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Sachs-Bauer Family Letters and Documents

Identifier: MSS120

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of two series, Family Letters and Family Documents. Family Letters consists of forty-two letters written between 1841 and 1851. Five of the letters are written in English; the remainder are written in the old German script. These letters have brief summaries in English.

Family Documents contains seven legal documents issued in Germany, including a marriage contract, a passport, and a birth certificate. These documents are printed in Fraktur; some also contain handwritten sections. This series also includes an 1850 deed to burial plots in Union Cemetery in Indianapolis, a 1903 newspaper obituary for Mary (Sachs) Bauer, an undated ribbon from the Badischer Unterstuetzungs Verein of Indianapolis, and an undated family history, "Mothers and Fathers: An Indianapolis Family" by Beverly Raffensperger Fauvre.


  • 1826 - 1903


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical Notes

Looking for a better economic life, Philip Sachs (1799-1856), his wife Maria (1799-1856), and their daughter Mary (1829-1903) came to the United States from Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany in 1830. They originally settled in Maryland, where they had friends and relatives, and their son John Philip (1832-1919) was born there. In 1836 the family moved to Indianapolis, where Philip became the first sexton of City (later called Greenlawn) Cemetery. Mary married George Bauer (1821-1858) in 1850. Bauer was born in Wuerttemberg, Germany. He came to the United States in 1846 and settled in Indianapolis in 1848. He was a merchant tailor, and he and Mary became actively involved in several German-American organizations, including the Indianapolis Maennerchor and the German-English Independent School.

The Sachs and the Bauers received letters from family and friends in Germany and in the United States. These letters show how the German immigrants stayed in contact with relatives who remained in Germany and document the experiences of German immigrants in various parts of the United States.


0.57 Cubic Feet (2 oversized boxes)


In 1836 German immigrants Philip and Maria Sachs and their two children settled in Indianapolis. Over the years they received letters from family and friends in Germany and in other areas of the United States. These letters provide information about conditions in Germany and about the experiences of German immigrants in the United States.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Beverly Raffensperger Fauvre, La Quinta, California, November 1994.

Related Materials

Indianapolis Maennerchor Records, 1866-1990 MSS040


Fauvre, Beverly Raffensperger. Justly Proud: A German American Family in Indiana. Indianapolis: Guild Press of Indiana, Inc., 1995.
Stein, Theodore. "Our Old School:" Historical Sketch of the German-English Independent School of Indianapolis. Indianapolis: Cheltenham-Aetna Press, 1913.
Sachs-Bauer Family Letters and Documents, 1826-1903
Gregory H. Mobley
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Repository Details

Part of the German-American Archives Repository

IUPUI University Library
755 W. Michigan St.
Room 0133
Indianapolis IN 46202 USA