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YMCA OF GREATER NEW YORK NEIGHBORHOOD YOUTH BRANCH:
An Inventory of Its Records


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. Neighborhood Youth Branch.
Title: Neighborhood Youth YMCA records.
Date: 1958-1963.
Collection Number: Y.GNY.039
Abstract: Contains minutes, printed brochures and flyers, and correspondence related to the Neighborhood Youth branch of the YMCA of Greater New York.
Quantity: .2 cubic feet (1 box)
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


HISTORY OF NEIGHBORHOOD YOUTH BRANCH

The Neighborhood Youth Branch (NYB) began in 1953 as a committee charged with exploring the opportunities to provide services to youth in areas of New York City that were not served by permanent YMCA branches. Work began in Washington Heights, the East Side of Manhattan and Kingsbridge in the Bronx. In 1958, the work was incorporated into a branch supported in part by appropriations from permanent branches and from the city headquarters of the YMCA of Greater New York. In 1962, an executive report listed activities in Kingsbridge, Laconia (in the north-east Bronx), Bay Ridge (Brooklyn), Grand Central (Manhattan), as well as city-wide programs such as an Olympic Day, Metropolitan Hi-Y, and trips to Holiday Hills. The branch worked with other agencies and institutions in the city such as Union Theological Seminary, where a field work program was developed. The branch was characterized by cooperation with all aspects of YMCA work in New York.

The work in Washington Heights ceased because of funding and leadership problems, and the work on the East Side was incorporated into the Grand Central Branch, leaving only the Kingsbridge activities. A report, the Schwamb Planning Study, recommended that the NYB work with exiting branches with the goal of having them take on the responsibility for extension work. The involvement of the Grand Central Branch was at least in part a response to the Schwamb study. By the end of 1963 the branch had disbanded and re-formed as a city-wide committee focused on youth and extension work.



SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

The Neighborhood Youth Branch YMCA collection includes documents regarding the establishment and closing of the branch, program information, staff training materials, minutes of the Board of Managers, budget information, brochures and flyers, and correspondence and memos, primarily from the last years of the branch's operation.



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]. Neighborhood Youth 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, May 2012.
Catalog Record ID number: 6392495


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 231 Board of Managers minutes, 1962-1963. 1 folder.
Workers meeting,1963.1 folder.
Minutes and agendas from staff counsellor meetings.
ACMY, circa 1962. 1 folder.
Newsletter of the Kingsbridge Outpost.
Inauguration dinner program, 1958. 1 folder.
Miscellaneous letters and correspondence, 1960. 1 folder.
Program brochures, circa 1960. 1 folder.
Minutes, 1959. 1 folder.
Minutes of meetings regarding the establishment of a permanent Boys' Work branch based on the experimental Neighborhood Youth Branch work that had taken place in Kingsbridge, Washington Heights-Inwood and the East Side of Manhattan.
Miscellaneous, 1961-1963. 1 folder.
Staffing plans, program notes, memos, fund-raising appeals, and information about the Olympic and Field Day program.
Closing the Neighborhood Youth Branch, 1963. 1 folder.
Minutes of an August, 8, 1963, special meeting to discuss the future of the Neighborhood Youth Branch.



RELATED MATERIALS

The Washington Heights YMCA records are separately cataloged at the Kautz Family YMCA Archives. >> Go to 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 -- Administration.
Young Men's Christian associations -- New York (State) -- New York.
Youth workers -- New York (State) -- New York.
Neighborhoods -- New York (State) -- New York.
Places:
Bronx (New York, N.Y.)
Manhattan (New York, N.Y.)
Organizations:
YMCA of Greater New York. Neighborhood Youth Branch.