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Wilhelm Heinrich Prestele prints

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MS-0070

Scope and Content

The collection (circa 1880-1974) contains lithographs of apples and other fruits by W. H. Prestele, as well as information about the Prestele family. Of particular interest are the lithographs of apples that Prestele made for the Iowa State Agricultural College (now Iowa State University); these prints depict specimens collected by Professor of Horticulture J. L. Budd. (For J. L. Budd's papers see RS 9/16/13, and for information on the Department of Horticulture see RS 9/16.)


  • circa 1880-1974, undated

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Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use/Re-use Restrictions

Consult Special Collections and University Archives


Wilhelm Heinrich (also called William Henry) Prestele was born in Hessen-Darmstadt, Germany, to Franz Joseph Martin and Karoline Russ Prestele on 13 October 1838. His father was an accomplished painter and lithographer who had worked as head gardener to King Ludwig I of Bavaria prior to studying art at the University of Vienna.

In 1843 the family immigrated to the United States with the Community of True Inspiration (later the Amana Society) settling first in Ebenezer, New York, and in 1858 they moved with the Society to the Amana Colonies in Iowa.

W. H. Prestele served as a private in the 26th New York Infantry during the Civil War. He followed his father's trade as a lithographer, and worked in New York prior to taking a position as an illustrator (1867-1871) for the Bloomington (Illinois) Nursery owned by Franklin Kelsey Phoenix. He later went into business with L. B. Littlefield in Bloomington as publishers of fruit and flower prints (1871-1875). In 1875 he set up his own business as a lithographer in Iowa City, Iowa (1875-1887). He was later hired as the first artist on the staff of the Pomological Division of the United States Department of Agriculture (1887-1895).

W. H. Prestele died 16 August 1895 and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.


1.2 Linear Feet (in 1 oversize box.)


The collection is organized Alphabetically.


Willam Henry Prestele prints

Processing Information

Released on 2018-11-01.

MS-0070. Wilhelm Heinrich Prestele prints, circa 1880-1974, undated
December 12, 2018
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives Repository

403 Parks Library
701 Morrill Road
Iowa State University
Ames Iowa 50011-2102 United States
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