Staten Island YMCA records
SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION
The Staten Island YMCA records consist of Board of Managers and committee minutes, program and event brochures, fund raising materials and reports, newspaper clippings, information about buildings that includes building dedications, invitations, annual reports, bylaws and publications. The majority of the material is from the 1970s, but items from the earliest YMCA operations on Staten Island are also included. Includes digital files in PDF format.
- Majority of material found within ( 1970s)
- YMCA of Greater New York. South Shore 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:
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HISTORY OF STATE ISLAND YMCA BRANCHES
There have been YMCA-affiliated programs on Staten Island since before the Civil War. As early as 1857, an independent YMCA provided programs for young men on the community before it became part of New York City. In 1871, a YMCA opened on Richmond Terrance near Van Street; the building exists to this day and may be the oldest YMCA building remaining in New York City. After the branch closed in 1886, numerous short-lived efforts to establish a YMCA on Staten Island finally began to see success when a summer day camp and four Hi-Y clubs were organized. The success of these programs led to the organization of a branch in 1947.
The branch began with modest rented space near the St. George ferry terminal. In 1952, the branch acquired land at 651 Broadway with an old house that served as the branch building until 1957, when a new YMCA building opened. As the post-war population of Staten Island continued to grow, the YMCA began expanding its programing to other communities and ultimately established extension services on the South Shore in 1974. In 1976, the original Broadway building was extensively renovated and expanded. The result was a quick doubling of membership to 9,000. In 1997, the extension on the South Shore opened a permanent branch in a modern facility; it was the first completely new Y building in New York City in 30 years. By the 2010s, in addition to operating the two popular branches, the Staten Island YMCA ran a program for children of substance abusers, the YMCA Counseling Services Center and the YMCA of Greater New York’s headquarters for the Senior Olympics.
(Information taken from West Brighton, by Jim Harkins and Cecillia S. Brunner (2014) and the YMCA of Greater New York website.)
3.3 Cubic Feet (10 boxes )
39.6 Megabytes (10 digital files)
Collected reports, minutes, brochures and publications from the Staten Island YMCA branches.
ORGANIZATION/ARRANGEMENT OF THE RECORDS
These documents are organized into the following sections:
- Board of Managers.
- Annual Reports.
- Programs and Events.
See Detailed Description section for box listing.
Processed by: Louise Merriam, April 2015.
Catalog Record ID number: 9973969199101701
- New York (N.Y.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Staten Island (New York, N.Y.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- YMCA of Greater New York. Broadway Branch
- YMCA of Greater New York. South Shore Branch.
- Young Men's Christian Association of the City of New York
- 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 STATEN ISLAND BRANCHES:
- An Inventory of Their Records
- Finding aid prepared by Louise Merriam.
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note