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YMCA OF GREATER NEW YORK BEDFORD BRANCH:
An Inventory of Its Records


TABLE OF CONTENTS
Historical Sketch | Contents Summary/Organization | Administrative/Access Info | Contents Details | Indexed Terms/Access Points


OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION

Creator: YMCA of Greater New York. Bedford Branch.
Title: Bedford YMCA records.
Date: 1891-1991. (bulk 1960-1977).
Collection Number: Y.GNY.1
Abstract: Collected materials from the Bedford Branch of the YMCA of Greater New York, located in Brooklyn. Covers early history and founding, focuses on the 1960s and 1970s with special attention to the Board of Managers and vocational training.
Quantity: 1.0 cu. ft. (3 boxes).
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


HISTORY OF THE BEDFORD YMCA

Organized in the Bedford neighborhood of Brooklyn during the winter of 1888/89, this branch took over the work of the ineffective “Young Men’s Union.” By October of 1890 the branch had secured its first property at 420 Gates Avenue and Edward H. Foot was chosen as the first executive secretary.

As membership in the branch grew at rapid rate, plans for a new building began in 1901. In 1905 a new building opened at the intersection of Bedford Avenue and Monroe Street. A 1919 annex to the building allowed the Bedford Branch to offer better facilities for its trade school—offering courses in automobile repair, aviation, and more. These trade school courses were a major part of the branch’s programming through the 1970s, tuition and fees paid by students helped to supplement not only the class instruction, but other YMCA programs as well. The branch continues today as the Bedford-Stuyvesant Branch of the YMCA of Greater New York.

(Information taken from History of the Brooklyn and Queens Young Men's Chrisitian Association by E. Clark Worman and the Bedford YMCA Records.)



SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

The records consist of the Board of Managers minutes (1963-1977, 1985, 1991), records of the YMCA Trade School, copies of the publications Bedford News (1909-1915), Bedford Life (1929), Bedford YMCA News (1931) and Bedford Branch News (1963).

Also included is information on the founding history, facilities, brochures, clippings and outreach programs.



ORGANIZATION/ARRANGEMENT OF THE RECORDS

Collection organized in following series:
Board of Managers.
Public Programs.
Development and Fundraising.
Branch History.
Publications.


ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION

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.
Preferred Citation:
[Indicate the cited item and/or series here]. Bedford YMCA Records. Kautz Family YMCA Archives. University of Minnesota.
See the Chicago Manual of Style for additional examples.
Processing Information:
Processed by: Todd Mahon, March 2005.
Catalog Record ID number: 4513102


DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION

The following section contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection. To request materials, please note the corresponding box number.

Board of Managers

Box
3 Board of Manager minutes 1963-1977, 1985, 1991. 15 folders.
Box
1 Annual Report 1959/60, 1961/62, 1962/63. 2 folders.
Planning Committee, 1959-1962.


Public Programs

Box
1 Printed material, 1899.
Miscellaneous, 1915, 1933, 1942.
Bedford Branch Community Report, 1955.
Evaluation Report, 1961.
Day Camp, 1962.
Youth Report, 1962.
Bedford Laymen's Conference, 1963.
Printed materials, 1970s.
Program Status Report, 1987.
Bedford YMCA Luncheon Club.
YMCA Trade School.
Box
2 TRY Program.
Technical School.
YMCA Trade School Current Evaluations and Future Projections, c. 1970.
Brooklyn YMCA Trade School, 1972.
Rehabilitation Training Program, 1964.
YMCA Technical School/ Bedford-TRY Program, 1976 and undated.
List of Courses for Brooklyn YMCA Trade School.
Box
1 Youth Project (vocational training), 1960s.


Development and Fundraising

Box
1 Finance Campaign, 1971.


Branch History

Box
1 Branch History.
Newspaper clippings, 1891.
New building, 1905.
"Bedford Branch YMCA as I Knew It," speech by Martin I. Foss, 1946.


Publications

Box
1 Bedford YMCA News, 1931.
Bedford Life, 1929.
Bedford News, 1909-1915. 6 folders.
Bedford Branch News, 1963.



INDEX TERMS

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Organizations:
YMCA of Greater New York. Bedford Branch.
Topics:
Vocational training centers.
Young Men's Christian associations -- New York (State) -- Brooklyn.
Places:
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.).
Types of Documents:
Brochures.