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YMCA OF GREATER NEW YORK FLUSHING BRANCH:
An Inventory of Its 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. Flushing Branch.
Title: Flushing YMCA records.
Date: 1895-1993.(bulk 1930s-1970s).
Collection Number: Y.GNY.023
Abstract: Collected minutes, reports, clippings, program announcements, fundraising material. correspondence and building plans from the Flushing branch of the YMCA of Greater New York.
Quantity: 2.5 cubic feet (5 boxes).
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


HISTORY OF FLUSHING YMCA

The first YMCA branch in Flushing actually opened before the area was part of New York City, in 1895. However, it closed in 1897 because of financial problems. Many of the men who had frequented the branch at 57 Locust Street turned to the Army branch at Fort Totten in Brooklyn. Not until 1926 did a branch reopen in Flushing. The new branch was part of the significant expansion of the Brooklyn YMCA, soon to be called the Brooklyn and Queens YMCA. The branch, as envisioned in 1920, would serve Bayside, Douglaston, College Point, Whitestone and other communities in the immediate area. Ground was broken in December, 1924, and the building was ready for occupancy in March of 1926.

The Flushing branch broke new ground in several ways. First, by 1927 there were almost 900 women on the branch membership roles. Second, the Flushing branch planners were responsible for expanding the name of the association from the Brooklyn YMCA to the Brooklyn and Queens YMCA, a change that occurred in 1924 before ground was broken for the new branch. The Flushing branch became known for its swimming programs, and was the training home of several Olympic swimmers, including Lynn Burke, who won the gold in the 100 meter backstroke in 1960.

Today, the branch continues to welcome visitors from around the world, offering more than 125 hotel rooms and access to the world-class swimming and fitness facilities. The branch builds on its historic emphasis on aquatics, providing swimming classes for all ages and levels of ability.

Information taken from History of the Brooklyn and Queens Young Men's Christian Association, 1853-1949, by E. Clark Worman (1952), and from The YMCA at 150: A History of the YMCA of Greater New York, 1852-2002, by Pamela Bayless (2002).



SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

The records include materials about the original Flushing branch, annual reports, Board of Managers minutes, information about branch programs (including dances and special commemorative events), letters to prospective donors, and clippings documenting the branch's athletic accomplishments, especially in swimming. An important focus of the clipping collection is backstroker Lynn Burke, an 1960 Olympic medalist who trained at the Flushing branch.



ORGANIZATION/ARRANGEMENT OF THE RECORDS

These documents are organized into the following sections:
Board of Managers.
Executive and Administrative Records.
Programs.


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]. Flushing YMCA Records. Kautz Family YMCA Archives. University of Minnesota.
See the Chicago Manual of Style for additional examples.
Processing Information:
Processed by: Louise Merriam, February, 2012.
Catalog Record ID number: 6269950


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.

Board of Managers

Box 116 Board of Managers minutes, 1959-1993. 17 folders.


Executive and Administrative

Box 117 Reports and correspondence, 1895-1989. 34 folders.
Includes annual reports from original Flushing branch and later annual reports, Board of Managers and committee rosters, programs, bulletins, branch studies, correspondence, Dedication Week materials, and a History of the YMCA in Flushing.
Box 119 Financial campaigns, 1972-1988. 29 folders.
Includes fundraising material, including solicitation letters and lists of contributors. Also includes material on the annual dinner dance, correspondence and membership lists.


Programs

Box 115 Printed material, 1933-1987. 12 folders.
Includes programs and brochures, property inventory, day camp flyers, newspaper clippings, a report on religious work in the boy's division, building planning material, newsletters.
118 Newspaper clippings, 1953-1976. 5 scrapbooks, 3 folders.
Clippings, primarily focused on swimming activities at the Flushing branch of the YMCA. Includes material on Olympic swimmer Lynn Burke.



RELATED MATERIALS

See also the Flushing YMCA Branch Photographs, separately cataloged in the Kautz Family YMCA Archives. >>See 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 -- Administration.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Buildings.
Young Men's Christian associations -- New York (State) -- New York.
Young Men's Christian associations -- New York (State) -- Queens County.
Swimmers -- New York (State) -- New York.
Places:
Flushing (New York, N.Y.).
Queens (New York, N.Y.).
Persons:
Burke, Lynn 1943-.
Organizations:
Brooklyn and Queens Young Men's Christian Association. Flushing Branch.
YMCA of Greater New York. Flushing Branch.
Types of Documents:
Brochures.
Scrapbooks.