New York YMCA photographs
SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION
The New York YMCA photo collection includes images of buildings, events, executives and staff, award recipients, activities, programs, dinners and other miscellaneous subjects photographed by or for the YMCA of Greater New York. Most are black and white professional photographs taken for publicity and marketing purposes. Also included in the collection are negatives (including glass plate negatives), contact sheets, slides, graphics for clothing, snapshots and photoengraving.
- Majority of material found within ( 1920-1970)
- 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 a flexible 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 documented events such as these -- and many other events and programs -- with professional photographs.
From The YMCA at 150: A history of the YMCA of Greater New York, 1852-2002by Pamela Bayless, 2002 and from Web sites.
40.25 Cubic Feet (81 boxes)
Miscellaneous photographs, contact sheets and slides of buildings, events, people, and activities of the Greater New York YMCA.
See Detailed Description section for box listing.
Processed by: Louise Merriam, November 2008.
Catalog Record ID number: 5341854
- New York (N.Y.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Photographs Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- YMCA of Greater New York.
- Young Men's Christian Association of the City of New York
- Young Men's Christian associations -- Buildings Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Young Men's Christian associations -- Employees 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:
- An Inventory of Its Photographs
- Finding aid prepared by Louise Merriam and Ashley Hasti.
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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