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YMCA OF GREATER NEW YORK HARLEM BRANCH (125th STREET): An Inventory of Its Records

Summary Information
Title: Harlem YMCA (125th Street) records.
Dates: 1855-1922  (bulk 1882-1912).
Creator: Young Men's Christian Association of the City of New York. Harlem Branch (1868-1933).
Extent: 1.1 cu. ft. (4 boxes).
Location: See Detailed Description section for box listing.
Language: English
Collection Number: Y.GNY.3
Abstract:
Collected materials from the 125th Street Harlem Branch covering governance, programming, financial, and historical materials from 1855-1922.

Repository: University of Minnesota. Kautz Family YMCA Archives.

Access and Use
Copyright:

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.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Todd Mahon, October 2004.

Catalog Record ID number: 4509688

Preferred Citation:

[Indicate the cited item and/or series here] . Harlem Branch (125th Street) Records. Kautz Family YMCA Archives. University of Minnesota.

See the Chicago Manual of Style for additional examples.


Arrangement

These documents are organized into the following sections:

  • Governance
  • Programs and Services
  • Publications
  • Building and Facilities
  • History

HISTORY OF 125th STREET HARLEM YMCA

The Harlem Branch (125th Street) was organized in 1868 in its first rented headquarters at 122nd Street and Third Avenue in Harlem. Among the founders were Lorenzo and Samuel B. Holmes of the Old Reformed Dutch Church, Silas Miller of the Puritan Presbyterian Church, and S.H. Burr of Harlem First Baptist Church. The initial programs were the standard early YMCAs with a reading room and religious services for young men in the neighborhood.

In 1880 it opened its own building on 125th Street. In operated in this building until 1929. A limited program was continued in another location until 1933. The Uptown Branch was an outgrowth of this former work in upper Manhattan.

The 125th Street Harlem Branch should not be confused with the Colored Men's or 135th Street Harlem Branch which served a primarily African-American community.

Information from Terry Donahue’s An Event on Mercer Street (1951) and S.H. Burr’s remarks in 1918.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Records consist of the Committee of Management minutes (1882-1916), copies of the publications The Building Fund Herald (1884, 1886) and The Monthly Record (1881, 1883, 1886, 1888), material relating to World War I relief programs, and other programming records.

Related Material

Uptown Branch collection (not yet cataloged).

Subject Terms
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 -- New York (State) -- New York.
Places:
  • Harlem (New York, N.Y.).
Organizations:
  • Young Men's Christian Association of the City of New York. Harlem Branch (1868-1933).
Types of Documents:
  • Brochures.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION
 Location  Title
 
Governance  
Box 154
Constitution and By-laws, 1855, 1859.  Box 154
 
Annual Report, 1881, 1882. (2 folders. )  Box 154
Box 160
Committee of Management minutes. 1882-1923. (2 bound volumes. )  Box 160
Box 159
Ladies Auxiliary: Constitution, By-Laws, and minutes, 1882-1887. (1 bound volume. )  Box 159
 
Ladies Auxiliary: Executive Committee minutes, 1889-1892. (1 bound volume. )  Box 159
Box 159
Executive Committee: minutes, 1902-1912.  Box 159
 
Programs and Services  
Box 154
War Relief  Box 154
 
Committee Report for Organizing a "Harlem Guard", 1865.  Box 154
 
Committee/ Invitations for Reception for Returned Volunteers, 1866.  Box 154
 
Correspondence, 1882-1910.  Box 154
 
Miscellaneous, brochures, pamphlets, etc., 1886-1904. (2 folders. )  Box 154
 
Brochures, 1898-1912.  Box 154
Box 155
Monthly Educational and Membership statistics for the 125th Street Harlem Branch. Includes stats on attendance, membership, library, physical department, entertainment's, committees, and organizations of the branch. 1889-1890, 1892, 1901-1902. (5 folders. )  Box 155
 
Publications  
Box 154
The Building Fund Herald , vol. 1, no. 1 (April 1884) - Vol. 1, no. 2 (June 1886), 1884-1886.  Box 154
Box 154
The Monthly Record , vol. 8, no.1 (January 1881); vol. 8, no. 2 (February 1881); vol. 10, no. 5 (May 1883); vol. 13, no. 2 (February, 1886); and vol. 15, no. 11 (November, 1888), 1881, 1883, 1886, 1888. (2 folders. )  Box 154
 
Building and Facilities  
Box 154
Real Estate/ Properties, 1912.  Box 154
 
History  
Box 154
50th Anniversary, 1918.  Box 154