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Downtown Turners Records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS121

Overview

In 1954 the Athenaeum Turners in Indianapolis withdrew from the American Turners and became an independent Turner society. In 1973 members of the Athenaeum Turners established a separate society known as the Downtown Turners. The new society joined the American Turners, allowing the members to take part in Turner activities at the national and district level. The members also used the new society as a means of encouraging the Athenaeum Turners to rejoin the national organization. This happened in 1977, and the Downtown Turners merged with the Athenaeum Turners.

Dates

  • 1973 - 1977

Creator

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.

Historical Note

In 1954 the Athenaeum Turners, dissatisfied with the state of affairs of the American Turners and the decisions of its leadership, pulled out of the national organization and became an independent Turner society. In 1973, members of the Athenaeum Turners started the Downtown Turners. This new society joined the American Turners, allowing its members to taken part in American Turner activities at the district and national level. The Downtown Turners also worked to revive the athletic programs at the Athenaeum. The members of the Downtown Turners (several of whom were also members of the Athenaeum Turners) worked to convince the Athenaeum Turners to rejoin the national organization by merging with the the Downtown Turners. A merger propodal was made in 1976, the Athenaeum Turners rejoined the American Turners in 1977, and the Downtown Turners merged with the Athenaeum Turners shortly afterwards.

Extent

0.25 Cubic Feet (1 box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated as part of collection of Athenaeum Turners records, ca. 1993.

Related Materials

Athenaeum Turners Records, 1871-2005, Mss032, Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, University Library, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Creator

Title
Downtown Turners Records, 1973-1977
Status
Completed
Author
Gregory H. Mobley
Date
2017-05
Description rules
dacs

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