The Archives staff has compiled guides to using our collections for research on selected, popular topics.


  • African Americans and the YMCA
    In 2003 the YMCA celebrated the past, present and future of African American contributions and commemorating the 150th anniversary of the first African American YMCA in America. Learn more about the history and find out about related material in the Kautz Family YMCA Archives in our online Guide to Resources on African Americans and the YMCA.
  • YMCA Work in China
    The North American YMCA's work in China began in 1889 and remained extensive until the revolution in 1949. Records document the early organization of the YMCA in China and its work in areas such as public health campaigns, sports and recreation (including the origins of the Olympic movement in the Far East), and education.
  • Anthony Comstock, the New York Society for the Supression of Vice, and the YMCA

    New York Society for the Suppression of Vice

    The disruptions of the U.S. Civil War created great anxiety about the things that young men might have seen while away from the protective eyes of their families and churches. Learn more about Anthony Comstock's crusade, in partnership with the YMCA in New York City, to stop the spread of obscene materials.