Archives and Special Collections
92 Snell Library
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
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Title:Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Boston records
Dates:n.d., 1833-2015 (bulk 1851-1980)
Call Number:M13

Scope and Content Note

The records of YMCA of Greater Boston comprise 58.75 cubic feet of materials, documenting the organization's administrative, religious, social, educational, and community activities from 1833 to 2014. The majority of the records fall within the years 1851 and 1970. The role of former YMCA president Peter Post is well documented through extensive correspondence. Several branches, such as Dorchester, Huntington Avenue, Hyde Park and West Roxbury, and camps, such as the Sandy Island Family Camp and North Woods Day camp, are also well documented. There is also some material relating to Northeastern University's early programs, such as the Evening Institute, the Automotive School, and the School of Law. Materials include correspondence, meeting minutes, annual reports, committee reports, financial records, fund-raising records, photographs, 35mm color slides, negatives, scrapbooks, hymn books, newspaper clippings, newspapers and newsletters, and publications. Electronic records such as preservation photography and oral histories related to the 2011 agreement between the Massachusetts Historical Commission, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, Phoenix Property Company, Northeastern University and the YMCA of Greater Boston are also included in the collection.

Researchers should note that Box 35 no longer exists; the materials were placed in FF5/D1.