Harlem YMCA (125th Street) records
SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION
The Harlem branch (125th Street) records consist of the Committee of Management minutes (1882-1916), copies of the publications The Building Fund Herald(1884, 1886) and The Monthly Record (1881, 1883, 1886, 1888), material relating to World War I relief programs, and other programming records.
- Majority of material found within ( 1882-1912).
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HISTORY OF 125th STREET HARLEM YMCA
The Harlem Branch (125th Street) was organized in 1868 in its first rented headquarters at 122nd Street and Third Avenue in Harlem. Among the founders were Lorenzo and Samuel B. Holmes of the Old Reformed Dutch Church, Silas Miller of the Puritan Presbyterian Church, and S.H. Burr of Harlem First Baptist Church. The initial programs included a reading room and religious services for young men in the neighborhood, standard programming in early YMCAs.
In 1880 the branch opened its own building on 125th Street. It operated in this building until 1929. A limited program was continued in another location until 1933. The Uptown Branch was an outgrowth of this former work in upper Manhattan.
The 125th Street Harlem Branch is separate from and should not be confused with the "Colored Men's" (135th Street) Harlem Branch which served a primarily African-American community.
Information from Terry Donahue’s An Event on Mercer Street(1951) and S.H. Burr’s remarks in 1918.
1.1 Cubic Feet (4 boxes)
Collected materials from the 125th Street Harlem Branch covering governance, programming, finance. Also includes historical materials from 1855-1922.
ORGANIZATION/ARRANGEMENT OF THE RECORDS
These documents are organized into the following sections:
- Programs and Services
- Building and Facilities
See Detailed Description section for box listing.
Processed by: Todd Mahon, October 2004.
Catalog Record ID number: 4509688
- Brochures Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Harlem (New York, N.Y.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1914-1918 -- War work -- Young Men's Christian associations Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Young Men's Christian associations -- Administration Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Young Men's Christian associations -- New York (State) -- New York Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- YMCA OF GREATER NEW YORK HARLEM BRANCH (125th STREET):
- An Inventory of Its Records
- Finding aid prepared by Todd Mahon.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- 2021-12-27: Language was edited slightly to clarify that the outdated term "Colored" is being quoted from the original sources and included here for historical reasons.
Collecting Area Details
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