Flushing YMCA records
SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION
The Flushing branch records include materials about the original Flushing branch, annual reports, Board of Managers minutes, information about branch programs (including dances and special commemorative events), letters to prospective donors, and clippings documenting the branch's athletic accomplishments, especially in swimming. An important focus of the clipping collection is backstroker Lynn Burke, an 1960 Olympic medalist who trained at the Flushing branch. Includes digital files in PDF format.
- Majority of material found within ( 1930s-1970s).
- YMCA of Greater New York. Flushing Branch. (Organization)
Language of Materials
Conditions Governing Access
Analog (non-digital) material open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room. The digital files are available upon request. Please contact the University Archives to arrange access to these materials.
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 FLUSHING YMCA
The first YMCA branch in Flushing actually opened before the area was part of New York City, in 1895. However, it closed in 1897 because of financial problems. Many of the men who had frequented the branch at 57 Locust Street turned to the Army branch at Fort Totten in Brooklyn. Not until 1926 did a branch reopen in Flushing. The new branch was part of the significant expansion of the Brooklyn YMCA, soon to be called the Brooklyn and Queens YMCA. The branch, as envisioned in 1920, would serve Bayside, Douglaston, College Point, Whitestone and other communities in the immediate area. Ground was broken in December, 1924, and the building was ready for occupancy in March of 1926.
The Flushing branch broke new ground in several ways. First, by 1927 there were almost 900 women on the branch membership roles. Second, the Flushing branch planners were responsible for expanding the name of the association from the Brooklyn YMCA to the Brooklyn and Queens YMCA, a change that occurred in 1924 before ground was broken for the new branch. The Flushing branch became known for its swimming programs, and was the training home of several Olympic swimmers, including Lynn Burke, who won the gold in the 100 meter backstroke in 1960.
Today, the branch continues to welcome visitors from around the world, offering more than 125 hotel rooms and access to the world-class swimming and fitness facilities. The branch builds on its historic emphasis on aquatics, providing swimming classes for all ages and levels of ability.
Information taken from History of the Brooklyn and Queens Young Men's Christian Association, 1853-1949, by E. Clark Worman (1952), and from The YMCA at 150: A History of the YMCA of Greater New York, 1852-2002, by Pamela Bayless (2002).
2.7 Cubic Feet (8 boxes)
6.9 Megabytes (2 digital files)
Collected minutes, reports, clippings, program announcements, fundraising material. correspondence and building plans from the Flushing branch of the YMCA of Greater New York.
ORGANIZATION/ARRANGEMENT OF THE RECORDS
These documents are organized into the following sections:
- Board of Managers.
- Executive and Administrative Records.
See Detailed Description section for box listing.
Processed by: Louise Merriam, February, 2012.
Catalog Record ID number: 6269950
- Brochures Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Brooklyn and Queens Young Men's Christian Association. Flushing Branch.
- Burke, Lynn, 1943-
- Flushing (New York, N.Y.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Queens (New York, N.Y.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Scrapbooks Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Swimmers -- New York (State) -- New York. Subject Source: Unspecified ingested source
- YMCA of Greater New York. Flushing Branch.
- Young Men's Christian associations -- New York (State) -- Queens County Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- 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 FLUSHING BRANCH:
- 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
Collecting Area Details
Contact The Kautz Family YMCA Archives Collecting Area