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Indianapolis South Side Turners Records

Identifier: MSS061

Scope and Contents

The bulk of the administrative and photographic records are from the period 1893-1920 and include: meeting minutes of the board, 1893-1919; meeting minutes of the stockholders' association for the building, 1900-1919; a scrapbook of correspondence and administrative papers, 1897-1906; festival books (included with the bound board minutes); and photographs of group activities. Records for the period 1920-1956 are: meeting minutes of the board, 1951-56; meeting minutes of the Athletic Club, 1927-1931; a scrapbook of boxing event clippings, 1925-1928. The records prior to 1920 are in German, the remaining records are in English.


  • 1893-1919, 1951-1956


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

Historical Note

Turner organizations in America were first formed by German immigrants in 1848. These groups were based upon the political, cultural, and athletic Turner societies which had existed in Germany since the Napoleanic Wars. The first Turner society in Indianapolis, Indiana was the Socialister Turnerbund formed in 1850. When plans for establishing a branch of the Socialer Turnverein on the south side of the city progressed too slowly, south side residents created their own organization. The Southside Turnverein was founded 24 September 1893. The group flourished and in 1900 the South Side Turnverein built a hall complete with a gymansium and meeting rooms at 306 Prospect Street. This hall served the Indianapolis south side community for over 75 years until its sale in 1977. Although the organization relocated, the South Side Turners remain active in 1994.


2.28 Cubic Feet (1 box, 5 flat boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented by the Indianapolis South Side Turners, October 1991

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Indianapolis South Side Turners Records, 1893-1956
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