Guide to the Alfons Horten Papers 1905-1926
Cage 287

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Horten, Alfons
Title
Alfons Horten Papers
ID
Cage 287
Date [inclusive]
1905-1926
Extent
1350.0 items.
General Physical Description note
1 linear feet of shelf space.
Language
German
Abstract
Correspondence with August, Fritz and Joseph Thyssen, mining reports and profiles; concerning mining concessions, in territorial politics, the iron and steel industry in Germany.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description]. Cage 287, Alfons Horten Papers. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Return to Table of Contents »


Biographical/Historical note

Alfons Horten (f1.1900-1930) was a German businessman at Hagendingen, in Lorraine, connected with the Thyssen steelworks, either as an employee or on a retainer basis. He bore the title "Bergassessor," and was largely concerned with the purchase of ores, mines, and mining concessions. His field of activities extended throughout Europe and into Western Asia. His son Alfons Horten, (b.1907) was subsequently (1976) an industrialist at Duisdorf near Bonn.

Return to Table of Contents »


Scope and Contents note

The papers consist largely of correspondence between Horten and August Thyssen (1842-1926), his son Fritz Thyssen (1873-1951) and officials of the Thyssen organization. A few items of correspondence with Chancellors Wilhelm Cuno (1876-1933) and Joseph Wirth (1879-1956) are included. Most of the correspondence relates to Horten's efforts to supply Thyssen's steel mills with raw materials, primarily from outside Germany. These activities placed him near the center of events associated with the German foreign policy of economic-based expansion, which characterized German foreign relations in the pre-World War I period, according to Modern European historians sympathetic to the controversial "Fischer Thesis." See Fritz Fischer, Griff nach der Weltmacht (Dusseldorf: Droste Verlag, 1961). Some items, especially letters from August Thyssen to Horten are preserved in both Thyssen's original handwriting and in typed transcripts.

Return to Table of Contents »


Arrangement note

The arrangement of the papers is largely chronological and preser ves the order in which they were found.

Return to Table of Contents »


Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 1976

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The provenance of the papers has not been determined.

Return to Table of Contents »


Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • August Thyssen-Hütte (Firm)

Personal Name(s)

  • Horten, Alfons --Archives
  • Thyssen, August
  • Thyssen, Fritz, 1873-1951

Subject(s)

  • Iron industry and trade--Germany--Records and correspondence
  • Mines and Mineral Resources
  • Steel industry and trade--Germany--Records and correspondence

Return to Table of Contents »


Collection Inventory

Letters of August Thyssen to Horten 

 September 1906-December 1908   135.0 items.

Box
1
Folder
1

 January 1909-January 1913   180.0 items.

Box
1
Folder
2

Return to Table of Contents »


Correspondence among August Thyssen, Horten and others, including typed transcripts of some items in folders 1 and 2. 

 August 31, 1906-December 31, 1907   120.0 items.

Box
1
Folder
3

 January 1, 1908-December 23, 1908   100.0 items.

Box
1
Folder
4

 January 1, 1909-December 28, 1909   100.0 items.

Box
1
Folder
5

 January 6, 1910-December 28, 1910   125.0 items.

Box
1
Folder
6

 January, 1911-December 31, 1911   175.0 items.

Box
2
Folder
7

 October 30, 1916-November 7, 1916 October 30, 1916-November 7, 1916   120.0 items.

Box
2
Folder
8

Return to Table of Contents »


Letters of Horten to August Thyssen. September 10, 1909-December 22, 1912   100.0 items.

Box
2
Folder
9

Correspondence of Fritz Thyssen and Horten. August 13, 1907-February 13, 1912   80.0 items.

Box
2
Folder
10

Correspondence of officials of Gewerkschaft Deutscher Kaiser with Horten. December 31, 1906-October 14, 1913   100.0 items.

Box
2
Folder
11

Correspondence of Joseph Wirth and Wilhelm Cuno with Horten. January 29, 1924-September 24, 1926   7.0 items.

Box
2
Folder
12

Technical reports of mines and minerals 1905   5.0 items.

Box
2
Folder
13