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Creator: YMCA of Greater New York. Prospect Park Branch.
Title: Prospect Park YMCA Records.
Date: 1891-1992.
Collection Number: Y.GNY.0010
Abstract: Collected minutes, brochures and flyers, correspondence, and other materials related to the Prospect Park YMCA buildings, camps, residence program, and athletics.
Quantity: 3.5 cubic feet (6 boxes)
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


The Prospect Park YMCA, currently located at 357 9th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues in Brooklyn, has been serving Brooklyn for more than 112 years. A feature of the Park Slope neighborhood, the Prospect Park YMCA began its operations in a converted mansion in 1891. By 1923, the huge population growth in Brooklyn placed demands on the YMCA which made its building hopelessly inadequate. The branch was closed, making way for an ambitious building campaign. On July 7, 1925, ground was broken on the Prospect Park Y's present site, and 18 months later, the current building was opened. In the spring of 2000, an $8.5 million renovation left practically no corner untouched. The facade was restored, the old lobby was replaced and all program spaces were transformed.

The Prospect Park YMCA has a long-standing commitment to housing programs and today offers affordable housing for sailors, echoing the work of the Bethelship Seaman's Branch that operated on the corner of Richards and Sullivan streets between 1921 and 1948. The branch also maintains a tradition of linkages with community groups such as literary societies, book clubs, and dance groups. The branch has offered literacy classes, job search training, and day camp programs for many years.

(Information taken from the YMCA of Greater New York, Prospect Park Branch web site at http://www.ymcanyc.org/sub.php?p=about&sp=prospect/prospectabout )


The Prospect Park YMCA records consist of brochures, flyers, and program announcements, primarily from the period 1891-1910 and 1940-1960. Other materials include Board of Managers minutes and agendas principally from the period 1960-1990, although the original minute book, from the years 1891-1899, is present. In addition, the collection includes clippings and other memorabilia from the years 1928-1977, financial materials from scattered years from 1926 through 1990, and correspondence, planning materials, and reports covering the years 1891 through 1977, with the bulk of the materials from the 1890s and 1960s.


These documents are organized into the following sections:
Board of Managers. .
Brochures and Flyers.
Clippings and Memorabilia.
Reports and Correspondence.


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]. Prospect Park 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, August, 2006.
Catalog Record ID number: 4884211


The following section contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection. To request materials, please note the corresponding box number.

Board of Managers

Box 234 Board of Managers member lists, 1975-1977.
Box 235 Organization chart and policies, 1942, 1948, 1954.
Bylaws, 1944, 1958. 2 folders.
Box 236 Board of Managers minutes, 1915-1916, 1959, 1960, 1963-1970. 7 folders.
Box 237 Minute book, 1891-1899.
Box 239 Board of Managers minutes, 1971-1984, 1990-1991. 12 folders.

Brochures and Flyers

Box 234 Annual descriptive branch pamphlets, 1891-1899.
Annual descriptive branch pamphlets, 1900-1902, 1907.
Annual descriptive branch pamphlets, circa 1910-1920.
Summer headquarters, 1899, undated.
A Handy Guide to New York, 1939.
Event announcements for Literary Society, picnic, lectures, and Night School, 1892-1903.
Bible study, 1898-1907.
Boys and intermediate department, 1906-1909.
Residents, circa 1927, circa 1965.
Golden Jubilee and Lincoln's birthday, 1941.
Program announcements, 1940s.
Box 235 Fitness testing clinic, 1977.
Operation Boot Strap adult classes. 1964.
Literary Society mock trial, 1903.
Program announcements, 1975-1990.


Box 234 Your New "Y",1927.
Box 235 Articles and pamphlets on 1927 building, 1927.
Building poster and three postcards, circa 1955.
Building permit for new gym, 1893.

Clippings and Memorabilia

Box 234 Membership application form, circa 1925.
Program summary in the Spotlight, 1962.
Box 235 Newspaper advertisements, 1946, 1966, 1968.
Newspaper clippings, 1892-1905.
Newspaper clippings, 1944-1977.
Olympic basketball tryouts, 1962.
Y-Gradale charter of affiliation, 1956.
Box 238 Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, 1941-1942.
Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, 1955-1959.
Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, 1928-1929.
Scrapbook of photos and memorabilia from Hi-Steppers,1951-1954.


Box 235 Fund report, 1972.
Perpetual memorial fund, 1979-1984.
Budget, 1926-1929. 3 folders.
Century Club, 1966.
Fundraising, 1990.


Box 234 Young Men of the Park Slope, v.1 no.1-v.1 no. 7, 1897.
The Prospect News, v.1 no.3-v.2 no.1, 1915-1917.
YMCA News, v.1 no.1, v.2 no.1-v.4 no.2, 1962-1964.
Y's Idea, Facility and Service Schedule, v.2, v.4-v.5, 1987-1988.
Miscellaneous publications: The Prospector, Channel YMCA, The 'Y'er, 1931, 1959, 1968.

Reports and Correspondence

Box 234 Six busy months! A record of work..., 1900.
Annual report, 1891, 1944, 1947-1948, 1959, 1961, 1963. 4 folders.
Action plan for Prospect Park, 1984.
Branch name change, 1962.
Man/youth of the year, 1966.
Correspondence regarding national objectives, 1965.
Letter from Fifth Avenue merchants, 1942.
Membership, marketing, communications and adult programming cabinet, 1976-1977.
Planning reports, 1960-1961.
Correspondence regarding building, 1970s.
Prospect Park-Bay Ridge study, 1967.
Executive diector report, April, 1960.
Cost study based on 1971 operations, 1972.
Latch-key program proposal, 1981.
Box 235 Publicly funded programs currently operated by the YMCA of Greater New York, circa 1979.
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1891, 1892, 1895, 1902.


See also the Seamen's House YMCA Records. YMCA of Greater New York. Kautz Family YMCA Archives.


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.
Low-income housing -- New York (State) -- Brooklyn
Young Men's Christian associations -- New York (State) -- Brooklyn.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Buildings.
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.).
Park Slope (New York, N.Y.).
YMCA of Greater New York. Prospect Park Branch.
Brooklyn and Queens Young Men’s Christian Association. Bethelship Seamen's Branch.
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