MG 023 - Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) Collection

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Scope and Content

Includes the annual reports of the YMCA for 1871, 1878-1883, 1886, 1892-93, 1897; the yearbook for 1896; a history of the Pennsylvania YMCA, 1854-1950; a historical sketch of the organization on its Diamond Jubilee, 1944; a pamphlet and correspondence on the building campaign of 1929; correspondence and program for the dedication of pipe organ in 1903 with a recital by D. E. Crozier; a program for the dedicatory services in the Forster Street Branch; a members' roster, 1931; programs for the 20th anniversary of the YMCA, 1875, the 50th anniversary, 1905, the diamond jubilee, 1929; program for a dinner by the public speaking club, 1918, with a members list; brochure for the YMCA, West Shore Branch, 1982; program for a recognition dinner, 1982; treasurer's report for the year 1856; the director's report for Camp Shikellimy, summer, 1980; a program for the "Laying of the Corner Stone" 1931; two typewritten historical sketches of the YMCA in the 1870's; and a scrapbook of items concerning the first annual rose show held in 1918.

Background

The movement which became known as the Young Men's Christian Association was begun by George Williams in London in 1844 and spread rapidly to the United States. In 1850 the first YMCA in the United States was organized in Boston, Massachusetts and in 1854 a group of men met in the lecture room of the First Presbyterian Church, Second and Cherry Streets, Harrisburg, to organize the local YMCA. The association continues to have for its main object the improvement of the moral, mental and religious (physical was added in 1870) conditions of the young man.

Date(s): 1856-1982

Extent: 8 folders, 26 enclosures