julian Adolf Hielscher available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Hielscher, Julian Adolf, 1864 - 1946.
World War, 1914-1918--France.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1288



Correspondence, Discharge order, diary, 1917 – 1919



Entrance paper from Northwestern College, Article of agreement, 1886, 1888



Letters, cards, and presentations, 1882 – 1888



Newspaper clippings, college memorabilia, undated, 1941, 1952, and 1977



Notebooks, drawing book, and account book, undated and 1882



Photographs, 1883 – 1893



Photographs, undated, 1873, 1918



Photographs, 1894, Souvenir Photo Book of Algeria, undated



Photographs and Postcards, 1917 – 1918



Presentation notes, photograph of Cliosophic Society, undated, 1884, 1886 – 1888



Three “Chapel Essays”, 1887 – 1888



Two letters (in German), 1883