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Wirt Wiley papers

 Collection
Identifier: Y.USA.18

SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

Wiley's papers include a biographical sketch, as well as a lengthy autobiographical manuscript. Numerous papers, speeches and notes on the YMCA in relation to communities, churches, rural youth, character education, boys work, and foreign work are also included. There is an extensive collection of correspondence, including correspondence with leaders in the Minneapolis and Rochester, New York associations; and correspondence with members of committees on which Wiley served, including the Historical Resources Committee and the YMCA Retirement Fund.

Dates

  • 1897-1970
  • Majority of material found within ( 1929-1950).

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Use of Materials:

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BIOGRAPHY OF WIRT WILEY

Wiley grew up on a farm near Peoria, Illinois. He received his B.A. from Monmouth College in 1901 and an M.A. from Yale in 1902. Intending to be a minister, he was drawn to YMCA work by the prospect of active service to communities. He worked in the Chicago association for two years, after which he was offered the position of executive secretary of its central branch. He declined and chose rather to tour Europe and study social service agencies there. On his return to the U.S. in 1906 he became the general secretary of the Minneapolis association, a post he held until 1925. During his term, a finance campaign for a new building was conducted and the building was completed just in time to serve the soldiers coming back from World War I. During this period, he also took special assignments as director of publicity for the War Work Council (1917-1918) and as special commissioner for the International Committee to South America (1921).

From 1925-1929 he went to work for the YMCA National Council as associate general secretary of the Home Division. He became general secretary of the Rochester, New York association in 1929 and remained there until his retirement in 1939. He was also a trustee of George Williams College from 1919-1925 and of Springfield College from 1929-1940.

Extent

4.5 Cubic Feet (8 boxes)

Abstract

Papers, primarily correspondence, documenting Wiley's work with YMCA history, the YMCA retirement fund, evangelical organizations outside of the YMCA and work within the YMCA's National Council, including reorganization.

ORGANIZATION/ARRANGEMENT OF THE RECORDS

These documents are organized into the following sections:

  1. Personal Papers
  2. Correspondence
  3. Minneapolis YMCA
  4. Evangelical Organizations
  5. Historical Work
  6. National Council Reorganization
  7. Metropolitan General Secretaries
  8. YMCA Retirement Fund, Inc.
  9. Research Council
  10. Constitutional Convention
  11. General Papers

Processing Information:

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

Processed by: Chan Harries, October 2004.

Catalog Record ID number: 4470744

Title
WIRT WILEY:
Subtitle
An Inventory of His Papers
Author
Finding aid prepared by Chan Harries.
Date
2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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