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Creator: YMCA of Greater New York. Holiday Hills Branch.
Title: Holiday Hills YMCA records.
Date: 1950-1985(bulk 1970-1980)
Collection Number: Y.GNY.038
Abstract: Collected minutes, correspondence, brochures and planning documents from the Holiday Hills branch of the YMCA of Greater New York. .
Quantity: .75 cubic feet (3 boxes)
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


The Holiday Hills site in Pawling, New York has been the location of a racetrack, sanitarium, a vacation spot for Consolidated Edison employees, and an Air Force convalescent camp. In 1947, the Young Men's Christian Association of the City of New York purchased the property and established a conference and vacation center for young adults from New York City. At the beginning, Holiday Hills was open in July and August for use by individuals and conference groups, and eventually throughout the remainder of the year for conference groups. Recreational facilities included water sports, crafts, tennis, soft ball and baseball, bocce, dancing, movies and hay rides. In 1957, horseback riding was added when the Bar-Y ranch was added. In 1967, the Gayle Lathrop Memorial Educational Center opened, and in 1973, the Oliver S. and Jennie R. Donaldson Center was addded. Holiday Hills became officialy titled the Continuing Educational and Conference Branch of the YMCA of Greater New York. The facility closed in 2003, when it was sold to the Town of Pawling, New York, for use as a recreation center.

Informaton taken from items in the collection and from the Town of Pawling clerk's office.


The collection includes minutes, printed materials, reports and planning documents, anniversary programs, financial information and correspondence of the Holiday Hills Branch of the YMCA of Greater New York, primarily from the 1970s.


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]. Holiday Hills 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 , May 2012.
Catalog Record ID number: 6386128


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

162 Board of Managers minutes, 1949-1991. 12 folders.
163 Correspondence, 1963. 1 folder.
Day camp, 1962. 1 folder.
The Executive Role in Dealing Wtih the Board of Managers and Branch Staff: A Presentation for the Holiday Hills Executive Cabinet Meeting, 1969. 1 folder.
Facilities, 1981.1 folder.
Legal and financial documents related to Holiday Hills property.
Marketing, 1979-1982. 1 folder.
Documents the efforts to promote Holiday Hills as a conference center.
Donaldson trust, 1981. 1 folder.
Impressions and recommendations, 1973. 1 folder.
Review of the Holiday Hills operation by Bernhard Timmermann, former executive of the YMCA of Greater New York.
News from Holiday Hills, 1976. 1 folder.
Personnel, 1980-1982. 1 folder.
Schematic land use plan, 1973. 1 folder.
Includes USGS map of the Pawling, N.Y., quadrant and detailed land use plan for the property.
Taxation, 1980-1981. 1 folder.
Holiday Hills master plan, 1968. 1 folder.
United fund, 1982. 1 folder.
Brochures, 1950s-1985. 4 folders.
Programs and events, 1980s. 1 folder.
Proposal for cottage plan, 1975. 1 folder.
Vacation News, 1956. 1 folder.
Prayer of dedication, 1973. 1 folder.
For the dedication of the Donaldson Memorial Conference Center.
List of group reservations, 1961. 1 folder.
Box 164 Consultation on environmental education, 1969. 1 folder.
Fund report, 1972. 1 folder.
Budget, 1981-1982. 1 folder.
Capital development, 1973-1975. 2 folders.
Correspondence, 1971-1975. 2 folders.
Building dedications, 1967, 1972, 1973. 1 folder.


Camping Services Photographs are separately cataloged at the Kautz Family YMCA Archives. >> Go to Inventory


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 -- Buildings.
Young Men's Christian associations -- New York (State) -- Pawling.
Convention facilities -- New York (State) -- Pawling.
Pawling (N.Y.)
YMCA of Greater New York. Holiday Hills Branch.
Young Men's Christian Association of the City of New York. Holiday Hills Branch.