Oscar F. Frenzel Collection
Collection Mss 70
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.
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.
|Puck, 2/15/1882 - 10/28/1891||1-11|
|Puck (editions separated due to their condition)||12|
|Puck, color front page in English, 10/12/1881, 10/26/1881, 12/14/1881||13||1-3|
|Puck, misc. loose pages, n.d.||13||4-9|
|Puck Calendar, 1888-1889||13||10-11|
|Beiblatt der Fliegenden Blatter, 4/29/1888-10/18/1891||14-18|
|"Das Buch fur Hundefreunde" (The Dog Lovers' Book) published in Germany, 1877||19||1|
|Skat manuals (books about popular German card game), printed in German and published in Chicago, 1877-1888||19||2|
|"Houghtaling's Hand-Book of Useful Information," published in Albany, NY, 1884||19||3|
|The Stoddard Lectures, a promotional brochure for lectures delivered by John L. Stoddard at English's Opera House in Indianapolis, 1886-1887||19||4|
|"Pocket Atlas of the World," published in New York by Ivison, Blakeman, & Company, 1887||19||5|
|A book catalog and a Christmas catalog, the former published in Leipzig and the latter in Indianapolis, both in German, 1888-1889||19||6|
|Proceedings of the convention of the National Democratic Party, held in Indianapolis on 9/2-3/1896||19||7|
|"Die Geschichte vom langen Steamboot John," a poem in German, n.d.||20||1|
|"Zur Guten Stunde," a German publication||20||2|
|"Familierschatz," a German-language publication,n.d.||20||3|
|Maps of Indianapolis, n.d.||20||4|
|"Battery Bulletin," published in Columbus, IN, 11/1882||20||5|
|Otto Friedrich's Dog Breeder's Catalog, ca. 1884||20||6|
|"Vom Fels Zummeer," an illustrated periodical from Germany, ca. 1886||20||7|
|Verzeichniss (train schedule) from Berlin, Germany, 6-8/1889||20||8|
|"Die Gartenlaube," a German-language publication, 1890||20||9|
|Francke Hardware Company catalog, Indianapolis, 1903||20||10|
|"Indianapolis Kindergarten Monthly Annual Report", 1899||20||11|
|"Harper's Bazar" (sic), 4/10/1897||20||12|
|"Leyer und Schwert," by Theodor Korner, n.d.||20||13|
|"Zur Guter Stunde," a German publication, n.d.||20||14|
|"Moderne Kunst", n.d.||20||15|
|to Oscar Frenzel, 1876-1878||21||1-3|
|to and from Oscar Frenzel, 1879-1881||21||4-7|
|to and from Oscar Frenzel, 1882-1885||22|
|to and from Oscar Frenzel, 1886-1888, n.d.||23|
|Wedding invitations sent to Oscar Frenzel, ca. 1880s||24||1|
|Invitations to various social and business events, sent to Oscar Frenzel, ca. 1880s||24||2|
|Postcards to Oscar Frenzel from various people, 1877-1888||24||3|
|Receipts for items purchased by Oscar Frenzel, 1880s||25||1|
|Vouchers from Grand Saving and Loan Association, 1883-1885||25||2|
|Vouchers from Mechanics' Saving and Loan Association, 1885-1886||25||3|
|Vouchers from Mississippi Street Saving and Loan Association, 1882-1886||25||4|
|Vouchers from Grand Saving and Loan Association, 1882-1886||25||5|
|Vouchers from Crescent Saving and Loan Association, 1883-1886||25||6|
|Cancelled Checks from Merchants National Bank (3 envelopes), 1882-1887||26||1|
|Bankbooks from Merchants National Bank and other financial institutions (eight envelopes), n.d.||26||2|
|Business Receipt Book (water damaged), 1876-1879||27||1|
|Minutes of meetings for the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Street Saving and Loan Association, 1886-1888||28||1|
|Receipts for clothing, furniture, flowers, ice delivery, and other expenditures by Oscar Frenzel, 1877-1888||28||2|
|Accounting Pages (Handwritten figures on a legal-size paper), ca. 1880s||28||3|
|Envelopes used to hold or send legal papers, n.d.||28||4|
|Business cards from various individuals, given to Oscar Frenzel, n.d.||29||1|
|Dues cards for Oscar Frenzel for the Indianapolis Maennerchor, Indianapolis Socialer Turnverein, Des 22er Unterstutzungs Vereins, and the Unterstutzungs Vereins, and the Indianapolis Target Shooting Association, 1883-1888||29||2|
|Calling cards from various individuals, given to Oscar Frenzel, ca. 1880s||29||3|
|Paper bag with letters and words written on it; words suggest someone Oscar Frenzel?) learning Italian, n.d.||29||4|
|Tickets, line of march and funeral procession, small notebooks, envelope with hair clippings, bookmark, n.d.||29||5|
|Invitations to and programs for Maennerchor events, 1880s||30||1-2|
|History "Geschichte des Indianapolis Maennerchor", 1880||30||3|
|History "Festschrif fur Feier Goldenen Jubilaums des Indianapolis Maennerchor", 1904||30||4|
|History "Festschrif fur Feier Goldenen Jubilaums des Indianapolis Maennerchor", 1904 (copy)||31||1|
|40th anniversary program for the Indianapolis Maennerchor, 1894||30||5|
|Sangerfest Program for the 1908 Sangerfest of the Nord-Amerikanischen Sanger-bundes, held in Indianapolis, 1894||30||6|
|Indiana Musical Festival Program for music festival, directed by Carl Barus of the Indianapolis Maennerchor, 1886||30||7|
|Miscellaneous materials related to the Maennerchor, n.d.||30||8|
|New American Opera Company Announcement of operas for the company's 1888-1889 season in Indianapolis, 1888-1889||30||9|
|May Music Festival Program for sixth annual May Music Festival, held in Indianapolis, 1894||30||10|
|Socialer Turnverein Invitations to, 1880s||30||11|
|Independent Turnverein Invitations to events sponsored by the Unabhangiger Turnverein, 1880s||30||12|