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YMCA OF GREATER NEW YORK FLUSHING 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. Flushing Branch.
Title: Flushing YMCA photographs.
Date: 1920s-1970s (bulk 1950s-1960s).
Collection Number: Y.GNY.0023-1
Abstract: Includes black and white photographs, primarily 5 x 8 images, of events, buildings and people at the Flushing YMCA in Queens, New York. The collection includes a small number of snapshot-size photographs.
Quantity: .5 cubic feet (1 box)
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


HISTORY OF FLUSHING YMCA

The Flushing branch of the New York YMCA opened as a branch of the Brooklyn and Queens YMCA in 1926 with total construction costs of $740,956. From the beginning, membership in the Flushing Y was open to women and girls, and in 1927, 893 women and girls were listed as members. In 1968 the branch added a large wing that included an Olympic swimming pool, reflecting the importance of swimming at the Flushing branch. 1960 Olympic medalist Lynn Burke learned to swim at the branch, where her parents were swim instructors. Flushing has produced other notable swimmers, including Wayne Anderson, a breast stroker who swam in the 1964 Olympics.

Information taken from History of the Brooklyn and Queens Young Men's Christian Association 1853-1949 by E. Clark Worman (1952) and from the collection.



SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

The photographs of the Flushing YMCA focus on the 1960s, although the collection also includes images from the 1940s and before. The primary subject of the photographs is the building -- its construction, dedication and enlargement. There are also a significant number of photographs documenting athletics at the branch, including images of Lynn Burke, 1960 Olympic medal winner who learned to swim at the Flushing YMCA.



ORGANIZATION/ARRANGEMENT OF THE RECORDS

These documents are organized into the following sections:
Building.
Programs.
Events.
People.


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 Branch Photographs. Kautz Family YMCA Archives. University of Minnesota.
See the Chicago Manual of Style for additional examples.
Processing Information:
Processed by: Louise Merriam, May 2009.
Catalog Record ID number: 5464340


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.

Building

Exteriors, 1920s-1960s. 7 folders
Includes ground-breaking, demolition, cornerstone laying.
Exteriors, 1910s.
Cornerstone laying.
Interiors, 1930s-1960s. 2 folders.
Images of interior construction, dormitory rooms, office.


Programs

Sports, 1920s-1970s. 4 folders.
Includes images of men's calisthenics, stretching, women's gym class, youth high jump, bowling, basketball, soccer, football, rope climbing, gymnastics, aquatics, swimming instruction with Lynn Burke
Day camps, 1960s.
Youth, 1940s.
Group activity, painting a church basement, youth being inducted into the Pioneers.


Events

Dinners, 1960s.
Ceremonies, 1928-1967.
Images of cornerstone laying, ribbon cutting, dorm addition opening, Holiday Hills executive cabin.
Swimming pool dedication, 1967.
Ribbon cutting, Lynn Burke, awards.


People

Youth, 1930s, 1960s.
Awards, groups outside YMCA building.
Miscellaneous, 1950s-1960s.
Images include ribbon cutting, body builder, "our longest resident", presentation of bowling trophy, youth with rocket and military personnel.
Board of Managers, 1925.
Meetings, 1920s-1930s.



RELATED MATERIALS

See also the records of the Flushing YMCA Branch, 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 -- New York (State) -- New York.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Buildings.
Swimming -- New York (State) -- New York
Places:
Flushing (New York, N.Y.)
Queens (New York, N.Y.)
Persons:
Burke, Lynn, 1943-.
Organizations:
YMCA of Greater New York. Flushing Branch.
Brooklyn and Queens Young Men's Christian Association. Flushing Branch.
Types of Documents:
Photographs.