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YMCA OF GREATER NEW YORK HARLEM BRANCH (125th STREET):
An Inventory of Its Records


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


OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION

Creator: Young Men's Christian Association of the City of New York. Harlem Branch (1868-1933).
Title: Harlem YMCA (125th Street) records.
Date: 1855-1922 (bulk 1882-1912).
Collection Number: Y.GNY.3
Abstract: Collected materials from the 125th Street Harlem Branch covering governance, programming, financial, and historical materials from 1855-1922.
Quantity: 1.1 cu. ft. (4 boxes).
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


HISTORY OF 125th STREET HARLEM YMCA

The Harlem Branch (125th Street) was organized in 1868 in its first rented headquarters at 122nd Street and Third Avenue in Harlem. Among the founders were Lorenzo and Samuel B. Holmes of the Old Reformed Dutch Church, Silas Miller of the Puritan Presbyterian Church, and S.H. Burr of Harlem First Baptist Church. The initial programs were the standard early YMCAs with a reading room and religious services for young men in the neighborhood.

In 1880 it opened its own building on 125th Street. In operated in this building until 1929. A limited program was continued in another location until 1933. The Uptown Branch was an outgrowth of this former work in upper Manhattan.

The 125th Street Harlem Branch should not be confused with the Colored Men's or 135th Street Harlem Branch which served a primarily African-American community.

Information from Terry Donahue’s An Event on Mercer Street (1951) and S.H. Burr’s remarks in 1918.



SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

The Records consist of the Committee of Management minutes (1882-1916), copies of the publications The Building Fund Herald (1884, 1886) and The Monthly Record (1881, 1883, 1886, 1888), material relating to World War I relief programs, and other programming records.



ORGANIZATION/ARRANGEMENT OF THE RECORDS

These documents are organized into the following sections:
Governance
Programs and Services
Publications
Building and Facilities
History


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]. Harlem Branch (125th Street) Records. Kautz Family YMCA Archives. University of Minnesota.
See the Chicago Manual of Style for additional examples.
Processing Information:
Processed by: Todd Mahon, October 2004.
Catalog Record ID number: 4509688


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.

Governance

Box 154 Constitution and By-laws, 1855, 1859.
Annual Report, 1881, 1882. 2 folders.
Box 160 Committee of Management minutes. 1882-1923. 2 bound volumes.
Box 159 Ladies Auxiliary: Constitution, By-Laws, and minutes, 1882-1887. 1 bound volume.
Ladies Auxiliary: Executive Committee minutes, 1889-1892. 1 bound volume.
Box 159 Executive Committee: minutes, 1902-1912.


Programs and Services

Box 154 War Relief
Committee Report for Organizing a "Harlem Guard", 1865.
Committee/ Invitations for Reception for Returned Volunteers, 1866.
Correspondence, 1882-1910.
Miscellaneous, brochures, pamphlets, etc., 1886-1904. 2 folders.
Brochures, 1898-1912.
Box 155 Monthly Educational and Membership statistics for the 125th Street Harlem Branch. Includes stats on attendance, membership, library, physical department, entertainment's, committees, and organizations of the branch. 1889-1890, 1892, 1901-1902. 5 folders.


Publications

Box 154 The Building Fund Herald, vol. 1, no. 1 (April 1884) - Vol. 1, no. 2 (June 1886), 1884-1886.
Box 154 The Monthly Record, vol. 8, no.1 (January 1881); vol. 8, no. 2 (February 1881); vol. 10, no. 5 (May 1883); vol. 13, no. 2 (February, 1886); and vol. 15, no. 11 (November, 1888), 1881, 1883, 1886, 1888. 2 folders.


Building and Facilities

Box 154 Real Estate/ Properties, 1912.


History

Box 154 50th Anniversary, 1918.



RELATED MATERIALS

Uptown Branch collection (not yet cataloged).


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.
Topics:
World War, 1914-1918 -- War work -- Young Men's Christian associations.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Administration.
Young Men's Christian associations -- New York (State) -- New York.
Places:
Harlem (New York, N.Y.).
Organizations:
Young Men's Christian Association of the City of New York. Harlem Branch (1868-1933).
Types of Documents:
Brochures.