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Athenaeum Foundation Records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS076
The collection includes articles of incorporation, board of director and committee minutes, correspondence, financial records, and records relating to the restoration of the building.

Dates

  • 1894 - 2011

Creator

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.

Extent

8.6 Cubic Feet (8 cartons, 1 flat box)

Overview

The Athenaeum Foundation was organized in 1991 and incorporated as a not-for-profit foundation operating under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The foundation’s purposes was to acquire title to the Athenaeum, located at 401 East Michigan Street in Indianapolis; to raise funds for and supervise and direct the rehabilitation of building to maintain its architectural and aesthetic integrity as a historic structure; to educate the public about the history and significance of the Athenaeum; to foster the use of the building by the foundation itself, the building’s tenants, and other organizations; and to oversee the management of the building.

Historical Note

The Athenaeum (originally known as Das Deutsche Haus) was built in two phases between 1892 and 1898 to serve as the home of the Indianapolis Socialer Turnverein (now known as the Athenaeum Turners), the city's largest Turner society. The building was owned by Socialer Turnverein Stock Association. During the first half of the 20th century the large membership of the society provided enough income to maintain the building, but declining membership during the second half of the century reduced the funds available for building maintenance. By the early 1990s, it became clear that the Turners and the Stock Association did not have the resources to make needed repairs and renovations. In 1991 the Turners and the Stock Association formed the Athenaeum Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit foundation. Ownership of the Athenaeum was conveyed to the foundation, and the foundation took responsibility for raising the funds for repairing, restoring, and maintaing the building. Members of the Turners and its ladies' auxiliary became members of the foundation and could elect one member of the foundation's board of directors.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by the Athenaeum Foundation, Indianapolis, Indiana, 2011

Related Materials

Athenaeum Turners Records, 1876-2005, Mss032
Related Materials Athenaeum Damenverein and Women's Auxiliary Records, 1876-2007, Mss039
Related Materials School of Physical Education and Tourism Management Records, 1873-2009, UA036
Title
Athenaeum Foundation Records, 1898-2007
Status
completed
Author
Gregory H. Mobley
Date
2011
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the German-American Archives Repository

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