date(s):
1850-1962
creator(s):
St. Louis Gruetli Verein
subject(s):
Clubs; Accounts; Immigrants
place(s):
St. Louis, MO, USA; Missouri, USA; United States
type(s):
Documentary Artifacts; Collection
A2932 St. Louis Gruetli Verein Records Inventory of St. Louis Gruetli Verein Records A2932 EAD by Jaime Bourassa using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2017 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 archives@mohistory.org URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-10-02 06:33:37 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard German Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center St. Louis Gruetli Verein Records St. Louis Gruetli Verein St. Louis Schweizer Bund A2932 2.9 Cubic Feet (18 volumes; 4 folders; 1 box) 1850-1962 Some English Processing Information Processed by Dennis Northcott, July 2011. Donor Information Collection was donated by Mrs. Mary Mills in 2011. Historical Sketch The St. Louis Gruetli Verein was formed in St. Louis circa 1849 as a benevolent society for natives of Switzerland. The organization offered its members the opportunity to socialize with one another, kept alive the traditions and cultural heritage of Switzerland, and paid out benefits to its sick and deceased members. The exact relationship of the St. Louis Gruetli Verein and the St. Louis Schweizer Bund is unclear; however, it appears that the Gruetli Verein changed its name to the Schweizer Bund in the 1910s. Scope and Contents The collection consists primarily of record books of the St. Louis Gruetli Verein (and later the St. Louis Schweizer Bund) that contain meeting minutes, expenditures, earnings, and financial reports. The collection also includes 72 issues of Der Schweizer (1931-1940); cash books; an account book; a sick list; a membership diary; a record book of membership applications; and loose papers including event programs, legal documents, and receipts. Arrangement The collection is arranged into three series: Record Books Series , Loose Papers Series , and Der Schweizer Series . Within each series, the papers are arranged chronologically. Conditions Governing Access The collection is open for research use. Conditions Governing Use For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at archives@mohistory.org . Copyright restrictions may apply. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright. Physical and Technical Requirements There are no physical or technical restrictions. Preferred Citation St. Louis Gruetli Verein Records, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis. Swiss Americans -- Missouri -- Saint Louis -- Societies and clubs Record Books Series Record book of the St. Louis Gruetli Verein. Includes minutes, expenditures, earnings, and financial reports. (in German, 528 pages) 1871 Mar 16-1876 Nov 16 Volume 1 Record book of the St. Louis Gruetli Verein. Includes minutes, expenditures, earnings, and financial reports. (in German, 374 pages) 1871 Apr 2-1877 Oct 1 Volume 2 Record book of the St. Louis Gruetli Verein. Includes minutes, expenditures, and earnings. (in German, 528 pages) 1876 Nov 23-1881 June 9 Volume 3 Record book of the St. Louis Gruetli Verein. Includes minutes, expenditures, earnings, and financial reports. (in German, 400 pages) 1881 June 16-1886 July 15 Volume 4 Record book of the St. Louis Gruetli Verein. Includes minutes, expenditures, earnings, and financial reports. (in German, 401 pages) 1886 July 22-1891 Sept 3 Volume 5 Record book of the St. Louis Gruetli Verein. Includes minutes, expenditures, earnings, and financial reports. Also includes two pages of accounts of death benefits given to women. (in German, 482 pages) 1891 Sept 10-1897 Dec 30 Volume 6 Record book of the St. Louis Gruetli Verein. Includes minutes, expenditures, earnings, and financial reports. (in German, 468 pages) 1898 Jan 2-1904 Apr 3 Volume 7 Record book of the St. Louis Gruetli Verein. Includes minutes, expenditures, and earnings. (in German, 300 pages) 1903 Apr 16-1906 Nov 22 Volume 8 Record book of the St. Louis Gruetli Verein. Includes minutes, expenditures, and earnings. (in German, 302 pages) 1906 Nov 29-1910 Jan 20 Volume 9 Record book of the St. Louis Gruetli Verein. Includes minutes, expenditures, earnings, and financial reports. (in German, 303 pages) 1912 Jan 4-1917 Dec 27 Volume 10 Record book of the St. Louis Gruetli Verein. Includes minutes, expenditures, and earnings. (in German, 295 pages) 1915 Dec 2-1921 July 7 Volume 11 Record book of the St. Louis Schweizer Bund. Includes minutes, expenditures, and earnings. (in German, 61 pages) 1924 Mar 23-1934 Nov 18 Volume 12 Cash book of the St. Louis Gruetli Vereins. Includes earnings and expenditures. (in German, 199 pages) 1850-1871 Volume 13 Cash book of the St. Louis Gruetli Vereins. Includes earnings, expenditures, and lists of members showing dues received or in arrears. (in German, 266 pages) 1856-1868 Volume 14 Account book of revenues and expenditures. (in German and English, 176 pages) 1932-1934 Volume 15 Record book of membership applications. This book contains 266 membership applications (in German), with a translation of the text on the application. The book is arranged chronologically. Most of the forms include the applicant's signature, name of town and canton of birth, birth year, occupation, address, and the signature of the member who is nominating the candidate. 1887 Dec 1-1893 Jan 26 Volume 16 Sick list. Arranged chronologically. Entries in this volume include the member's name, address, date he became sick, date he recovered, and comments. (in German and English, 120 pages) 1882 July-1900 October Volume 17 Dienst-Buch des Gruetli Vereins in St. Louis Mo. [Membership diary for Gruetli Association in St. Louis, Mo.]. Entries in this volume include the member's name, birthplace (town and canton), birth year, occupation, date of his enrollment in the Gruetli Verein, changes of residence, dates of visitation of the sick and attendance at funerals, and other remarks regarding the member (i.e., appointed treasurer, suspended due to nonpayment of dues, etc.). Some entries include the member’s date of death. Includes name index at the front of the volume. The back of the volume contains two separate lists: (1) Pages 294-297 contain a listing of the deceased members after the burial fund of $300 for each took effect on January 1, 1878. This list includes the member's name, birth year, date of death, name of town and canton of birth, date of enrollment in the organization, occupation, and amount of burial funds distributed. (2) Page 302 contains a listing of the deceased wives of members since January 1, 1878. These entries usually include the wife’s death date. (in German, with some English, 302 pages) 1861-1892 Volume 18 Loose Papers Series Program for the Swiss spring festival at Central Park, East St. Louis, Illinois. (in German, with English translation of title page) 1906 June 14 1 1 Legal documents mostly of the St. Louis Schweizer Bund, primarily relating to Schweizer Turn and Concert Hall (Swiss Turner and Concert Hall), 3110 Iowa Ave., and the Schweizer Turnhalle and Schweizerhalle (Swiss Turner Hall and Swiss Hall), 2724 and 2726 Arsenal Street. (10 documents) 1914-1962 1 2 Loose documents removed from Volume 17. Includes five contracts of the St. Louis Schweizer Bund with the Musicians' Mutual Benefit Association for the hiring of musicians for dances, 1930-1934. Includes receipts with the following St. Louis businesses: Zeman & Sons, printers, 2527 South Jefferson Ave.; Triple C.C.C. Cigar Co., 2321 Arsenal Street; S.A. Langeneckert, cigars, 3755 Kosciusko Street; John J. Meier & Co., 206208 Market Street, to P. Reichmuth, 2905 Nebraska; Schenberg’s; Abeln Bros. Cigar & Tobacco Co., 3928-3930-3932 South Broadway; Kuna Bros., beef and provisions, 1819 Geyer Avenue; South Side Consumers' Dairy Company, 2921-2923 Salena Street; and Westliche Post, 1128-1130 Pine Street. Also includes several letterheads of the St. Louis SchweizerBund, which include an illustration of the Swiss Hall at Iowa and Arsenal Streets, and a typescript note of the St. Louis Swiss Club, 2726 Arsenal St., regarding the funeral of Anton Boesch. (25 documents) 1930-1937 1 3 Program for the 35th anniversary spring concert and dance given by the St. Louis Schweizer Damenchor, Swiss Hall, Iowa and Arsenal, St. Louis, Mo. 1942 May 22 1 4 Typescript sample funeral address. (in German, with English translation) No date 1 4 Der Schweizer Series Seventy-two issues of Der Schweizer , Official Organ of the North American Schweizer Bund, Volume 50, Number 1 (July 1931)-Volume 59, Number 6 (December 1940). The newsletter issues dated July 1931-June 1938 were published in St. Louis; the issues dated July 1938-December 1940 were published in New York. The text of the newsletters is part German, part English. (incomplete run; includes some duplicate issues) 1931 July-1940 Dec 2