The Archives is one of the largest repositories of information chronicling the German immigration movement to Texas. The collections include photographic images, newspapers, oral history recordings, written records, government and church records, and genealogical information.

Six major collections make up the Sophienburg Archives. Archives open for research by appointment only, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 830-629-1572


Our 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
  • Braunfels Studios.

Copies of images may be made for publications or personal use. Fees apply.


Newspaper Collection contains virtually complete runs for the following three publications:

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

Several other smaller area newspapers are also preserved, including obituaries, advertisements, announcements and literature.



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
  • Photocopying
  • German Translation
  • Document Preservation
  • Research    

*Fees apply.


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




The Map Collection includes 1844 to present day examples of New Braunfels, Comal County, other Central Texas counties, local subdivisions, highway, street and business maps.


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



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