William Sloane House YMCA photographs
SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION
The William Sloane House photograph collection consists of images from this branch of the YMCA of Greater New York, located on West 34th Street in Manhattan. The images include a number of interior shots of rooms before the building opened in 1930. It also includes WWII-era pictures of servicemen on leave in New York, YMCA staff portraits from the 1960s and 1970s, sports events, and programs such as Christmas gift-wrapping events for soldiers and sailors.
- Majority of material found within ( 1930s-1940s)
- YMCA of Greater New York. William Sloane House. (Organization)
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HISTORY OF WILLIAM SLOANE HOUSE
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. During World War II, the branch provided services to soldiers and sailors, working with partner organization such as the USO to provide a place for servicemen on leave or passing through New York.
The size of the building became a problem for the William Sloane House YMCA in later years, and it closed in 1991 with only a few of its rooms having been occupied for some time. A reduction in the number of servicemen visiting New York had forced the YMCA to utilize the space to provide long-stay accommodations to welfare recipients, college students and neighborhood residents. By closing Sloane House, the YMCA of Greater New York was following the national pattern of reducing residential programs in favor of community outreach.
(Information taken from historical notes in the William Sloane House YMCA records and from web sites)
.25 Cubic Feet (1 box)
Collected photographic images from the William Sloane House branch of the YMCA of Greater New York, located on West 34th Street in Manhattan. The bulk of the images are from the early days of the Sloane House in the 1930s and from the WWII era, when the YMCA partnered with the United Service Organizations to provide services to people in the armed forces.
ORGANIZATION/ARRANGEMENT OF THE RECORDS
These documents are organized into the following sections:
See Detailed Description section for box listing.
Processed by: Louise Merriam, September, 2007.
Catalog Record ID number: 5004538
- New York (N.Y.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Photographs Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Sloane, William S., 1873-1922
- Soldiers -- New York (State) -- New York. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- United Service Organizations (U.S.)
- YMCA of Greater New York. William Sloane House.
- Young Men's Christian associations -- Administration Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- 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 Photographs
- Finding aid prepared by Louise Merriam.
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