William Sloane House YMCA records
SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION
The William Sloane House YMCA records consist of branch House Committee minutes (1949-1965), Board of Managers minutes (1962-1981), descriptive and promotional material on programs and events (1930-1988), reports, surveys, and planning documents (1929-1985), publications and brochures (1930-1980s), operations and personnel (1955-1970), and clippings, correspondence, insurance claims related to the 1972 William Sloane House fire.
- YMCA of Greater New York. William Sloane House. (Organization)
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HISTORY OF THE WILLIAM SLOANE HOUSE YMCA
The William Sloane House was named after William Sloane (1873-1922), chair of the Army and Navy International Committee throughout WWI and of the National War Work Council of the YMCA. Founded in 1930 to provide inexpensive lodging and hospitality to members of the armed services, reflecting the war work of William Sloane, the branch on West 34th Street operated the largest YMCA residential program in the City of New York. Designed by New York architects Cross and Cross, the William Sloane House opened under the direction of long-time executive Arthur E. Hoffmire with 1,595 rooms, the second largest residential YMCA in the United States. Although remodeling and altered program directions resulted in changes in the number of sleeping rooms, the facility continued to provide at least 1,400 rooms. By 1945, women and girls could become official members of the Sloane House.
The large capacity of the building became a problem for the William Sloane House YMCA in later years. Changing demographics and a reduction in the number of servicemen visiting New York forced William Sloane House to provide long-stay accommodations to welfare recipients, college students, and neighborhood residents. A 1972 fire that killed four people reinforced the impression that William Sloane House had become a much different institution from the one that opened in 1930. Despite a major fund-raising effort in the 1980’s, William Sloane House closed in 1993, and short-term visitors to New York were housed in the West Side and Vanderbilt YMCA branches. In 1994, the building was offered for sale, and finally purchased for about five million dollars, significantly less than the YMCA of Greater New York had hoped to realize. Even under new ownership, the building retained its focus on youth by providing rental apartments geared toward young people new to New York.
(Information taken from historical notes in the William Sloane House YMCA records and from web sites)
7.4 Cubic Feet (15 boxes)
Collected minutes, reports and studies, fund-raising material, program information, and printed material about the William Sloane House YMCA located in New York City and covering the period 1927-1995.
ORGANIZATION/ARRANGEMENT OF THE RECORDS
These documents are organized into the following sections:
- House Committee.
- Finances and Fund-raising.
- Programs and Events.
- Sloane House Fire.
- Personnel and Procedures.
- Brochures and Publications.
- Board of Managers.
See Detailed Description section for box listing.
Processed by: Louise Merriam, September 2006.
Catalog Record ID number: 4884337
- Cross and Cross. (Architect)
- Fires. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Hoffmire, Arthur E., 1884-1943
- National War Work Council, Y.M.C.A. of the United States
- New York (N.Y.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Sloane, William S., 1873-1922
- YMCA of Greater New York. William Sloane House.
- Young Men's Christian associations -- Buildings 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 WILLIAM SLOANE HOUSE:
- An Inventory of Its Records
- Finding aid prepared by Louise Merriam.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
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