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Records of YMCA international work in Austria, Hungary, and Switzerland

 Collection
Identifier: Y.USA.9-2-8

SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

Includes correspondence, reports, and printed material, primarily concerning the YMCA in Vienna, Austria, but also including some information about YMCA work in Budapest, Hungary and in Switzerland. As significant portion of the records consist of correspondence and documents concerning the purchase, with funds raised by John R. Mott, of a building in Vienna to be used as a student hostel. Also documented is Mott's decision to sell the property owing to his conviction it was not being managed in accordance with its original purpose. Material for Switzerland primarily consists of correspondence with the World Alliance of YMCAs, which is headquartered in Geneva, but also includes some with the National Council of YMCAs of Switzerland. The collection also includes material documenting the YMCA's role in assisting Hungarian refugees who were fleeing to Austria to escape the violence of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.

Dates

  • 1883-1990

Creator

Language of Materials

English, German, Hungarian

Use of Materials:

This collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright, ownership, and to obtain all the necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials.

HISTORY OF YMCA INTERNATIONAL WORK IN AUSTRIA, HUNGARY AND SWITZERLAND

From the 1880s on, the YMCAs of the United States and Canada helped YMCAs in Europe in a variety of ways, with the majority of the work coming as a response to World War I. The region of Austria, Hungary and Switzerland was not the scene of extensive or prolonged assistance. However, as an aftermath of World War I, through funds provided from the Student Friendship Fund, the International Committee, under the direction of John R. Mott, purchased a building in Vienna. This building was held by the Vienna YMCA under a trust agreement with the International Committee of the YMCA until 1930.

Extent

1.4 Cubic Feet (6 boxes)

Abstract

Includes correspondence, reports, and printed material, primarily concerning the YMCA in Vienna, Austria, but also including some information about YMCA work in Budapest, Hungary and in Switzerland.

Processing Information:

Processed as part of Fast Processing Project II, August 2010, as collection FP004. Material has been minimally processed.

Catalog Record ID number: 5930173
Title
YMCA INTERNATIONAL WORK IN AUSTRIA, HUNGARY, AND SWITZERLAND:
Subtitle
An Inventory of Its Records
Author
Finding aid prepared by Lara Friedman-Shedlov.
Date
2010
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