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YMCA OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK SECOND AVENUE BRANCH:
An Inventory of Its Records


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


OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION

Creator: Young Men's Christian Association of the City of New York. Second Avenue Branch.
Title: Second Avenue (German Branch) YMCA records.
Date: 1884-1907
Collection Number: Y.GNY.028
Abstract: Collected printed and manuscript materials from the Second Avenue Branch of the YMCA of the City of New York, including brochures, minutes and branch publications.
Quantity: 1 cubic foot (3 boxes)
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


HISTORY OF SECOND AVENUE BRANCH YMCA

The Second Avenue Branch of the YMCA in New York City was organized in 1881, and was known at first as the German Branch. Initial meetings were held in rented rooms near the 23rd Street branch, but this location proved inconvenient for German-speaking young men, who primarily lived and worked downtown. Consequently, the branch rented rooms on Broad Street, near the Bowery. By the end of the 19th century, the branch had acquired a building at 142 Second Avenue and was known as the Second Avenue Branch. It attracted not only German-speaking young men, but also men from 17 other countries, making the name "German Branch" a less than accurate depiction of the membership.

The Second Avenue, or German, branch,was not the first effort to establish a YMCA for German immigrants. As early as 1850 -- before the work had spread to North America, German immigrants had established a Christlicher Verein Junger Maenner, replicating the German YMCA. The effort was apparently short-lived despite the flood of German immigrants arriving in New York after 1848. German YMCAs had opened in Milwaukee and other cities with significant German populations, including Brooklyn. However, as the German immigrants assimilated, the need for branches targeted toward particular language groups declined. The Brooklyn German branch, for example, lasted only a few years after its founding in 1893.



SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

The collection includes collected brochures promoting the German Branch (later Second Avenue Branch), manuscript minutes, branch publications, branch histories, annual reports, bylaws, newspaper clippings, and correspondence. Printed brochures and annual prospectuses make up a significant portion of the collection. Both German and English-language materials are represented.



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]. Second Avenue (German Branch) 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, February, 2012.
Catalog Record ID number: 6275379


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.

Box 128 Committee of Management minutes, 1898-1905. 1 disbound volume.
Box 129 Miscellaneous printed material, 1883-1894. 4 folders.
Includes brochures, flyers, clippings and reports in German and English.
Box 130 Miscellaneous printed material, 1884-1907. 15 folders.
Includes flyers, brochures, programs , reports and branch publications. Included are the program for a minstrel show and other events, the weekly branch publication Second Avenue Men (1902-1904), bylaws, German language materials, and annual prospectuses.



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.
Places:
New York (N.Y.)
Organizations:
Young Men's Christian Association of the City of New York. German Branch.
Young Men's Christian Association of the City of New York. Second Avenue Branch.
Christlicher Verein Junger Mä̈nner (Germany).