Accession GA86 - Kitchener-Waterloo Young Men's Christian Association fonds.

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Kitchener-Waterloo Young Men's Christian Association fonds.

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5 m of textual records
3600 photographs
4 sound cassettes
1 audio reel
1 film reel
1.5 m of artifacts

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The Kitchener-Waterloo Young Men's Christian Association was founded in 1895 in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario by a group of citizens "eager to promote the spiritual welfare of young men and boys of the city." The first officers were all prominent community members: President E.P. Clement, Vice-President Louis J. Breithaupt, Recording Secretary T.M. Turnbull, and Treasurer E.D. Lang. First known as the Berlin Young Men's Christian Association, the Association was active until 1906 when financial difficulties and limited facilities made it necessary to cease local operations. It was reconstituted in 1919 when a fund-raising campaign resulted in the building of the structure at the corner of Queen and Weber Streets in Kitchener. This building remained its headquarters until the Association moved to its present locations on Carwood Ave. in Kitchener.

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Material relating to the organization, administration and operations of the Kitchener-Waterloo Young Men's Christian Association from 1906 to 1992. Includes annual reports, minutes of the Board of Directors and its committees, financial records, legal records relating to land transactions, returns to the Provincial Secretary, correspondence, and other records relating to buildings and facilities, staff and programs. Includes material relating to the K-W Y's Men's Club, Delta Phalanx, the Spokes Club and Pan Politae.

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Includes ca. 5 m of textual records, ca. 2000 photographs, ca. 1600 slides, 4 sound cassettes, 1 audio reel, 1 film reel, 1.5 m of artifacts.

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Donated by the Kitchener-Waterloo Young Men's Christian Association in 1994.


Arranged in 13 series:

1. Berlin Young Men's Christian Association files;
2. Incorporation, returns and reports;
3. Organization and administration;
4. Programs and activites;
5. Buildings and property;
6. Club Records;
7. Topical;
8. Ephemera;
9. Slides;
10. Photograph Albums;
11. Photographs;
12. Other media,
13. Artifacts.

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