William M. Forbes photograph albums and papers
SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION
This collection includes six photo albums related to William M. Forbes and his time as a YMCA physical director in France, Poland and Romania between 1919 and 1922. The albums document both daily life and travels. Most images within the photo albums are not identified. There are also three folders with miscellaneous photographs, newspaper clippings, and other material. The folders are related to Forbes's work with Army and Navy YMCAs and with various national basketball and rules committees from 1923 to 1949.
- 1919 - 1949
- Forbes, William M., 1886-1949 (Person)
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Conditions Governing Use
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BIOGRAPHY OF WILLIAM M. FORBES
William M. Forbes was born in 1886.
His work with the YMCA began in 1918. He was one of the nearly 26,000 workers who were recruited by the American YMCA to serve at home and abroad during World War I. He was initially stationed in Newport, Rhode Island. In 1919, he went overseas to serve as a YMCA physical director in France. He later served as a YMCA physical director in Poland and Romania.
After returning to the United States, he continued his work as a YMCA physical director. He served at various Army and Navy YMCAs until his retirement in 1946. From 1922 to 1935, he was at the Navy YMCA in Norfolk, Virginia. He then went to the Panama Canal Zone. In 1937, he returned to the Newport, Rhode Island YMCA. In 1941, he went to Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon, Pennsylvania as the YMCA associate director of programs. He then went to Fort Hancock in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. In 1943, he left Fort Hancock to direct a USO mobile service unit. He retired from the YMCA in 1946.
He died March 27, 1949.
Information taken from various materials in the collection as well as his obituary (“William M. Forbes Dies.” The Newport Mercury and Weekly News, April 1, 1949).
.56 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)
Language of Materials
Photograph albums documenting William M. Forbes's work in Europe as a YMCA physical director from 1919 to 1922 and some miscellaneous photographs, newspaper clippings, and other material related to Forbes's later work with Army and Navy YMCAs in the United States between 1923 and 1949.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by the Armed Services YMCA of the USA in 2020.
Includes accession number Y20200301.
- Soldiers -- Recreation Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- World War, 1914-1918 -- War work -- Young Men's Christian associations Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Young Men's Christian associations Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Young Men's Christian associations -- Employees Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Young Men's Christian associations -- France. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Young Men's Christian associations -- Poland. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Young Men's Christian associations -- Romania. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- WILLIAM M. FORBES
- An Inventory of his papers
- Alex Bentley
- May 2022
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Collecting Area Details
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