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An Inventory of Its Affiliated Organization Records

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Creator: YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis
Title: Affiliated organization records of the YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis
Date: 1895-2004 (bulk 1960-1979)
Collection Number: Y.MPL.002
Abstract: Records documenting the Metropolitan Minneapolis YMCA interactions with various related organizations, including the Ladies Auxiliary, Minneapolis Y Wives, Minneapolis Church Athletic Association (MCAA), and the Y Men's International clubs.
Quantity: 2 cubic feet (7 boxes).
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


The YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis has a long and established history of forming relationships with other social service-related organizations, to the benefit of the communities they serve. In 1883, the Ladies Furnishing Committee, later known as the Ladies Auxiliary, was an extra-constitutional organization formed to furnish the Minneapolis Y's rented space headquarters in the Syndicate Block of downtown Minneapolis. Beyond fund-raising, participants also served as hostesses for social receptions, coordinated events, and provided "a feminine perspective" for the male-dominated YMCA Minneapolis.

The Sunday School Athletic League, later known as the Minneapolis Church Athletic Association, was organized in 1907, resulting from collaboration between the YMCA Minneapolis and local church councils from each of the six districts. While these were church associations, the YMCA Minneapolis was instrumental in their formation, and several integral YMCA officers served as executives. The organization's goal was to "provide wholesome 'through-the-week' Sunday school-related activities for boys and young men." Clifford T. Booth, the physical director of the YMCA Minneapolis from 1903 to 1912, was instrumental in the day-to-day running of the association, as was his successor, Frank C. Berry.

According to the 1925 Constitution, the Minneapolis Church Athletic Association "recognizes all amateur athletic sports and games, and maintains jurisdiction over the same in the Churches which are members of the Association". The objects of the Association were 1) to develop the Christian character of the boys and young men in the churches and Sunday schools of Minneapolis, 2) to maintain a high standard of honesty, courtesy, and manliness in athletic sports, 30 to encourage systematic physical exercise and education within the Sunday schools and churches, 4) to secure and maintain a uniform amateur basis in inter-church sports 5) to establish and maintain uniform rules for the government of all athletic sports, 6) to institute, regulate and award inter-church athletic championships, 7) to promote recreative activities for the members of the churches and Sunday schools, and 8) to affiliate by allegiance with organizations of special or general jurisdiction, composed of units wholly or partly devoted to physical education.

Minneapolis Y-Wives was a service organization in Minneapolis comprised of the wives of the administrative staff of the YMCA Minneapolis, devoted to stimulating growth and broadening interest among members through fellowship, informal education and service projects for the Minneapolis Y. The Minneapolis organization was one of a wide network of Y-Wives service organizations, as there were such groups all across the Y footprint, both nationally and internationally. The Y-Wives purpose statement was "to unite everywhere in a world wide bond of friendship and service; to provide an opportunity for them to share their thoughts; their talents; their various experiences; to contribute to the YMCA through understanding and spiritual support of Y families."

The Y's Men International/Y Service Clubs International is a nondenominational service club partnering with local YMCAs on an international scale, to serve their local communities. It was founded in 1922 in Toledo, Ohio by Judge Paul William Alexander.

(Information taken from Breaking New Ground, Building Strong Lives: 140 Years of Youth Work with the Minneapolis YMCA by Paul Hillmer, 2006; from Builders of Men: A History of the Minneapolis Young Men's Christian Association: 1866-1936 by S. Wirt Wiley and Florence Lehmann; and from the collection).


The collection includes administration, rosters, financial statements, meeting minutes, newsletters, statistics, and other records documenting the various affiliated programs with the Minneapolis YMCA, covering the years of 1895 to 2004. The Ladies Auxiliary materials cover their involvement with the Rail Road Department in 1895, Minneapolis Y Wives, 1955-1975, and 1998, Minneapolis Church Athletic Association (MCAA), from 1925 to 1975, and the Y's Men Clubs International, 1940s to 2004. Records relating to the Y's Men International Clubs, their function and activities, make up the bulk of this collection.


These documents are organized into the following sections:
Ladies Auxiliary Committee of the Rail Road Department Records
Minneapolis Church Athletic Association (MCAA) Records
Minneapolis Y Wives Records
Y's Men International Clubs Records


Use of Materials:
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Preferred Citation:
[Indicate the cited item and/or series here]. Affiliated Organization Records of the YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis. Kautz Family YMCA Archives. University of Minnesota.
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Processing Information:
Processed by: Jesse Harpestad, Kathryn Oosterhuis, and Alex Bentley, March 2014.
Catalog Record ID number: 6381969


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

Ladies Auxiliary Committee of the Rail Road Department

Box 50 Ladies Auxiliary Committee of the Railroad Department Minutes, 1885-1895.

Minneapolis Church Athletic Association (MCAA)

Box 1 Basketball Tournament, 1968-1970. 3 folders.
This related to the city-wide basketball championship tournament, with boys ranging in ages, from "cubs","intermediates", "juniors" and "men" from the various local churches in Minneapolis. Includes rosters, game rules, committee meeting minutes, memos, receipts and general administration for the tournaments.
Constitution, 1925.
Constitution, 1966.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Correspondence, 1968-1969.
Fellowship of Christian Athletes Scholarships, 1964-1968.
Financial Reports, 1930-1968.
Church League Insurance, 1957-1975.
"Muskies" Basketball Clinic, 1968.
Materials relating to the basketball training clinics sponsored by Suburban newspapers organization, the Minnesota Muskies, and the YMCA. Minneapolis boys from grades 5th through 12th were invited to attend. The Minnesota Muskies were a charter member of the American Basketball Association (ABA), with the association's inception in 1967. The Muskies played one season in Minnesota before moving to Florida in 1968, becoming the Floridians.
MCAA Newsletters, 1964.
Participation Statistics, 1952-1969.
Pastors' Breakfast, 1964.
This was a breakfast and presentation by the YMCA/MCAA honoring and promoting the MCA's mission. Included are attendee lists, and a MCC board member communication from September, 1964.
MCAA Rosters, 1938-1971.
MCAA Softball Miscellaneous, 1965-1968.
Softball Tournament, 1969.
This related to the city-wide softball championship tournament, with boys ranging in ages, from "cubs","intermediates", "juniors" and "men" from the various local churches in Minneapolis. Includes rosters, statistics, communications, receipts and general administration for the tournament.
Box 68 Historical Church Athletic Association Minutes, 1931-1962. 1 volume.
Box 67 Historical Church Athletic Association Minutes, 1963-1969. 1 volume.

Minneapolis Y Wives

Box 1 Event Materials , 1956-1964.
Event Materials , 1965-1969.
Meeting Minutes, 1955-1959.
Meeting Minutes, 1960-1964.
Meeting Minutes, 1965-1968.
Meeting Minutes, 1969-1973.
Program/Membership List Booklets, 1969-1975.
Minneapolis YMCA "Y" Wives Welcomes you pamphlet, 1998.

Y's Men International Clubs

Box 1 Downtown Y's Men International, 1966-1969.
Downtown Y's Men International, 1983-1984.
Downtown Y's Men Club, 1970-1980.
North Central Region Y's Men International, Brotherhood Fund, 1979-1980.
North Central Region Y's Men International, Miscellaneous, 1983-1984.
Includes newsletters, marketing materials, meeting minutes, communications, participant lists, finances etc. of the North Central region.
North Central Region Y's Men International, Polaris, undated.
North Central Region Y's Men International, Publications , 1966, 1958.
North Central Region Y's Men International, "Time of Feast" , 1979-1981.
43rd International Convention , 1967.
50th Anniversary, 1972.
Administration, 1970-1984. 3 folders.
Includes meeting minutes, national marketing materials on the mission of the Y's Men groups, checklists, constitutional amendments, and projects.
Camp Stool Campaigns, 1950-1960.
Camp Stool Sales , 1972-1983.
The Y's Men Service Clubs sold camp stools at the Minneapolis Aquatennial every year, the funds going towards helping youth in various YMCA programs.
Christmas Tree Miscellaneous, 1971.
This worldwide program was created in 1938 by John Werness, a member of the Minneapolis' first Y's Men's Club. The club sold Christmas trees and used the proceeds as a scholarship fund for disadvantaged community youth to attend camp.
Christmas Tree Publicity, 1969.
Christmas Tree Reports, 1965.
Christmas Tree Sales, 1960-1961.
Christmas Tree Sales, 1962.
Christmas Tree Sales, 1963.
Christmas Tree Sales, 1964.
Christmas Tree Sales, 1967.
Box 2 Christmas Tree Sales, 1969.
Christmas Tree Sales, 1979.
Citywide Social, 1980-1981.
Club Outreach, 1968.
Y's Men International Council, 1970.
Distinguished Service Award, 1972-1980.
Annual award recognizing individuals who have exemplified the high ideals of the movement. Includes administration of the award program, including recommendation forms and photographs.
District Conference, 1964-1974. 5 folders.
District Conference Handbook, 1955.
Eastside Branch Y's Men International, undated.
Halloween Run, 1979.
This was an event the Minneapolis and St. Paul Ys did in partnership, a race from the downtown Minneapolis branch through the heart of Minneapolis and St. Paul to the Capitol building. The Y's Men organizations provided volunteer help.
Handbook and Roster, undated.
Hopkins Branch Y's Men International, undated.
Harold Westerberg induction as International President, undated.
Induction Ceremony, undated.
Includes a transcript of the standard induction ceremony, as well as blank referral membership cards.
Kingsmen Branch Y's Men International, undated.
Metropolitan, 1967.
Minnetonka Branch Y's Men International, 1965-1969.
North Region Miscellaneous , 1960.
Miscellaneous, 1964-1966, 1970.
Northside Branch Y's Men International , 1969.
Presidents Council, 1969-1970.
Presidents Council, 1980-1983.
Presidents Council Reports, 1980-1983.
Program Development , 1979-1980.
Presidents Council Minutes, 1967-1968.
Presidents Council Minutes, 1969-1971.
Regional Convention , 1968.
Regional Convention , 1982.
Regional Convention Advisory Committee, 1966.
Regional Organization, 1979-1980.
Roosevelt Branch Y's Men International, 1967.
Richfield Branch Y's Men International, 1967-1968.
Self Study Project, 1969-1970.
Communications and reports of the self-study conducted by the organization, determining if the organization has merit in the turbulent times of the late 1960s-1970s, trying to understand how the organization can change to meet the changing times.
Southtown Branch Y's Men International, undated.
St. Louis Park Branch Y's Men International, 1967.
Y's Men Study and Goal Setting, undated.
Saturation Study, 1961.
Acceptance Study, 1960.
Organizational Relationships, 1968-1969.
University Branch Y's Men International, 1967.
Bloomington, Washburn, Richfield, Branch Board of Directors meeting, 1967.
West Lake Branch Y's Men International, 1967.
West Lake Branch Y's Men International, 1969.
Y's Hoots, 1960.
Y's Hoots, 1967-1969.
Young Men's Conference, 1940-1950.
Y's Menettes , 1970.
Traditionally, the wife of a Y's Man was called a Y-Menette, and they sometimes formed an auxiliary to the local Y's Men club. During 1970-1979, the organization expanded to include any woman regardless of her marital status who wishes to join a service organization for women. Includes meeting minutes from the Y's Men President's Council on the recommendations to remove restrictions, allowing single or married women whose husbands are not involved to participate in the service club. Also contains secondary materials from 1965-1975 discussing the role of sports for girls, and the socialization process of girls.
Box 97 Sample of YMCA Men's Campstool Cap and Apron, 1964.
Teledex Correspondence, 1971.
Record of Teledex taken by Clubs, 1971.
Y's men international club, 2000-2004.
Box 120 Sioux Indian YMCAs Honorary Reservation Deed, 1986.


See also the Y's Men International Records, separately catalogued in the Kautz Family YMCA Archives.


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.
Men -- Societies and clubs.
Women -- Societies and clubs.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Societies, etc.
Minneapolis (Minn.).
International Association of Y's Men's Clubs.
Minneapolis Church Athletic Association.
Y's Menettes International.
YMCA of Metropolitan Minneapolis.
Young Men's Christian Association of the City of Minneapolis.