Selected Sources and Research Sites
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American Jewish Archive. Hebrew Union College. Cincinnati, Ohio. Files on Lazard Kahn and F. and L. Kahn & Bros. http://americanjewisharchives.org
"An Art Foundry." Times-Picayune [New Orleans] Aug. 10, 1883: 3. On the business of Rudolph Thiem and Paul Riess.
archivservice-berlin.Renate Rüb M.A. www.archivservice-berlin.de
Arnesen, Eric. Waterfront Workers of New Orleans. Race, Class, and Politics, 1863-1923. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994.34, 61-72.
Berliner Adressbuch. Entries for Ferdinand Thiem (1840 through 1892) and Rudolph Thiem (1881). Berliner Stadtbibliothek www.zlb.de/
Beetham, Sarah Denver. "Soldiers and Sailors Monuments and the Rhetoric of Reunion." Thesis. University of Delaware, 2008.
[Blount, Jim]. “Billy Yank is 80 years old today.” Journal News [Hamilton] Nov. 30, 1984: A-4.
Blount, Jim. “Ear-shattering ritual signal of Dec. 1, 1904, arrival of Billy Yank.” Journal-News [Hamilton] Feb. 24, 1980: F-1.
Blount, Jim. Flood: Butler County’s Greatest Weather Disaster—March 1913. Hamilton, Ohio: Past/Present/Press, 2002.
Blount, Jim. “Nameless Private Hamilton’s Most Prominent Landmark; Soldier Atop Monument Expresses Exuberance of Victory; Created by Immigrant.” Hamilton Journal Daily News May 29, 1969: 34, 36 (last page).
Blount, Jim. Resources. http://www.lanepl.org/research/local-history-genealogy/jim-blount-resources/
Blount, Jim. The Civil War and Butler County. Hamilton, Ohio: Past/Present/Press, 1998.
Blount, Jim et al. The 1900s: 100 Years in the History of Butler County Ohio. Hamilton Ohio: Past/Present/Press, 2000.
Brewer, Priscilla J. From Fireplace to Cookstove: Technology and the Domestic Ideal in America. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 2000.
Butler County Historical Society/Butler County Museum. Hamilton, Ohio. bchistoricalsociety.com
Centennial History of Butler County, Ohio. Ed. Bert S. Bartlow et al. B. F. Bowen & Co. Publishers, 1905. Biographical portrait of Rudolph Thiem, 690-692.
“Creole Exhibit.” Official Catalogue of the Creole Exhibit Art Gallery, American Exposition, 1885-86. New Orleans: W. B. Stansbury, 1886. 18. Riess and Thiem's Robert E. Lee bronze statue listed.
Cummins Room (History Resources). Hamilton Lane Library. Hamilton, Ohio. http://www.lanepl.org/research/local-history-genealogy/cummins-room-holdings/
Denkschrift Zur fuenfundsiebenzig-jaerhigen Jubilaeums-Feier der Evangelisch-Protestantischen St. Johannes-Gemeinde, 1837-1912. Hamilton, Ohio: The Church, 1912.
Eaton, Ercel. “Sculpting a Legacy” (interview with Mabel Thiem Whitacre). Journal News [Hamilton] Oct. 2, 1988: B2.
Evangelisches Landeskirchliches Archiv in Berlin www.landeskirchenarchivberlin.de/_
Federal Writers’ Project (WPA). The Ohio Guide. American Guide Series. 1940. 283. On the Soldiers and Sailors Monument and Rudolph Thiem.
“The Gallant 35the O.V.I. Holds its Annual Reunion—A Regiment of Men Who Never Turned Their Backs.” Hamilton Telegraph Sept. 23, 1897: 7, 11.
Gelbert, Doug. Civil War Sites, Memorials, Museums, and Library Collections. A State by State Guide. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland and Co. 1997. "Rudolph Theim" [sic] listed.
“Gen. Ferd Vanderveer. His Medallion Finished For the 35th Monument at Chickamauga—Fine Work,” Hamilton Daily News, June 30, 1897. np. Clipping in the Butler County Historical Collection, "Rudolph Thiem file," the Journal-News archive.
German-Americana Collection. Blegen Library. University of Cincinnati. For immigration records and materials on the Martin family. https://www.libraries.uc.edu/arb/collections/german-americana.html
Grissom, Carol A. Zinc Sculpture in America 1850-1950. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2009.
"Honor to Gen. Van Derveer. Bronze Medallion to Be Placed on the Monument at Chickamauga." Piqua Daily Call [Ohio] Sept. 22, 1897: 13.
Heskett, John. German Design 1870-1918. New York: Taplinger Publishing Co., 1986.
“It is not impossible that the building of statues is being pressed a trifle too far. ” Cincinnati Enquirer Oct. 29, 1887: 4
Jones, Richard O. "“Inside Scoop on Billy Yank.” Journal News. 2010.
Keil, F. W. Thirty-Fifth Ohio. Fort Wayne, Indiana: Archer Housh, 1894.
Lane Library. Hamilton, Ohio. The George C. Cummins "Remember When" Collection at the Hamilton Lane Library.
Lier, H. A. “Hultzsch, Hermann.” Biographisches Jahrbuch und Deutscher Nekrolog. Vol. X. Berlin: Georg Reimer, 1907. 195-197.
"Local History" section of heyhamilton.com This is a comprehensive website covering Hamilton, Ohio, past and present.
Mayo, James A. War Memorials as Political Landscape: The American Experience and Beyond. New York: Praeger, 1988.
McClung, David Waddle. The Centennial Anniversary of the City of Hamilton, Ohio, September 17-19, 1891. Cincinnati: The Lawrence Publishing Co., 1892.
McNutt, Randy, and Cheryl Bauer. Hamilton. Images of America Series. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2005.
Mahe, John A. II et al. Encyclopaedia of New Orleans Artists 1718-1918. New Orleans: Historic New Orleans Collection, 1987. Articles on Rudolph Thiem and Paul Riess.
Merrill, Peter C. “Thiem, Rudolph.” German Immigrant Artists in America. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press 1997. 266, 221.
Middletown Historical Project. MidPointe Library System. Middletown, Ohio. Photos of the Ohio 35th Volunteer monument, Chickamauga National Battlefield. http://middletownlibrary.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/Historical
Miller, Alan. Discovering Sculpture: Hamilton, Fairfield, Pyramid Hill. Hamilton, Ohio: Alan Miller, 2002. 1: photo of Thiem's Victory statue with caption, “Victory, the Jewel of the Soul" —attributed to Rudolph Theim (sic.).
Minute Book. Monument Building. 1898-1906. In the Soldiers, Sailors and Pioneers Monument Building library. Consulted, with Tom Stander, Sept. 27, 2014.
Neff, John R. Honoring the Civil War Dead: Commemoration and the Problem of Reconciliation. Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2005.
"The New St. Clair." Hamilton Daily Democrat Jan 11, 1895: 3.
“Notice. The statue of Gen. R. E. Lee made by Paul Riess and Rudolph Thiem of this city, is on exhibition in the Hall of the Washington Artillery. Admission Free." Aug. 15, Daily Picayune [New Orleans] Aug. 15, 1883: 4.
Piland, Richard N. Hamilton’s Historic Public Schools 1850-2010. Fairfield, Ohio: Personalized Research, 2011.
Piland, Richard N. Hamilton's Industrial Legacy. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2015.
Piland, Richard N. Legendary Locals of Hamilton. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2013.
"Placing of Statue on Monument." Butler County Democrat. Dec. 1, 1904: 4.
Rothkirch-Trach, Johann D. A. F. "Die Unterrichtsanstalt des Kunstgewerbemuseums in Berlin zwischen 1866-1933." Dissertation. University of Bonn, 1984.
Rowe, Melodia and Walter S. Rowe. The Story of Estate. Hamilton, Ohio: The Hill-Brown Printing Co. , 1937. A history of the Kahn Brothers' stove business.
"Rudolph Theim [sic]." Newspaper clipping, 1903-1904. No date on the article. No name of publication. The clipping refers to Thiem's studies at the School of Art of Modeling and Design in Berlin, and to his work as modeling assistant under the German sculptor Hermann Hultzsch.
"Rudolph Thiem, Famed Carver, Taken by Death." Hamilton Daily News Oct. 1, 1928: np.
“Rudolph Thiem Passes Away. Sculptor, Artist of Wide Renown, Dies Suddenly Today.” Hamilton Evening Journal. Oct. 1, 1928: 16.
Schütz, Brigitte. “Berlin und die USA.” In Bloch, Peter et al. Ethos und Pathos: Die Berliner Bildhauerschule 1786-1914, Beiträge. Berlin: Gebr. Mann Verlag, 1990. 109-140.
Smith Library of Regional History. Lane Library System. Oxford, Ohio. www.lanepl.org/research/smith-library/
Smith, Timothy B. A Chickamauga Memorial: The Establishment of America’s First Civil War National Military Park. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2009.
"The Soehner Memorial. Appropriate Dedication." Newspaper clipping, 1895 or after. No date or name of publication. The clipping is in the Butler County Historical Collection, "Ferdinand Soehner file."
Soldiers, Sailors and Pioneers Monument, Butler County, Ohio. http://www.butlercountyohio.org/monument/index.cfm?page=home
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. Preussischer Kulturbesitz. http://staatsbibliothek-berlin.de_
“Standbild Albrecht’s Des Beherzten für den Schlosshof der Albrechtsburg in Meissen. Modellirt von H. Hultzsch.” Woodcut. Illustriter Zeitung [Leipzig] Vol. 67, No. 1740. Nov. 4, 1876: 1. This issue also includes an extended description of the bronze statue.
Taylor, Stella Weiler, “Rosemary That’s For Remembrance.” Hamilton Daily News Journal March 20, 1937: 13. Includes Mabel Thiem Whitacre's letter on her father’s work on the bronze soldier.
“Theim’s [sic] Victory Figure,” Republican News [Hamilton], May 7, 1904: 7.
[Thiem, Rudolph.] Hotel Ledger Book. "Martin and Thiem." The St. Clair Hotel, Hamilton, Ohio. Feb. 17, 1890-Feb. 21, 1891.
Thiem, Rudolph. Letter. “Designer of Soldier’s Statue tells Reasons for the Design.” Butler County Democrat Feb. 16, 1905: 7.
“Thiem’s Life Reads Like a Romance.” The Republican News [Hamilton] Dec. 2, 1904: 5.
“Unterrichtsanstalt des Kunstgewerbe Museums Berlin.” Wikipedia (Deutsch). Cons. 6.4.15.
Vitz, Robert C. The Queen and the Arts: Cultural Life in Nineteenth-Century Cincinnati. Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press, 1989.
"Will Raise Soldier Tomorrow. The Fight of Victory." Republican News [Hamilton]. Nov. 23, 1904: 3.
Whitacre, Mabel Thiem. “Mabel Thiem Whitacre's Conversation with Me and Mom.” Notes taken by Judith Barker. Hamilton, Ohio. At the Anthony Wayne Residence. After 1975.