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Creator: YMCA of Greater New York. Vocational Service Center.
Title: Vocational Service Center records
Date: 1938-1980 (bulk 1955-1970)
Collection Number: Y.GNY.33
Abstract: Contains collected minutes, reports, correspondence, program information, statistics and fundraising campaign materials from the Vocational Service Center operated by the YMCA.
Quantity: 10 cubic feet (23 boxes).
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


The Vocational Service Center, or VSC, represented a continuation of the work of the Bowery Branch of the YMCA of the City of New York. Established in 1944, in part to address the needs of veterans returning home from WWII, the VSC emphasized educational counseling and vocational guidance as well as actual job placement. In 1946, the VSC moved uptown from its Bowery location to Park Avenue near Grand Central Station. It incorporated and centralized the job counseling services that were taking place in other branches besides the Bowery -- West Side, McBurney, Harlem and Sloane House branches all offered vocational and job placement services. Unlike other branches, the VSC focused exclusively on vocational, educational, and personal counseling and placement. Again, unlike other branches, the VSC had no income-producing activities such as fitness center memberships, dormitory rooms and cafeterias. The programs required significant fund-raising to stay afloat and the VSC received funding from other branches.

The VSC developed numerous cooperative programs with other agencies, such as the Veterans Administration, churches, hospitals and businesses for whom the VSC performed testing and other employment services. In the 1950s, the branch developed outreach programs for war refugees and displaced persons. It continued the Bowery Branch's practice of offering credit aid to those who could not pay. The staff collectively spoke more than 10 languages, making a visit to the VSC an important stop for new immigrants.

The name of the VSC changed to Counseling and Testing Service in 1967. It continued operations until 1985.


The collection includes materials relative to the history of the Vocational Services Center (VSC), publications and newsletters, reports on topics ranging from homosexuality to the employment of displaced persons, materials related to the funding and day-to-day operations of the VSC, testing results, correspondence with individual members of the Board of Managers, materials related to Antioch College co-op program students who interned at the VSC, and statistical reports about the recipients of the vocational counseling services provided by the Center. Major correspondents include Paul H. Sharar, Lawrence Broderick and Lemuel G. Tucker.

(Information taken from The YMCA at 150: A History of the YMCA of Greater New York, 1852-2002 by Pamela Bayless, and from the Vocational Service Center records)


Use of Materials:
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Preferred Citation:
[Indicate the cited item and/or series here]. Vocational Service Center 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, April 2012.
Catalog Record ID number: 6355597


The following section contains a detailed list of the materials in the collection. To request materials, please note the corresponding box number.

Box 268 Board of Managers minutes, 1938-1954. 5 folders, 1 volume.
Also includes bound volume of Bowery Branch Board of Managers meeting minutes for 1931-1933. Vocational Service Center files include Executive Committee minutes.
Box 269 History of Vocational Service Center, 1929-1967. 14 folders.
Also includes governing documents, brochures and other printed material, reports, clippings, issues of the Counseling newsletter, and speeches and articles by Lawrence Broderick, Executive Director.
Box 270 Counseling, 1943-1966. 14 folders.
The Counseling newsletter was issued by The Committee on Placement and Guidance. Also includes issues of YMCA Counsel Lore (1946-1947), Library News (1948-1949), and VSC News and Views (1949-1951).
Box 271 Special populations, 1950s-1960s.
Includes reports on displaced persons served at the Vocational Service Center, and material on the Vocational Service Center's efforts to understand and deal with homosexuality among the individuals served by the branch and the YMCA generally.
Box 272 Financial campaigns, 1954-1962. 7 folders.
Box 273 Reports, 1946-1955. 19 folders.
Includes statistical reports, research and study results and test results.
Box 274 Interns, 1950s-1960s. 3 folders.
Material on the Antioch College co-op program and the students who interned at the Vocational Service Center.
Box 275 Correspondence, 1949-1969. 10 folders.
Correspondence files of Paul H. Sharar and Lemuel G. Tucker, budgets and contracts with the Veterans Administration.
Box 276 Board of Managers minutes, 1944-1964. 12 folders. [Box ]
Box 277 Financial campaigns, 1962-1969. 8 folders.
Also includes annual report of the Youth and Work project at the Bedford YMCA.
Box 278 Correspondence, 1946-1970. 16 folders.
Includes materials, including letters and testing results of Joseph Adamsen, David G. Baird, George C, Barclay, William M. Batten, Marvin Bower, Donald S. Bridgeman, S. Winston Childs, Layland M. Cobb, Frank H. Connor, Robewrt S. Curtis, Cleveland H. Dodge, Clarence A. Earl, Robert Faig and Alexander Forbes.
Box 279 Correspondence, 1944-1967. 9 folders.
Includes letters and vocational testing results. Correspondents include William H. Gambrell, Joseph V. Hanna, Cornelius D. Howland, Sinclair Hatch, Philip D. Holden, Hardy Jones, Charles Kim and Darwin P. Kingsley.

Box 280 Correspondence, 1947-1975. 12 folders.
Materials and correspondence related to Carlyle E. Maw, Jr., Roy E. Larsen, George Limpede, Dennis A. Little, Herbert Lloyd, Worthington S. Meyer, Albert F. Moncure, Maurice T. Moore, Cecil North and Carl W. Painter.
Box 281 Correspondence, 1943-1973. 14 folders.
Correspondents include Winston Paul, Alexander B. Platt, J. Lenox Porter, Hoch Reid, John W. Ristori, E. McCall Rotan, J. McLain Stewart, Joseph S. Stout, Robert M. Tottem, George C. Watt, Bertram F, Willcox and William A. Young III.
Box 282 Statistics, 1948-1967. 5 folders.
Monthly counseling statistics. Also includes miscellaneous materials on relationships with other branches and general public relations efforts.
Box 283 Administrative records, `1946-1970. 11 folders.
Includes general correspondence related to the Board of Managers, financial campaign information, and Planning Committee reports and minutes.
Box 284 Administrative records, 1934-1967. 22 folders.
Includes lists of prospective board members, draft of an operational handbook for the Vocational Counseling Service, Planning Committee Reports, a memo regarding the McKinsey Company study of the branch's mission and role, conference papers and programs, minutes of meetings (National Counseling Committee, Counseling Cabinet, Executive Cabinet, annual reports (including a report on Personal Counseling from the predecessor Bowery Branch for 1934).
Box 285 Board of Managers minutes, 1965-1969. 5 folders.
Box 286 Board of Managers minutes, 1970-1973. 5 folders.
Box 287 Board of Managers minutes, 1974-1980. 5 folders.
Box 288 Personnel records, 1940-1969. 5 folders.
Box 289 Minutes, 1949, 1965-1969. 3 folders.
Includes minutes of meetings of the Public Relations Cabinet and the Executive Cabinet.
Box 290 Reports, 1940 1972. 7 folders.
Includes Report and Recommendations of the Foreign Student Unit (1963), Portfolio on Employment & Counselling Services (1940), Annual Report (1945-1946), Membership Reports (1956-1957), Fund Report (1972), Career Development Inventory (1972), and Tests and Norms (1966).


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.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Administration.
Young Men's Christian associations -- New York (State) -- New York.
Young men -- Employment -- New York (State) -- New York.
Vocational guidance - New York (State) -- New York.
Manhattan (New York, N.Y.).
Broderick, Lawrence.
Sharar, Paul H.
Tucker, Lemuel G.
Antioch College.
YMCA of Greater New York. Vocational Service Center.
Young Men's Christian Association of the City of New York. Vocational Service Center.
Young Men's Christian Association of the City of New York. Bowery Branch.