John O'Melia papers
SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION
Correspondence, minutes, publications, reports, brochures, photographs, and other files of John C. O'Melia, documenting his career in the YMCA. The bulk of the material documents his work at the national level, particularly International work and his establishment and involvement with the Center for International Management Studies (CIMS), but there are also records dating from his earlier roles with the Cleveland YMCA and the Ohio-West Virginia Area Council, as well as his involvement with the national and international organizations for YMCA retirees.
- O'Melia, John. (Person)
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BIOGRAPHY OF JOHN O'MELIA
John Coleman O'Melia Jr. was born 20 April 1923 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army as part of the dividion that helped to liberate the Dachau concentration camp outside Munich. Following the war, he earned bachelors and masters degrees from Case Western Reserve University and in 1945 married Martha Wallis.
O'Melia's career with the YMCA spanned 42 years, beginning in 1948 as Assistant Adult Program Director for the Central Branch YMCA in Cleveland, Ohio. After stints at the Downtown Boys Branch YMCA and the Addison Road YW-YMCA, he served as Associate Executive for the Ohio-West Virginia Area Council of YMCAs in Columbus. His first role at the national level began in 1963, when he became Director for Adult Program. By 1970, he was appointed director of the International Division, with responsibility for coordinating the World Service Program of the YMCA and the overseas activities of the YMCA with special emphasis on economically less developed countries. During the height of the cold war, O'Melia established the YMCA Center for International Management Studies (CIMS), which focused on building relationships between American industry executives and their counterparts in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union with the goal of "world peace through economics."
Following his retirement in 1988, O'Melia was active in the national and international YMCA retiree fellowship organizations, and also served on the U.S. YMCA Historic Archives Committee. He passed away on 25 August 2011.
[Information taken from the collection, including published obituaries.]
2.4 cubic feet (6 boxes)
Language of Materials
Files of John C. O'Melia, documenting his career in the YMCA, particularly International work and his establishment and involvement with the Center for International Management Studies (CIMS).
Includes material fast-processed as FP157
Catalog Record ID number: 9978301943601701
- Cold War Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- International Committee of YMCAs. World Service.
- International economic relations. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- O'Melia, John.
- YMCA Center for International Management Studies
- YMCA of the USA. International Division.
- Young Men's Christian associations -- Administration Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Young Men's Christian associations -- Ohio. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- JOHN O'MELIA
- An Inventory of his Papers
- Lara Friedman~Shedlov
- October 2021
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