MS 174 - Young Men's Christian Association (Toledo, Ohio)
|Title||MS 174 - Young Men's Christian Association (Toledo, Ohio)|
|Introduction||The Toledo YMCA Collection contains 46 linear feet of materials dating from the establishment of the association in Toledo in 1865, until 1977. Included are minutes, correspondence, printed materials, financial documents, legal documents, reports, photographs, speeches, scrapbooks, maps, and blueprints. These records are indicative of functions, organizations, policies, procedures, programs and activities within the association. They also reflect its relationships with members, civic leaders, religious groups, community organizations, businesses, and unions. The Central, Indiana Avenue, Railroad, West, South, East and Toledo University branches are represented throughout the collection, as well as Camp Storer. Information on the Bowman Park Family YMCA pool is also included.|
The Collection contains confidential materials in the form of personnel files, therefore the Center for Archival Collection's policy on confidential materials must be followed in order to obtain access to these files.
The Collection was transferred to the Center for Archival Collections in July 1972 and additions have been made periodically. This register was prepared in February 1988 by Susan M. Hughes.
|Agency History||George Williams and Edward Beaumont, two dry-goods clerks, founded the Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) in London on June 6, 1844. The early YMCA was a religious movement of laymen who faced poor living and working conditions in the city. This movement was ecumenical, evangelical, and at times, puritanical in spirit. The popularity of its fellowship grew and by 1851, it had reached across the Atlantic to establish associations in Montreal, Canada and Boston, Massachusetts. During the mid-to-late 19th century, the YMCA spread almost as swiftly as industrialization throughout the United States. In this period, Toledo, situated at the end of Lake Erie and on major railways, naturally became an industrial center drawing hundreds of young workers. Community and religious leaders of Toledo perceived a need to provide a healthy social life for these young men.|
Staff Organization - Management
|Scope and Content||The Toledo YMCA Collection contains records dating from the beginning of the association in 1865 to 1977, with the bulk falling after 1930. The records contain minutes, correspondence, printed materials, financial documents, legal documents, personnel files, photographs, reports, speeches, maps, and blueprints. The minutes are the most valuable and extensive records. There is one volume of Secretary's Minutes dating from August 29, 1865 to July 30, 1867, followed by a gap in the record until the Board of Directors Minutes began on May 8, 1882. The Minutes of the Board of Directors, renamed the Board of Trustees in 1905, are complete from May 8, 1882 through December 30, 1963. Executive Committee Minutes are available in one volume dated December 1, 1883 through September 30, 1886, followed by a gap, and then complete from January 1, 1928 through December 16, 1960. The Board of Trustees Minutes and the Executive Committee Minutes contain records of meeting proceedings, policies, programs, committee reports, recommendations, constitutional amendments, and bills presented. They reflect the association's organization and function, and its relationships with the Toledo community and the national YMCA.|
The collection contains many record series of minutes which can contribute to the understanding of various branches and committees. None of these are complete, however, and some are limited to a few meetings. Some of these series are of value because of their extent, or the nature of their information.
The following minutes series offer particular strengths to the collection.
City Staff, Meetings, 1934-1940; 1949-1954
South Toledo Management Committee, 1933-1957
Railroad Branch Management Committee, 1933-1941
Building Committee, 1925-1953
Finance Committee, 1928-1968
Budget Committee, 1932-1955
Education Committee, 1926-1956
Membership Committee, 1931-1935; 1949-1967
City Wide World Service Committee, 1937-1961
The minutes of the South Toledo branch and the Railroad branch are more extensive than for the other branches. There are West Toledo branch Management Committee Minutes from 1950 to 1957, and the Indiana branch Minutes from 1933 to 1935. East Toledo Branch Minutes, 1933 to 1958 and Toledo University Branch Minutes, 1955 to 1969 are incomplete. There is not extensive correspondence for any of the branches, but it is available for the following years.
South Toledo Branch, 1942-1967
West Toledo Branch, 1955-1967
Railroad Branch, 1936-1968
Toledo University Branch, 1955-1969
East Toledo Branch, 1933-1958
Indiana Avenue Branch, 1944-1968
Central Branch, 1931-1934; 1947-1955
The minutes and correspondence provide the best information concerning the programs of the Toledo YMCA. The collection includes reports and printed materials about some of the programs but these certainly do not give a complete history. Scrapbooks and clippings also include significant materials about programs. In addition, the scrapbooks provide information about community relations and general history of the association. There are clippings from 1910 to 1920, a general history scrapbook containing materials from 1884 to 1940, and seven volumes of general scrapbooks dating from 1944 to 1969. Other sources of general information are assorted pamphlets dating from 1892 to 1962, newspapers of and on the Toledo YMCA, and general YMCA histories.
Annual reports dating from 1952 to 1953 and 1960 to 1968; printed annual reports from 1954 to 1963 and 1965 to 1968; and statistical summaries from 1952 to 1967, provide information on branches, memberships, budgets, expenditures and receipts. There are several record series relating to finances which are strong. Financial reports, complete from 1940 to 1955 indicate the budget, income, and expenses of each branch. The relationship with the Community Chest is reflected in Community Chest correspondence, Community Chest statistics, and budget reports. Three series of minutes are directly related to finances; Budget Committee Minutes, 1932 to 1955; Finance Committee Minutes, 1928 to 1968; and Investment Committee and Inventory of Securities Minutes, 1933 to 1967.
The Toledo YMCA has been involved in a number of campaigns to raise funds and the collection contains materials related to these. The most extensive records are for the World Service Campaign and the Building and Expansion Campaign. For the World Service Campaign, there are Committee Minutes dating from 1937 to 1961, reports, correspondence, and printed materials. For the Building and Expansion Campaign there are Committee Minutes dating from 1928 to 1937, plans, correspondence, team reports, account books, receipts and four scrapbooks. These materials illustrate how the YMCA organized for these campaigns, and its involvement with the national association, community organizations and businesses.
Some materials dating from 1918 to 1969 concern industrial and union relations. These series are limited but when supplemented with other materials, they could prove valuable. Records dealing directly with social aspects, such as minority and religious groups are not extensive. These records are best used in combination with other sources.
PERSONNEL FILES. (CONFIDENTIAL)
BOWMAN PARK/WEST TOLEDO FAMILY BRANCH
SCRAPBOOKS AND CLIPPINGS
MAPS, CHARTS, SPECIFICATIONS
MAPS AND SPECIFICATIONS.
Box 2: ProceedingsFolders
Box 3: ProceedingsFolders
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Box 5: ProceedingsFolders
Box 6: ProceedingsFolders
Box 7: ProceedingsFolders
Box 8: ProceedingsFolders
Box 9: ProceedingsFolders
Box 10: ProceedingsFolders
Box 11: ProceedingsFolders
Box 12: ProceedingsFolders
Box 13: ProceedingsFolders
Box 14: ProceedingsFolders
Box 15: Proceedings, CorrespondenceFolders
Box 16A: CorrespondenceFolders
Box 16B: CorrespondenceFolders
Box 17: CorrespondenceFolders
Box 18: CorrespondenceFolders
Box 19: CorrespondenceFolders
Box 20: CorrespondenceFolders
Box 21: CorrespondenceFolders
Box 22: CorrespondenceFolders
Box 23: CorrespondenceFolders
Box 24: CorrespondenceFolders
Box 25: CorrespondenceFolders
Box 26: CorrespondenceFolders
Box 27-28: CONFIDENTIAL
Box 29: Subject FilesFolders
Box 53: Photographic MaterialsFolders
Proceedings, Correspondence, Reports, Legal Documents, Printed Materials
Box 54: Proceedings, Correspondence, ReportsFolders
Proceedings, Correspondence, Reports, Legal Documents, News clippings, Maps, Charts, Printed Materials
Oversized Photographs - Encapsulated
Located in Oversize Manuscript Drawer
Box 80: Bowman Park/West Toledo Family BranchFolders
Box 81: Bowman Park/West Toledo Family BranchFolders
Box 82: Cornerstone/Time CapsuleFolders
Located in Oversize Manuscript Drawer #56