717 black and white photos taken by YMCA employees in China between 1896 and 1949 were digitized and cataloged in this project. These photographs, gathered by ordinary young American college graduates, provide rare views of 17 Chinese cities, documenting activities such as sports and physical education, industrial training, public health campaigns, science lectures, and protest movements. Presented as a group, the photographs comprise an extremely valuable resource for scholars and students who are interested in history in general and Chinese history in particular.

The following are links to some of the University's Digital Content Library results pages for the photographs of pre-1949 China in the YMCA archives.
Results by order | Results for keywords 'YMCA China'

The China photographs are the physical and intellectual property of the YMCA of the USA. Please contact YMCA Archives for details regarding copyright issues at https://www.lib.umn.edu/ymca

Project Staff

  • Su Chen, Principal investigator, Head of East Asian Library, U of M Libraries
    John Chapman, Co-principal investigator, Metadata Cataloger, Technical Services, U of M Libraries
    Dagmar Getz, Project staff, Archivist of the Kautz Family YMCA Archives, U of M Libraries
    Lara Friedman-Shedlov, Project staff, Assistant Librarian of the Kautz Family YMCA Archives, U of M Libraries