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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Administrative

Branches

Topical Files

Addition of August 2001 (Acc. 2001-031)

Addition of July 2005 (Acc. 2005-050)

Addition of November 2005 (Acc. 2005-099)

Addition of March 2006 (Acc. 2006-010)

Addition of February 2007 (Acc. 2007-015)

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the YMCA of Greater San Antonio Records, 1886-2004 (bulk 1989-2002)



Descriptive Summary

Creator: YMCA of San Antonio.
Title: YMCA of Greater San Antonio Records
Inclusive Dates: 1886-2004
Bulk Dates: 1989-2002
Creator Abstract: The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) of San Antonio was created in the spring of 1886 with approximately 100 members. The YMCA of San Antonio was dedicated to putting Judeo-Christian principles into practice while building healthy minds and bodies. Activities included various exercise programs, educational programs and sports leagues, most of which were geared to serve the needs of boys and young men.
Content Abstract: The bulk of the collection is administrative records, such as the minutes of the Board of Directors, that illustrate the day to day operation of the YMCA of San Antonio. Material concerning the programs at some branches is also included.
Identification: MS 46
Extent: 49.5 linear feet (49 Boxes)
Language: Materials in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

The Young Men's Christian Association (YMCA) of San Antonio was created in the spring of 1886 with approximately 100 members. W. J. B. Patterson was made President and C.T. Williams served as General Secretary. The YMCA of San Antonio was dedicated putting Judeo-Christian principles into practice while building healthy minds and bodies. Activities included various exercise programs, educational programs and sports leagues, most of which were geared to serve the needs of boys and young men. In addition to its programs, for many years the YMCA offered residential space for men under 36 years of age at its central downtown branch. The construction of the first YMCA building in San Antonio was completed in 1907 at the intersection of North Alamo and Third. Twenty years later the YMCA of San Antonio purchased the site of Camp Flaming Arrow in Hunt, Texas.

In an effort to serve different ethnic and geographic groups within the city, the YMCA of San Antonio created several branches in different parts of the city. In 1918, the association started programs designed to serve the African American Community in San Antonio. In response to a petition by the African-American Community, The Negro Branch of the YMCA was created in 1945. The branch was renamed the Alamo City Branch in 1946. As of 1994, this branch, which serves the east side of San Antonio, has been known as the Davis-Scott Branch. By 1976, three other branches were established: Westside, Northwest and Northeast. Specific programs and membership rates varied slightly from one branch to another.

The name of the Association was changed to the YMCA of San Antonio and the Hill Country in the early 1990s but records from that period are not in the collection. In 1997, the YMCA of San Antonio and the Hill Country operated seven branches; two camps: Camp Flaming Arrow and Camp Davis Scott; two Youth Development Campuses; and a network of childcare centers. The YMCA also helps to run an after school program called Operation Prime Time with sites all over the San Antonio area.

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Scope and Content Note

The Records of the YMCA of San Antonio and the Hill Country date from 1886 to 1977. The bulk of the records are Administrative records. These include the minutes of the Board of Directors, the governing body of the YMCA and other committees. These minutes illustrate many of the issues involved with the day to day operation of the Association such as membership, fundraising and maintenance. They also show how the YMCA changed as the city grew and how it tried to deal with different needs of the various ethnic groups in the city.

The Branches series contains records relating to the programs and operation of particular branches of the YMCA. Most of the material relates to the Northwest Branch in the first years after its creation in 1951. Since each branch in San Antonio served a different community, the methods and programs used by the branches could vary. Included are materials relating to the Los Angeles Heights Branch. The Topical Files includes material relating to the YMCA of San Antonio as a whole but do not concern the administrative running of the Association. This material includes newspaper clippings and information about athletic programs. These files show the how the YMCA was trying to carry out its mission of building healthier minds and bodies for the young men and boys of San Antonio.

The bulk of the remaining material are photographic prints, clippings and audiovisual materials documenting YMCA of San Antonio programs, events, facilities and participants. Also present are board meeting minutes, planning materials, brochures and newsletters.

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Organization of Collection

Administrative
Branches
Topical files
Addition of August 2001 (Acc. 2001-031)
Addition of July 2005 (Acc. 2005-050)
Addition of November 2005 (Acc. 2005-099)
Addition of March 2006 (Acc. 2006-010)
Addition of February 2007 (Acc. 2007-015)

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Use Restrictions

The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

Permission to publish material from the collection must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

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Index Terms

Organizations
YMCA of Greater San Antonio.
YMCA of San Antonio and the Hill Country.
Topics
Young Men’s Christian associations--Texas--San Antonio--History
Locations
San Antonio (Tex.)
Genres/formats
Clippings.
Legal Documents
Minutes.
Local Subjects
Clubs and Organizations
San Antonio History

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], YMCA of Greater San Antonio, 1886-2004, MS 46, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Materials in this collection were donated in 1994-2007 (Acc. 1995-001, 2001-031, 2005-050, 2005-099, 2006-010, 2007-015).

Processing Information

Processed by Eric Hartmann, Processing Archivist, July 1998. Additions encoded by Nikki Lynn Thomas, Manuscripts Curator, October 2008.

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Detailed Description of Collection

 

Administrative

Minutes of the Board of Trustees and various committees with some legal documents and financial material. There is a gap in the minutes from 1910-1923.
Arranged chronologically and organized by creating organization.
Box Folder
1 Board of Directors
1 1886-1903
2 1904-1909, 1924-1928
3 1929-1943
4 1944-1949
5 1950-1954
6 1955-1958
Box Folder
2 1 1965-1966
2 1967
3 1968
4 1969
5 1970
6 1971-1972
7 1973
8 1976-1977
Box Folder
3 Executive Committee
1 1970-1971
2 1972-1973
Executive Campaign Committee
3 1963-1964
4 1964-1965
Executive-Finance Committee
5 1966
6 1967-1969
Finance Committee
7 1941-1956
Box Folder
4 1 1957-1958
2 1970-1971
3 1972
4 1973
5 Financial Material, 1928-1965
6 Legal Documents, 1921-1968

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Branches

Material relating to the programs at the Los Angeles Heights and the Northwest branches of the YMCA. This includes newspaper clippings, minutes and correspondence.
Arranged by Branch and organized chronologically
Box Folder
4 Los Angeles Heights
7 1946-1950
8 1950-1952
Northwest
Board of Management
9 1954-1961
Box Folder
5 1 1962-1963
2 1964-1965
Clippings
3 1953-1954
4 1955-1958
5 1962
6 1963
7 Correspondence, 1953-1963
8 Photographs, [1951-1963]

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Topical Files

Material that concerns the YMCA of San Antonio as a whole such as newspaper clippings and information on the baseball program for children.
Arranged by type of material and organized chronologically
Box Folder
5 9 Kid Baseball, 1950
10 Living Memorials, 1966-1974
General Clippings
11 1950
12 1951
13 1965

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Addition of August 2001 (Acc. 2001-031)

Boxes 1-4 exclusively contain 3-ring binders
Box
1 Clippings, 1996-1998
Box
2 School YMCA Partners - Alliance for Better Schools, 1991
YMCA Archives, 1995-1996
Clippings, 1999
Box
3 Board Meetings, 1999-2000
Metro YMCA slides, undated
YMCA slides, undated
Clippings, 1990-1994
Box
4 Clippings, 1995
Triangle Tribune YMCA, undated
1990s Hylights
YMCA Newsletter - Triangle Tribune & Hylights, undated
YMCA of San Antonio, undated
Hylights
Box
5 Association Management Team, undated
Ad of Childcare, undated
Marketing Committee, 1997-1998
Insertions, 1998-1999
American Express statements, undated
Downtown program and facility, 1972
photographic prints and slides
Downtown adults, 1995
photographic prints and negatives
Box
6 Videocassettes, undated
Box
7 Video and audiocassettes, undated

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Addition of July 2005 (Acc. 2005-050)

Box
1 Videocassettes, 1989-2003 and undated
Betacam and VHS
Box Folder
2 1 Slides/contacts sheet in plastic, old branch/child photos
2 YMCA Children photos and negs, color photos, undated
3 CFA photos, color photos, undated
4 Archival Camp Flaming Arrow, color photos in envelope, undated
5 Candy Ramirez, color photos and notes, in envelope, 1998
6 Archival Various, color and B/W photos, envelope
7 Envelope, Archival Slides-color
8 Archival Dated/named, envelope, undated
9 1998 Roberts Ranch, Family horseback rides, color photos, 1998
10 1996-97 Program Photos mixed, Children’s playhouse/toddler
11 V.P. Gore visiting SWB YMCA
12 Old Photos negatives-CFA-NW, color and B/W photos, envelope
13 Photos for YMCA annual video, NE Youth Sports, NW, color photos, undated
14 Framed certificate, woman’s auxiliary, May 1918; Large envelope, Extended Day Hawthorne, Giant Color Print, undated; Magnetic Photo album, color photos, Camp 1993; Coloring book, We Sang, undated; Adventures of Camp Flaming Arrow Child’s thank you book, undated; Package, 2002 Gala Photos; 1-inch (2 plastic packages) color photos, Youth football & soccer, 1996; Childs coloring/scrapbook, To The YMCA, 1997; 1-inch of color photos in loose magnetic photo album pages, 1966 and undated; 4 Boxes, slides, Donors Board Facilities/Adults CFA, undated; slides, one plastic strip, undated
Box Folder
3 1 Photo Montage, 2001
2 Camp Flaming Arrow and Hy-Life photographs
(Photos in 10 packages)
3 Crutsinger
4 CFA Employment Brochures
5 Photo Originals
6 Japanese Photos
7 Baja, CA YMCA Photos
8 Redhead Girl
9 Child Climber
10 Unlabelled/Unidentified folder/photo
11 Child on Monkey Bar
12 Group on Horseback
13 Unlabelled/unidentified folder, photos
14 World
15 Boy W/Bow and Arrow
16 Adults
17 Boys in Canoe
18 Boy Climbing
19 Girl Fishing
20 Woman W/2 Babies
21 United Way Beneficiary Study 1991
22 Old Photos-CFA
23 Charles Shannon 7-12-01
24 Five packages of photographs, Hook, Greenhouse, 1992 and undated
25 Camp Alamo Color Pics, 1990
26 Heritage Club 1993
27 Envelope, 1991 Slides from Annual Dinner Video 1992
28 Envelope, 1993 Annual Report Photos
29 Photo File
30 Fitness Photos
31 Castle Hills Intersession – Color, 1992-1993
32 CA Al Rendon—8/13 Summer Day Camp Contacts
33 YVC and Alama Heights Youth Volunteer Corps B/W
34 1993 Summer Day Camp B/W Prints, Northeast YMCA—Ft. Sam Houston
35 BY Montages
36 C. Bacon—Photos for Newsletter
37 Envelope--Camp Flaming Arrow
38 Hy-Life and CFA Various
39 Envelope – Summer Photos—Day Camp
40 Contact sheets, River City Silver
41 Envelope, Classic Kid Shots, good B/W from late 80s-early 90s
42 Envelope, to Larry Curtsinger from Dennis Dunleavy
43 Package color photos, Prime Time Calemet Lunch
44 Envelope, Newsletter photos, old B/W aerobics
45 Victory Dinner, photos by Andy King, 1990-1991
46 Package color photos, 1993 POY Kickoff
47 Envelope, Westside YMCA Opening—Henry B. Gonzales
48 Envelope, The White House, G.W. Bush 2001, photo
49 Envelope, 2000 Christmas Card Art
50 Color Photos, NE Youth Sports
51 Envelope, Downtown YMCA Hawthorne Pics
52 Envelope, Toni Trevino Downtown
53 Envelope, CFA Photos, 9-8-99
54 “Thanks” slides YMCA
55 YMCA Photos, Express-News
56 Envelope, Annual Report and Downtown YMCA Photo for Annual Stuff
Box Folder
4 1 Y Partners, 1998
2 Folder, Partners of Youth Volunteer Kit
3 Charles Merklez
4 Unlabelled, Harry Jersig pool
5 YMCA Just the Facts
6 Hylights/Spring, 1993
7 Hylights
8 Hylights/Just The Facts
9 '02 Gala Eval/Wrap Meet, 2002
10 2003 YMCA Gala, 2003
11 1999 Gala Art, 1999
12 WWF Gala, 1998
13 Wild West Fest Gala
(plastic folder)
14 Press Releases, 1998-2000
15 Envelope, YMCA Marketing Communications Committee Meet Notes, 2000-2002
16 Envelope, YMCA Marketing Communications, Committee Minutes, 2002-2004
Box Folder
5 1 Newspaper clippings, 2000-2002
(7-inches)
2 Newspaper clippings in old scrapbook, 1960-1962
3 YMCA Clips booklets, 2000
(2 booklets of photocopied news clippings)
4 2 large format video tapes, Camp Flaming Arrow, 2000
Box Folder
6 1 YMCA brochures, 2-inches
2 Plastic-bound YMCA booklets, 1-inch
3 YMCA of San Antonio and the Hill Country, 4 information packages
4 Gala 2000, 2000
(binder)
5 YMCA Wild West Fest Gala, 2001
(binder)
6 Media Coverage
(binder)
7 Ex-News Archive Clips
(binder)
8 Board Meetings, 9/2000—8/2002
(binder)
Box Folder
7 1 Photographs, 1997-1999
(11” X 8” X 4” Box of filed photos )
2 Photographs, May 1999
(11” X 8” X 4” Box of filed photos )
3 Meetings/Special Events photographs, 1997-1999
(11” X 8” X 4” Box of filed photos )
Box Folder
8 1 Photographs, 2000
(11” X 8” X 4” Box of filed photos )
2 Photographs, 2001
(11” X 8” X 4” Box of filed photos )
3 Photographs, 2000-2001
(11” X 8” X 4” Box of filed photos )
Box Folder
9 20 VHS video tapes
2 reel-to-reel tapes
(5 inch format)
6 video cassettes (Beta format)
(9 X 6 inch format)
2 video cassettes
YMCA Spotlight Players, 2 tapes Basketball, 1992
(1-inch tape, 7-inch reel format)
YMCA Summer Camp
(2 inch tape, 7 inch reel format)
Box Folder
10 1 (Northeast) Canyon Lake-1998 Joe Bueno
2 COMAL YMCA
3 Northeast YMCA
4 Northeast/Children’s G
5 Northeast – unlabelled folder
6 Northeast – unlabelled folder
7 (Northwest) unlabelled folder
8 Northwest Branch, Various, 1991-1992
9 Braundera , 1997
10 Westside
11 Westside YMCA
12 Westside Video Script
13 (Southside) Southside Branch
14 Unlabelled file
15 Unlabelled file
16 Y World Service envelopes; Y World Service contribution forms; Silver-colored mailing tube
Box Folder
11 1 Historic material; photos, correspondence, original publications, 1890, 1940.
(YMCA black binder)
2 red binder, 1950 historic material; photos, original publications.
3 Old Photos for YMCA Timeline 2001 c.1930s-1960s
4 Old Photos, , 1940s-1950s
(negatives)
5 YMCA, 1955
6 Old Camp Flaming Arrow Brochures
7 Old Photos, 1940s 1950s
8 J. Reudon (long hair), Old Y Photos , 1970s
9 Youth and Government late 80s – B and W
10 Gala contact sheet and 1 photo Hylights
11 DNTN/WS/D-S Collected Active Older Adults, 1995
12 ½ inch tape reel
13 Photos in envelopes, 1992-1998
(6-inches)
Box Folder
12 1 Comfort
2 Comfort Child Development
3 (Hill Country) Hill Country YMCA
4 (Hill Country) Hill Country YMCA
5 (Hill Country) Kerr County YMCA
6 (Downtown) Downtown Memorial
7 (Downtown)½ inch loose papers
8 (Downtown) Downtown YMCA
9 (Downtown) Hawthorn/Twain
10 Davis-Scott YMCA
11 CFA Summer Survey
12 CFA Survey, 1993
13 CFA Markting, 1999-2000
14 CFA Research
15 Unlabelled file
16 Unlabelled file
17 Brochure Inserts
18 CFA Map (premise)
19 CFA Appeal letter, 1992-1995
20 Camps—Others
21 Camp Marketing, 1991
22 Camp Flaming Arrow
23 CFA Revisions, October 1998
24 YMCA Camp Flaming Arrow
25 Camp Flaming A Request Forms
26 Camp Flaming Arrow Summer Brochures, 1991
27 Call In Reports CFA, 1996
28 CFA Ad and Brochure
Box Folder
13 1 YMCA Marketing Examples - YMCA Archives-the ‘80s
2 3 envelopes, clippings, brochures
3 Unlabelled folder
4 Unlabelled folder
5 Armed Forces history, photo in plastic
6 Metal appreciation plaque, 1980
7 Unlabelled envelope, clippings, brochures
8 News briefs
9 NYC
10 Downtown
11 Southeast
12 Fact Sheets, Metropolitan, all branches, 1971
13 Alamo Branch, 1971
14 History, 1960s-1970s
15 Annual Reports—YMCA
16 Westside Branch, 1971
17 Town North
18 YMCA Campaign Leaders
19 Spot Announcement
20 Northwest
21 Unlabelled envelope
22 House organs, 1950-1960
23 Around the “Y” -- Copy
24 2 unlabelled envelopes, brochures
25 Slides, Plastic Ziplock bag, 9 Boxes
26 10 Boxes, ¾ inch films
27 6 cassette tapes, includes Oral History, 1986, undated
28 Film strip
29 11 vinyl sound discs
(33 1/3 RPM, 7-inch format)
Box
14 2 Mini Digital Video cassettes, undated; 3 Beta video tapes, 2000 and undated; 45 VHS video tapes, 1995-2001
Box
15 Envelope – CFA Photos 2003; Y 100 years poster; Programs/Branches (11” X 8” X 4” Box of photos, in plastic, 1996-1998;) 99-2001 (11” X 8” X 4” Box of photos, in plastic); 1998-1999 Various (11” X 8” X 4” Box of photos, in plastic)
Box Folder
16 1 Capital Campaign
2 Major Gifts Rev.
3 Association Office
4 Clips/Branch
5 Branch Development
6 United Way Tours
7 Branch-Execs
8 Paper
9 Branch Brochure Ideas
10 Branch Profiles
11 2-inches, slides and negatives, 1994, 2001, undated
12 Association Foto File, undated
(3 ring binder, photos, slide, contact sheets, B/W and color)
Box Folder
17 1 YMCA Slides, undated
(3-ring binder, sides and negatives)
2 YVC, 1994-1998
(3-ring binder, sides and negatives)
3 POY Slides CFA Japan 1991 Dinner 1992 Dinner, 1991-1992
4 Slides and Photos, 1992
(3-ring binder)
5 Slides, 1980-1982
(3-ring binder)
Box Folder
18 1 33 VHS video cassette tapes, 1991-2000
1 2 Beta video cassette tapes, 2001
1 Digital video cassette tapes, 1999-2000
(8mm)
1 Westside YMCA, 1995
(1 video tape)
Box Folder
19 18 videocassette tapes, 2001-2002, undated
(VHS)
2 video cassette tapes, 2000, undated
(¾ inch format)
2 compact discs, undated
1 video cassette tape, 1992
(Beta format)
1-inch of pamphlets, map
Box Folder
20 5 carousel slide trays
9 reel-to-reel sound tapes,
(¼-inch format)
1-inch of color photographs in plastic bag, 1994
5 plastic Boxes of slides, 1994, undated
Box
21 photographs in envelopes 1990s
(15 inches)
Box
22 YMCA Volleyball 1932 , 1963
(8 inches, loose photographs, B/W and color )

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Addition of November 2005 (Acc. 2005-099)

Box
1 Photographs, negatives, floppy discs, VHS
Box
2 Slides, scrapbook, photo album
Box
3 Photographs, negatives, photo album, camp manual
Box
4 Slides
Box
5 Photographs, signs
Box
6 Photographs, negatives, folder "Scrapbook items"
Box
7 Framed photographs, YMCA flag
Box
8 Plauqes, camp sign
Box
9 Oversize: Framed photographs

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Addition of March 2006 (Acc. 2006-010)

Box
1-2 Videos, area conferences, undated

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Addition of February 2007 (Acc. 2007-015)

Box
1 6 binders of photographs
Clippings
Videocassettes
Box
2 Photos, clippings
Survey 1948
Videocassettes
Box
3 Photos
Coaching manuals
Videocassettes

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