Finding aid to the San Francisco Schuetzen Verein records, 1860-1946, MS 4007

Finding aid prepared by Tierney Haupt and Marie Silva.
California Historical Society
678 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA, 94105-4014
(415) 357-1848
reference@calhist.org
2011


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.

 

Administrative records 1860-1946, undated

Box 1, Folder 1

Reports, bylaws, and other records 1915-1946, undated

Box 1, Folder 2

Ledger of facilities rentals, gun rentals, and club expenses 1924-1926

Physical Description: 1.0 volume
Box 1, Folder 3

Minutes of the Committee on Public Prize and King Shoot 1924

Physical Description: 1.0 volume
Box 1, Folder 4

Minutes of the entertainment and vaudeville committees 1925-1931

Physical Description: 1.0 volume
Box 1, Folder 5

Target shooting log 1934

Physical Description: 1.0 volume
Box 1, Folder 6

Target shooting log undated

Physical Description: 1.0 volume
Box 1, Folder 7

Pistol target shooting log 1931-1936

Physical Description: 1.0 volume
Box 6

Shooting festivals records 1904-1908

Physical Description: 1.0 volume
Box 4

Membership applications 1906-1921

Physical Description: 1.0 volume
Box 9

Scores binder 1938-1939

Physical Description: 1.0 volume
Box 7

Reference book 1860-1924

Physical Description: 1.0 volume

Scope and Contents

This log includes lists of club members organized by last name. The log records: name, age or birth date, occupation, admission date, address, and sometimes other notes such as death dates.
 

Publications and ephemera 1866-1934

Box 1, Folder 8

Invitations and tickets 1910-1934

Box 2, Folders 1-2

Constitutions 1866-1916

Box 2, Folder 3

Tournament programs 1901-1909

Box 2, Folder 4

Bulletins 1932, 1937

Box 2, Folder 5

Report of rifle shooting in the United States, National Board for Promotion of Rifle Practice, War Department 1911

Physical Description: 1.0 volume

Scope and Contents

Includes the National Rifle Association annual report, 1911.
Box 2, Folder 6

Program of first bi-ennial tournament of the North Pacific Sharpshooters' Association 1912

Box 2, Folder 7

By-laws of the Independent Rifles of San Francisco 1916

Box 2, Folder 8

Newspaper clippings 1934, undated

Box 8

Posters of shooting contest winners and scores 1936-1940

Box 8

San Francisco Schuetzen Verein Golden Jubilee programs and envelopes 1909

Scope and Contents

Golden jubilee programs include a history of the San Francisco Schuetzen Verein and photographs of its members.
 

San Francisco International Shooting Festival Association records 1912-1916

Box 2, Folder 9

By-law book of the San Francisco International Shooting Festival 1915

Physical Description: 1.0 volume
Box 2, Folder 10

Minutes of committee meetings of S. F. International Shooting Festival Association 1912

Physical Description: 1.0 volume
Box 2, Folder 11

Journal of the meetings of the stockholders and directors of the San Francisco International Shooting Festival Association 1912-1915

Physical Description: 1.0 volume
Box 2, Folder 12

Articles of incorporation, bylaws, and stock certificates 1912-1915

Box 3, Folder 1

Programs of the Grand Prize Shooting Tournament 1915

Box 3, Folder 2

Log of shooting tournament prize donors and club dues 1915, 1938-1940

Physical Description: 1.0 volume
Box 3, Folder 3

Prize donation cards and tournament entry cards 1915, undated

Box 3, Folder 4

Panama-Pacific Festival medal and goblet target shooting records 1927-1928

Physical Description: 1.0 volume
Box 5

Scrapbook of the San Francisco International Shooting Festival Association 1915

Physical Description: 1.0 volume
Box 10

Address file for rifle associations across the United States

 

Realia 1915, undated

Box 12

Floor manager badge undated

Physical Description: Badge is silk with gold brocade.
Box 12

Reception committee sashes undated

Physical Description: Three silk sashes with gold embroidery.
Box 13

Used targets (with bullet holes) undated

Box 13

Unused black targets undated

Box 13

Rubber stamps undated

Box 13

Leather belt with metal buckle marked "S. F. S. V." undated

Box 11

San Francisco International Shooting Festival Association embossed seal press 1915

Box 14

San Francisco International Shooting Festival metal box 1915