Milwaukee Turners Collection

Title: Milwaukee Turners Collection

Reference Code: Mss-1853

Inclusive Dates: 1852 – 1994

Quantity: 10.7 cu. ft. total

Location:        LM, Sh. 175-176 (4.5 cu. ft.)
WC, Sh. 106-107 (4.0 cu. ft.)
RC9, Sh. 010-011 (0.8 cu. ft.)

LC, Sh. 004 (1.4 cu. ft.)
OS LG “B” (3 items)
OS LG “M” (1 item)

Abstract: The Turnverein has long advocated physical fitness, first in Germany and then in the U.S. beginning in 1848.  Milwaukee’s first permanent Turner society was established in 1853.  But the Turners were concerned about more than gymnastics.  They took a decided stand against slavery and were instrumental in forming the Republican Party in 1854.  They also promoted educational excellence as well as various cultural and intellectual events, staging music festivals and debates.  The Turners also had a lasting impression on Milwaukee’s physical landscape.  The current Turner Hall, constructed in 1883, remains one of the city’s landmark.

Scope and Content: The collection includes minutes, newsletters, invoices, programs, newspaper clippings, reports, anniversary booklets and general historical information.

Access and Use: No restrictions

Language: German, English

Notes: Collection originally processed by Steve Daily, Nov. 12, 1994; it was reprocessed by Lisa Chasco, Aug. 3, 2007.

Arrangement:  

Folder Heading Box # File #
Paid Invoices, Professional Services (music, dancing lessons, drawing lessons, honoraria) 1 1
Paid Invoices, Costumes, Notions, decorations, gifts 1 2
Paid Invoices, Unspecified 1 3
Paid Invoices, Travel Expenses: Hotel and cartage of turning equipment 1 4
Paid Invoices, Books and Periodicals 1 5
Paid Invoices, Insurance Premiums, legal fees, licenses, mortgage payments 1 6
Paid Invoices, Musical Equipment, gymnastic equipment 1 7
Paid Invoices, Advertising, job printing 1 8
Paid Invoices, Stationary 1 9
Paid Invoices, Construction, maintenance, supplies, general labor 1 10
Paid Invoices, Construction, maintenance, supplies, general labor 1 11
Paid Invoices, Construction, maintenance, supplies, general labor 1 12
Paid Invoices, Pharmacy 1 13
Paid Invoices, Clothing 1 14
Paid Invoices, Food 1 15
Paid Invoices, Tobacco 1 16
Paid Invoices, Beverages 1 17
The Milwaukee Turner – December 1939 1 18
The Milwaukee Turner – 1940 1 19
The Milwaukee Turner – 1941 1 20
The Milwaukee Turner – 1942 1 21
The Milwaukee Turner – 1943 1 22
The Milwaukee Turner – 1944 1 23
The Milwaukee Turner – 1945 1 24
The Milwaukee Turner – 1946 1 25
The Milwaukee Turner – 1947 1 26
The Milwaukee Turner – 1948 1 27
The Milwaukee Turner – 1949 1 28
The Milwaukee Turner – 1950 1 29
The Milwaukee Turner – 1951 1 30
The Milwaukee Turner – 1952 1 31
The Milwaukee Turner – 1953 1 32
The Milwaukee Turner – 1954 1 33
The Milwaukee Turner – 1955 1 34
The Milwaukee Turner – 1956 1 35
The Milwaukee Turner – 1957 1 36
The Milwaukee Turner – 1958 1 37
The Milwaukee Turner – 1959 1 38
The Milwaukee Turner – 1960 1 39
The Milwaukee Turner – 1961 1 40
The Milwaukee Turner – 1962 1 41
     
The Milwaukee Turner – 1963 2 42
The Milwaukee Turner – 1964 2 43
The Milwaukee Turner – 1965 2 44
The Milwaukee Turner – 1966 2 45
The Milwaukee Turner – 1967 2 46
The Milwaukee Turner – 1968 2 47
The Milwaukee Turner – 1994 2 48
American Turner Topics – 1936-1937 2 49
American Turner Topics – 1943-1948 2 50
American Turner Topics – 1949-1953 2 51
Membership Roster, 1919-1928 2 52
Statistics/Membership 2 53
Statistics/Membership 2 54
Committee Reports/Statements 2 55
Committee Reports/Statements 2 56
Social Event: Bundesturnfest of 1893 2 57
Newspaper Clippings (German) 2 58
Newspaper Clippings (English) 2 59
Social Events 2 60
Programs and Invitations 2 61
Correspondence 2 62
Auxiliary Societies 2 63
Normal College North American Gymnastic Union Yearbook “The Gymnast,” 1913 2 64
     
Turner Calendars 3 65
Turner Hall Restoration (4th Street Building) 3 66
Turner Anniversary Booklets, 1896-1978 3 67-68
Brosius Golden Jubilӓum, 1914 3 69
Turner Histories 3 70
Otto Rudolph Memorabilia 3 71
Bound “Collections” of Notes (German Script) 3 72
American Turners Endowment Trust 3 73
Membership Cards 3 74
Miscellaneous 3 75
Account Book Turner Society, 1852-1858 3 Loose
     
Mind and Body Journal, October 1903-June 1916 4 76
Nordamerischen Turnerbundes, 1889-1917 4 77
Instruction Manuals for Gymnastics and Games 4 78
Songbooks 4 79
Class Schedules 4 80
Non-Milwaukee Turners 4 81
Non-Milwaukee Turners 4 82
American Turners Annual Reports, 1924-1948 (not inclusive) 4 83
Deutsch-Amerik Turnerei, 1890-July 1894 4 84
Rules and by-laws 4 85
Political Writings (German and Engish) 4 86
     
Miscellaneous Literature
Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, 1887
Die Emanzipation der Kinder, 1911
Wayside by Otto Luedtke, 1912
Turnerism is Americanism, 1938
– Official Minutes of the 33rd Convention of the American Turnerbund,
1931
-Minutes of the 68th Convention of the Wisconsin Turn District, 1932
Gedenssbuch; Erinnerung an Karl Heinzen, 1887
Vortrӓge von Hedwig Henrich-Wilhelmi, 1889
5 87
     
SCRAPBOOKS: LOCATION
#1. Clippings, primarily German, ca. 1870-1900 RC9, Sh. 10
#2. Clippings, primarily German, ca. 1870-1900 RC9, Sh. 10
#3. Clippings, primarily German, ca. 1870-1900 RC9, Sh. 11
#4. Clippings, primarily German, ca. 1870-1900 RC9, Sh. 11
     
Minute book of Gesangsektion Turnverein, 1957-1969 LC, Sh. 004
Scrapbook of cartoons, clippings, pictures, 1928-1939 LC, Sh. 004
Scrapbook of clippings (some in German), 1902-1949 LC, Sh. 004
Scrapbook of clippings of early Milwaukee, 1925-1949 LC, Sh. 004
Scrapbook of clippings of historic homes and buildings, 1923-1941 LC, Sh. 004
Scrapbook of clippings and programs (most in German), 1870s-1890s LC, Sh. 004
Scrapbook of clippings (most in German), 1870s-1900s LC, Sh. 004
     
OVERSIZE ITEMS: LOCATION
Honorary diploma from Boston Turners to George Brosius, n.d. OS LG “B”
50th anniversary of membership of George Brosius in North American Turners, 1908 OS LG “B”
Certificate of the 11th German Turnfest in Germany in which 64 people from the North American Turners participated with George Brosius as their leader, 1908 OS LG “B”
Act to incorporate Turnverein Milwaukee, Feb. 17, 1855 OS LG “M”
   
SHEET MUSIC (4.0 cu. ft.) WC, Sh. 106-107
   
PHOTOS: SEE M-96, M-97, M-97A  

 

 

 


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