Preussen Unterstutzungs Verein Records, 1884-1956


Accession A91-51
Collection Mss 074


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.

Scope and Content Note

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.

Box and Folder Inventory


Box Folder Contents Date

1 1 Minutes 1884-1906
Minutes for organization's meetings,
9/3/1884-5/27/1906; also includes membership
records and members' accounts.
One volume of 361 pages; written in German

1 2 Minutes 1906-1933
Minutes for the organization's meetings,
6/23/1906-9/17/1933.
One volume of 395 pages, written in German

2 1 Minutes 1933-1956
Minutes for the organization's meetings,
10/15/1933-3/15/1956.
One volume of 299 pages, written in German

Last updated by bburk on 04/02/2009