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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Young Men's Christian Association, Mankato, Minnesota. Papers, 1875 - 1977.
MSU Archives Collection 1294



Young Men's Christian Association, Mankato, Minnesota. Papers, 1875 - 1977. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1294. 4 records center cartons.

Abstract:

This collection consists of items pertaining to the Mankato, Minnesota Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA). Items related to daily operations, meeting minutes, membership lists, financial records, and the relationship between the YMCA and the Mankato community are all part of the collection. Newspaper clippings, photographs, event programs, correspondence from the various departments of the YMCA, and historical information about the founding of the Mankato YMCA are also available in this collection.

Historical Note:

The Young Men's Christian Association of Mankato (YMCA) met to adopt a constitution and name a board of directors on December 29, 1874. The organization named E. M. Pope as president and held devotional meetings and bible classes in two rooms rented over a dry goods store at 117 South Front Street in Mankato.

In the 1880s the organization lapsed, but began functioning again in 1891 with a Mr. Montgomery at the helm. In 1904, the Mankato YMCA built a new headquarters at the corner of Cherry and Second Streets. From this building, the YMCA sponsored community entertainment, speakers and musical events, and athletic activities such as track, basketball, and baseball.

The Mankato YMCA moved to 111 Park Lane in 1958, and it has expanded its facilities several times to meet the needs of the people of Mankato. The YMCA is still located in the building they moved to in 1958, but the address is now 1401 South Riverfront Drive, and they continue to grow to meet the needs of their many members.

Historical information obtained from the collection, from the Mankato Weekly Record, 2 January 1875, and 30 January 1875, and the Mankato Review, 15 September 1891.

Scope and Content:

This collection consists of items pertaining to the Mankato, Minnesota YMCA between 1875 and 1977. The collection's materials are separated into five series with a topographical and chronological order: Correspondence, Administrative Documents, Miscellaneous, Photographs and Scrapbooks, and Membership.

Correspondence, 1959-1974: Correspondence and personal records also make up part of the collection. The correspondence of the YMCA organization from 1969 until 1974 are included, as are the personal meeting calendars of Jim Buckley, executive director of the YMCA from 1958 until 1978. Scrapbooks and photographs of YMCA events from 1909 - 1910 and 1961 - 1964 also are available in this collection.

Administrative Documents, 1904-1977: The Board of Directors meeting minutes make up a large portion of the collection. These records cover the years from 1924 until 1974. Reports made to the National Council of the YMCA and YMCA annual reports are a part of the collection. These records run from 1950 to 1976, but are not complete. Other items, such as correspondence, programs, and newspaper clippings about YMCA events are also included in these files.

Miscellaneous, 1875-1974: This series contains newspaper clippings, Jim Buckley's calendars, reports, program information, and various other printed materials.

Photographs and Scrapbooks, 1906-1964: The photographs are from 1906-1912. The scrapbooks are from 1909-1910 and 1961-1964.

Membership, 1940-1971: Membership information and financial records also are included. These records cover the membership drives conducted by the YMCA, building funds, annual financial reports, and United Fund Budget information. Some miscellaneous papers, including correspondence and printed materials are also included in these files, which cover from approximately 1940 until 1971.

Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Young Men's Christian Association, Mankato, Minnesota. Papers, 1875 - 1977. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1294, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Acquisition:

James Buckley donated this collection in October 1977 and May 1978.

Processed By:

Karin Thiem processed this collection in May 1979. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell January 2001. Jeff A. Jenson updated the finding aid in March 2002.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about the Y.M.C.A. of Mankato, Minnesota available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Y.M.C.A. - Mankato (Minn.)
Young Men's Christian Association--Mankato (Minn.)
Mankato (Minn.)--Social groups and clubs.

Related Collections at MSUM:

Cray, Lorin, 1844 - 1927. Papers, 1900 - 1927. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1283, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Mankato, Minnesota Young Women's Christian Association. Papers, 1922 - 1976. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1284, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1294

Box

Folder

Correspondence, 1959 – 1974

 

 

Correspondence, 1959 – 1961

4

1

Correspondence, 1962

4

2

Correspondence, 1963

4

3

Correspondence, 1964

4

4

Correspondence, 1965

4

5

Correspondence, 1966

4

6

Correspondence, 1968 – 1969

4

7

Correspondence, 1970

4

8

Correspondence, 1971

4

9

Correspondence, 1972

4

10

Correspondence, 1973

4

11

Correspondence, 1974

4

12

Administrative Documents, 1904 – 1977

 

 

Annual financial examination reports, 1953, 1959, 1962, 1968, 1970 – 1975

3

19

Annual reports to the National Council of YMCAs, 1950 – 1959

2

8

Annual reports to the National Council of YMCAs, 1960 – 1965

2

9

Annual reports, 1973, 1975, 1976

2

10

Board of Directors Minutes, 1924 – 1928

1

1

Board of Directors Minutes, 1928 – 1947

1

2

Board of Directors Minutes, 1951 – 1955

1

3

Board of Directors Minutes, 1956 – 1958

1

4

Board of Directors Minutes, 1959

1

5

Board of Directors Minutes, 1960

1

6

Board of Directors Minutes, 1961

1

7

Board of Directors Minutes, 1962

1

8

Board of Directors Minutes, 1963

1

9

Board of Directors Minutes, 1964

1

10

Board of Directors Minutes, 1965

1

11

Board of Directors Minutes, 1966

1

12

Board of Directors Minutes, 1967

1

13

Board of Directors Minutes, 1968

1

14

Board of Directors Minutes, 1969

1

15

Board of Directors Minutes, 1970

1

16

Board of Directors Minutes, 1971

2

1

Board of Directors Minutes, 1972

2

2

Board of Directors Minutes, 1973

2

3

Board of Directors Minutes, 1974

2

4

Board of Directors, membership lists, 1933 – 1950

2

6

Board of Trustees, reports, minutes, correspondence, and financial records of trust fund, 1950 – 1963

3

1

Board of Trustees, reports, minutes, correspondence, and financial records of trust fund, 1964 – 1974, 1977

3

2

Board of Trustees, correspondence about memorials, undated and 1961 – 1962, 1964 – 1966, 1969 – 1971, 1973 – 1976

3

3

Board of Trustees, North Central Area YMCA Council information, 1966 – 1970

3

4

Budget material, 1967 – 1973

3

7

Building committee, plans, 1960 – 1963

3

8

Building Fund, lists of donors and investments, 1961

3

9

Building Fund, loans, 1961 – 1970

3

10

Capital Funds drive, 1961 – 1962, 1964 – 1965, 1968, 1970 – 1972

3

11

Cultivation meeting reports, 1961

4

13

Executive Committee Minutes, 1959 – 1963 (not complete)

2

5

Income tax and charities report, 1968

3

6

Reports, 1904, 1906

2

15

Stock transfers and related correspondence, 1971 – 1975

3

5

United Fund budget, correspondence, and related papers, 1958 – 1963

3

12

United Fund budget, correspondence, and related papers, 1964 – 1967

3

13

United Fund budget, correspondence, and related papers, 1968 – 1970

3

14

United Fund budget, correspondence, and related papers, 1971

3

15

United Fund Publicity Committee, correspondence, printed material, and miscellaneous papers, 1963 – 1966

3

16

United fund, Construction Division, 1970 – 1971

3

17

United Way, master plan, 1970

3

20

Miscellaneous, 1875 – 1974

 

 

Calendars belonging to Jim Buckley, 1969, 1969, 1972

4

14

Miscellaneous reports, correspondence, and papers, 1937, 1944 – 1948

2

7

Newspaper clippings, undated, 1952, 1961 – 1967

2

17

Programs, tickets, and correspondence from annual YMCA meetings, 1955 - 1956, 1959, 1961 – 1963

2

11

Programs, tickets, newspaper clippings, and correspondence from annual YMCA meeting, 1964

2

12

Programs, tickets and correspondence from annual YMCA meetings, 1965 – 1968

2

13

Photocopies of historical information from national YMCA files, ca. 1875 – 1974

2

14

Printed material and programs, 1901, 1905 – 1906, 1909 – 1910, 1915 – 1916, 1929, 1936, 1961, 1963, 1966

2

16

United Fund, printed material and newspaper clippings, 1960 – 1966

3

18

Veteran’s club meeting notes, 1945

2

21

Photographs and Scrapbooks, 1906 – 1964

 

 

Photographs, undated and 1906

5

2

Photographs, undated and 1907

5

3

Photographs, 1912

5

1

Scrapbook, 1909 – 1910

4

15

Scrapbook, 1961 – 1964

4

16

Membership, 1940 – 1971

 

 

Membership campaign lists, undated

5

 

Membership campaign lists, undated

5

 

Membership campaign lists, undated

5

 

Membership campaign lists, undated

5

 

Membership campaigns, lists of members, 1940 – 1941

2

18

Membership campaigns, lists of members, 1942 – 1943, centennial invitation list, ca. 1952

2

19

Membership campaigns, 1963 – 1971

2

20