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YMCA OF GREATER NEW YORK EASTERN DISTRICT 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. Eastern District Branch.
Title: Eastern District YMCA records.
Date: 1903-1991 (bulk 1914-1949)
Collection Number: Y.GNY.5
Abstract: Collected materials from the Eastern District Branch of the YMCA of Greater New York. This collection covers governance, administration, facilities, and history of this branch.
Quantity: 4.4 cu. ft. (6 boxes).
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


HISTORY OF EASTERN DISTRICT YMCA

Officially organized in 1889, the seeds of the Eastern District Branch were first planted the previous year when a group of ten men met in the chapel of the Ross Street Church to propose the founding of a Young Men’s Christian Association.

The Eastern District Branch, originally part of the Brooklyn and Queens Association, had a reputation for emphasizing the religious aspects of the Y’s programs. A 1927 survey noted the Eastern District Branch united “religious fervor with real religious tolerance.”

In the 1970s the Williamsburg neighborhood, home to the branch, underwent a major demographic shift. A Hispanic population and a Hasidic Jewish population divided the neighborhood up. These changes caused the branch to partner with the New York City Housing Authority to offer programs from the community center of the Borinquen Plaza Houses. The branch merged with the Twelve Towns Branch in early 1990s.



SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

The records consist of the minutes from the Board of Managers (1914-1991, non-inclusive), historical materials, publications—including Eastern District Men (1912-1931, non-inclusive), and materials on the branch’s physical facilities.



ORGANIZATION/ARRANGEMENT OF THE RECORDS

These documents are organized into the following sections:
Governance
History
Publications
Facilities
Financial


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]. Eastern District YMCA 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, April 2005.
Catalog Record ID number: 4644276


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 106 Board of Managers minutes, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1971-1977, 1981, 1991. 8 folders.
Box 107 Planning Committee: minutes, 1974-1975.
Constitution and by-laws of Williamsburg YMCA, 1854.
Constitution of East Brooklyn YMCA, 1868.
Annual report, 1868, 1889.
Box 108 Board of managers and departmental reports, 1930-1949. 42 folders.
Board of managers minutes, summarized, 1930-1949. 6 folders.
Annual report, 1945-1946.
Box 109 Committee of Management reports, 1911-1913. 6 folders.
Board of managers and department reports, 1914-1929. 44 folders.
Box 110 Proposed constitution of YMCA of Greater New York and branch by-laws, 1957.
Department reports and correspondence, 1949-1963. 36 folders.
Reports of executive secretary, 1949-1959. 2 folders.


History

Box 107 Branch history.
Anniversary programs and menus, 1914, 1939.
Memorial tributes to individuals of the Association, 1949-1959.


Facilities

Box 107 Branch facilities study, 1946.
Architectural competition (conditions and requirements), 1903.
"Our New Building," 1903.
Building Statistics card, 1906.
Sale of 179 Marcy Avenue YMCA Building, 1986.


Publications

105 Miscellaneous printed matrial, 1912-1920. 3 folders.
Box 107 Association News, 1904.
Eastern District Men, 1912-1917, 1919, 1924, 1931. 9 folders.


Financial

Box 107 Fund report, 1972.
Box 109 Vendor correspondence (receipts, invoices and confrimations), 1906-1912.
Vendor brochures and pamphlets.



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:
Young Men's Christian associations -- New York (State) -- New York -- Brooklyn.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Administration.
Places:
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.).
Organizations:
YMCA of Greater New York. Eastern District Branch.