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YMCA OF GREATER NEW YORK BRONX BRANCH:
An Inventory of its Photographs


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


OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION

Creator: YMCA of Greater New York. Bronx Branch.
Title: Bronx YMCA photographs.
Date: 1910-1979 (bulk 1930-1960).
Collection Number: Y.GNY.0008-1
Abstract: Collected photographs from the Bronx branch of the YMCA of Greater New York, primarily exterior and interior building shots and athletic activities, as well as group photos.
Quantity: .75 cubic feet (2 boxes)
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


HISTORY OF BRONX UNION YMCA

The Bronx Union branch of the YMCA of Greater New York was organized in 1904 after merging with the Young Men's Christian Union, operating in the Bronx since 1888. In 1915 the branch moved into a new building at 161st Street and Washington Avenue and was designated as one of the four "general" YMCA branches in New York City. It boasted "the largest pool in New York City" and included a dormitory for more than 800 and a motion-picture auditorium. The branch excelled at competitive sports, and produced the National Junior Handball Champion in 1960. In 1977, the Bronx Union branch merged with the Westchester-Bronx branch to become the Bronx YMCA.

Information taken from The YMCA at 150: A History of the YMCA of Greater New York, 1852-2002 by Pamela Bayless, 2002.



SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

The collection includes photographs documenting the first and second buildings housing the Bronx Union branch of the YMCA of Greater New York. The largest group of images relate to athletic activities at the branch. There are also a number of posed group photos, primarily interior shots. The majority of the photos are professional black and white 8 x 10 prints. The collection also includes a small number of snapshots and negatives.



ORGANIZATION/ARRANGEMENT OF THE RECORDS

These documents are organized into the following sections:
Athletics.
Building.
Events.
Programs.


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]. Bronx YMCA Photographs. 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, May 2008.
Catalog Record ID number: 5286248


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.

Athletics

Box 32 Awards, 1940s-1950s.
Includes images of fencing team and basketball teams receiving awards.
Baseball, 1940s-1960s.
Basketball, 1920s-1970s.
Boxing, 1940s.
Includes 1947 photo of boxer Pat Finnegan.
Calisthenics, 1930s-1940s.
Gymnastics, 1920s-1940s.
Includes images of parallel bars, trampoline, hand rings, balance beam and team photo.
Miscellaneous athetletics, 1915-1960s.
Includes images of martial arts, handball, steam room, golf, volleyball, bowling, hockey, scuba and fencing. The collection also includes photos of steam room and steawm closet, massage, and ultraviolet light treatment.
Swimming, 1920s-1960.
Includes images of scuba and lifesaving classes.
Wrestling, 1920s-1940s.
Youth athletics, 1920s-1950s.
Weight training, 1930s-1960s.


Building

Box 32 Interiors, 1910s-1960s. 2 folders.
Includes images of Board of Managers (1930), the reading room, telephone box in the lobby, meeting with lit fireplace, unidentified groups.
Exteriors, 1910s-1960s. 3 folders.
Includes images of first building at 161st Street, bzseball on the roof, Young Men's Christian Union building.


Events

Box 31 Miscellaneous events, 1930s-1967.
Images include dances, card nights, horse-drawn carriage ride, dog show, glee club performance, costume party, decorating for christmas, picnic in the park, boy's dinner, member's get-together, Boy and Girl of the Year (1961).
Awards and dinners, 19527-1960s.
Fundraising events, 1950s.


Programs

Box 31 Camp, 1920s, 1979. 2 folders.
Includes images from Castle Hill Day Camp (1970s) and cars parked at camp site (1920s).
Miscellaneous program activities, 1920s-1950s. 2 folders.
Includes images of boys playing tabletop pool, pinball, baseball, reading, shooting pool, stamp club, boys in Indian dress, glee club, Gay Nineties, model ship, garden club, Hi-Y, Columbia P & S club.
Youthmobile, 1970s.
Negatives of Youthmobile, swimming lessons, basketball, weight training,



RELATED MATERIALS

See Camping Services photographs separately catalogued at the Kautz Family YMCA Archives. See also Bronx YMCA records separately catalogued at the Kautz Family YMCA Archives.


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 -- Buildings.
Young Men's Christian associations -- New York (State) -- New York.
Athletics -- New York (State) -- Bronx.
Places:
Bronx (New York, N.Y.)
Organizations:
Young Men's Christian Union (Bronx, N.Y.)
YMCA of Greater New York. Bronx Union Branch.
YMCA of Greater New York. Bronx Branch.
Types of Documents:
Photographs.