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YMCA OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK WILLIAMSBRIDGE 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. Williamsbridge Branch.
Title: Williamsbridge YMCA records.
Date: 1904-1917.
Collection Number: Y.GNY.035
Abstract: Includes collected minutes, clippings and correspondence from the Williamsbridge branch of the YMCA of the City of New York..
Quantity: .25 cubic feet (1 box)
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


HISTORY OF WILLIAMSBRIDGE YMCA

The Williamsbridge YMCA was founded in 1904 in rooms at 216th Street and Willet Avenue in the Bronx. It had an active women's auxilliary and was known for its bowling and basketball teams. However, the membership remained modest, despite efforts of the branch leadership to have a subway station located nearby to improve ease of access to the branch. In May of 1913, the branch limited its open hours to evenings only, except on Saturdays, in an effort to reduce costs. In December of 1914, the branch was closed, but reopened again on May 1, 1916. It closed permanently on April 1, 1918.

The YMCA also operated a branch for African American men in Williamsbridge. Established in 1910, the Williamsbridge Colored Men's Association was located at 215 East 215th Street near White Plains Avenue. The branch ceased operations by 1918.

Information taken from The YMCA at 150: A history of the YMCA of greater New York, 1852-2002, by Pamela Bayless (2002), from annual reports and from the collection.



SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

The collection includes Board of Manager minutes, minutes of meetings conducted prior to the formal establishment of the branch, a newsletter, information about proposed subway lines, clippings from Association News as well as a publication from the short-lived Williamsbridge Colored Men's Association.



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]. Williamsbridge YMCA Records. Kautz Family YMCA Archives. University of Minnesota.
See the Chicago Manual of Style for additional examples.
Processing Information:
Processed by: Louise Merriam, May, 2012.
Catalog Record ID number: 6368856


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 317 Minutes, 1904. 1 folder.
Minutes of meetings held to establish the Williamsbridge branch.
Board of Managers minutes, 1904-1913. 1 folder.
Williamsbridge Colored Men's Association, 1910. 1 folder.
Newsletter announcing the opening of the branch at 215th Street and White Plains Avenue.
Women's Auxiliary correspondence, 1906. 1 folder.
Subway station selections, 1912. 1 folder.
Proposed subway stations for the Interborough Rapid Transit Company (IRT) and the Brooklyn Rapid Transit Company (BRT).



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:
African Americans -- New York (State) -- New York
Subway stations.
Young Men's Christian associations -- New York (State) -- New York.
Young Men's Christian associations -- New York (State) -- Administration.
Places:
Bronx (New York, N.Y.)
Organizations:
Young Men's Christian Association of the City of New York. Williamsbridge Branch.
Young Men's Christian Association of the City of New York. Williamsbridge Colored Men's Association.