Young Men's Christian Association - Duncan Maxwell records

Descriptive Summary

Young Men's Christian Association - Duncan Maxwell records
University of Illinois at Chicago, Special Collections and University Archives Department at the Richard J. Daley Library
0.5 Linear feet

Historical note

The Young Men's Christian Association, Duncan Maxwell Branch, located at 1012 West Maxwell Street was formed in 1932 when the facility, a dispensary for the Michael Reese Hospital, was given to the Chicago YMCA. The Maxwell Street facility was noted for its open door policy, serving all members of the community regardless of age, religion, race or nationality. The Duncan Maxwell YMCA served as a prominent community organization during the 1960s as its surrounding environs faced the problems of inner city decline, youth gangs, crime, poverty, and the challenge of urban renewal.

Scope and Contents note

The YMCA - Duncan Maxwell Records include photographs, pamphlets, programs, reports, minutes, memoranda, membership rules, and issues of World Communique and The Y's Men's World.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2009 November 30 by Lisa Calahan and Lauren Kalal.

Related Archival Materials note

Outside of this repository: YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago Collection of Visual Materials - Chicago History Museum, YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago records - Chicago History Museum.

Within this repository: Young Men's Christian Association - Wabash Avenue records.

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