Search the YMCA Archives:
Archival collection guides
Search all available finding aids for all archives & special collections at the University of Minnesota.
Images & more
Search all digitized media in the UMedia Archive.
Search all cataloged items at the University of Minnesota.
About the YMCA Archives:
The Kautz Family YMCA Archives collects the historical records of the Y's national resource office, YMCA of the USA. It 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. It includes 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.
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.