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YMCA OF GREATER NEW YORK HARLEM BRANCH (135th STREET BRANCH):
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: Harlem Branch YMCA.
Title: Harlem YMCA (135th Street) records.
Date: 1910-1989 (bulk 1928-1989)
Collection Number: Y.GNY.4
Abstract: Collected materials from the African American Harlem Branch of the YMCA of Greater New York. This collection covers governance and public programming with special attention to the Black Achievers program, which honors African Americans who distinguish themselves from their peers in a positive way.
Quantity: 1.4 cu. ft. (4 boxes).
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


HISTORY OF HARLEM BRANCH (135th Street)

Organized in 1901 by Reverend C.T. Walker of the Mount Olivet Baptist Church as the Colored Men’s Branch, this branch first started in mid-Manhattan. It was later moved to the Harlem area and its name changed in 1919 to the One Hundred-Thirty Fifth Street Branch. In 1933 it opened a new building, and two years later took the name Harlem Branch, which had been used by another branch until 1933.

In the post World War II era the branch fostered a renaissance that sharpened the YMCA’s credo of "spirit, mind and body." Always a haven for writers, the Harlem Y gained recognition for its active theater program. During the same period athletics became a focal point as African American athletes made waves in professional sporting ranks. Religious and civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. visited often, preaching his vision of equality and social justice.

The national fight for civil rights turned the branch’s eye towards poverty and urban issues that were effecting their membership and service population. Programs such as the Youth Enrichment Program, which dealt with drug abuse prevention; the Black Achievers’ Program, which highlights successful African Americans; and basketball programs all were different methods for producing role models for African American children to look up to and real methods to equip them with the tools to succeed in life.



SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

The records consist of the minutes from the Board of Managers (1928-1992, non-inclusive), historical materials, public programs (including the Salute to Black Achievers in Industry dinners, 1971-1989), with limited additional material on fundraising and facilities.



ORGANIZATION/ARRANGEMENT OF THE RECORDS

These documents are organized into the following sections:
Governance
History
Programs and Membership
Fundraising
Facilities


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 YMCA (135th Street) records. YMCA of Greater New York. Kautz Family YMCA Archives. University of Minnesota.
See the Chicago Manual of Style for additional examples.
Processing Information:
Processed by: Todd Mahon, November 2004.
Catalog Record ID number: 4644261


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 1 By-Laws of the 53rd Street Colored Men's Branch, undated.
Correspondence between Colored Men's Branch and YMCA of the City of New York.
Colored Men's Branch reports, 1901-1902.
Box 2 Board of Managers minutes: 1928, 1929, 1942, 1956, 1963, 1966-1978, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1992. 21 folders.
Board of Trustees minutes: 1972.


History

Box 3 75th Anniversary,1976.
Anniversary programs, 1949, 1951.
Historical.


Programs and Membership

Box 3 Harlem YMCA membership.
Jazz Hall of Fame grant application, 1984.
Boys work division, 1941, 1945, 1949.
CCNY-YMCA mini-academy, 1975.
New members dinner, 1966.
Harlem youth groups.
Harlem Layman's Conference.
Century Club dinner programs: 1951-1955, 1967-1970.
Reports, 1944.
Program schedule: Activities Week, 1936, 1941.
Planning Committee report, 1959.
Compensatory Impact Program, 1970.
Community service award luncheon, 1981, 1983.
Southeastern YMCA Youth Conference, 1955.
Inaugural program and reception, 1985.
Promotion, 1983.
Clippings.
Prominent Members.
Youth Enrichment Project, 1970.
Printed material. 2 folders.
Black Achievers:
The bulk of material on this program consists of programs from the annual Salute to Black Achievers in Industry event hosted by the Harlem Branch. For some years, there are supporting materials, such as memos, press clippings, etc.
Box 4 A History of the Black Achievers Program, written by John Ackerman, 1975.
Salute to Black Achievers in Industy awards dinners, 1971-1983, 1985-1989. 20 folders.


Fundraising

Box 1 Correspondence re: subscriptions to YMCA and YWCA campaign fund, 1914.


Facilities

Box 1 Dedication ceremonies of the 135th Street Branch, 1932-1933.



RELATED MATERIALS

Harlem Branch YMCA photographs are separately cataloged in the Kautz Family YMCA Archives YMCA, Greater New York collection. >> See the inventory


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:
African Americans -- New York (State) -- New York
African Americans -- Employment
African Americans -- Social conditions
Race relations -- religious aspects
Young Men's Christian associations -- Administration
Young Men's Christian associations -- New York (State) -- New York
Places:
Harlem (New York, N.Y.)
Organizations:
Harlem Branch YMCA
Types of Documents:
Brochures.
Ephemera.