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Bären-Bund des Philadelphia Turnbezirks minute book

Ms. Coll. 21

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Summary Information

Repository:
German Society of Pennsylvania: Joseph P. Horner Memorial Library
Creator:
Bären-Bund des Philadelphia Turnbezirks . (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Title:
Bären-Bund des Philadelphia Turnbezirks minute book
Date [inclusive]:
1891-1915
Call Number:
Ms. Coll. 21
Extent:
06 Linear feet (1 volume)
General Physical Description note:
The binding of the volume is in fragile condition, with the front cover previously detached and repaired with three narrow cloth bands now holding it in place. The title leaf and following leaf (forming a bifolium) are detached.
Language:
German
Abstract:
Handwritten minute book of the Bären-Bund des Philadelphia Turnbezirks, from the founding, 23 March 1891, to 19 April 1915. The Bären-Bund was an alliance of senior gymnast squads, or Bären-Riege, of gymnastics clubs (Turnvereine) in the Philadelphia Turner district. The minutes include financial records and a copy of the constitution that was adopted upon the founding.
Cite as:
Bären-Bund des Philadelphia Turnbezirks minute book, Joseph P. Horner Memorial Library, German Society of Pennsylvania
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Biography/History

An alliance of senior gymnast squads, or Bären-Riege, of gymnastics clubs (Turnvereine) in the Philadelphia Turner district, founded on 23 March 1891 in the hall of the Southwark Turn- und Sonntagsschul Verein at 1127-29-31-33 Wharton Street, in South Philadelphia. The purpose of the club was to support the practice of gymnastics in Philadelphia, especially by the Bären-Riege and their clubs; and to sponsor joint gymnast events.

Scope and Contents

Handwritten minute book of the Bären-Bund des Philadelphia Turnbezirks, a union or association (Bund) of senior gymnast squads, or Bären-Riege, of Turner, or gymnastics clubs (Turnvereine) in the Philadelphia Turner district. The minutes cover the period from the association's founding on 23 March 1891 to 19 April 1915. The book begins with a copy of the constitution that was adopted upon the founding; and includes financial records. A small cut-out drawing of a bear is tipped in at the head of the title page. The Turner clubs that belonged to the association included the Southwark Turn und Sonntags Schul Verein; the Philadelphia Turngemeinde; other Philadelphia clubs including Roxborough, Kensington, Germania, Columbia, and West Philadelphia; the Riverside and Camden clubs in New Jersey; and the club of Wilmington, Delaware. The minute book reflects the rotation of the leadership of the association to the various localities of its member clubs. The officers of the club were known as bears of various types: first and second Brummbär (apparently: president and vice-president), Kratzbär (secretary), Tanzbär, and Beutelbär (treasurer). The binding of the book is in fragile condition; the title leaf and next leaf are detached.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

German Society of Pennsylvania: Joseph P. Horner Memorial Library,  2011.01

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Violet Lutz

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may apply. Please contact the German Society of Pennsylvania with requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote or reproduce the material.

Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dietmar R. Woldecke, 2007

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Philadelphia Turngemeinde.
  • Southwark Turn und Sonntags Schul Verein.
Form/Genre(s)
  • Constitutions
  • Financial records
  • Manuscripts, German--19th century
  • Manuscripts, German--20th century
  • Minute books
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
  • United States
Subject(s)
  • German Americans--Societies, etc.
  • Gymnastics

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