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Jay Urice papers

Identifier: Y.USA.31


Personal materials encompass Urice's professional YMCA output, including writings, addresses, and research work. Also included are materials from his studies at Coe College and Columbia University. During his time in Honolulu, Urice helped organize the Institute of Pacific Relations and the Pan-Pacific Conference, whose materials include correspondence and programs. Various subject files, including leadership, character building and the theory of the YMCA are among Urice's personal materials.

The Research and Reference series contains primarily articles and book reviews on a wide variety of contemporary topics, such as eugenics, sexual hygiene and education, as well as Christianity. All materials are arranged in numerical order according to a filing scheme devised by Urice.


  • 1891-1957
  • Majority of material found within ( 1910-1930).


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Jay Adams Urice was born in Garrison, Iowa on March 13, 1891. He graduated from Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in 1912. He also studied at Union Theological Seminary and did graduate work in religious education at Columbia University. In 1937, he received an L.L.D. from Coe College.

Urice began his life-long connection with the YMCA as a member of the student association at Coe. After graduation he joined the staff of the Honolulu YMCA as one of the first men recruited for Association work on the Fellowship Plan. At Honolulu he served one year as office secretary, three years as educational secretary and the last year as associate executive secretary. From 1917 to 1920 he was on the personnel board of the War Work Council. In 1921 he spent a year in YMCA service in Europe. On his arrival back in the United States the same year, he was named the head of the personnel bureau for the International Committee, a position he held for four years.

When the National Council of the YMCA was established in 1925, Urice was appointed executive secretary of the Home Division and was charged with the organization of the program and research section, which was responsible for guiding and developing program activities for the YMCA. In 1934, Urice became the associate general secretary of the National Board and in 1954 the executive secretary, a post he held until January of 1957. After his retirement, he joined the faculty of Yale Divinity School.

In addition to his official positions, Urice held many other important YMCA-related posts: he was the director of the Silver Bay Association, a member of the Executive Committee of the World's Committee of YMCAs and a director of the United Service Organization.


3.8 Cubic Feet (5 boxes)


Papers of Jay Urice, primarily from his early career with the YMCA, including his reference and research files.


These documents are organized into the following sections:

  1. Personal Materials
  2. Research and Reference

Physical Location

See Detailed Description section for box listing.


Photographs of Urice can be found in the Kautz Family YMCA Archives Photograph Collection.

The following related materials and books authored by Urice are catalogued separately in the Kautz Family YMCA Archives:

Armed Services United Service Organization-Related Records, 1932-1980: As associate general secretary of the National Council, Urice played an integral part in the establishment of the YMCA USO.

A Catechism of Army Young Men’s Christian Association Methods

Teaching in Association Summer Schools

The Theory of the Young Men’s Christian Association: Outlines for Discussion Studies in Principles and Policies

Processing Information:

Audio/visual materials removed from this collection include 2 photographs and 2 negatives.

Material in this collection was formerly cataloged as part of the YMCA Biographical Files.

Processed by: Chan Harries, March 2005.

Catalog Record ID number: 4549383

An Inventory of His Papers
Finding aid prepared by Chan Harries.
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