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YMCA OF METROPOLITAN MINNEAPOLIS BOYS' AND YOUTH SERVICES:
An Inventory of its Records


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Contents Summary/Organization | Administrative/Access Info | Contents Details | Related Materials | Indexed Terms/Access Points


OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION

Creator: Young Men's Christian Association of Metropolitan Minneapolis
Title: Boys' work and youth services records
Date: 1914-1995 (bulk 1940-1969)
Collection Number: Y.MPL.003
Abstract: Records documenting the YMCA Minneapolis programs focused on boys' work and youth development. This series includes materials on various notable YMCA programs as Indian Guides, Gra-Y, Junior Hi-Y, Hi-Y, Youth in Government, Model United Nations, and Summer Work Training, among others.
Quantity: 12 cubic feet (12 boxes)
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


KEY DATES IN THE HISTORY OF YMCA MINNEAPOLIS BOYS' WORK AND YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

1885 The Minneapolis YMCA recognizes that boys and young men need the same opportunities for mental, physical and spiritual and development currently offered to the men of the Minneapolis community, with programs specifically designed for that age group. The first boys-specific meetings are Friday night prayer group. An official Boys Branch/Junior Department for Boys is established later the same year, with a minimum age of 12.
1900 The first Minneapolis YMCA Boys Camp is held on the shores of Lake Minnetonka, with 47 boys attending.
1901 Working Boys Night School is established for the boys of families who needed them to work rather than go to school during the day. The program expands to over 100 boys, until 1908 when the public school system began offering night classes.
1902 W. G. Cartlich is hired as the first full-time Boys' Work Director for the YMCA Minneapolis.
1903 The first official building devoted to the Boys Division is established, directly adjacent to the Central Branch building, opens.
1908 The first Minneapolis YMCA owned resident camp, Icaghowan opens.
1909 Hi-Y Clubs are organized in the fall. Short for "High School Y," Hi-Y clubs are designed to extend high standard of Christian living among the students of each of the five Minneapolis high schools. Participation is limited to boys selected for their leadership in academics, athletics, social life and other student activities.
1938 John Werness, a member of the Minneapolis' first Y Men's Club, establishes the Christmas Tree program. Selling Christmas trees during the holiday season provides money for camp scholarships for disadvantaged youth who would otherwise be unable to attend summer camp. Despite initial skepticism, this program is a huge success.
1946 YMCA Youth in Government program is established. The original purpose of the program is to prepare young men for political leadership by providing "guidance, training, and experience in theory and practice of determining public policy."
1947 Y-Indian Guides program is established. Designed for grade-school age boys, this program is created to foster relationships between fathers and sons by providing joint activities focused on learning and engaging with Native American cultures.
1960-1969 Girls are integrated into the Minneapolis YMCA Youth programs.
1968 Urban Department is formed. The program is designed to provide inner city youth with a variety of positive activities, experiences, and role-models. Junior Sports and the Summer Olympics programs are offshoots of this group.
1988 Model United Nations program begins. A sister program to the Minnesota Youth in Government, the Model UN focuses on conflict resolution, art of negotiation, diplomacy, and a respect for diversity.

(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).



SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

Program administration, correspondence, reports, memoranda, articles, newspapers, pamphlets, photographs, scrapbooks, and other records documenting the programs devoted to the development of Minneapolis boys and youth, covering the years of 1914 to 1995. This series includes materials on various notable YMCA programs as Indian Guides, Gra-Y, Junior Hi-Y, Hi-Y, Youth in Government, Model United Nations, and Summer Work Training, among others. Records relating to the function and activities of the Minnesota Youth in Government make up the bulk of this collection.



ORGANIZATION/ARRANGEMENT OF THE RECORDS

These documents are organized into the following sections:
General Administrative Records
Hi-Y Program Records
Y-Indian Guides Program Records
Minnesota Youth in Government Program Records
Summer Work Training Programs


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]Boys' Work and Youth Services Records. Young Men's Christian Association of Metropolitan Minneapolis. Kautz Family YMCA Archives. University of Minnesota.
See the Chicago Manual of Style for additional examples.
Processing Information:
Processed by: Jesse Harpestad and Kathryn Oosterhuis, May 2012.
Catalog Record ID number: 6400630


DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION

Note to Researchers: Please see the separate inventories for the individual series listed below for more detailed information on the contents of each box.

General Administration

Box 3 Aquantennial float, 1969.
Boys work, 1914-1935. 2 folders.
Boys work, sex education, 1974-1975.
Budget forms, 1967.
Blank forms only.
Economic Opportunity Act, 1965.
Family programs, undated.
Field trip, thank you letters, 1965.
Program priorities, task force reports, 1970-1975. 1 volume.
Project preparation, 1966.
Publications regarding "youth", 1965.
Box 3 Resource center, undated.
Box 3 Sports and Olympics, 1983-1984. 2 folders.
War on poverty project, 1966.
Youth work, historical events and material, 1959.


[Y.MPL.003-1] Hi-Y Programs, 1914-1969. 1 cubic foot (1 box)

Records documenting the YMCA Minneapolis Hi-Y programs, which include the Gra-Y (grammar-school) Junior Hi-Y (junior high school) and Hi-Y (high school), established in 1909 with Hi-Y. The program is limited to those students chosen for their leadership in academics, athletics, social life, and other student activities. Junior Hi-Y and Gra-Y programs grow from the popularity of the high school program. Records cover the years from 1914-1969, with the bulk of material covering 1961-1966. Go to the complete inventory


[Y.MPL.003-2] Y-Indian Guides Programs, 1958-1973. 2 cubic feet (2 boxes)

Records on the Y-Indian Guides and Indian Princess programs. Designed for grade-school age boys, the Y-Indian Guides program was created to foster relationships between fathers and sons by providing joint activities focused on learning and engaging with Native American cultures. Introduced in 1947, it became one of the most popular programs of the YMCA. Records cover the years from 1958-1973, with the bulk of material from 1958-1965. Go to the complete inventory


[Y.MPL.003-3] MN Youth in Government Programs, 1945-2003. 8 cubic feet (8 boxes)

Records in this series address the MN Youth in government program, introduced in Minneapolis in 1946, designed to educate young men on democracy and civic responsibility. Includes records on model legislatures and committee meeting minutes, and bill books from each session. Go to the complete inventory


Summer Work Training Programs

Records on the Summer Work Training Program, designed to provide employment opportunities for at-risk youth aged 14-15 years, giving them a summer work experience supplemented by counseling, education, and work orientation from 1963-1967. According to program materials, the goal of the program is to "help boys see the value of a continuing education, to acquire a greater understanding of their vocational goals and aspirations; to gain additional skills in reading, mathematics; communication skills which will assist them in school and in future job situations; and to improve in social and personality adjustments in group and adult relationships."
Applications:
Box 13 Alternative applications, undated.
Applications, Franklin Junior High School, undated.
Applications, Lincoln Junior High School, undated.
Applications, Phillips Junior High School, undated.
Applications, Sheridan Junior High School, undated.
Assembly presentations, 1965.
Budget, 1966.
Correspondence to schools principals and counselors, 1965-1966.
Correspondence to area school administration on the Summer Work Training program.
Developments on work training program, 1966.
Federal project, 1964.
Insurance, 1966.
Camp Abetogama, correspondence, 1966.
Letters sent, 1966.
Properties work project, 1966.
Project committee, 1965.
Roster for youth work groups, 1950-1959.
School drop out work camp, 1964.
Statements, 1965.
Summer report, 1965. 1 volume.
Work training project, 1964, 1966-1967. 3 folders.
Camp Monticello:
Camp Monticello was the location used for the Summer Work Training program.
Box 13 Caretaker, 1965.
Correspondence, 1965-1966. 3 folders.
Development budget, 1966.
Development committee, 1966.
Employment prospects, 1966.
Evaluations, 1965.
Miscellaneous, 1963-1964.
Parent evaluations, 1966.
Staff correspondence, 1966.
Program Participants:
Box 14 Adelman, Todd, Lincoln Junior High School, 1965.
Altman, Buster, Franklin Junior High School, 1965.
Altman, Buster, crew #1, 1965.
Amsler, Clarence, Franklin Junior High School, 1965.
Barnes, Gregory, crew #2 sodbusters, 1965.
Barnes, Gregory, Lincoln Junior High School, 1965.
Bauman, Gary, Lincoln Junior High School, 1965.
Biesiada, Steven, Franklin Junior High School, 1965. 2 folders.
Bellanger, Arthur, Phillips Junior High School, 1965.
Bednarchuk, Kenneth, crew #1, 1965.
Bednarchuk, Kenneth, Phillips Junior High School, 1965.
Bendickson, Gary, Franklin Junior High School, 1965.
Blumhoefer, Gerold, Phillips Junior High School, 1965. 2 folders.
Boughton, Thomas, Lincoln Junior High School, 1965. 2 folders.
Brazil, Thomas, Sheridan Junior High School, 1965.
Brisbane, Bob, Franklin Junior High School, 1965. 2 folders.
Budulak, George, Sheridan Junior High School, 1965.
Burk, Bruce, Lincoln High Junior High School, 1965. 2 folders.
Chenvert, Bill, Lincoln Junior High School, 1965. 2 folders.
Clarke, Edward, Phillips Junior High School, 1965. 2 folders.
Colbenson, Gregory, Phillips Junior High School, 1965. 2 folders.
Combs, Laurence, Lincoln Junior High School, 1965.
Cooper, Patrick, Franklin Junior High School, 1965. 2 folders.
Corbecky, Alan, Sheridan Junior High School, 1965. 2 folders.
Dalbec, Gordon, Lincoln Junior High School, 1965. 2 folders.
Dancyger, David, Lincoln Junior High School, 1965. 2 folders.
Daniels, Dennis, Franklin Junior High School, 1965.
Daraitis, Mike, crew 7, 1965.
Deg, Gary, crew 8, 1964-1965.
Deg, Gary, Phillips Junior High, 1964-1965.
Dejesus, Hector, crew 10, 1965.
Dejesus, Hector, Franklin Junior High, 1965.
Determann, Bruce, crew 9, 1965.
Determann, Bruce, Phillips Junior High, 1963.
Drogseth, Elmer, crew 10, 1965.
Drogseth, Elmer, Phillips Junior High, 1964.
Erdahl, James, Franklin Junior High, 1964.
Fedich, Joe, Franklin Junior High, 1965.
Godfrey, Steve, crew 8, 1964.
Godfrey, Steve, Sheridan Junior High, 1964.
Greeler, Robert, crew 8, 1965.
Greeler, Robert, Phillips Junior High, 1965.
Gullickson, Bradford, Franklin Junior High, 1965.
Hagen, Michael, crew 10, 1965.
Hagen, Michael, Franklin Junior High, 1965.
Hall, James, crew 9, 1964.
Hall, James, Sheridan Junior High, 1963-1964.
Hennagir, Robert, crew 3, 1965.
Hennagir, Robert, Phillips Junior High, 1965.
Hunter, Wayne, crew 4, 1965.
Hunter, Wayne, Lincoln Junior High, 1965.
Jackson, Timothy, crew 5, 1965.
Jackson, Timothy, Lincoln Junior High, 1965.
Jaworski, Jim, crew 10, 1965.
Jaworski, Jim, Sheridan Junior High, 1965.
Jesso, Robert Franklin Junior High, 1964.
Johnson, Doug, Sheridan Junior High, 1965.
Johnson, Gary, Phillips Junior High, 1965.
Johnston, Mark, Lincoln Junior High, 1965. 2 folders.
Kelley, John, Phillips Junior High, 1963-1964.
Kelley, Michael, crew 14, 1965.
Kelley, Michael, Lincoln Junior High, 1965.
Ketz, Stuart, crew 9, 1965.
Ketz, Stuart, Sheridan Junior High, 1965.
Kilbo, Michael, crew 3, 1965.
Kilbo, Michael, Sheridan Junior High, 1965.
Lefkowitz, Steven, Lincoln Junior High, 1965.
Lininger, Mike, Phillips Junior High, 1964.
Martin, James, Phillips Junior High, 1965.
Macino, John, Sheridan Junior High, 1965.
Mathisen, David, Sheridan Junior High, 1965. 2 folders.
Mattson, John, crew 6, 1965.
Mattson, John, Sheridan Junior High, 1965.
Mitchell, Mike, Phillips Junior High, 1965. 3 folders.
Mosher, Morris, crew 10, 1965.
Mosher, Morris, Phillips Junior High, 1965.
Munson, Scotty, crew 6, 1965.
Munson, Scotty, Lincoln Junior High, 1965.
Nelson, Leonard, Phillips Junior High, 1964.
Nelson, Raymond, crew 6, 1965.
Nelson, Raymond, Phillips Junior High, 1965.
Odheim, Frank, crew 8, 1965.
Otterness, Harry, crew 8, 1964.
Otterness, Harry, Phillips Junior High, 1964.
Pantze, Curtis, Sheridan Junior High, 1965.
Parisian, Steve, crew 10, 1965.
Parisian, Steve, Phillips Junior High, 1965.
Pederson,Dale, Franklin Junior High, 1964.
Pendegayosh, Dale, Franklin Junior High, 1964.
Peterson,Craig, crew 9, 1965.
Peterson,Craig, Lincoln Junior High, 1965.
Peterson, Judy, Lincoln Junior High, 1965.
Prince, Gary, crew 1, 1965.
Prince, Gary, Lincoln Junior High, 1965.
Rasmusson, Ronnie, crew 1, 1965.
Rasmusson, Ronnie, Franklin Junior High, 1965.
Renstrom, Theodore, Phillips Junior High, 1965. 2 folders.
Riddle, Jack, Lincoln Junior High, 1965. 2 folders.
Vern Jacks, Walter, Franklin Junior High, 1965.



RELATED MATERIALS

See also the Publications and ephemera records of Metropolitan Minneapolis, separately catalogued in the Kautz Family YMCA Archives.


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:
Boys --Societies and clubs.
Girls -- Societies and clubs.
Social work with youth -- Minnesota.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Minnesota -- Minneapolis.
Youth --Societies and clubs.
Places:
Minneapolis (Minn.).
Organizations:
American Model United Nations International.
Young Men's Christian Association of Metropolitan Minneapolis.
Young Men's Christian Association of the City of Minneapolis.