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As America's leading nonprofit committed to helping people and communities learn, grow and thrive, the Y's contributions are both far-reaching and intimate -- from influencing the nation's culture during times of profound social change to support to adults learning to read. Here's a glance at the Y's rich history.
The Kautz Family YMCA Archives collects the historical records of the Y's national resource office, YMCA of the USA, and also holds records of the Greater Twin Cities and Greater New York YMCAs, as well as those of Y's Men International, a service club in partnership with the Y. The collections document the evolution of the Y from its Protestant evangelical origins, including its contributions to war relief, the invention of basketball and volleyball, public health campaigns in China, rural reconstruction in India and Korea, teaching English as a second language, and much more.
The YMCA Archives is affiliated with the Y and is part of the University of Minnesota Libraries' Migration and Social Services Collections in the Archives and Special Collections Department.
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