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Federation of German Societies Records

Identifier: MSS069

Scope and Contents

The collection consista of minutes, administrative documents, publications related to activities, and a booklet published to commemorate the organization's 50th anniversary. The minutes are written in German from 1931 to 1975 and in English since 1976.


  • 1931 - 1988


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

The Federation of German Societies was originally formed in the late nineteenth century by the various cultural, social, and fraternal organizations of Indianapolis's German-American community. One of its major goals was the preservation of German culture in the city. By 1910 the Federation had 56 member societies. The advent of World War I and the anti-German sentiments it aroused, however, forced the Federation to suspend its operations.

The Federation was revived in 1931 with 22 member societies. The Federation purchased 25 acres of land at 8600 S. Meridian Street in 1934 for use as a private park (known as German Park). The park is the site of many of the activities of the Federation and its members. The Federation currently has 12 member societies: German-American Klub, German-American Klub Auxiliary, Greenhouse Growers Association, Heimaths-Preussen-Unterstutzungsverein, Indianapolis Gardeners Benefit Society, Indianapolis Liederkranz, Indianapolis Liederkranz Ladies Society, Indianapolis Maennerchor, Indianapolis Saengerchor, Indianapolis Soccer Club, Indianapolis Vegetable Growers Association, and the South Side Turners


0.8 Cubic Feet (1 box and 1 flat box)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by the Federation of German Societies, October 1991. A91-53.


Presented by the Federation of German Societies, January 1996. A96-4.

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Federation of German Societies Records, 1931-1988
Gregory H. Mobley
Description rules
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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