New York YMCA audio-visual materials
SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION
The New York YMCA audio-visual collection includes videocassette copies of promotional materials and events such as annual dinners, general assemblies, and celebrations, primarily from the 1980s and 1990s. The collection also includes color slides documenting programs such as Youth in Government, Holiday Hills Camp, McBurney schools, and the Northeast Regional Gymnastics Championships. Other media in the collection include audio cassette recordings of radio and television publicity and interviews; 16 mm and 35 mm microfilm of corporate records such as minutes, check stubs and proxies, magnetic recording tape of YMCA events, primarily from General Assemblies and dinners from the 1960s;and filmstrips and films from the period before 1970.
- Majority of material found within ( 1970-1990)
- YMCA of Greater New York. (Organization)
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HISTORY OF THE YMCA OF GREATER NEW YORK
The YMCA of Greater New York was started in 1852 to provide young men new to the city the Christian support they needed to adjust to urban life. The organization evolved over time, responding to changing demographics and social customs. It formed separate branches for black members but ultimately integrated its buildings and programs. It admitted Jews in the 1920s and women by the 1940s into membership. It developed special programs for boys and youth. It dealt with issues of urban decay and drug abuse. As women entered the workforce, the YMCA of Greater New York designed camps, after-school programs and day care initiatives to address the needs of children affected by this societal change. It continued to reach out to those new to the city and developed programs for immigrants and non-English speakers. Although best known for its swimming instruction, the YMCA became a place where New York City residents could participate in a wide range of physical activities.
The number of branches rose and fell, reflecting different economic conditions, shifting populations and increased mobility. In 2008, the YMCA of Greater New York had 18 branches and numerous service centers throughout the city and beyond. To accomplish its goals, the YMCA developed an organizational structure that included paid and volunteer staff, boards and trustees. It often partnered with other non-profit organizations and public agencies to deliver services. It conducted fund drives and building campaigns and sold unneeded property to secure resources. It frequently worked with celebrities to promote programs and encourage public support. From its earliest days, the YMCA acknowledged the service of staff and volunteers with regular award dinners and events. It promoted all these efforts using print, audio, and film and video, placing its promotional materials in journals and on radio and television.
In the 21st century, the YMCA sees itself as a community-building organization. It strives to maintain institutional flexibility so it can adjust to the changing needs of the people in the city of New York.
From The YMCA at 150: A history of the YMCA of Greater New York, 1852-2002by Pamela Bayless, 2002.
33 Cubic Feet (33 boxes)
Collected video (VHS), audio, film and photographic marketing and promotional materials used by the YMCA of Greater New York to publicize its programs and events. The collection also includes audio and video documentation of YMCA events such as General Assemblies, Dodge dinners and lunches, fund-raising events and radio and television broadcasts.
See Detailed Description section for box listing.
Processed by: Louise Merriam and Ashley Hasti, August, 2008.
Catalog Record ID number: 5313230
- Audiotapes Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Microfilm. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Motion pictures (information artifacts). Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- New York (N.Y.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Photographs Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Promotional videos. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Public relations. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Public service announcements (Motion pictures). Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Slides (Photography) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Videotapes. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- YMCA of Greater New York.
- Young Men's Christian associations -- New York (State) -- New York Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- YMCA OF GREATER NEW YORK:
- An Inventory of Its Audio-Visual Materials
- Finding aid prepared by Louise Merriam.
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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