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Creator: National Council of the Young Men's Christian Associations of Canada.
Title: YMCA in Canada records.
Date: 1851-1989 (bulk 1860s-1960s)
Collection Number: Y.USA.48
Abstract: Minutes, reports, yearbooks, correspondence, and other records of the Canadian YMCA, which until 1912, was governed jointly with the (U.S.) American YMCA under the International Committee of the Young Men's Christian Associations, and continued throughout most of the rest of the 20th century to work closely with the U.S. YMCA in conducting foreign work.
Quantity: 19.7 cubic feet (54 boxes)
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.


The first Young Men's Christian Association in North America was the Montreal Association, which opened its doors on November 25th, 1851, shortly before YMCAs started up in Boston, New York, and Toronto. The North American YMCAs formed a confederation in 1854, and the World Alliance of YMCAs was formed in 1855. The YMCA's Canadian national administrative headquarters were located in Montreal until the formation of the separate National Council of YMCAs of Canada in 1912 with headquarters in Toronto. The U.S. and Canadian YMCAs continued for decades after to conduct foreign work together under the auspices of the International Committee.


The records of the Canadian YMCA consist primarily of printed and near print material such as proceedings, reports, program, pamphlets, historical notes, newsletters, bulletins, and newspaper clippings. Some correspondence is also included. The records document the work of the Canadian national organization, provinces, and local associations. Topics include World Service and international programs (1960-1981); material on the Canadian Committee on Friendly Relations (1960-1965); service during World War I, World War II, and the Boer War; and celebrations of major anniversaries of Canadian YMCAs.

Publications in the collection include the following: National: Yearbooks (1970s, incomplete); The News Bulletin (1927-1968, incomplete); Provinces of Ontario and Quebec: Ideal Men (1898-1913, incomplete); Ontario: The Radiator, YMCA Monthly (1881-1882, incomplete); Notebook (1889-1992); Association Record (1880-1886, incomplete); Shaftsbury Hall (1880-1886); Our Special (1881-1895, incomplete); Our Boys (1883-1885, incomplete); Our Boys Club Booster (1908-1912, incomplete); The Elevator (1908-1910, incomplete); Monthly Review (1887-1891); Quebec: YMCA News (1933-1950, incomplete); YMCA Pictorial News (1958-1965); Association Record (1880-1896, incomplete); The Christian Record (1875-1876); Maritime Provinces: The Lever (1896-1912, incomplete); Western Provinces: Canadian West Men (1899); Central West Binder (1920-1922, incomplete); Manitoba: News Bulletin (1950s); The Record (1892-1894, incomplete); Winnipeg YMCA (1890s); New Brunswick: Association Record (1886-1887); The Voice (1889); The Young Men's Herald (1891-1892); Nova Scotia: The Christian Worker (1887-1902, incomplete); The Halifax Boy (1887-1902, incomplete).


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]. YMCA in Canada Records. 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. Material has been minimally processed. Descriptions of box contents are very general.
Catalog Record ID number: 5457250


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

Box 1 National Council annual reports and yearbooks, 1886-1977
Box 2 "The Association Record," Montreal, 1880-1896
Box 3 National Council meetings, reports, 1917-1962
Box 4 National Council Statements, correspondence and miscellaneous studies, undated, 1938-1973
Box 5 National Council Minutes and studies, 1941-1957
Box 6 National Council program materials and boy's work, undated, 1919-1952
Box 7 National Council boy's work minutes and reports, 1918-1958
Box 8 National Council boy's work and Hi-Y minutes, 1911-1961
Box 9 National Council Dominion Conventions reports, 1877-1963
Box 10 National Council Task Force and Conference reports, 1938-1972
Box 11 National Council miscellaneous reports, undated, 1920-1958
Box 12 National Council boys work and miscellaneous reports, undated, 1910-1969
Box 13 National Council miscellaneous, 1904-1941
Box 14 National Council miscellaneous pamphlets/correspondence, undated, 1917-1974
Box 15 National Council annual reports and miscellaneous, undated, 1914-1963
Box 16 National Council and publications, 1897-1962
Box 17 Maritime Provinces annual reports and conventions, 1874-1942
Box 18 Maritime Provinces and Nova Scotia-Halifax annual reports , 1853-1927
Box 19 Maritime Provincial convention proceedings, 1867-1893
Box 20 Maritime Provincial convention proceedings, 1894-1901
Box 21 New Brunswick/Novia Scotia annual reports, 1869-1960
Box 22 New Brunswick/Novia Scotia pamphlets, undated, 1874-1965
Box 23 Ontario/Quebec Provincial Conventions, 1868-1919
Box 24 Ontario/Quebec YMCA Conventions, 1868-1886
Box 25 Ontario/Quebec YMCA Conventions, 1887-1903
Box 26 Manitoba/Winnepeg annual reports, 1879-1955
Box 27 Manitoba/Winnepeg Pamphlets, undated, 1879-1939
Box 28 Ontario/Manitoba News articles, 1875-1917
Box 29 Ontario annual reports and miscellaneous, 1875-1961
Box 30 Ontario/Saskatchewan news articles, undated, 1818-1918
Box 31 British Colombia/Alberta miscellaneous, 1886-1975
Box 32 Ontario Toronto annual reports, 1866-1936
Box 33 Ontario Toronto reports and press, 1837-1949
Box 34 Ontario Toronto bulletins, ND/1873-1968
Box 35 Ontario Toronto bulletins and miscellaneous, undated, 1884-1965
Box 36 Ontario reports and pamphlets, 1882-1969
Box 37 Ontario Toronto/Ottawa annual reports, 1872-1965
Box 38 Ontario/Ottawa pamphlets and "youth discusses", 1867-1949
Box 39 Ontario annual reports and miscellaneous, 1844-1965
Box 40 Quebec-Montreal George Williams College, 1874-1975
Box 41 Quebec-Montreal Pamphlets, undated, 1865-1961
Box 42 Quebec-Montreal annual reports and miscellaneous, undated, 1864-1969
Box 43 Quebec-Montreal annual reports and miscellaneous, 1881-1937
Box 44 Quebec-Montreal YMCA reports, 1851-1892
Box 45 Quebec-Montreal YMCA reports, 1893-1910
Box 46 Quebec-Montreal annual reports, 1862-1966
Box 47 Quebec annual reports, 1858-1967
Box 48 National Council miscellaneous, 1913-1979
Box 49 National Council/Canada-United States correspondence, 1800s-1966
Box 50 National Council correspondence and "Early Association Work", 1851-1981
Box 51 Canadian-U.S. relations chronological files and correspondence; international relations, 1933-1969, 1978-1989
Box 52 National Council feasability studies, 1955-1980
Box 53 National Council feasability studies and invoices, 1955-1968
Box 54 Nova Scotia and National Council international committee relationships, 1877-1963


Since the U. S. and Canadian YMCAs worked so closely together for many years, material documenting their joint history is scattered throughout the collections of the Kautz Family YMCA Archives. The YMCA Biographical Files, in particiular, include material on many Canadian YMCA leaders.


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.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Administration.
Young Men's Christian associations -- Canada.
World War, 1914-1918 -- War work -- Young Men's Christian Associations.
World War, 1939-1945 -- War work -- Young Men's Christian Associations.
South African War, 1899-1902.
National Council of the Young Men's Christian Associations of Canada.
YMCA of the USA.
Young Men's Christian Associations of North America. International Committee.