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An Inventory of Its Records

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Creator: YMCA of Greater New York. William Sloane House.
Title: William Sloane House YMCA records.
Date: 1928-1995.
Collection Number: Y.GNY.0012
Abstract: Collected minutes, reports and studies, fund-raising material, program information, and printed material about the William Sloane House YMCA located in New York City and covering the period 1928-1995.
Quantity: 6 cubic feet (12 boxes)
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


The William Sloane House was named after William Sloane (1873-1922), chair of the Army and Navy International Committee throughout WWI and of the National War Work Council of the YMCA. Founded in 1930 to provide inexpensive lodging and hospitality to members of the armed services, reflecting the war work of William Sloane, the branch on West 34th Street operated the largest YMCA residential program in the city of New York. Designed by New York architects Cross and Cross, the William Sloane House opened under the direction of long-time executive Arthur E. Hoffmire with 1,595 rooms, the second largest residential YMCA in the United States. Although remodeling and altered program directions resulted in changes in the number of sleeping rooms, the facility continued to provide at least 1,400 rooms. By 1945, women and girls could become official members of the Sloane House.

The capacity of the building became a problem for the William Sloane House YMCA in later years. Changing demographics and a reduction in the number of servicemen visiting New York forced William Sloane House to provide long-stay accommodations to welfare recipients, college students, and neighborhood residents. A 1972 fire that killed four people reinforced the impression that William Sloane House had become a much different institution from the one that opened in 1930. Despite a major fund-raising effort in the 1980’s, William Sloane House closed in 1993, and short-term visitors to New York were housed in the West Side and Vanderbilt YMCA branches. In 1994, the building was offered for sale, and finally purchased for about five million dollars, significantly less than the YMCA of Greater New York had hoped to realize. Even under new ownership, the building retained its focus on youth by providing rental apartments geared toward young people new to New York.

(Information taken from historical notes in the William Sloane House YMCA records and from web sites)


The William Sloane House YMCA records consist of branch House Committee minutes (1949-1965), Board of Managers minutes (1962-1981), descriptive and promotional material on programs and events (1930-1988), reports, surveys, and planning documents (1929-1985), publications and brochures (1930-1980s), real estate documents, operations and personnel (1955-1970), and clippings, correspondence, and insurance claims related to the 1972 William Sloane House fire.


These documents are organized into the following sections:
House Committee.
Finances and Fund-raising.
Programs and Events.
Sloane House Fire.
Personnel and Procedures.
Brochures and Publications.
Board of Managers.
Real Estate.


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]. Sloane House 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, September 2006.
Catalog Record ID number: 4884337


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

House Committee

Box 249 House Committee minutes, 1949-1965. 11 folders.


Box 251 Residency survey and college visits, 1968-1974.
Sutherland-Miller Sloane House study, 1968-1974.
YMCA East Village project, 1968.
Years of change, 1966-1970, 1970.
Sloane House program study, 1957.
Branch constituency study, 1958.
Fact sheet for Sloane House and YMCA of Greater New York, circa 1962.
50 Young Men: A Pilot Study of the Needs and Interests of the Residents...,1960.
Operating reports, 1965-1967.
Annual report, 1967-1968.
Planning documents and notes, 1967.
Miscellaneous reports, 1953, 1957, 1961, 1985.
Historical notes, 1929-1985.

Finances and Fund-raising

Box 250 December statements, 1930-1969. 4 notebooks.
Box 252 Statements/chart of accounts, 1968-1969. 2 folders.
Taxation, 1937-1968.
Campaign promotion kit, 1979.
Fund report, 1972.
Fund development report, 1965, 1985.
Invoice for membership cards, 1959.
Fund-raising letter, 1956.
Room rates, 1967.
Box 254 Campaign, 1962.
5 boro campaign, 1962-1963.
Campaign promotion kit, 1964.
Proposal to Citibank, 1979.

Programs and Events

Box 252 Newspaper clippings, 1929-1943.
Newspaper clippings, 1951-1952, 1967-1968.
Box 253 Changing programs for the 1970s, 1972.
Proposed Association program priorities, 1973.
YMCA international residence directory, circa 1970.
An international young adult center, 1971.
Man of the Year: Frederick C. Fischer, 1969.
Aids Awareness Week, 1988.
Events, 1930, 1963-1966, 1991.
Pied Piper program, 1968.
Bible breakfast, 1947, 1962, 1963.
USSR cultural exchange: 34th year of 34th Street, 1963-1964.
Box 255 Building dedication, 1st anniversary, 1930-1931.
10th anniversary, 1940.
25th anniversary, 1955.
40th anniversary, 1970.
50th anniversary, 1980.
Our First 50 Years, 1980.

Sloane House Fire

Box 253 Sloane House fire newspaper clippings, 1972, 1974.
Sloane House fire claims, 1972.
Sloane House fire correspondence, 1972.

Personnel and Procedures

Box 253 Employee orientation, 1963.
Procedures for use of meeting space, 1956.
Organizational chart, circa 1966.
Security office manual of procedures, 1970.
Counseling staff, 1960, 1963.
Executive staff meeting minutes, 1964-1966.
New School...Sloane House YMCA residence hall handbook, 1980s.
Personnel: Sloane House labor contract and residence program staff, 1967, 1970s.

Brochures and Publications

Box 255 Brochures, 1930-1950.
Brochures, 1950-1970.
Inside, 1967-1969.
Sloane House Herald, 1987-1988. 2 folders.
Sloane House Traveler, 1967-1969.
Women's Newsletter / Orbit, 1959, 1965.
"Sloane House Offers In-Depth Glimpse of City," 1971.
Men of New York,1929, 1930.
The Sloane House Story,1950.
Seeing New York the "Y's" Way, circa 1950.
An Achievement in Hospitality, circa 1930.
On the House,1978.
Material in Holiday and Print magazines, circa 1960, 1986.

Board of Managers

Box 256 Board of Managers minutes, 1969-1981. 8 folders.
Box 257 Members of the Board of Managers, 1934-1954, 1954.
Board of Managers minutes, 1959-1968. 8 folders.

Real Estate

Box 1512 Building and real estate, 1928-1995. 19 folders.
Includes floor plans, analysis of the building by a real estate appraiser, tax matters, correspondence, insurance materials, mortgage documents, inspection certificates, building code violations, easements, parking, building permits, vendors and contracts, water damage claims and other items related to the property on West 34th Street.


YMCA Armed Services Department. An Inventory of Its World War I Records, for material related to the involvement of William S. Sloane in the National War Work Council.


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.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Buildings.
Young Men's Christian associations -- New York (State) -- New York.
New York (N.Y.).
Sloane, William S., 1873-1922.
Hoffmire, Arthur E., 1884-1943.
YMCA of Greater New York. William Sloane House.
Cross & Cross.
National War Work Council, Y.M.C.A. of the United States.