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Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis Records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS087

Scope and Contents

Administrative Records 1919-2011 consist of internal documentation produced by the Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis.

By-laws: Copies of the by-laws as well as correspondence among members and with Kiwanis International discussing amendments and changes to the official by-laws

Record Books: Organized chronologically in yearly bound volumes, these contain records of Board of Trustees meetings, annual reports, financial information, official correspondence, weekly/biweekly newsletters, and clippings of Kiwanis Downtown and local Kiwanians in the news for that year.

Tax Information: Organized chronologically, these contain federal and state tax returns, including 990s.

Kiwanis Foundation of Indianapolis Records 1947-2011 consist of internal documentation produced by the Kiwanis Foundation of Indianapolis, which raises funds on behalf of the Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis, funding programs and distributing grants and scholarships to benefit central Indiana youth. These records contain:

Record books: Organized chronologically in yearly bound volumes, contain records of the Board of Directors meetings, annual reports, financial information, and official correspondence.

Tax Information: Organized chronologically, these contain federal and state tax returns, including 990s.

Publications 1921-2007 consists of material published by the Downtown Kiwanis Club, including brochures for the club as well as for local events sponsored by the club; weekly/biweekly newsletters (note: these are duplicated in the yearly bound Record Books); and yearbooks and memberships rosters, which include names and photographs of club members for that year (note: rosters are duplicated in yearly bound Record Books).

Dates

  • 1916 - 2011

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Biographical / Historical

The Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis, sometimes referred to as the Downtown Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis, was the first Kiwanis Club in Indiana, founded in 1916, and currently has more than 250 members, making it the largest Kiwanis Club in Indiana. It became the largest Kiwanis club in the world in 1974 with 400 members, and was also the first club to hit 500 members in 1988. Notable achievements of this club include assisting in the establishment of the Riley Hospital for Children in 1924, Club member Jackson A. Raney being elected as International president in 1955, and being the 3rd largest contributing club to the Kiwanis International’s ongoing campaign to eliminate iodine deficiency disorder in developing countries.

Some of the Downtown Kiwanis Club’s members, along with the Lilly Endowment, campaigned for the Kiwanis International Headquarters’ move from Chicago to Indianapolis in 1982.

Extent

20.2 Cubic Feet (19 cartons, 4 document boxes)

Overview

Kiwanis International, briefly called the Supreme Lodge Benevolent Order Brothers, was officially chartered in 1915 as a club for businessmen that also had social and commercial benefits. That original intent evolved quickly into a club for businessmen who wanted to improve their communities, hence the 1920 motto “we build.” Today, Kiwanis International is a global organization, with numerous projects dedicated primarily to their current motto of “serving the children of the world.” The Downtown Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis was the first Kiwanis club in Indiana, founded in 1916, and currently has more than 250 members, making it the largest Kiwanis Club in Indiana.

This collection contains by-laws, minutes, correspondence, newsletters, club rosters, tax information, yearbooks, scrapbooks, and brochures.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN, A2014/15-040

Related Materials

Related materials providing background on the parent organization to this club may be found in MSS 078 Kiwanis International Records.

Bibliography

http://www.kiwanis.org/
http://indykiwanis.org/

General

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Title
Kiwanis Club of Indianapolis Records, 1916-2011
Status
Completed
Author
Denise Rayman
Date
2015-05
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Philanthropic Studies Archives Repository

Contact:
IUPUI University Library
755 W. Michigan St.
Room 0133
Indianapolis IN 46202 USA
317-274-4064