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Das Deutsche Haus collection

 Collection — Folder: S1919
Identifier: S1919

Scope and Contents

This collection includes undated translations from German to English of three sections of Theodore Stempfel's book Das Deutsche Haus. Typewritten with some additional handwritten changes, the first four pages are translations of an excerpt of the address by Herman Lieber (p. 88) and a closing address by Philip Rappaport (p. 90), both given on February 22, 1894. The remaining pages of the collection contain the translation of an address given by Herman Lieber on June 15, 1898 (pp. 101-106).


  • 20th century


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The Athenaeum, a German-American landmark located in Indianapolis, Indiana, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Originally known as Das Deutsche Haus (the German House), the structure was designed by the firm of Vonnegut and Bohn, with the east wing completed in 1894 and the west wing completed in 1898. Built for the Socialer Turnverein (Social Gymnastics Club) as a "house of culture" for both mind and body, the facility included a gymnasium, auditorium, restaurant, concert-ballroom, bowling alleys, and beer garden.

Theodore Stempfel (1863-1935) was a German immigrant who arrived in Indianapolis in 1883 and worked in the banking industry. In 1898, he published the book Fünfzig Jahre Unermüdlichen Deutschen Strebens in Indianapolis (Fifty Years of Unremitting German Aspirations in Indianapolis), with an additional title of Festschrift zur Feier der Vollendung des Deutschen Hauses in Indianapolis (Festschrift to celebrate the completion of the German House in Indianapolis) to commemorate the completion of Das Deutsche Haus in 1898. The book was also referred to as simply Das Deutsche Haus.


Indiana Historical Bureau. "Athenaeum." State Historical Markers. Accessed September 3, 2020.

The Athenaeum Foundation. "About: History and Architecture." Accessed September 3, 2020.

"Theodore Stempfel Dies; Civic Leader." Indianapolis Star (Ind.), December 25, 1935.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2020/09/03 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2020/09/03 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.