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National Writers's Voice program files

 Collection
Identifier: Y.GNY.90

SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

Largely unprocessed correspondence, clippings, planning and instructional materials, and other records of the YMCA's National Writers Voice program.

Dates

  • 1977-1998
  • Majority of material found within 1984-1996

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

History of the National Writer's Voice Program

The Writer's Voice program, perhaps the most notable arts program of the YMCA, was conceived of by a New York writer named Jason Shinder in 1981. The program was based out of New York's West Side YMCA, and offered writing workshops and readings by prominent authors, including Allen Ginsberg, Isaac Asimov, Kurt Vonnegut and many others. In 1986, the Writer's Voice was merged with the Writers Community, a community-based writing initiative that would eventually place authors-in-residence to live and work in YMCAs. Following a $2.75 million grant from the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund in 1991, the program was expanded to become the YMCA National Writer's Voice program, which led to the establishment of six literacy centers around the country.

Extent

22 Cubic Feet (22 boxes)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

Largely unprocessed correspondence, clippings, planning and instructional materials, and other records of the YMCA's National Writers Voice program.

Related Materials

See also YMCA Arts and Humanities Program Records (Y.USA.43)

Processing Information

Unprocessed. Much of the material is unfoldered and the collection contains many duplicate materials.
Title
NATIONAL WRITER'S VOICE PROGRAM
Subtitle
An Inventory of its Files
Date
29 May 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Kautz Family YMCA Archives Collecting Area

Contact:

612-625-3445