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Creator: McClelland, Dalton F. (Dalton Finley).
Title: Dalton McClelland papers.
Date: 1915-1976 (bulk 1950-1967).
Collection Number: Y.USA.28
Abstract: Papers of Dalton McClelland, documenting his work as general secretary in India, special secretary of the YMCA International Committee for North Africa, the Middle East and Asia, as well as representative of the YMCA World Alliance to the United Nations.
Quantity: 4.2 cu. ft. (11 boxes)
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


Dalton Finley McClelland was born on September 10, 1890 in Cumberland, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1912 and then pursued graduate study at the University of Chicago. He was married to Maud Kelsey in 1916 and together they had four children: Marion, William, Harry and Dalton, Jr.

His career with the YMCA began in 1915 when he joined the International Committee staff and went to India, where he was a student secretary. In 1917, he was appointed general secretary of the Madras YMCA, where he stayed until 1936. Under his guidance, an expanded and highly effective program made the Madras YMCA the leading association in India. In 1936 he handed over the leadership to a completely Indian staff to become associate general secretary of the Indian National Council. In 1940 he was chosen as the general secretary. A colleague said of McClelland: "In Madras he had more contacts with the leading non-Christians of that city than did any other Christian worker because he was a friend of everybody."

On October 1, 1945, McClelland assumed the office of executive secretary of the International Committee, a post he held until 1952. After his retirement from this post, he was appointed Secretary-at-Large for North Africa, the Middle East, and southern Asia for a period of three years. In this role he lived and traveled overseas, guiding YMCA secretaries as they entered new fields in Liberia, Ethiopia, Lebanon and Indonesia. His appointment was extended for a fourth year to assist with the Buildings for Brotherhood program.

In 1960 he accepted an invitation from the World Alliance of YMCAs to serve as its representative at the United Nations headquarters, a position he held until his death in 1967.


The personal materials series contains general interest materials collected by McClelland, including quotes collected from various sources, newspaper clippings on subjects of interest, writings of McClelland's for inclusion in publications or YMCA circulation, a term paper written by McClelland, as well as materials on race relations in the YMCA and documents from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Personal interests contain materials from organizations and causes important to McClelland, including social justice, population control, the Mid-East and Asia and education.

Correspondence consists of primarily professional correspondence with YMCA secretaries around the world, as well as personal correspondence to McClelland's wife after his death.

YMCA work covers McClelland's career with the YMCA. Much of this material is organized under the named of the countries that were under his guidance as secretary-at-large, including India, where he also spent the beginning of his YMCA career. Also included are materials from his assignment as representative to the United Nations for the World Alliance of YMCAs.


These documents are organized into the following sections:
Personal Materials
Personal Interests


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]. Dalton McClelland papers. Kautz Family YMCA Archives. University of Minnesota.
See the Chicago Manual of Style for additional examples.
Processing Information:
Audio/visual materials removed from this collection include 32 photographs and 2 blueprints (Rangoon, Burma and Cairo, Egypt).
Material in this collection was formerly cataloged as part of the YMCA Biographical Files.
Processed by: Chan Harries, February 2005.
Catalog Record ID number: 4510995


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

Personal Materials

1 Biographical materials.
Biographies, 1959-1963.
Biographies of people associated with McClelland's work.
Clippings, undated, 1949-1955, 1965. 2 folders.
Collected materials, undated, 1928-1953. 8 folders.
2 Collected materials, 1954-1967. 6 folders.
Materials (clippings, programs, etc.) collected by McClelland on various topics, including church, domestic and international politics.
Journal, 1915.
Memorial materials, 1967-1968.
Obituaries and memorials written on McClelland's death.
Notebooks, undated. 3 folders.
Note cards, undated, 1915-1944. 3 folders.
Quotations, pieces of wisdom, etc. collected by and placed on notecards by McClelland throughout his life .
3 Note cards, 1945-1966. 10 folders.
Quotations, pieces of wisdom, etc. collected by and placed on notecards by McClelland throughout his life .
4 Print materials, undated, 1947-1948, 1953-1960.
Race relations, 1954-1961, 1961.
McClelland was a member of the NAACP and was involved with YMCA efforts at integration.
Reports, miscellaneous, 1952-1964, 1966.
Reports of YMCA employees on global YMCA matters.
Social theology term paper, undated.
Titled "Some Aspects of the Life of the Greco-Roman World of the First Centuries of the Christian Era."
Writings, undated, 1924-1965.

Personal Interests

5 The Asia Society, undated, 1956-1963.
The Asia Society is dedicated to fostering understanding of Asia and communication between Americans and the peoples of Asia and the Pacific.
Committee for Expanded Foreign Aid, 1956-1957.
Committee for Security and Justice in the Middle East, correspondence, 1956-1957.
Far East Joint Office, 1956.
International Cooperation Workshop, 1958.
Joint Conference on National Policies, 1931.
Middle East Institute, 1956, 1960-1961.
The Middle East Institute was founded in 1946 as a conduit of information between Middle Eastern nations and American Policy makers and organizations.
National Conference on International Economic and Social Development, 1960.
Population control, 1960-1963.
Seneca Nation relocation bill, 1964.
A U.S. Senate bill to compensate the Seneca tribe in Pennsylvania due to the construction of the Kinzua dam.
World Education, Inc., 1959-1964.
Founded in 1951 to meet the needs of the educationally disadvantaged by providing training and technical assistance in non-formal education across a wide array of sectors.
YWCA materials, 1964-1965.


5 Correspondence, undated, 1926, 1951-1953. 6 folders.
6 Correspondence, 1954-1967. 16 folders.
Maud McClelland, 1970-1976.
Personal, undated, 1957, 1962, 1965-1967.
11 Marie Buck, 1952, 1964-1965.


6 Association of Secretaries Southern region, speaking engagements, 1962.
7 Estes Park student conference, 1962.
International Association of Retired Secretaries, 1964-1965.
International Committee, undated, 1950-1955.
International Committee, 1957-1965. 2 folders.
7 Burma, 1950-1956.
Ceylon, undated, 1952, 1954, 1960-1966.
Ceylon Men, 1954, 1956.
Egypt, 1953-1955.
Egypt, correspondence, undated, 1955.
Ethiopia, 1949-1955.
Ethiopia, correspondence and reports, 1952, 1955.
7 Background materials, 1953-1966. 2 folders.
Correspondence, undated, 1946, 1953-1954, 1956-1963. 4 folders.
8 Correspondence, 1964-1968. 4 folders.
Print materials, 1953-1954.
Association Men, 1964, 1965.
Madras Young Men, 1961, 1963.
The Young Men of India, Burma and Ceylon, 1945.
Vellore Christian Medical College and Hospital, administrative materials, 1961-1964.
Vellore Christian Medical College and Hospital, correspondence, 1961-1964.
Vellore Christian Medical College and Hospital, informational materials, 1961-1964.
Madras Cancer Institute, 1961-1965.
Vellore Medical Fund, 1963-1965.
Indonesia, 1951-1955.
Lebanon, undated, 1953, 1954.
Lebanon, reports, 1951-1954.
9 Liberia, 1952, 1956.
Liberia, correspondence, undated, 1952.
Palestine/Jerusalem, 1933, 1952-1956, 1963.
Clippings, Israel, 1950-1960.
Pakistan, undated, 1952-1954, 1960-1964.
Thailand, 1953-1954.
Foreign Mail, 1916, 1919.
Reports, undated, 1944-1957, 1959, 1964. 3 folders.
Reports made by McClelland, primarily on countries in Asia and the Middle East.
Senior secretary job description, 1954-1956.
World Service, undated, 1926, 1957, 1961-1964. 2 folders.
10 World Alliance:
World Alliance, 1955, 1960-1967. 3 folders.
World Alliance newsletters, 1956-1961.
United Nations, 1946-1965, 1967. 4 folders.
11 Reports, 1963-1965.
Middle and Near East work reports, undated, 1952.
India, 1952-1954.
Christian Medical Association of India, 1961.
Madras Cancer Center, 1964-1965.
Vellore Christian Medical College and Hospital, 1961-1964.
Lebanon YMCA, 1952.
Jerusalem YMCA, 1938-1953.


The following book is separately catalogued in the Kautz Family YMCA Archives:
McClelland, Dalton F. World Revolution, the College Student, and the YMCA


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.
Medical education -- India.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Burma.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Sri Lanka.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Egypt.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Employees.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Ethiopia.
Young Men's Christian associations -- India.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Jerusalem.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Lebanon.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Liberia.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Pakistan.
McClelland, Dalton F. (Dalton Finley).
Christian Medical College (Vellore, India). Hospital.
United Nations.
World Alliance of YMCAs.
World Education (Organization : U.S.)
Young Men's Christian Associations of North America. International Committee.