Minneapolis YMCA Branch Records
SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION
Branch-specific administration, correspondence, reports, financial records, programs, memoranda, articles, newspapers, pamphlets, photographs, scrapbooks, and other records documenting the programs devoted to the evolution of the branches in the Minneapolis YMCA, covering the years of 1907 to 2011, with the bulk of the material ranging from 1970-1999. While most branches are represented by records, the scope and thoroughness of those records vary greatly between branches.
- Creation: 1890-2011
- Creation: Majority of material found within ( 1970-1999)
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KEY DATES AND LOCATIONS IN THE HISTORY OF THE YMCA MINNEAPOLIS BRANCHES
- The YMCA offices are first located in the Center Block building at Intersection of Hennepin and Nicollet Avenues (assembly and meeting rooms).
- Market Hall building on Bridge Square; Hennepin Avenue and N. First Street (auditorium and club rooms).
- Syndicate Block building on Nicollet Avenue between 5th and 6th Streets (meeting rooms). Market Hall lease continues to 1888 -- then referred to as "Bridge Square Branch".
- Bridge Square branch established, but religious work continued in the Market Hall Building.
- Eastside branch is established in a rented room in Chute Block; corner of Central and University Avenues (Bible classes and reading). Branch suspended in 1887.
- Twenty-Sixth Street Branch is established at the corner of 26th Street and Nicollet Avenue (suite of rooms for meetings and reading). Branch discontinues when new Central Building was occupied.
- University YMCA is organized as an independent Association. Offices located in a house on 13th Avenue S.E.
- Norwegian branch is organized. Location unknown. Operates for one year.
- Central branch is established at 10th Street and Mary Place (now LaSalle Avenue). Full facility and residence.
- Southeast branch is established in Tuttle School building, corner of 14th Avenue and Talmadge Street S.E.
- Southtown branch is organized. Offices at 27th Avenue and E. Lake Street. Programs prior to 1915 were organized from the Central branch.
- University of Minnesota YMCA joins the Minneapolis YMCA organization.
- Central/Downtown branch moves to a new building at 9th and Mary Place (now LaSalle Avenue). Full facility and residence.
- Northeast branch is organized. Offices located in the Knapp Building, 2337 Central Avenue N.E.
- Northside branch is organized. Offices at 1103 - 20th Avenue N.
- West Lake branch is organized. Offices located in the Carville Building at 26 ½ W. Lake Street. First programs for the district were organized from the Central Branch beginning in 1915.
- University branch moves to the New Student Program building. 1425 University Avenue S.E.
- South Central branch is established. Offices at 26 ½ W. Lake Street.
- Roosevelt branch is organized. Offices at 2723 E. 38th Street.
- Washburn branch is organized. Offices at 4804 Nicollet Avenue S.
- Northside branch is established. Community building opens at 3300 Penn Avenue N.
- Roosevelt branch community building opens at 4100 - 28th Avenue S.
- Southtown branch community building opens at 1845 E. Lake Street.
- Washburn branch community building opens at 4816 Nicollet Avenue S.
- Northeast branch community building opens at 2304 Jackson Street N.E.
- South Central branch changes name to West Central branch.
- Washburn branch changes name to Washburn-Richfield branch.
- Minnetonka branch is organized. Offices located at 401 E. Lake Street, Wayzata.
- Northeast and Southeast branches merge to become Eastside branch.
- West Central branch community building opens at 3335 Blaisdell Avenue S.
- Washburn-Richfield branch changes name to Washburn-Richfield-Bloomington branch.
- Roosevelt and Southtown branches merge to become Hiawatha branch.
- Minnesota Valley branch is established. Offices located at 9050 Lyndale Avenue S. in Bloomington.
- West Lake and Minnetonka branches are reorganized to become West Suburban Family branch. Offices located at 1400 Fairfield Road, Minnetonka.
- Washburn-Richfield-Bloomington branch changes name to Southdale branch.
- Urban department and West Central branch combine to become Urban/West Central branch.
- Northside branch becomes Northwest branch. Suburban office/community program located at 4205 Winnetka Avenue N. in New Hope.
- North Community branch is established. Full facility
- Southdale branch full facility building opens at 7355 York Avenue S. in Edina.
- Northwest branch full facility building opens at 7601 42nd Avenue N. in New Hope.
- Eastside branch name changes to Northeast branch.
- West Suburban branch full facility building opens at 12301 Ridgedale Drive in Minnetonka.
- West Suburban branch name changes to Ridgedale branch.
- Urban/West Central branch name changes to Blaisdell branch.
- Downtown branch full facility building opens at 30 S. Ninth Street in downtown Minneapolis.
- Northeast branch name changes to Emma B. Howe Northeast Family YMCA. New community building opens on existing site at 2304 Jackson Street N.E.
- Blaisdell branch adds extensive addition to make a full facility building at present site, 3335 Blaisdell Avenue S.
- Emma B. Howe Family Branch Northtown full facility building opens at 8950 Springbrook Drive N. W., Coon Rapids.
- Minnesota Valley branch full facility building opens at Portland Avenue S., Burnsville.
- University branch moves to a new building at 1801 University Avenue S.E.
- Andover YMCA Community Center full facility building opens at 15220 Hanson Boulevard, Andover.
- Elk River branch full facility building opens at 13337 Business Center Drive NW, Elk River.
(Information taken from Breaking New Ground, Building Strong Lives: 140 Years of Youth Work with the Minneapolis YMCA by Paul Hillmer, 2006; from Builders of Men: A History of the Minneapolis Young Men's Christian Association: 1866-1936by S. Wirt Wiley and Florence Lehmann; and from the collection).
60 Cubic Feet (85 boxes)
Records documenting the administration and evolution of the YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis branch system at the individual branch level. Available records include committee minutes, financial records, campaigns, programs, and marketing materials.
ORGANIZATION/ARRANGEMENT OF THE RECORDS
These documents are organized into the following sections:
- Administrative and General Branch Records
- Blaisdell Branch Records
- Downtown Branch Records
- Eastside Branch Records
- Elk River Branch Records
- Hiawatha Branch Records
- Minnesota Valley Branch Records
- Minnetonka Branch Records
- North Community Branch Records
- North Side Branch Records
- Northeast Branch Records
- Northwest Branch Records
- Ridgedale Branch Records
- Roosevelt Branch Records
- South Central Branch Records
- South Town Branch Records
- Southdale Branch Records
- Southeast Branch Records
- University of Minnesota Branch Records
- Urban West Central Branch Records
- Washburn Branch Records
- West Central Branch Records
- West Lake Branch Records
- West Suburban Family Branch Records
- South Branch of the St. Paul YMCA Records
See Detailed Description section for box listing.
Processed by: Jesse Harpestad, Kathryn Oosterhuis and Alex Bentley, April 2014.
Includes accession numbers: YTC20190630 and YTC20190910 added in 2019; YTC20221012, YTC20220909, and YTC20220817 added in 2022; YTC20221010 added in 2023.
Catalog Record ID number: 6443886
- YMCA OF METROPOLITAN MINNEAPOLIS BRANCHES:
- An Inventory of their Records
- Finding aid prepared by Kathryn Oosterhuis and Alex Bentley.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- 2023 August: Revised to include newly donated materials