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An Inventory of Its Records

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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 records, 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

Box 18 Board of Manager minutes, 1960-1976. 8 folders.
Box 20 Board of Executive Committee minutes, 1990-1994. 4 folders.
Box 22 Committee of Management, 1922. 1 folder.
Board of Managers minutes, 1969-1991. 10 folders.
Box 23 Board of Managers minutes, 1969-1991. 10 folders.


Box 19 Century Club annual breakfast, 1979-1980. 1 folder.
Building dedication, 1952, 1970. 1 folder.
Box 21 Dinner programs, 1979, 1981. 5 folders.
Borowide recognition, 1981-1982, 1984-1985. 4 folders.
Box 24 Miscellaneous events, 1888-1953. 25 folders.
Cornerstone laying events (1915); Bronx Union invitations (1915-17); 25th Anniversary Bronx YMCA events (1913), Century Club 1st Annual Dinner and Awards Night (1960); Annual Awards Dinner (1956, 1964); miscellaneous events (1906, 1911, 1917, 1950s-1960s); Boys Division Bronx Union Programs (1949-52); Joseph Roberts membership card (1935): educational course program (1916-17); Bible study program (1916-17); boys programs (1944, 1954, 1975); program activity schedules (1912-1913, 1916, 1962); Fordham YMCA Program Center (1968); program report (1963).

Financial Records

Box 19 Financial campaign, 1972. 1 folder.
Fund report, 1972. 1 folder.
Budget, 1980. 1 folder.
Statement of Development Plans,1968.

Programs and Operations

Box 19 Day camps, n.d. 2 folders.
Bronx Day Camp and Family Center, Castle Hill Day Camp.
Box 24 Miscellaneous programs, 1907-1973. 11 folders.
Property inventory, Bronx Union (1933); Building Permits (1915); Facts & Figures Bronx Union Operations (1907); Bronx Union Operations Fund Report (1972); Room Utilization Study (1930); program evaluation (1953); "Bronx Union YMCA as it Looks to the Future" (1967); Bronx Union branch operations (1970, 1973); front desk manual (1970s); membership/physical education requirements (1963); correspondence about phase-out of Bronx Union (1967).

Publications and Reports

Box 19 Report to contributors, 1953-1983. 2 folders.
Also includes newspaper clippings and other reports.
Box 25 Miscellaneous reports and publications, 1906-1964. 28 folders.
Association Notes (1915); Annual Reports Bronx Union (1906-1909); Bronx Union Annual Report (1962); "Bronx Businessmen Aid YMCA Program" by James A. Keane Exec Dir. (1961); Yearbooks (1903-05); The Bronx Union 'Y' Annual (1928-29); Annual Year Book (1964-69); "A Young Life of Real Worth" (1939); Physical Department News (1951); Competitive Sports Bulletin (1953); printed materials (1920s-1960s); newspaper clippings photocopies (1913, 1916, 1929, 1930, 1951); Daniel Morea Bronx Union member clippings (1929-42); scrapbook (1929-30); Association Notes and clippings (1911-17); By-Laws, Certificate of Occupancy (1889); Constitution of Young Men's Christian Union (1904) pamphlet from Young Mens Christian Union (1888); youth program brochures and pamphlets; correspondence: Ralph G. Talbok (1964).


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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