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Name of Creator:Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Boston.
Title:Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Boston, West Roxbury/Roslindale Branch records
Date:1948-1995 (bulk 1951-1970)
Reference Code:M62
Location Code:66/3, FF5/D1
Extent:3.52 cubic ft. (7 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract:The records of YMCA of Greater Boston, West Roxbury/Roslindale Branch document the organization's administrative, religious, social, educational, community activities. Some of these activities include adult informal education classes: square dancing, beginner swimming lessons, tennis lessons, and bridge instruction. The collection also contains information on the branch's clubs, including the Y's Men's Club, Senior Citizens Club, and Yankee Flippers Diving Club. Also documented are the construction of the original building, the addition of the pool building, and the gymnasium. Of special interest are the records of YMCA Week, a nation-wide event in which local branches planned major programs, developed creative ways to tell the YMCA story in their areas, and sponsored ads on local radio and TV stations. Branches also nominated a local family as the "YMCA Family of the Year."
Historical Abstract:In 1941, the West Roxbury Citizen's Association met with the leaders of the YMCA of Greater Boston to try to solve the growing problem of juvenile delinquency in their neighborhood. In 1942, with the help of William MacCormick, West Roxbury had its first YMCA club. Meetings were held wherever they could find the available space: churches, cellars, schools, and playing fields. By 1945, the activities included club meetings, sports, and a day camp for boys in the Blue Hills Reservation. In 2001, the West Roxbury-Roslindale branch of the YMCA focused on children and the elderly. It is a large provider of after-school care for schools in West Roxbury, Roslindale, and Dedham. Other programs offered include adult and youth sports, aquatics, fitness, and a comprehensive active older adult program.
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Arrangement:Organized into 2 series: 1. Administrative Files and 2. Subject Files.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Boston
  • Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Boston. West Roxbury/Roslindale Branch

  • Young Men's Christian Associations -- Administration
  • Young Men's Christian Associations -- Finance
  • Young Men's Christian Associations -- Membership
  • Youth -- Societies and Clubs

Restrictions:The collection is unrestricted.
Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.
Related Materials:

Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Boston records (M13)

Processor:Finding aid prepared by Cat Lea, January 2001