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Uptown YMCA photographs

 Collection
Identifier: Y.GNY.21-1

SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

Photographs of the New York Uptown Branch YMCA include black and white and color prints, contact sheets and snapshots, primarily from the post-WWII period, in both color and black and white, of building interiors and exteriors, program participants, athletics and members. Subjects include youth programs, athletics, after-school programs and outings and day camp activities, street fairs and playground scenes, and awards presentations.

Dates

  • 1933-1986
  • Majority of material found within ( 1940s-1970s)

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Use of Materials:

This collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright, ownership, and to obtain all the necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.

HISTORY OF UPTOWN BRANCH

The Uptown Branch of the YMCA of Greater New York was formed in 1933 as a replacement for the old Harlem Branch on 125th Street, which had closed in 1929. The initial mission of the branch was to provide a positive alternative to the so-called "cellar gangs" in the area. For many years it was located on various blocks around West 104th Street, although it occupied other rented facilities on the west side of upper Manhattan, including an extension center at the Riverside Church at 490 Riverside Drive (between 120th and 122nd streets). Locations included the building that also housed the Olympia Theater at Broadway and 104th Street (1970s-1980s); 82 Claremont Avenue, at 120th Street between Broadway and Riverside Drive (1950s); and 125 W. 104th Street in Grace Methodist Church, between Amsterdam and Columbus avenues (1940s). Wherever the branch was located, it emphasized programs for youth and children and in later years was especially strong in developing after-school and day camp programs. The branch ceased operations in 1986.

(Information taken from An Event on Mercer Street: A Brief History of the YMCA of the City of New York, by Terry Donoghue (1951) and from the collection)

Extent

.5 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)

Abstract

Professional photographs and snapshots in black and white and color, of the Uptown Branch of the YMCA of Greater New York. Subjects include building interiors and exteriors, program participants, athletics and members.

Physical Location

See Detailed Description section for box listing.

RELATED MATERIALS

See also the Harlem YMCA (125th Street) records, separately cataloged at the Kautz Family YMCA Archives. >>Go to the inventory

Processing Information:

Processed by: Louise Merriam, February 2009.

Catalog Record ID number: 5408321

Title
YMCA OF GREATER NEW YORK UPTOWN BRANCH:
Subtitle
An Inventory of its Photographs
Author
Finding aid prepared by Louise Merriam.
Date
2009
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Kautz Family YMCA Archives Collecting Area

Contact:

612-625-3445