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|Title:||Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Boston, West Roxbury/Roslindale Branch records|
|Date:||1948-1995 (bulk 1951-1970)|
|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.|
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|Restrictions:||The collection is unrestricted.|
|Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.|
Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Boston records (M13)
|Processor:||Finding aid prepared by Cat Lea, January 2001|
Scope and Content Note
The records of YMCA of Greater Boston, West Roxbury-Roslindale Branch document the organization's administrative, religious, social, educational, and community activities. Some of these activities include the many adult informal education classes: square dancing, beginner swimming lessons, tennis lessons, and classes to improve one's bridge game. This collection also contains information on the clubs the branch offered such as the Y's Men's Club, the Senior Citizens Club, and the 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. This was a nation-wide event, but each community was responsible for its YMCA week activities. The national board offered special church bulletins that could be passed out on the Sunday of YMCA week. Branches were urged to set up a special YMCA Week Committee, to have at least one major program activity planned for the week, come up with fresh ways to tell the YMCA story in the area, and order national aids for the local radio and TV stations. Each branch nominated a local family as the "YMCA Family of the Year."
In 1941 the West Roxbury Citizens' 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 'Y' 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 1948 a campaign drive to construct a permanent building began with the help of the Boston YMCA, which raised $500. Community support was strong, and in 1950 the building at 15 Bellevue Street was erected, costing $110,000. The West Roxbury-Roslindale branch of the YMCA was dedicated on March 18, 1951. In the first five years of existence, 1,000 people joined, and the programs were expanded to include canoe trips for older boys, day camps for girls, Camp Stay Home for younger children, and a variety of adult programs.
During 1952 the Board of Managers began to investigate the possibility of building an addition onto 15 Bellevue Street, which would include a pool. In 1955 a building committee was formed, and in 1956 the West Roxbury-Roslindale branch of the YMCA initiated a capital funds campaign for the addition. The ground breaking ceremony was held on January 26, 1958, and the building was dedicated on October 19, 1958. In 1971 a new gymnasium building was added to the structure at 15 Bellevue Street.
Today, the West Roxbury-Roslindale branch of the YMCA focuses 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.
1. Administrative Files, 1948-1995
|Volume:||3.17 cubic ft.|
This series comprises the records created by the administration, and it documents clubs, finance, fund raising activities, and the physicalplant. Materials include meeting minutes and agendas, annual reports, budgets, the staff development committee meetings, correspondence, and fund raising records.
|1||Annual Meetings (4 folders)||1952-1963|
|1||Annual Reports (with gaps) (4 folders)||1951-1976|
|1||Board of Directors (4 folders)||1954-1964|
|1||Board of Managers (18 folders)||n.d., 1952-1975|
|5||Boston Executive Committee||1962|
|1||Boston-Wide YMCA Staff||1960-1961|
|1||Branch Council (2 folders)||1951-1962|
|1-2||Executive Cabinet Meetings (4 folders)||1954, 1962-1969|
|2||Membership Campaign (3 folders)||1953-1962|
|2||Monthly Statistical Reports (4 folders)||1960-1963|
|2||Nominating Committee (4 folders)||1951-1962|
|2||Physical Education Policy||1963|
|2||Statistics (2 folders)||1950-1955, 1960|
|2||Parkway Seniors Club||1966-1968|
|2||Senior Citizens Club (3 folders)||1963-1984|
|2||Senior Citizens Group||n.d., 1957-1960|
|2||Y's Men's Club||n.d., 1958-1963|
|5||Y's Men's Club Newsletter (6 folders)||1960-1963|
|2||Yankee Flippers Diving Club||1961-1962|
|2, 5||Budget (with gaps) (11 folders)||1952-1969, 1995|
|2, 5||Capital Funds Campaign (4 folders)||n.d., 1952-1957|
|2, 5||General (2 folders)||1948-1959|
|3||Addition (2 folders)||1952-1969|
|FF5/D1||Architectural Drawings of 1957 Addition||1955|
|3||Building Use Policies||1953, 1963|
|3||Development Committee (6 folders)||1961-1963, 1970|
|3||Meetings (5 folders)||1960-1968|
2. Subject Files, 1955-1971
|Volume:||1.07 cubic ft.|
The Subject Files consists of the `Y' programs that all branches of the Greater Boston YMCA participated in such as the Boston Staff Annual Conference Committee, World Service, and the various summer camps available to boys and girls in the New England area, including resident camps, day camps, and Camp Stay-Home for younger children. Materials include the `Y' Tattler, a newsletter with the program schedules for that time period, meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, and the camp budgets.
This collection also contains photographs from various events in the history of the West Roxbury/Roslindale branch of the YMCA. Included are Governor Herter signing the YMCA week proclamation of 1956, the 2nd place Eastern District swimming team of 1962, and the `YMCA Family of the Year' of 1959, chosen as part of YMCA week.
|3||Adult Informal Education (2 folders)||1960-1961|
|3||Adult Program Committee (3 folders)||1961, 1963|
|3||Adult Programs (2 folders)||1963-1964|
|3||Association of Secretaries (2 folders)||1960-1962|
|3||Boston Staff, Annual Conference Committee||1961|
|3||Day Camps (3 folders)||1960-1961, 1966|
|3||Greater Boston YMCA Guidelines||1967|
|3||Newspaper Clippings (2 folders)||1956-1974|
|3-4, 6-7||Photographs (17 folders)||n.d., 1956-1997|
|4||Senior Leaders Corps||1959-1960|
|4||World Service (3 folders)||1955-1963|
|4||YMCA Youth and Government Program||198?|
|4||YMCA Measured Mile Program||1963|
|4||YMCA Week (5 folders)||1954-1963|
|4||Youth Church Activities||1956-1960|