Greenpoint YMCA records
SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION
The Greenpoint branch YMCA records include Board of Managers minutes; executive correspondence and other records, primarily from the period 1925-1935; newsletters and magazines published by the branch; and program information and brochures. The executive records are primarily from the files of Walter V. Edwards, branch secretary in the 1920s and 1930s. Includes digital files in PDF format.
- Majority of material found within ( 1925-1935)
- YMCA of Greater New York. Greenpoint Branch. (Organization)
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HISTORY OF GREENPOINT BRANCH YMCA
Greenpoint is an industrial area in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, close to the East River. The first Greenpoint YMCA was established in 1869 but ceased operations a few years later. In 1885, Jacob Titus Bowne, who soon after became General Secretary of the YMCA, tried again, and another association opened with property valued at $12,000 at 752 Manhattan Avenue. However, the Greenpoint YMCA did not associate with the Brooklyn YMCA until 1903. In 1907, the branch opened its first building at the corner of Meserole Avenue and Lorimer Street. The building was extensively renovated in 1926-1927 and is still the home of the Greenpoint branch.
The Greenpoint area of Brooklyn was the destination of many Polish immigrants, so much so that it became known as "Little Poland." Italians and Russians also found their way to Greenpoint. The branch, which quickly became an integral part of the neighborhood, was known for its active outreach programs that included helping secure a school and a playground in 1914 and working with men in the factories and workshops that dominated the area. In 1915 the branch established a home for orphans and street children. In 1917, more dormitory rooms were added. In addition to its outreach efforts, the branch was known for the prowess of its bowling and billiards teams.
Today, Greenpoint continues to be a central part of its community. It provides substantial programming for children and in 1991 won a city-wide award for its substance abuse and outreach program for youth. It continues to offer rooms, welcoming visitors from around the world.
From The YMCA at 150: A history of the YMCA of Greater New York, 1852-2002by Pamela Bayless, 2002; History of the Brooklyn and Queens Young Men's Christian Association 1853-1949by E. Clark Worman; and from the collection.
13.25 Cubic Feet (20 boxes)
19.6 Megabytes (5 digital files)
Includes collected minutes, correspondence, program information, membership data and financial reports of the Greenpoint YMCA.
See Detailed Description section for box listing.
Processed by: Louise Merriam, April 2012.
Catalog Record ID number: 6311621
- Booklyn Bureau of Charities.
- Bowne, Jacob T., 1847-1925
- Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Brooklyn Young Men's Christian Association
- Brooklyn and Queens Young Men's Christian Association. Greenpoint Branch.
- Eastern Association School (Silver Bay, N.Y.)
- Edwards, Walter V.
- Greenpoint (New York, N.Y.). Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Italian Americans. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- National Council of the Young Men's Christian Associations of the United States of America
- Polish Americans. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Russian Americans. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- YMCA of Greater New York. Greenpoint Branch.
- Young Men's Christian associations -- Administration 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 GREENPOINT 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
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Collecting Area Details
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