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Creator: YMCA of Greater New York. Bronx Branch.
Title: Bronx YMCA records.
Date: 1888-1993.
Collection Number: Y.GNY.008
Abstract: Collected minutes, program brochures, event memorabilia, fundraising and financial reccords, operations and policy materials, and annual reports, yearbooks, and other publications, from the Bronx branch of the YMCA of Greater New York.
Quantity: 3.4 cubic feet (8 boxes)
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


The Bronx YMCA was created in 1977 from a merger between the Bronx-Union branch and the Westchester-Bronx branch. The Bronx-Union branch, an outgrowth of discussions between the New York YMCA and the Young Men's Christian Union (an organization delivering YMCA services in the Bronx), was established in 1904 in a converted piano factory at 149th Street and Washington Avenue. The Westchester-Bronx branch began operations in 1946. It operated extension centers in Calson Point, Fort Schuyler, Morris Park, Sound View, Throggs Neck, Union Port, and Westchester Square. In 1970 it opened a new building at 2244 Westchester Avenue after moving to temporary quarters in the Fourth Presbyterian Church. The merged Bronx branch increasingly adapted its programming to the changing needs of the community by establishing programs for the homeless. It also developed links between neighborhood seniors and local children to address problems caused by the uncertainty of many family situations in the branch's service area.

Historical information taken from The YMCA at 150: A History of the YMCA of Greater New York, 1852-2002, by Pamela Bayless, 2002; and from An Event on Mercer Street, by Terry Donoghue, 1951.


The records consist of incomplete runs of Board of Managers agendas and minutes and committee reports from Bronx Union, Westchester-Bronx, and the Bronx YMCA branches for the period 1922-1993. Also included are materials on events such as recognition dinners, annual reports, course listings (1911, 1916-1917), scrapbooks, yearbooks, newspaper clippings, press releases, and correspondence related to the merger between Bronx Union and Westchester Bronx branches.


These documents are organized into the following sections:
Board of Managers.
Financial records.
Programs and Operations.
Publications and Reports.


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]. Bronx 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: Louise Merriam, June 2006.
Catalog Record ID number: 4877801


The following section describes the materials in each series. To request materials, please consult the archives staff.

Board of Managers, 1922-1993

Includes minutes and other materials from the Board of Managers (sometimes known as the Committee on Management) for the Bronx branch and its predecessor branches, Bronx-Union and Westchester-Bronx. Materials for the Bronx branch cover the period 1977-1993 and include the bylaws and constitution for that branch. The materials from the Bronx-Union branch are primarily from the 1960s and 1970s, as are those from the Westchester-Bronx branch.

Events, 1913-1982

Material from the Bronx branch covers the period 1977-1982 and includes programs from the Annual Recognition Dinner (1977-1979, 1981-1982) and the Century Club Annual Breakfast (1979-1980). The Bronx-Union materials cover the period 1913-1962, and focus on events such as the 25th anniversary celebration, the Century Club Annual Dinner and Annual Breakfast, Boy and Girl of the Year awards, and a benefit dance. The Bronx-Union materials also include ephemera such as invitations, a scrapbook from the years 1929-1930, and a collection of memorabilia from member Daniel Moria from the years 1929-1942. The Westchester-Bronx items cover the annual recognition dinners in the years 1968, 1969, 1970, and 1974.

Financial Records, 1968-1987

Includes fundraising, development, and contribution materials from the Bronx branch and the predecessor branches, Bronx-Union and Westchester-Bronx. Also included is the 1980 annual budget for the Bronx branch.

Programs and Operations, 1889-1979

Materials are primarily from the Bronx-Union branch, and include the 1889 certificate of incorporation, materials related to the formal merger with the Young Men's Christian Union in 1904, a room utilization study from 1930, course and activities listings (1911, 1916-1917, the 1950s, and 1962), and newspaper clippings related to the branch. The series also includes program materials from the Westchester-Bronx branch from the 1950s, and operational materials from the Bronx branch from the 1970s

Publications and Reports, 1888-1969

The collection is almost exclusively from the Bronx-Union branch, one of the Bronx branch predecessors. This series includes materials from the pre-WWII period, such as annual reports, yearbooks, annual prospectuses, and miscellaneous pamphlets. Also included are publications from the 1950s such as Boys' Diversion and Physical Department News, and non-Y publications, including Competitive Sports Bulletin and Physical News Topics. Also included is the 1969 annual report from the Westchester-Bronx branch.


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.
Social work with the homeless.
Social work with older people.
Young Men's Christian associations -- New York (State) -- New York.
New York (N.Y.).
Bronx (New York, N.Y.).
YMCA of Greater New York. Westchester-Bronx Branch.
YMCA of Greater New York. Bronx-Union Branch.
YMCA of Greater New York. Bronx Branch.
Young Men's Christian Union (New York, N.Y.).
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