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Creator: YMCA of Greater New York. Intercollegiate Branch.
Title: Intercollegiate YMCA records.
Date: 1865-1964.
Collection Number: Y.GNY.042
Abstract: Includes minutes, program information, correspondence and reports of the Intercollegiate Branch of the YMCA of Greater New York and its associated university clubs.
Quantity: 1.2 cubic foot (5 boxes)
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


The Young Men's Christian Association of the City of New York established a branch to work with college students in 1887, building on the work of several groups at individual colleges, including the University Christian Foundation of New York. The new branch focused on operating clubs at the colleges and universities in New York City. The branch had its own building, the Students Club, at 129 Lexington Avenue. The house provided accommodations for up to 20 men, dining service for up to 50 men, and a parlor, library and reading room. In addition to its clubhouse and its business office, the branch operated clubs throughout the city -- the number of clubs varied over time. In 1912, for example, there were clubs at New York University, Columbia University, College of the City of New York, New York Homeopathic Medical College, College of Physicians and Surgeons, University and Bellevue Hospital Medical College, Cornell Medical College, and Union Theological Seminary. The branch also operated programs for foreign students, graduate students, preparatory school students, and conducted industrial service work.

Work with college students through the branch structure ceased in 1964, in part because of financial difficulties. The budget memo for that year recommended a significant reduction in staff and the reorganization of the branch. Paid staff were eliminated at Long Island University, Pratt Institute, Washington Square, NYU Medical School, Queens College, and NYU Heights. The proposal recommended the closing of two clubs, the merging of three others with nearby branches, and designating two others as "outposts." Under this plan, the branch office was closed and administrative supervision of work with college students reverted to metropolitan staff.

Information taken from the collection.


The collection includes Board of Managers minutes, administrative and executive correspondence, printed program information, reports, student handbooks, annual reports, clippings, financial information and founding documents of the Intercollegiate Branch of the YMCA of Greater New York.


Use of Materials:
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Preferred Citation:
[Indicate the cited item and/or series here].Intercollegiate Branch YMCA Records. YMCA of Greater New York. Kautz Family YMCA Archives. University of Minnesota.
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Processing Information:
Processed by: Louise Merriam, June 2012.
Catalog Record ID number: 6394304


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

Box 165 Miscellaneous program and administrative records, 1889-1963. 16 folders.
Includes brochures and other printed material; program information on OASIS ( Overseas and American Students International Society) at NYU; program schedules from City College Christian Association, program reports from Brooklyn College, Long Island University, Pratt Institute, Physicians and Surgeons Club and University Heights; correspondence and memos; and newspaper and magazine clippings.
Box 166 Handbooks and annual reports, 1886-1963. 19 folders.
Includes handbooks (1890s), annual reports (1896-1899, 1911-1912, 1913-1914), program announcements, newsletters, bylaws, financial reports, alumni news, program reports, international students handbook, missionary conference information, newspaper clippings.
Box 167 Minutes, 1960-1964. 3 folders.
Includes minutes of the Executive Council, Board of Managers and the Intercollegiate Branch Council.
Box 168 College of Physicians and Surgeons, 1865-1926. 3 folders, 1 bound volume.
Includes student directories, annual reports, record books, printed material, and minutes of the Medical Students Christian Union (1865-1867).
Box 233 New York University Christian Union, 1930, 1960. 3 folders.
Includes printed programs, minutes of the Board of Advisors, and minutes, correspondence and bylaws of the successor organization University Christian Foundation at New York University, Inc. (1960).


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.
Christian college students -- Religious life -- New York (State) -- New York.
Students -- Religious life.
Students -- Societies, etc..
Young Men's Christian associations -- Administration.
Young Men's Christian associations -- New York (State) -- New York.
New York (N.Y.)
College of Physicians and Surgeons in the City of New York.
New York University.
University Christian Foundation of New York.
YMCA of Greater New York. Intercollegiate Branch.
Young Men's Christian Association of the City of New York. Intercollegiate Branch.