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YMCA OF GREATER NEW YORK:
New York City YMCA Sports Photographs


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


OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION

Creator: YMCA of Greater New York .
Title: New York City YMCA sports photographs.
Date: 1920s-1970s (bulk 1950s-1960s)
Collection Number: Y.GNY.15
Abstract: Collected photographic images of sporting events at various YMCA branches in New York City.
Quantity: .5 cubic. ft. (2 boxes).
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


HISTORY OF SPORTS AT THE NEW YORK CITY YMCA

By the 1880s, the YMCA had expanded its mission beyond that of a purely religious organization, including character building activities such as sports in its efforts to develop the whole man. New YMCA buildings included pools, gyms and bowling alleys. This focus on physical development had lasting effects on the Y and the larger culture. New York City YMCAs were no exception to the trend of including sports facilities and programs. Branches began competing with one another in gymnastics, boxing and track and field events as early as 1885. By the 1890s, New York City branches were winning statewide YMCA sporting events.

By the 1920s, the place of the YMCA in American sports and fitness was well-established, continuing to grow through the 20th century. The role of the YMCA in the development of basketball and volleyball is well-known. Many people who are not "Y" members have learned to swim at a YMCA. Numerous teams and individual athletes have developed and strengthened their skills at their local YMCA since the organization began to include athletics in its programs. New York YMCAs have been eager participants in the movement, often making a creative use of space to provide facilities for sports and athletics. Many "Y" branches in New York put their playing fields and courts on the roofs of their buildings. Others used public parks, schools and other community organizations to provide the opportunity to develop athletic skills. This commitment to sports and athletics continues in the 21st century, with new buildings, such as the new McBurney branch, increasing the proportion of their programs and space devoted to sports and athletics.

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



SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

The collection consists of sporting events at various branches of the YMCA of Greater New York. Most of the images in the collection are black and white and date from the 1950s and 1960s. However, there are also photographs that document the earlier history of sports at the New York YMCA. In particular, there are significant numbers of photographs documenting the place of gymnastics in the1920s. Other strengths of this collection include photos of swimming and basketball programs in branches throughout New York. The collection includes photographs of prominent individuals who helped promote the YMCA sports programs. These include Annette Funicello, Bill Bradley, and other public figures.



ORGANIZATION/ARRANGEMENT OF THE RECORDS

The collection organized in following series:
Basketball.
Gymnastics.
Martial Arts
Miscellaneous Sports and Games.
Swimming.


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]New York City YMCA Sports 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, December 2007.
Catalog Record ID number: 5191972


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.

Basketball

Box 110 Basketball teams and games, 1910s-1990s. 4 folders.
Subjects include Team Gentry, early photos of game, youth with New York Knicks players, basketball day camp, Royal Knights team.


Gymnastics

Box 111 Gymnastics teams and individual athletes, 1920s-1970s.7 folders.
Subjects include team photos, day camp, public performances, grand opening celebration, golden Chanactens, youth on trampoline.


Martial Arts

Box 111 Judo and other martial arts, 1950s-1970s. 5 folders.
Judo camp, instruction and practice, youth martial arts at Highland Park branch, outdoor demonstrations.


Miscellaneous Sports and Games

Box 110 Archery, 1950s.
Target practice, teacher and student, teacher and students admiring bull's eye.
Baseball, 1950s-1970s. 2 folders.
Game scenes, Summer Play Week, shaking hands after a game, umpire talking to players, YMCA Youth Day baseball camp, playing baseball in an old basketball court.
Bodybuilding and boxing, 1920s-1950s.
Weightlifting, bodybuilding awards, boxing class, bodybuilding competition.
Handball, 1950s.
Teams and practice.
Games, 1950s.
Ice skating, horse shoes, children's games, badminton, checkers, bowling, wood chopping, floor hockey.
Golf, 1960s-1970s.
Practice, Ed Sullivan Tournament, 1972.
Youth fitness, 1970s.
Bill Bradley with youth from YMCA branches across the city.
Box 111 Rowing, 1880s.
Scuba, 1950s.
Shot put, 1950s-1960s.
Skiing, 1970s.
Tennis and trampoline, 1950s-1960s. 2 folders.
Track, 1950s-1960s.
Volleyball, 1950s-1960s.
Water polo trophy, 1960s.


Swimming

Box 111 Swimming at the YMCA, 1950s-1960s. 7 folders.
Learn to swim classes at various branches, Annette Funicello and "Annette's Beach Party", adult Learn to Swim classes at West Side YMCA, outdoor swimming, Eastern Queens Learn to Swim, diving, baby swim, learning the flutter kick, adult Learn to Swim at Grand Central, Rene Biourd, Bob Thorberg, life saving class, water safety instruction, swimsuit competition.



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:
Sports facilities -- New York (State) -- New York.
Swimming for children.
Gymnastics.
Basketball.
Martial arts.
Young Men's Christian associations -- New York (State) -- New York.
Places:
New York (N.Y.)
Persons:
Funicello, Annette.
Bradley, Bill, 1943-.
Organizations:
YMCA of Greater New York.
Types of Documents:
Photographs.