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Scope and Contents

The YMCA has always been a world-wide movement. The New York City YMCA has been part of the international focus almost from its inception. This involvement has taken various forms: formation of branches to meet the needs of specific language groups in New York City (German, Italian, French, Hungarian, Chinese); creation of a consolidated "international" branch after changes in the immigration laws in the 1920s reduced the number of immigrants coming into New York; and the development of exchange and missionary programs to other countries. Today the YMCA of Greater New York continues to welcome immigrants from around the world, providing language classes and help with adjusting to a new country and culture.

In addition to its own international programs, the Y in New York City has been an enthusiastic participant in national programs such as World Service as well as those operated by the World Alliance of YMCAs.


  • From the Collection: 1863-1989


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