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YMCA INTERNATIONAL WORK IN AUSTRIA, HUNGARY, AND SWITZERLAND:
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 Austria, Hungary, and Switzerland
Date: 1883-1990
Collection Number: Y.USA.9-2-8
Abstract: Includes correspondence, reports, and printed material, primarily concerning the YMCA in Vienna, Austria, but also including some information about YMCA work in Budapest, Hungary and in Switzerland.
Quantity: 1.4 cubic feet (6 boxes).
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


HISTORY OF YMCA INTERNATIONAL WORK IN AUSTRIA, HUNGARY AND SWITZERLAND

From the 1880s on, the YMCAs of the United States and Canada helped YMCAs in Europe in a variety of ways, with the majority of the work coming as a response to World War I. The region of Austria, Hungary and Switzerland was not the scene of extensive or prolonged assistance. However, as an aftermath of World War I, through funds provided from the Student Friendship Fund, the International Committee, under the direction of John R. Mott, purchased a building in Vienna. This building was held by the Vienna YMCA under a trust agreement with the International Committee of the YMCA until 1930.



SCOPE AND CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION

Includes correspondence, reports, and printed material, primarily concerning the YMCA in Vienna, Austria, but also including some information about YMCA work in Budapest, Hungary and in Switzerland. As significant portion of the records consist of correspondence and documents concerning the purchase, with funds raised by John R. Mott, of a building in Vienna to be used as a student hostel. Also documented is Mott's decision to sell the property owing to his conviction it was not being managed in accordance with its original purpose. Material for Switzerland primarily consists of correspondence with the World Alliance of YMCAs, which is headquartered in Geneva, but also includes some with the National Council of YMCAs of Switzerland. The collection also includes material documenting the YMCA's role in assisting Hungarian refugees who were fleeing to Austria to escape the violence of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution.



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 Austria, Hungary, and Switzerland. 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, August 2010, as collection FP004. Material has been minimally processed.
Catalog Record ID number: 5930173


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 Vienna YMCA annual reports, 1913-1921, 1926/27. 2 folders.
Box 1 Vienna: Correspondence and reports, 1946-1950, 1952-1964. 4 folders.
Vienna: Student hostel, 1920-1922, 1925-1933. 8 folders.
Includes documents and letters in English and German concerning the purchase, operation, and eventual sale of property in Vienna to be used as a student hostel.
Box 2 Vienna: Student hostel, 1920-1928.
Includes documents and letters in English and German concerning the rental of property for use of student activities, including the purchase of a hostel in Vienna.
Box 2 Correspondence: Budapest, 1921-1931.
Includes documents and letters in English and Hungarian concerning requests by the Hungarian YMCA movement for financial help from the National Council of YMCAs of the U.S. for buildings in Budapest and Debrecen.
Box 3 Austria: Camping Centre Sibley, 1959-1971. 3 folders.
Correspondence, reports, and other documents concerning the establishment of a summer camp near Laussa, Austria. Named in honor of Harper Sibley, a major supporter of the project, the camp was operated by the World Alliance of YMCAs for refugee children, working boys, and students. In 1971 ownership of the property was transferred to the YMCA -YWCA of Linz, Austria.
Vienna: Correspondence 1964-1978.
Includes correspondence concerning Camping Centre Sibley as well as reports on the status of YMCA work in Vienna. Correspondents include Millard F. Collins, W. Harold Denison, Gerrit B. Douwsma and Richard H. Miller. Also includes a report on a 1964 trip to Vienna by W. Harold Denison.
Box 3 Miscellaneous printed material, undated and 1951, 1955, 1962.
Printed material: Tools: Werkzeuge Ferramentas: Herramientas, 1957.
Language training aid prepared by the YMCA-YWCA of Austria with words for various tools in English, German, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Yearbook of the German Swiss YMCA, 1900.
Box 4 Correspondence and reports, refugee work, print materials, Budapest 1883-1967
Includes correspondence related to the ownership and disposition of a building in Losonc (Lučenec), Slovakia, formerly part of Hungary.
Box S4 International division: Correspondence and reports 1983-1990
Box S9 Switzerland, Correspondence with the National Council of YMCAs of Switzerland, minutes of the World Urban Committee, 1956-1987. 2 folders.
Includes correspondence with the National Council of YMCAs of Switzerland and the World Alliance (headquartered in Geneva)



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:
Refugees -- Austria.
Student housing -- Austria -- Vienna.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Austria -- Vienna.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Hungary -- Budapest.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Switzerland.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Administration.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Buildings.
Places:
Vienna (Austria).
Budapest (Hungary).
Hungary -- History -- Revolution, 1956.
Lučenec (Slovakia).
Persons:
Mott, John Raleigh, 1865-1955.
Organizations:
World Alliance of YMCAs.
YMCA of the USA. International Division.
YMCA of the USA.
Young Men’s Christian Associations of North America. International Committee.