|Target, 1915?, San Francisco Shuetzen Verein records, MS 4007, California Historical Society|
|Official programme of the Grand Prize Shooting Tournament, 1915, San Francisco Shuetzen Verein records, MS 4007, California Historical Society|
The California Historical Society holds records and realia of PPIE’s Grand Prize Shooting Tournament as part of its collection of San Francisco Schuetzen Verein records. Founded in 1859 as a militia and shooting society for Germans in San Francisco, the Schuetzen Verein evolved into a social and athletic club that sponsored shooting festivals and events throughout the Bay Area. The group was critically involved in the organization of the San Francisco International Shooting Festival Association (incorporated in 1912), which hosted the 1915 shooting tournament.
|San Francisco International Shooting Festival Association 1915 stock certificate, San Francisco Shuetzen Verein records, MS 4007, California Historical Society|
The collection includes a wonderful array of records, publications, manuscripts, ephemera, and realia documenting the festival, including programs, tournament entry cards, a shooting record book, a scrapbook (from which the quotations above were gathered), an assortment of targets with bullet holes, a metal box, and a still-working embosser.
Archivist & Manuscripts Librarian