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Clifford M. Carey papers

Identifier: Y.USA.110


The collection includes reports, surveys, case studies, program planning materials, meeting minutes, and newsletters collected and authored by Clifford M. Carey for the National Board of YMCAs, Research and Development Services, National Council, and the Ohio-West Virginia Area Council of YMCAs. Most materials are related to improving the process for planning and executing projects and studying the relations between the YMCA and urban-metropolitan populations.


  • 1942-1975

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This collection may be 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 necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.


Clifford Marion Carey was born August 8, 1904 in Lincoln County, Kentucky. While attending university, Carey worked as a Boy’s Secretary for the Waukegan, Chicago Metro, and Irving Park YMCAs. He received his BS from Lake Forest University in 1930 and his MA from Northwestern in 1933.

After receiving his Master’s Degree, he moved to the Los Angeles Downtown YMCA where he worked as a Boy’s Secretary until 1937. He then moved to the Los Angeles Southeast YMCA and worked as an Executive until 1939. In 1942, Carey received his PhD from the University of Southern California. He was subsequently hired as the Director of the Research and Planning Department at the New York National Council. He became the Executive Secretary of the National Board for Program and Research in 1963. In 1968, he became an Assistant Executive Director of the National Board.

Carey was a member of the Leadership and Program Committee, World Alliance of YMCAs, and of the Religious Research Association and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. He taught a plethora of training classes for staff and members. He also co-authored several books and reports including Young Men Speak, A Self Appraisal Plan for the YMCAs, and Survey Techniques for Local YMCAs.

Clifford M. Carey retired in 1970 after giving more than 40 years of professional leadership to the YMCA movement. In his retirement he moved to Minnesota with his wife.

He died on April 10, 2000.

Information found in documents within the collection and Springfield College. “Clifford M. Carey.” YMCA Hall of Fame. Accessed May 19, 2022.


.8 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)

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The collection includes reports, surveys, and other materials written and collected by Clifford M. Carey for the National Board of YMCAs, Research and Development Services, National Council, and the Ohio-West Virginia Area Council of YMCAs.

Related Materials

The following related materials are separately cataloged in the Kautz Family YMCA Archives:

YMCA biographical files

Processing Information

This collection was processed in May 2022 by Madeline Alft. It includes material that was fast processed as FP154 and accession number Y20210929.

Catalog Record ID number:

An Inventory of his Papers
Madeline Alft
May 2022
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