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YMCA INTERNATIONAL WORK IN AUSTRALIA AND AUSTRALASIA:
An Inventory of Its Records


TABLE OF CONTENTS
Historical Sketch | Contents Summary/Organization | Administrative/Access Info | Contents Details | Indexed Terms/Access Points


OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION

Creator: YMCA of the USA. International Division.
Title: Records of YMCA international work in Australia and Australasia,
Date: 1856-1990 (bulk 1870s-1950s).
Collection Number: Y.USA.9-2-6
Abstract: Reports, correspondence, publications, and other material documenting the work of the Australian YMCA around Australia and Australasia and in the field of World War I, and its relationship with the American YMCA movement.
Quantity: 3.3 cubic feet (8 boxes).
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


HISTORY OF YMCA WORK IN AUSTRALIA AND AUSTRALASIA

In 1851, the YMCA movement arrived in America and in the same year, under the auspices of the London Association, a branch opened in Adelaide, Australia. In 1853 Melbourne and Sydney YMCAs appeared; followed by branches in Hobart in 1854 and Brisbane in 1875. In 1876, the first "Inter-Association Conference of the Australian YMCA" was conducted and in 1877 the "Inter-Colonial Convention of the Australian and New Zealand YMCA" was formed. The Perth Y started in 1908. The year 1918 saw the separation of Australia and New Zealand Associations and the "National Committee of the YMCAs of Australasia" came into being. A name change occurred in 1958, to "The National Council of the YMCAs of Australia", and in 2004 to "YMCA Australia."

Historical information taken from the YMCA Australia web site (http://www.ymca.org.au/), the World Alliance of YMCAs web site (http://www.ymca.int/302.0.html) and the collection.



SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

Reports, correspondence, publications, and other material collected by the American YMCA's Foreign Work Department and World Service division, documenting the work of the Australian YMCA and its relationship with the American YMCA movement. The collection includes reports on and from YMCAs in various cities around Australia and Tasmania, as well as Papua New Guinea. Highlights include material on the Australian Y's war work during the World War I, and student work. Immigration is a frequently appearing topic.



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]. Records of YMCA International Work in Australia and Australasia. Kautz Family YMCA Archives. University of Minnesota.
See the Chicago Manual of Style for additional examples.
Processing Information:
Processed as part of Fast Processing Project II, 2009, as collection FP003. Material has been minimally processed. Descriptions of box contents are very general.
Catalog Record ID number: 5706929


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 1 Constitution, articles of association, yearbook, convention proceedings and reports, correspondence and papers, material on Papua New Guinea, 1880-1990
Box 2 Sydney annual reports, World War I pamphlets and war service records, immigration, 1856-1950
Includes Victoria Education Department's Record of War Service, 1914-1919 as well as many pamphlets and booklets on the Australian YMCA's World War I work, particularly in Egypt, France, and Palestine.
Folder 3 National Council publications, Association of Secretaries reports, youth work, YMCA College, John W. Cook travel letters and reports, "Friends to Friends," 1917-1965.
Includes detailed letters and reports by John W. Cook (1928-1929), an American YMCA secretary who spent six months with the Australian YMCAs. His reports include his observations on Australian culture and attitudes about immigration, as well as the activities and challenges of the various YMCAs around the continent. They also include extensive reporting on the Fifteenth Inter-Young Men's Christian Association Tournament of Australia, an athletic event involving almost 300 competitors from ten Associations. Also includes "Friends to Friends," 40th anniversary booklet published by alumni of the Harbin YMCA High School Institute (1965, in Russian).
Box 4 Convention reports, Brisbane YMCA booklet on visiting Queensland, 1868, 1935-1957
Box 5 Reports and printed material from Melbourne, Newcastle, New South Wales, Perth, Peterborough, and Sydney, 1877-1971
Box 6 Reports from Brisbane, Geelong and Melbourne, 1882-1947
Box 7 Reports from Adelaide, Ballarat and Bendigo, 1880-1930
Box 8 Reports from Tasmania (Hobart and Launceston) and the Student Christian Union, 1896-1949

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:
World War, 1914-1918 -- War work -- Young Men's Christian associations.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Administration.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Australia.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Tasmania.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Papua New Guinea.
Places:
Papua New Guinea.
Australia.
New Zealand.
Tasmania.
Persons:
Cook, John W.
Organizations:
Australasian Student Christian Union.
National Council YMCA of Australia.
National Committee of the Young Men's Christian Associations of Australasia.
National Committee of the Young Men's Christian Associations of Australia and New Zealand.
YMCA of the USA. International Division.