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Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) International Committee records

Identifier: IHRC2872


Selected records (1903-1936) of the Young Men's Christian Association consist of documents of the International Committee and the YMCA of Greater New York, pertaining to immigrants and immigration, as well as to United States immigration policy and law. Materials of the Industrial Department consist of minutes and monthly reports of the Department. Documents of Ellis Island work pertain to organizing and securing funds, minutes of meetings and reports of the General Committee of Immigrant Aid at Ellis Island. Publications include pamphlets, brochures, commemorative programs, leaflets, manuals, articles, etc., mostly published by the Industrial Department. Topics covered include all aspects of immigrant life, such as employment, health, and legal problems.Also included are correspondence, monthly reports, statistical data, publications of the National Liberal Immigration League, Immigrant Education Society, and the International Committee of the YMCA. Monthly reports are of the International Committee of the YMCA (1912). The collection includes immigrant autobiographies, miscellaneous publications, and documentation of work with Italians in East Harlem (New York).


  • 1903-1936


Language of Materials

Mainly in English


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Growing problems presented by large numbers of arriving immigrants led the YMCA in 1907 to establish a comprehensive immigration program to assist the immigrant at embarkation and debarkation ports, in transit, and after arrival. The service program was to include bureaus of information, employment, legal aid, medical aid, banking advice, courses in English, citizenship, naturalization procedures, etc. A YMCA agent was appointed for Ellis Island. Distribution of published materials played a significant role in the programs. Pamphlets carried religious instructions, introduction notices to YMCA workers, and practical and social advice.


5 microfilm rolls

Inventory of the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) International Committee records.
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