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Indianapolis Gardeners Benefit Society Records

Identifier: MSS072

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of four volumes of minutes from the organization's meetings, 1897-1977. The first volume (1897-1899) also contains membership lists and accounts. The records, all handwritten, are in German prior to 1950 and in English since 1950.


  • 1867 - 1985


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

Mutual benefit societies have served as social support organizations for many immigrant groups, including the German community in Indianapolis. Several societies of this type (known as "Unterstutzungs Vereins" in German) were formed in the city during the latter half of the nineteenth century. Many of these societies drew their members from a specific segment of the German community. One example is the Indianapolis Gardeners Benefit Society. Formed on July 6, 1867, its membership was restricted to Indianapolis area greenhouse and outside gardeners. The society remains active, offering its members sickness and death benefit payments and a monthly fellowship meeting. It is also a member of the city's Federation of German Societies.


3 Cubic Feet (5 flat boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by the Indianapolis Gardeners Benefit Society, October 1991. A91-50.

Related Materials

Federation of German Societies Records, 1931-1988, Mss069

Related Materials

Heimaths' Unterstutzungs Verein Records, 1897-1977, Mss071

Related Materials

Preussen Unterstuzungs Verein Records, 1884-1956, Mss074
Indianapolis Gardeners Benefit Society Records, 1867-1985
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