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Balthasar Gschwind Collection

Identifier: AC 470-p

Scope and Content

Collection consists of research matericals including correspondence between Tomas Jaehn and members of the Gschwind family, picture descriptions and family history regarding the Balthasar Gschwind family and its ties to Oscuro, New Mexico homesteading.


  • 1832-1990
  • Majority of material found in Placeholder Unit Date Text

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of print materials allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical Information

Balthasar Gschwind, son of Franz and Carolin Fenderich Gschwind, was born in Basel, Switzerland, August 17, 1832. He came to the United States in 1856, married Eliza Reed in 1860, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he worked as a tinsmith. He and Eliza then moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, where they had 13 children, and continued to work as a tinsmithh.

About 1900 the family moved to Chicago from where Balthasar joined the "Big Land Rush" in 1907 for "free land," moving to Oscuro, New Mexico. There he homesteaded 160 acres with his son Adolph. After five years of successful homesteading he returned to Chicago where he died December 15, 1918. Donald Gschwind is the great-great nephew of Balthasar Gschwind.


1 Folder

Guide to the Balthasar Gschwind Collection, 1832-1990
Edited Full Draft
Pam Downey
© 2009
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Finding aid is in English

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090