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YMCA OF GREATER NEW YORK HIGHLAND PARK 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. Highland Park Branch.
Title: Twenty-Sixth Ward and Highland Park YMCA photographs
Date: 1900-1960s. (bulk 1950s-1960s.)
Collection Number: Y.GNY.0016-1
Abstract: Photographs of the building, indoor and outdoor activities and athletic events at the Highland Branch of the YMCA of Greater New York or its predecessor, the 26th Street Branch.
Quantity: .25 cubic feet (1 box)
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


HISTORY OF TWENTY-SIXTH WARD AND HIGHLAND BRANCH BRANCH YMCAs

The Highland Park Branch of the YMCA, located at 570 Jamaica Avenue in Brooklyn near the Queens boundary, began as the Twenty-Sixth Ward Branch of the YMCA in 1893 in a building at Pennsylvania and Liberty Avenues. Like its predecessor, the Highland Park branch was known for its gymnastics and baseball prowess, continuing that emphasis well into the 1960s.

In 1926 a new building, at 570 Jamaica Avenue, opened and the name of the branch changed to Highland Park. That address continued to be the home of a YMCA branch, although its name changed. In 1977, the Highland Park branch offered joint programming with the Ridgewood branch in Queens. By 2008 it had become the North Brooklyn/12 Towns branch.

(Information taken from materials in the collection. )



SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

Photos from the Highland Park Branch of the YMCA and its predecessor, the Twenty-Sixth Ward Branch. Included are publicity photos and candids of athletic teams and events, images of interiors and exteriors of the building and its ground-breaking ceremony, and a small number of photos of non-athletic activity.



ORGANIZATION/ARRANGEMENT OF THE RECORDS

These documents are organized into the following sections:
Athletics.
Building.
Miscellaneous Activities.


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 and Highland Park 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: 5285996


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 57 Boys gymnastics, 1960s.
Aquatics, 1940s-1960s.
Baseball and softball, 1900-1960s.
Indoor athletics, 1930s-1960s.
Includes images of basketball, kickball, bowling, fencing and volleyball.



Building

Box 57 Exteriors, 1900s-1960s.
Includes image of Highland Park branch ground-breaking, probably in 1925.
Ridgewood extension, 1967.
Interiors, 1930s,
Includes images of lounge, game room and dormitory rooms.


Miscellaneous Activities

Box 57 Boys crafts, 1960s.
Camp, 1950s-1960s.
Includes images of flag-raising, getting on the camp bus, horseback riding, lunch and jumping rope.
Brian Hyland, 1960s.
Brian Hyland was a pop signer from Queens most famous for his recording of "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini". He made an appearance at the Highland Park branch in the 1960s.
Miscellaneous activities, 1930s-1960s.
Includes images of people singing around the piano, book club meetings, teens playing pool, boys playing ping-pong,



RELATED MATERIALS

See also the records of the Twenty Sixth Ward and Highland Park branches 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.).
Persons:
Hyland, Brian.
Organizations:
YMCA of Greater New York. Highland Park Branch.
Brooklyn Young Men's Christian Association. Twenty-Sixth Ward Branch.
Brooklyn and Queens Young Men's Christian Association. Twenty-Sixth Ward Branch.
Types of Documents:
Photographs.