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Finding aid to the San Francisco Schuetzen Verein records, 1860-1946, MS 4007
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  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Separated Materials
  • Donor
  • System of Arrangement
  • Processing Information
  • Organizational History
  • Scope and Contents

  • Title: San Francisco Schuetzen Verein records
    Date: 1860-1946
    Collection Identifier: MS 4007
    Creator: Schuetzen Verein (San Francisco, Calif.)
    Extent: 14 boxes (7 linear feet)
    Contributing Institution: California Historical Society
    678 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA, 94105-4014
    (415) 357-1848
    reference@calhist.org
    URL: http://www.californiahistoricalsociety.org/
    Physical Location: Collection is stored onsite.
    Language of Materials: Most collection materials are in English, with some materials in German.
    Abstract: Comprises administrative records, publications, ephemera, and realia, documenting the origins, development, and activities of the San Francisco Schuetzen Verein between the years 1860 and 1946. The collection also includes materials related to the San Francisco International Shooting Festival Association, which hosted the Grand Prize Shooting Tournament at Emeryville's Shellmound Park to complement the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition held in San Francisco in 1915.

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the Director of Library and Archives, North Baker Research Library, California Historical Society, 678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105. Consent is given on behalf of the California Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner. Restrictions also apply to digital representations of the original materials. Use of digital files is restricted to research and educational purposes.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], San Francisco Schuetzen Verein records, MS 4007, California Historical Society.

    Separated Materials

    Photographs have been separated and are shelved under MSP 4007.

    Donor

    The collection was given to the California Historical Society by Carolyn Kuri in 1998. Kuri's grandfather, Bud Wickersham, was a member of the Schuetzen Verein.

    System of Arrangement

    The collection is arranged in four series: 1) Administrative records; 2) Publications and ephemera; 3) San Francisco International Shooting Festival Association records; and 4) Realia.

    Processing Information

    Re-processed by Tierney Haupt in 2011.

    Organizational History

    The San Francisco Schuetzen Verein was founded by Jacob Knell, H. Millemann, and John Reinhart in August 1859 as a militia and shooting society for German Americans. In its early days, the organization held shooting tournaments, parades, and eagle-king shoots, as well as regular target practice in Hayes Park. After President Lincoln's assassination in 1865, the Schuetzen Verein patrolled the streets of San Francisco for two days and two nights until they were relieved by federal troops. The organization evolved into a social and athletic club, sponsoring shooting festivals and events around the Bay Area, with headquarters at the corner of Polk and Turk Streets in San Francisco.
    The San Francisco International Shooting Festival Association was an aggregation of Bay Area shooting clubs that included the Schuetzen Verein. In August and September of 1915, the Association hosted the Grand Prize Shooting Tournament at Shellmound Park in Emeryville as part of the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition held in San Francisco that year.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection comprises administrative records, publications, ephemera, and realia, documenting the origins, development, and activities of the San Francisco Schuetzen Verein between the years 1860 and 1946. The collection also includes materials related to the San Francisco International Shooting Festival Association, which hosted the Grand Prize Shooting Tournament at Emeryville's Shellmound Park to complement the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition held in San Francisco in 1915.
    Administrative records for the San Francisco Schuetzen Verein and the San Francisco International Shooting Festival include articles of incorporation, bylaws, reports, committee meeting minutes, membership applications and information, shooting logs, tournament records, and address files. Many of these records were written, printed, or pasted in bound volumes. The collection also contains publications and ephemera in English and German created by both organizations, including invitations, bulletins, programs, posters, and donation cards. The ornate regalia of the San Francisco Schuetzen Verein is reflected in a variety of realia worn or used by club members, including silk sashes, stamps, targets, a metal box, and a San Francisco International Shooting Festival embossed seal press.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Panama-Pacific International Exposition (1915 : San Francisco, Calif.)
    San Francisco International Shooting Festival Association.
    Clubs--California--San Francisco.
    German Americans--California--San Francisco--Societies, etc.
    Shooting contests--California--San Francisco.
    Shooting--California--San Francisco.