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Preussen Unterstutzungs Verein Records

Identifier: MSS074

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of three volumes of the organization's minutes from 3 September 1884 to 15 March 1956. The minutes are written in German. The first volume also contains membership records and members' accounts for the period 1884-1906


  • 1884 - 1956


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.

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 Preussen Unterstutzungs Verein. This group, organized in 1884, served German immigrants from Prussia by providing assistance in time of illness. The Verein is still active, offering its members sickness and death benefits and social activities. It is also a member of the city's Federation of German Societies.


1 Cubic Feet (2 flat boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by Preussen Sick Benefit Society, October 1991. A91-51.

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Heimaths' Unterstutzungs Verein Records, 1897-1977, Mss071.

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Indianapolis Gardeners Benefit Society Records, 1867-1985, Mss072.

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Preussen Unterstutzungs Verein Records, 1884-1956
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