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Oscar F. Frenzel Collection

Identifier: Mss070

Scope and Contents

The Oscar Frenzel Collection contains nine series: Publications, Correspondence, Financial, Personal, Maennerchor, New American Opera Company, May Music Festival, Socialer Turnverein, and Independent Turnverein.

Publications (1877-1903) includes issues of Puck, a German-language magazine published in New York; Beiblatt der Fliegenden Blatter, a German magazine; and miscellaneous publications in English or German.

Correspondence (1874-1888) contains both Frenzel's personal and business correspondence. The personal correspondence provides a glimpse of the social activities and customs in Indiana in the late nineteenth century. The business correspondence indicates the type of financial and commercial activities Frenzel was involved in during this period.

Financial (1876-1888) consists of records and other papers from some of Frenzel's business activities.

Personal (ca. 1880s) includes business and calling cards given to Frenzel; dues and membership cards for organizations to which Frenzel belonged; and miscellaneous items.

Maennerchor (1880-1904) has invitations and programs for Maennerchor events, histories of the Indianapolis Maennerchor, and miscellaneous items.

New American Opera Company (1888-1889) is an announcement of operas for the company's 1888-1889 season in Indianapolis.

May Music Festival (1894) is the program for the sixth annual festival, held in Indianapolis.

Socialer Turnverein (1880s) contains invitations to various events sponsored by the Socialer Turnverein.

Independent Turnverein (1880s) has invitations to various events sponsored by the Unabhangiger Turnverein.


  • 1876 - 1904


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) govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Biographical Note

Oscar Frederick Frenzel (1861-1929) was a member of an Indianapolis family deeply involved in the city's banking, business, and cultural activities. The family is most closely identified with Merchants National Bank (now part of National City Bank, a Cleveland-based holding company). Oscar joined the bank in 1873 as messenger, succeeding his older brothers John (who had risen to the position of cashier) and Otto (who was the bank's bookkeeper). John and Otto purchased the bank in 1882, making John, at the age of 28, the nation's youngest bank president.

Oscar remained with Merchants until 1929, eventually rising to the position of vice president. He served as an officer in the Indiana State Bankers' Association. Oscar was also a member of various Masonic groups, the Indianapolis Academy of Music, the Indianapolis Socialer Turnverein, the Indianapolis Maennerchor, and the Indianapolis Target Shooting Association.


14.4 Cubic Feet (4 boxes, 27 flat boxes)

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Indianapolis Maennerchor Records, 1866-1990 MSS040


Oscar F. Frenzel Collection, 1876-1904
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