Scope and Content

The Young Men's Christian Association of Cleveland Records, Series II, 1880-1977, consist primarily of minutes of the Cedar Avenue Boys' Branch, general files of the Central Y, and miscellaneous publications and reports including a small series of the Cleveland Red Triangle, The Association Boy, The Junior, and News and Notes.

The collection pertains largely to the movements and activities in which the YMCA was involved in Cleveland, Ohio, during the Progressive Era and the twentieth century. During the nineteenth-century these included various reform activities such as religious and missionary work and the development of character in urban youth. Twentieth-century concerns included attempts to alleviate Great Depression-era unemployment and aid in the home front efforts of World War II. Of special note are the records of the Cedar Avenue Boys' Branch, dating from 1922-1977. These detail the organization's involvement in Cleveland's African American community from the branch's 1922 establishment as the first area YMCA to serve that community.