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Polmete Tribe No. 17, Improved Order of Red Men letter

 Collection — Folder: S2426
Identifier: S2426

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a September 4, 1919 letter written by Fred J. Cron, C. of R. [Chief of Records] of Polmete Tribe No. 17, Improved Order of Red Men (IORM) and sent to Charles Nitterbach of 524 N. Garfield Ave. Indianapolis, Indiana. Written on the organization's letterhead, the letter directs Nitterbach to visit Dr. A.A. Hollingsworth for an examination prior to attending the IORM's meeting on September 12th for adoption into the order.


  • 1919/09/04

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 Improved Order of Red Men is a patriotic fraternity chartered by Congress and traces its origins back to 1765 and to the Sons of Liberty. Following the American Revolution, the Sons of Liberty and other secret societies that were organized to promote liberty and defy the English Crown continued in existence as brotherhoods or fraternities. In 1813, several of these groups joined together to form a new organization called the Society of Red Men. In 1834, the name was changed to the Improved Order of Red Men and the group's focus was charitable and benevolent activities rather than political ones. The fraternity is patterned after the great Iroquis Confederacy's democratic governing body and uses the customs and terminology of Native Americans. The Great Council of Indiana of the Improved Order of Red Men was chartered in 1869. Polmete Tribe No. 17 was an Indianapolis Tribe that was founded by German Americans.


Indiana Red Men. "A Brief History of the Improved Order of Red Men." About Us: Our History. Accessed September 19, 2022.

R.L. Polk and Co.'s Indianapolis City Dircetory, 1919. Indianapolis (Ind.): R.L. Polk and Co., 1919.

Stevens, Albert C. The Cyclopaedia of Fraternities. 2nd ed., rev. to date. New York: E.B. Treat and Company, 1907.

The Improved Order of Red Men. "Who are the Red Men?" Red Men: Information. Accessed September 19, 2022.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

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


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 1999 by Philip N. Williams. EAD finding aid created 2022/09/20 by Laura Eliason.
Polmete Tribe No. 17, Improved Order of Red Men letter
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