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Indianapolis Socialer Turnverein collection

 Collection — Folder: S2258
Identifier: S2258

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a handwritten copy of the English translation of the trustee's report of the Indianapolis Socialer Turnverein for the year 1877, dated January 2, 1878. Also includes are two unused contracts of the Socialer Turnverein Stock Association from the 1890s.


  • 1878-circa 1890

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 word "turnverein" comes from the German words turnen, "to practice Gymnastics," and Verein, "a club or union." In 1851, two turnvereins were established by German immigrants in Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Turngemeinde and the Indianapolis Socialistischer Turnverein. They merged a year later and following the U.S. Civl War, the club renamed itself the Indianapolis Socialer Turnverein. The Socialer Turnverein was housed in different downtown locations until Das Deutsche Haus was built at 401 E. Michigan Street in 1894. Built as a "house of culture" for the mind and body, an additional west wing was built in 1898. Due to anti-German sentiments during World War I, Das Deutsche Haus was renamed the Athenaeum in 1918. The Athenaeum was awarded the National Historic Landmark designation in 2016.


Britannica, T. Editors of Encyclopaedia. "turnverein." Encyclopedia Britannica. Last updated May 16, 2011. Accessed January 8, 2022.

Freeland, Sharon Butsch. "HI Mailbag: Indianapolis Turnvereins.", March 19, 2013. Accessed January 8, 2022.

The Athenaeum Foundation. "About: History and Architecture." Accessed January 8, 2022.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

SP146: Turnfest photographs

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1998 by Andrea Bean Hough. EAD finding aid created 2022/01/08 by Laura Eliason.
Indianapolis Socialer Turnverein collection
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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