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Alewel Family Papers

Identifier: A0016

Scope and Contents

The collection contains memorabilia mostly concerning Ms. Norma E. Alewel and her father Louis Emil Alewel, including tax receipts and various St. Louis brochures and blueprints of buildings owned by Olivia and Louis Alewel and designed by Julius E. Tarling. The collection includes many photographs of the Alewel family. Box 3 contains several brochures and pamphlets regarding the St. Louis Relief Committee for Central Europe. Box 4 contains a ledger for an upholstery business for Louis E. Alewel (1940). Many items in the collection relate to the rebuilding of Germany and the views of Germans on World War II. Box 7 includes a Shriners (Moolah) hat in a hat box. Box 8 includes records of the Carr Place Protection and Improvement Association. The collection also contains items concerning the Steuben Society and a scrapbook dated 1954-1957 with cards and letters of Lewis E. and Norma E. Alewel and letters from the Steuben Society of America regarding war efforts of Lewis E. Alewel, compiled by Norma E. Alewel.


  • 1893-1966


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at Copyright restrictions may apply. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright.

Biographical Sketch

Louis Emil Alewel was born September 16, 1878. He was educated at Bethany Parochial School and married Olivia Emily Elizabeth Beckman on October 25, 1911. Mr. Alewel entered the undertaking profession and operated an establishment on Franklin Avenue between Twentieth and Twenty-First Streets. He later became a salesman for the bakers and confectioners' supply company operated by his father-in-law, W.E. Beckmann. He published several songs and poems. He was involved in the St. Louis Relief Committee for Central Europe. He was a mason and a member of the Cornerstone Lodge, the Knights of Pythias, the Liederkranz Club, the Carl Schurz Unit #28 of the Steuben Society of America, Cosmos Club, and St. Louis House. He died February 9, 1955. Norma E. Alewel was his daughter.


6.3 Cubic Feet ( (12 boxes; 1 volume; 2 oversize folders))

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The collection is arranged in the following series: Genealogy Series, Photographs Series, William Edward Beckmann Papers Series, Louis and Olivia Alewel Papers Series, and Norma Alewel Papers Series. Please see the inventory for more details on the contents of each series.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

There are on physical or technical restrictions.

Donor Information

The collection was donated by Norma Alewel through multiple gifts from 1953 to 1966.

Processing Information

Inventory compiled by Judy Kaufmann.


Inventory of Alewel Family Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center Repository

225 S. Skinker Blvd.
St. Louis MO 63105 United States