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YMCA OF GREATER NEW YORK TWENTY-SIXTH WARD, HIGHLAND PARK, AND BRANCHES:
An Inventory of their Records


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. Highland Park Branch.
Title: Twenty-Sixth Ward and Highland Park YMCA records.
Date: 1893-1970s.
Collection Number: Y.GNY.0016
Abstract: Collected branch histories, brochures, minutes, correspondence, reports, newspaper clippings and publications of the Twenty-Sixth Ward and Highland Park branches of the YMCA of Greater New York.
Quantity: 1.6 cubic foot (7 boxes)
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


HISTORY OF TWENTY-SIXTH WARD, HIGHLAND PARK, AND TWELVE TOWNS BRANCH YMCAs

The Twenty-Sixth Ward branch of the YMCA in Brooklyn, New York, was originally part of the Brooklyn Association of the YMCA. The building at Pennsylvania and Liberty Avenues opened on November 5, 1893. It contained a lecture hall, classrooms, a gymnasium, a game room, a bowling alley and a plunge -- a swimming tank about 15 by 20 feet and too shallow for diving. The Twenty-Sixth Ward branch was known for its gymnastics and baseball teams; the boys baseball team won the city championship in 1912.

In 1926 a new building opened at 570 Jamaica Avenue and the name of the branch changed to Highland Park. That address continued to be the home of a YMCA branch, although its name ultimately changed again. In 1977, the Highland Park branch offered joint programming with the Ridgewood branch on Catalpa Avenue in Queens. Eventually, the Highland Park branch merged with the Catalpa Avenue branch, becomming the Twelve Towns YMCA. In the early 1990s, the Twelve Towns YMCA partnered with the Eastern District YMCA and its Beacon School. Collectively, they became the North Brooklyn YMCA, serving Cypress Hills, Williamsburg and Bushwick.

(Information taken from materials in the collection. )



SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

The records consist primarily of printed materials, including brochures, flyers, branch publications and newspaper clippings from the Twenty-Sixth Ward Branch of the YMCA and its successor branch, Highland Park. Also included are minutes and correspondence. The Twenty-Sixth Ward materials are from the period 1893-1913. The majority of the Highland Park materials are from the 1960s and 1970s. Twelve Towns materials are from the 1970s and 1980s.



ORGANIZATION/ARRANGEMENT OF THE RECORDS

These documents are organized into the following sections:
Twenty-Sixth Ward.
Highland Park.
Twelve Towns.


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].Twenty-Sixth Ward, Highland Park, and Twelve Towns 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, March 2008. Additional material from Twelve Towns Branch added, November 2013.
Catalog Record ID number: 5285983


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.

Twenty-Sixth Ward Branch

Box 264 Correspondence, 1894-1899.
Printed material, 1893-1913. 11 folders.
Includes brochures, flyers, anniversary programs, New Year's program announcements, Jewell Literary Society announcements, Bible study programs, Lincoln's birthday program in the shape of a flag, Bicycle Club materials and program tickets. Also includes a typescript branch history.
Newspaper clippings, 1894, 1896.
The Triangle, vol. 4, no. 19, vol. 5, no 2, 3, 6, 8; 1917-1918.
A publication of The 26th Ward Branch, Young Men's Christian Association, Brooklyn, N.Y.


Highland Park

Box 161 "Who's Who in East New York," 1936.
Includes brief branch history.
Newspaper clippings, 1977, 1978.
Regarding merger of Highland Park and Ridgewood branches for summer programming.
Printed material, 1916, 1931, 1933.
Includes brochures on new building, fundraising campaign, baseball benefit in Dexter Park, Mothers' Club Frolics, Aviation Night.
Annual dinner, 1962.
Highpoints, vol. 6, no. 22; vol. 7, no. 33; vol. 8, nos. 1-3, 1930-1931.
Newspaper clippings, 1975-1977.
From the Leader-Observer of south Queens.
Program schedules, 1960s-1970s.
Fiftieth anniversary of branch building, 1975.
Day camp, 1962.
Box 161a Board of Managers minutes, 1966-1967. 2 folders.
Self-appraisal instructions, 1963. 1 folder.
Board of Trustees, 1972. 1 folder.
Information about endowment funds for the YMCA of Greater New York.
Planning committee, 1959-196. 1 folder.
Correspondence and reports, 1936-1974. 1 folder.
Box 161b Board of Managers minutes, 1968-1977.10 folders.



Twelve Towns

Box 244 Highland Park-Ridgewood Extension study, 1965-1966.
Ridgewood Committee of Management minutes, 1974-1977. 2 folders.
Ridgewood fund report, 1972.
Programs, 1969-1970. 2 folders.
Includes annual diinner, branch history and program proposal.
Box 245 Twelve Towns brochures, 1970s. 2 folders.
Twelve Towns financial campaign, 1978.
Twelve Towns long range plan, 1981.
Program information, 1978-1982. 3 folders.
Includes athletic club invitation, new member induction service, and the branch publication, The Bulletin.
Box 246 Board of Managers minutes, 1988. 5 folders.
Twelve Towns long range plan, 1985-1988.




RELATED MATERIALS

See also photographs of the Highland Park branch of the YMCA of Greater New York, separately catalogued at the Kautz Family YMCA Archives. >> Go to the inventory


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 -- New York (State) -- New York.
Places:
Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.).
Organizations:
YMCA of Greater New York. Highland Park Branch.
YMCA of Greater New York. North Brooklyn Branch.
YMCA of Greater New York. Twelve Towns Branch.
YMCA of Greater New York. Rigdewood Branch.
Brooklyn Young Men's Christian Association. Twenty-Sixth Ward Branch.
Brooklyn and Queens Young Men's Christian Association. Twenty-Sixth Ward Branch.