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Guide to The Boys' Club of New York Records
1876-2002
 MS 3000

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Collection processed by Susan Kriete

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on April 20, 2017
Description is in English

Descriptive Summary

 
Title: Boys' Club of New York Records
Dates: 1876-2002
Abstract: This collection contains organizational records and photographs documenting the history and operations of The Boys' Club of New York ("BCNY"). BCNY was founded in 1876 to provide boys and young men in what is now the East Village with an alternative to street life. Records span the period from its inception to the early 21st century, and include minutes, annual reports, correspondence, publications, financial records, and papers of the alumni association. Photographs make up a significant portion of the collection and provide an especially rich record of the organization's activities in the 1940's and 1950's.
Quantity: 71.38 Linear feet
Call Phrase: MS 3000

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Biographical/Historical Note

Founding of The Boys' Club of New York ("BCNY")

BCNY was founded in 1876 by railroad magnate E.H. Harriman (1848-1909). Harriman apparently conceived the idea after visiting the Wilson Mission School, a charitable institution on Manhattan's Lower East Side that trained poor, young girls in the neighborhood for industrial employment. Deciding that neighborhood boys would benefit from a similar type of program, Harriman rented space in the basement of the Wilson Mission School and opened the Tompkins Square Boys' Club. From its initial enrollment of only a handful of boys, Harriman's organization grew into the largest and oldest boys' club in the country, one that has played a significant role in the history of the New York neighborhoods in which it operates.

Clubhouses

In the early years, Harriman aimed chiefly to provide recreation for the boys, a physical place that would entice them off the streets and into supervised activities. By 1896, membership had grown to over 200 boys, and the three basement rooms in the Wilson Mission School were no longer adequate. In 1901, with money advanced by Harriman, BCNY opened its own, purpose-designed building at Avenue A and 10th Street (the "Tompkins Square Building," later renamed the Harriman Clubhouse). Reflecting the influence of the settlement house movement, this six-floor building featured amenities designed to foster a sense of community and help immigrant boys assimilate to American values, including shower baths, lecture rooms, a library, a natural history museum with butterflies, stuffed birds, and other specimens, a movable stage, and a gymnasium. In 1917, a new addition to the Tompkins Square Clubhouse was completed, featuring an indoor roof pool.

A program of further expansion began in the 1920's, led by then President Charles Sabin, who wanted to establish BCNY branches all over the city. The first additional branch (the "Jefferson Park Clubhouse," renamed the Elbridge T. Gerry, Jr. Clubhouse in 2007) opened in 1927 at 321 E. 111th Street in what is now East Harlem. Selected on the basis of extensive demographic research, this neighborhood was targeted to serve the large influx of Italian immigrants, who at the time made up more than 90% of the community. With the opening of a second clubhouse, the original "Tompkins Square Boys' Club" moniker was no longer accurate, and BCNY officially changed its corporate to The Boys' Club of New York.

In 1954, BCNY opened a "mobile" branch, the Central Park Clubhouse at 110th Street and Fifth Avenue. Instead of constructing another fully equipped building, BCNY decided to lease space and provide basic services to community boys, supplemented by other community programs and the facilities at the nearby Jefferson Park Clubhouse. Its rationale for this approach was that it would afford BCNY greater flexibility to move to a new location as the neighborhood improved. Five years later, BCNY opened the Pitt Street Clubhouse on the Lower East Side (at Pitt and East Houston Streets) to serve as a "satellite" to the Tompkins Square/Harriman Clubhouse. Although the Central Park Clubhouse was closed in 1961, when its lease expired, the Pitt Street Clubhouse (expanded and renamed the Milliken Clubhouse in 1985) continued to operate until 2003.

More than a century after its founding, BCNY expanded its operations beyond Manhattan. In 1992, after taking over the existing Flushing Boys' Clubs, BCNY began operating another clubhouse in Queens (the "Flushing Clubhouse"). By 2001, membership had grown to over 1800 boys, and in December of that year, work began on a new facility. The Marion McMahon Abbe Clubhouse opened on September 25, 2003.

Although BCNY’s programs have evolved over time, the three clubhouses in operation at the time this collection was processed in 2016 -- the Harriman (formerly Tompkins Square) Clubhouse on the Lower East Side; the Gerry (formerly Jefferson Park) Clubhouse in East Harlem; and the Abbe Clubhouse in Queens – remain at the core of a continuous tradition of providing community-based services to underprivileged boys.

Admission and Programs

Initially, membership was free to all boys "who behaved themselves with reasonable propriety." By 1893, a new policy required each boy to pay a penny, for which he received a monthly membership ticket specifying the special privileges to which his membership entitled him. Throughout its history, BCNY has prided itself on having an "Open Door Policy" which admits any boy, regardless of differences in attitude, cultural patterns, or spiritual beliefs. Although adopted at a time when members were predominantly or wholly white immigrants (especially Italians), BCNY continued this policy in the face of changing racial demographics. By the 1940's and 1950's, African American boys made up a significant portion of BCNY membership, which continued to increase throughout the second half of the twentieth century. The records suggest that these shifts in membership also influenced the evolution of BCNY's programs.

Many of BCNY's fundamental programs were instituted by its first professional paid staff member, Francis Hebard Tabor, hired in 1898 as the "superintendent." A 33-year-old Cambridge University graduate, Tabor had spent many years working among the poor of London. Tabor started a weekly in-house newspaper, established a sports program, instituted annual Gilbert and Sullivan operetta performances, and encouraged the boys to form smaller groups or "clubs" headed by member "leaders.” Long after Tabor left BCNY in 1911 (to found the St. Bernard's School for Boys in Manhattan), his programs continued to influence the course and direction of BCNY activities. Increasingly, these activities focused on shaping the character of BCNY members, rather than simply entertaining or keeping them out of trouble. An Employment Agency began in 1905; the athletic program was expanded; and classes were offered in stenography, telegraph operation and to prepare interested members for the civil service exam. With the addition of a pool to the Tompkins Square Building in 1917, BCNY turned out numerous swimming champions, including George Kojac, a 1928 Olympic gold-medal winner, and George "Dutch" Fissler, who in 1927 broke the world's record in both the one hundred-meter and four hundred meter back stroke.

Although athletics have always been a mainstay of BCNY activities, the focus of its other programs have shifted with the times. In 1912, a moving picture booth was installed in the Tompkins Square game room, providing the boys with "newfangled" entertainment every Friday night. In 1918, when the U.S. entered WWI, BCNY began providing every member with a physical exam, and complete dental clinics were opened in 1922. During WWII, additional exercise rooms were added to prepare boys for the Armed Services, and new activities related to the war effort, such as radio construction and communication, and machine shop work, were introduced. After the war, a Veterans Guidance Bureau was established at the Tompkins Square Building, offering job training and placement and continuing education. In the post-war years, arts programs -- including glee club, drama, art classes, music and dancing -- also proved very popular. BCNY also sponsored various events, including pet shows, "Little Sister" shows, and a "Boys' Club Day" at the New York World's Fair. In 1953, members traveled to London for a boxing match against the London Federation of Boys -- which BCNY won -- and a re-match was held in New York the following year, with BCNY again victorious.

The education program, which would eventually be regarded as perhaps BCNY's most significant activity, got its start in 1927 when William Finkelnagel, a former BCNY member and an engineer for Consolidated Gas, established an educational fund. Additional funds for the education program were provided through a legacy from former BCNY director Curtis Wheeler, who died in a tragic airplane accident that same year. But it wasn’t until 1957 that BCNY’s hallmark education program was begun with a bequest from former Trustee Victor Morawetz. The Morawetz Fund established a program to identify, prepare, place and support Boys' Club members at many of the nation's independent boarding and day schools, including Phillips Andover, Mount Hermon, Exeter and Taft -- a program that still operates as the Independent School Placement Program. In many instances these young men were the first students of color to attend these private schools.

In 1982, a job-training program was instituted, reflecting BCNY's increasing emphasis on education and skill development. The Boys' Club Summer School, started in 1985, is held at Camp Cromwell during July and August.

Camps

BCNY also instituted recreational camps that featured preeminently among its early services. The first program of summer camping was developed by Trustee William Carey in the 1890’s, and in 1902 Camp Carey was built at Jamesport, Long Island. Camp Carey was renovated in 1918, and new camps were opened in 1924 (Camp Harriman, for members 17 years and older, on 4,400 acres in what is now Harriman State Park) and 1926 (Camp Tabor on Fishers Island, where boys served as golf caddies).

By the 1950's, development was crowding the area around Camp Carey and camp attendance had begun to drop, in part due to racial tensions between a diversifying membership. In 1963, Camp Carey was sold, and the funds were used towards the purchase of a new Camp Harriman on land in the northeast corner of the Catskills. In 1980, BCNY sold Camp Harriman to the State of New York. Three years later, in 1983, it purchased Camp Northover, later renamed Camp Cromwell, in Bound Brook, New Jersey -- a location close enough to New York City to operate as a day camp. By 1985, Camp Cromwell became the site of BCNY's Summer School.

Organization and administration

At first Harriman and his friends took turns coming to the clubhouse after business hours to spend time with the boys and supervise their activities. As regular attendance grew, a more formal organizational structure was created, with a Board of Directors and an Executive Committee that took care of BCNY's everyday affairs. Both were headed by Harriman. Annual operating expenses were covered by contributions from Mr. Harriman and friends including William Carey, Sherman Evarts, Walter Jennings, Nathaniel C. Fisher, William R. Barbour, and Henry Stanford Brooks, Jr.

On March 24, 1887, BCNY was incorporated and a 15-member Board of Trustees was elected, with Harriman serving as President. After E.H. Harriman died in 1909, Temple Bowdoin became the second president of BCNY, serving until his untimely death at age 51 in 1914. Succeeding him as President were Charles Sabin (1915-1934), E.Roland Harriman (1934-1957), Frederick Pratt (1957-1966), Minot K. Milliken (1966-1986), Carroll L. Wainwright (1986-1994), Silas R. Anthony, Jr. (1996-2006), Edward J. Rappa (2006-2016) and William B. Tyree (2016 - ).

In the 1920's, the Trustees created a new organizational structure, dividing their work into six departments: physical, entertainments, educational, building and equipment, camp and publicity. In April 1927, in anticipation of opening the new Jefferson Park branch, the Board established an Endowment Committee to raise sufficient funds to operate two facilities. BCNY's endowment program had begun in 1909, with a $50,000 contribution from Emma Cummins, the widow of Lorenzo G. Woodhouse, a partner in Chicago's Marshall Field Department Store. E. Roland Harriman, the son of founder E.H. Harriman, became the Club's first chairman of the board in 1957.

In 1934, a Women's Division was founded to help the Board of Trustees raise money and increase publicity. The following year, the Women's Division sponsored a Gay Thirties dinner dance, which was to become the annual spring benefit. By 1938, the Women's Division had established committees dealing with a variety of activities, including dramatics, junior achievement, and theater benefits. It was not until 1968, however, that the Women's Board was formally established. In addition to sponsoring the annual spring and fall benefits (the latter instituted in 1949), along with other fund raising events, Women's Board members regularly volunteer in the clubhouses. In 1989, women were included on the Board of Trustees for the first time.

In addition to the fund-raising events sponsored by the Women's Board, the Club instituted in 1976 -- the year of the Club's 100th anniversary -- its most successful annual fundraiser: the All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner. It was generally held in the late fall, and honors the year's Hall of Fame inductees for each of six sports -- baseball, basketball, football, golf, hockey and tennis.

As the Board of Trustees expanded to meet the challenges of running the organization, BCNY also began building a professional staff to manage the day-to-day operations of the clubhouses and programs. The first paid professional staff, Francis Hebard Tabor, was hired as superintendent in 1898. Under Tabor's leadership, numerous athletic and other activities were instituted and BCNY's fundamental organizational system took shape. In 1911, Tabor resigned to found St. Bernard's School for Boys in Manhattan, and in 1912 Louis DeForest Downer joined BCNY as superintendent, later serving as director and managing director until 1937.

In 1939, around the same time that it was expanding its operations, BCNY consolidated its administration under the leadership of Peter Capra, who served as Executive Director from 1939 to 1962. Soon after his appointment, the board was reorganized into seven working committees -- Special Givers, Law and Trust Companies, Lists, Steering, Publicity, Special Events and Letters and Appeals -- to support the work of the board's Executive Committee, which in effect ran the Club. When Capra, ill with Parkinson's disease, stepped down in 1962, he was succeeded by Robert T. Olson (Executive Director 1962-1989). Olson was replaced in 1989 by his assistant Executive Director, Martin Bunce.

Alumni association

In 1928, a group of alumni founded the Alumni Association to "assist the Boys' Club Trustees in the successful management of the Club." Open to all former BCNY members, the Alumni Association contributed both funds and volunteer services to current BCNY members. George Flatow, one of the founding members, was appointed chairman; his reminiscences and scrapbooks are included in the collection. After WWII, returning vets contributed to the growth of a strong, active Alumni Association. In 1947, the Jefferson Park clubhouse established its own alumni association.

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Scope and Contents Note

The Boys' Club of New York Records document the history of the organization and also reflect the social history of the neighborhoods where BCNY was located (the Lower East Side and East Harlem). In addition, this collection supports research on topics such as immigration trends, race relations, feminism, philanthropy and social work, mentoring, education trends, and organized activities of children both in the city and at wilderness camp sites.

The collection includes a wide range of records, including Board minutes, correspondence, memos, financial records, annual reports and other publications (including some produced by member boys), newspaper clippings, historical sketches, scrapbooks, invitations, programs, certificates, and many other types of ephemera.

Photographs make up a significant portion of the collection, and are arranged by subject, such as street scenes, buildings, sports, recreation, arts and crafts, Little Sister shows, camp, theatrical productions, benefits, and numerous other topics. Also included are a variety of records stored on electronic and digital media, including films about BCNY dating back to the 1940's.

Collection materials are organized into nine series, as described briefly below. For a more detailed description of the contents, see the Scope and Contents notes provided for each individual series.

Series I, Organizational Records, includes articles of incorporation, board minutes, and trustee and committee files, documenting the leadership and general operation of BCNY.

Series II, Programs and Operations, contains records relating to specific programs of BCNY, including its Education Program and the Dental Clinic.

Series III, Financial Documents, includes financial statements and audit reports as well as ledgers pertaining to the operation of the dental clinic.

Series IV, Publications and Articles, includes BCNY's annual reports, a rich source of information about the activities and services provided by the organization, as well as the neighborhoods in which it operated. Early annual reports in particular, with titles like "A Flame Beneath the Melting Pot," describe in essays and photographs the social and economic conditions of the time. This series also includes copies of the boys' in-house publications, published and unpublished histories and reminiscences, newspaper and journal articles about the club and its leaders, and promotional and fundraising pamphlets.

Series V, Alumni Association, contains meeting minutes, correspondence, newsletters, event programs, and other material relating to the activities of the Alumni Association, founded in 1928. Also included are the reminiscences and scrapbooks of George Flatow, an early Club member and one of the founding members of the Alumni Association.

Series VI, Benefit Events and Fundraising, consists primarily of correspondence and ephemera (invitations, programs, raffle tickets, etc.) from various BCNY benefit events, including the Fall and Spring Dances, theater and movie benefits, fashion shows, golf benefits, and the Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner. There is also a smaller amount of material relating to the annual Christmas drive and other fundraising efforts.

Series VII, Photographs, provides a rich visual record of BCNY's activities from the 1890's to the 2000's. The 1940's and 1950's are especially well documented in photographs, including many by photographer Sam Reiss. Photographs are arranged by topic, and document the activities of member boys as well as fund-raising and other organizational events.

Series VIII, Scrapbooks and Ephemera, contains scrapbooks from trips made by BCNY athletic teams and an Education Program scrapbook, as well as multiple scrapbooks of news clippings. Also included is a variety of loose ephemera such as programs (including many from BCNY theatrical productions), invitations, menus, fliers, certificates and other types of "throwaway" items. Of particular interest are items from the first decade of the 20th century, such as event schedules prepared by BCNY's first superintendent, Francis Tabor, and the Constitution of the Senior Club. In addition, this series includes objects such as t-shirts, athletic medals and two vinyl records.

Series IX, Digital Media, includes a variety of materials stored on electronic and digital media, including floppy discs, DVD's, CD's, cassette tapes, and reel-to-reel film rolls. The majority of these are films documenting BCNY events and performances, or television segments about the organization. Also included are more recent office files, a few educational films, and a few feature films that were presumably shown at the clubhouses.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Harriman, Edward Henry, 1848-1909

Subject Topics

  • African American children
  • Boys--Societies and clubs--New York (State)--New York
  • Camps--United States--History
  • Charities--New York (State)--New York
  • Community centers--New York (State)--New York
  • Fund raising--New York (State)--New York--History
  • Immigrant children--United States--History
  • Social service--New York (State)--New York
  • Social work with youth--New York (State)--New York--History
  • Vocational education--United States

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers. Portions of the collection that have been microfilmed will be brought to the researcher in that format and can be made available by Interlibrary loan. Researchers on site may print out unlimited copies from microfilm reader-printer machines at per-exposure rates. See guidelines in Reading Room for details. Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.) Items that include presidential signatures will be presented to researchers in duplicate form.

Use Restrictions

This collection is owned by the New-York Historical Society. The copyright law of the United States governs the making of photocopies and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials. Unpublished materials created before January 1, 1978 cannot be quoted in publication without permission of the copyright holder.

Preferred Citation Note

This collection should be cited as The Boys' Club of New York Records, MS 3000, The New-York Historical Society.

Provenance

Gift of BCNY, 2015

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Container List

Series I: Organizational Records

Scope and Contents Note

This series is arranged into the following four subseries:

Subseries I.1, Governing Documents, contains the legal documents which created and govern BCNY.

Subseries I.2, Board of Trustees, includes minutes of Board of Trustee meetings, as well as office files of individual trustees and executives.

Subseries I.3, Board Committees, includes minutes and files of the various board committees which oversee BCNY operations.

Subseries I.4, Women's Board, includes minutes and files of that body, which was established in 1968 to manage fund raising benefits.

Subseries I.1: Governing Documents

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Certificate of Incorporation and Amendments
1887-1927
Box: 1 Folder : 2 By-laws and amendments
1894-1934, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 By-laws
1976-1978
Box: 1 Folder : 4 By-laws
1985-1988

Subseries I.2: Board of Trustees

Subseries I.2.A: Board Minutes and related materials

Scope and Contents Note

Board of Trustee meeting minutes are complete for the period from 1930 to 2015. Although there are no minutes for Board of Trustee meetings held prior to 1930, there are minutes of the Executive Committee meetings dating back to 1917 (see Subseries I.3, below).

Minutes typically list meeting attendees and discuss nomination and elections of new members, obituaries and memorials for deceased members, and reports of the various board committees. Financial and operational matters are also frequently included, particularly matters relating to the various clubhouses and camps. There are some interesting references to membership issues, including ethnic and racial tensions and the changing demographics of the clubhouse neighborhoods, particularly in the 1950's and 1960's. There are also reports on clubhouse activities and special events. A list of "important items mentioned in Trustee minutes" through 1984, compiled by BCNY, is included in Box 6, Folder 6.

There is some duplication of records in the Board of Trustee minutes, reflecting their original arrangement. In some instances (for example, in the 1940's), Executive Committee Minutes are included with board minutes.

Note that access to Board of Trustee meeting minutes is restricted for 35 years from the date of creation. Materials that were subject to restriction at the time this finding aid was created are identified in the box and folder list.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Board Minutes
1922-1926
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Board Minutes
1927-1929
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Proposal for Lower East Side Branch
1929
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Board Minutes
1930-1935
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Board Minutes
1936-1940
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Board Minutes
1940-1947
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Board Minutes
1948
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Board Minutes
1949
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Board Minutes
1944-1946
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Board Minutes
1947-1949
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Board Minutes
1950-1952
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Board Minutes
1953-1955
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Board Minutes
1959-1960
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Board Minutes
1961-1962
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Board Minutes
1963-1964
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Board Minutes
1956-1958
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Board Minutes
1965-1967
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Board Minutes
1968-1969
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Board Minutes
1970-1971
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Board Minutes

Scope and Contents Note

Includes 1971 "Boys Club Special Report" with overview of programs and biographies of key staff members

1972-1973
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Board Minutes
1974-1976
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Board Minutes
1977-1978
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Board Minutes
1979-1980
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Board Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2019)
1981-1984
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Board Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2023)
1985-1988
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Board Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2026)
1989-1991
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Board Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2029)
1992-1994
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Board Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2031)
1995-1996
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Board Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2033)
1997-1998
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Board Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2035)
1999-2000
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Board Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2037)
2001-2002
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Board Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2039)
2003-2004
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Board Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2050)
2005-2015
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Important items mentioned in trustee minutes
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Board Minutes -- Correspondence (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2033)
1997-1998
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Board Minutes -- Correspondence (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2035)
1999-2000
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Board Minutes -- Correspondence and drafts (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2036)
2000-2001
Box: 7 Folder : 2-3 Board Minutes -- Correspondence and drafts (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2037)
2002

Subseries I.2.B: Trustee/Executive Files

Scope and Contents Note

These files consist primarily of correspondence to and from Board members and executive staff, and are arranged by last name of the trustee or executive. Topics discussed include meetings, dinners, trustee responsibilities, recruitment and resignations, and pleas for funds. Files of executive staff, including Directors Peter Capra and Robert Olson, and Comptroller Robert Sisti, include information on staffing, employee operations, and other internal operations of the organization.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 4 "A-BE"
1950's - 2001
Box: 7 Folder : 5 "BI-BL"
1990's - 2003
Box: 7 Folder : 6 "BO"
1960's - 1992
Box: 7 Folder : 7 "BR-BU"

Scope and Contents Note

Includes information on proposed merger with Flushing Boys' Club

1960's - 1999
Box: 8 Folder : 1 "BU"
1960's -1985
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Campbell, Thomas; Campion, Frank
1960's - 1998
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Capra, Peter
1960's - 1970's
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Capra, Peter: Memos to staff
1957-1959
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Capra, Peter: Memorial Fund
1964-1967
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Carhart, H. Whitfield; Clarke, Garvey E.
1970's - 1992
Box: 8 Folder : 7 "CO"
1970's - 1995
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Cromwell, Jarvis
1960's - 1990's
Box: 9 Folder : 1 "DA-DE"
1950's - 2003
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Deidrick, Arthur
1990's
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Doubleday, Nelson; Dunnington, Walter G., Jr.
1950's - 1970's
Box: 9 Folder : 4 "E-F"
1970's - 1990's
Box: 10 Folder : 1 "G"
1960's - 1990's
Box: 10 Folder : 2 "H"
1930's - 1990's
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Hallock, Gerard
1959 - 1990's
Box: 11 Folder : 1-2 Harriman, Roland

Scope and Contents Note

Includes an interesting memorandum on the challenges faced by organizations like BCNY in "ghettos" such as Harlem

1950's - 1970's
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Ireland, Robert L., Jr.
1950's - 1980's
Box: 11 Folder : 4-5 "I-M"
1950's - 1990's
Box: 12 Folder : 1-3 Olson, Robert T.
1969-2002
Box: 12 Folder : 4 "P-S"
1980's - 1990's
Box: 13 Folder : 1 Sisti, Anthony

Scope and Contents Note

Includes the minutes of some Executive Staff Meetings. Additional staff meeting minutes will be found in Series II, Programs and Operations, Box 22, Folder 1.

1950's - 1960's
Box: 13 Folder : 2 Van Ingen, Herbert P.
1980's - 1990's

Subseries I.3: Board Committees

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries includes minutes of Board Committee meetings as well as committee files with drafts, memoranda and correspondence relating to issues discussed at meetings.

The Executive Committee was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization. The Committee met monthly and made recommendations to the Board of Trustees on major issues facing the organization. Minutes often include more detailed discussions of issues that are subsequently addressed in meetings of the Board of Trustees. They generally include summary reports from the other Board committees and from various members of the executive staff. Topics include budgetary and financial issues, clubhouse activities, building operations, expansion and divestments, camps, membership, events, and virtually every other aspect of BCNY administration.

In 1916, a Ways and Means Committee was created to relieve BCNY's treasurer of sole responsibility for collecting current funds. In the early years, the Ways and Means Committee often met jointly with the Executive Committee, and minutes of its meetings are included with the Executive Committee minutes.

The Administration Committee was formed in the early 1950's to provide coordination and oversight of the activities of the other committees, and to focus on long-term planning. Since the Administration Committee also assumed responsibility for oversight of executive operations, these files are a good source of information about personnel issues.

The Finance Committee had responsibility for investments of funds. Minutes discuss fund performance, investment strategies, and related issues. Financial statements are frequently attached.

The Education Committee files are concerned with BCNY's program to place members in private preparatory schools and colleges. This program was established in 1952 with money donated by trustee Victor Morawetz. Minutes discuss scholarships, IQ testing, selection of schools, and the performance of participants. There is also discussion of the placement of "Negro" boys.

The Evaluation Committee was formed to assess the programs and activities of BCNY in the 1970's. Files include memoranda assessing BCNY's overall goals and challenges, which provide a detailed and interesting snapshot of the organization in the early 1970's.

The Building Committees were responsible for supervising the activities and expenditures of their respective clubhouses. Files include descriptive information about the activities of both members and staff. There is also statistical information about membership and participation in programs, and analysis of the effects of ethnic, racial and social trends. There is some financial and budgetary information about the buildings as well.

Note that access to Committee meeting minutes is restricted for 35 years from the date of creation. Materials that were subject to restriction at the time this finding aid was created are noted in the box and folder list.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 13 Folder : 3 Executive Committee Minutes
1917-1921
Box: 13 Folder : 4 Executive Committee Minutes
1922-1924
Box: 14 Folder : 1 Executive Committee Minutes
1925-1928
Box: 14 Folder : 2 Executive Committee Minutes
1929-1930
Box: 14 Folder : 3 Executive Committee Minutes
1931-1933
Box: 14 Folder : 4 Executive Committee Minutes
1934-1936 July
Box: 14 Folder : 5 Executive Committee Minutes
1936 August - 1938 August
Box: 14 Folder : 6 Executive Committee Minutes
1939 September - 1939
Box: 14 Folder : 7 Executive Committee Minutes
1940
Box: 15 Folder : 1 Executive Committee Minutes
1941
Box: 15 Folder : 2 Executive Committee Minutes
1942
Box: 15 Folder : 3 Executive Committee Minutes
1943
Box: 15 Folder : 4 Executive Committee Minutes
1944
Box: 15 Folder : 5 Executive Committee Minutes
1945
Box: 15 Folder : 6 Executive Committee Minutes
1946
Box: 15 Folder : 7 Executive Committee Minutes
1947
Box: 15 Folder : 8 Executive Committee Minutes
1948
Box: 15 Folder : 9 Executive Committee Minutes
1954-1978
Box: 15 Folder : 10 Ways and Means Committee Minutes
1953-1972
Box: 15 Folder : 11 Ways and Means Committee Minutes
1973-1978
Box: 16 Folder : 1 Ways and Means Committee
1981-1982
Box: 16 Folder : 2 Administration Committee Minutes

Scope and Contents Note

Includes organizational chart

1952-1961
Box: 16 Folder : 3 Administration Committee Minutes
1960-1968
Box: 16 Folder : 4 Administration Committee Minutes
1968-1972
Box: 16 Folder : 5 Administration Committee Minutes
1973-1976
Box: 16 Folder : 6 Administration Committee
1959-1960
Box: 16 Folder : 7 Administration Committee
1977-1981
Box: 16 Folder : 8 Finance Committee Minutes
1967-1979
Box: 17 Folder : 1 Finance Committee Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2019)
1980-1984
Box: 17 Folder : 2 Finance Committee Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2023)
1985-1988
Box: 17 Folder : 3 Personnel Committee Minutes
1957-1979
Box: 17 Folder : 4 Education Committee Minutes
1957-1967
Box: 17 Folder : 5 Education Committee
1970-1977
Box: 17 Folder : 6 Education Committee
1978-1982
Box: 17 Folder : 7 Nominating Committee
1975-1980
Box: 17 Folder : 8 Pension Committee
1980
Box: 18 Folder : 1 Pension Committee
1980-1982
Box: 18 Folder : 2 Evaluation Committee
1970-1982
Box: 18 Folder : 3 Evaluation Committee
1973
Box: 18 Folder : 4 Jefferson Park Building Committee
1959-1979
Box: 18 Folder : 5 Jefferson Park Building Committee
1980-1982
Box: 18 Folder : 6 Joint Building Committee
1952-1981
Box: 18 Folder : 7 Committees/Trustee lists
1973-1981

Subseries I.4: Women's Board

Scope and Contents Note

The Women's Board was established in 1968. Its purpose was initially limited to managing BCNY's fund raising benefits, but eventually expanded to include administering volunteer programs such as Homework Help and R.E.A.D. Minutes date back to 1973 and are primarily concerned with planning of events, including Spring and Fall Dances, fashion shows, and movie and theater benefits. There is also some correspondence relating to meetings, events and volunteer programs, along with some financial statements.

Women became eligible to serve on the Board of Trustees in 1989, and minutes and correspondence from the late 1980's include discussion of this issue.

Note that access to Women's Board meeting minutes and related correspondence is restricted for 35 years from the date of creation. Materials that were subject to restriction at the time this finding aid was created are identified in the box and folder list.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 19 Folder : 1 Minutes
1970-1973
Box: 19 Folder : 2 Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2020)
1980-1985
Box: 19 Folder : 3 Correspondence
1980-1982
Box: 19 Folder : 4 Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2026)
1986-1991
Box: 19 Folder : 5 Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2032)
1992-1997
Box: 19 Folder : 6 Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2035)
1998-2000
Box: 19 Folder : 7 Financial Statements (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2037)
1981, 2001-2002
Box: 20 Folder : 2 Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2036)
2001
Box: 20 Folder : 3 Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2037)
2002
Box: 20 Folder : 4 Correspondence (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2037)
2002
Box: 20 Folder : 5 Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2038)
2003
Box: 20 Folder : 6 Correspondence (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2038)
2003
Box: 20 Folder : 7 Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2039)
2004
Box: 20 Folder : 8 Correspondence (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2039)
2004
Box: 20 Folder : 9 Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2040)
2005
Box: 20 Folder : 10 Correspondence (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2040)
2005
Box: 21 Folder : 1 Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2041)
2006
Box: 21 Folder : 2 Correspondence (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2041)
2006
Box: 21 Folder : 3 Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2043)
2007-2008
Box: 21 Folder : 4 Correspondence (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2043)
2008
Box: 21 Folder : 6 Minutes of Nominating Committee (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2035)
1985-2000
Box: 21 Folder : 7 By-laws
1985, undated
Box: 21 Folder : 8 Memoranda, correspondence and other documents (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2034)
1980's - 1999

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Series II: Programs and Operations

Scope and Contents Note

This series contains documents relating to the operation of the clubhouses and of various specific programs administered by BCNY. It is arranged into the following five subseries:

Subseries II.1, Meetings and Reports, contains minutes of staff meetings, strategic plans, and other papers relating to the general administration of BCNY.

Subseries II.2, Dental Clinic, consists primarily of minutes of the Clinic's Board of Directors meetings.

Subseries II.3, Education Program, contains reports, pamphlets, and articles relating to a scholarship program that places BCNY members in private preparatory schools and colleges, and to other literacy and vocational initiatives.

Subseries II.4, Other Programs, includes materials relating to Athletic Program events, jobs and vocational programs, and health programs. In addition, this subseries includes materials describing BCNY's traditional "Group Club" model, under which boys organize into smaller groups or "clubs" headed by a staff member or volunteer group leader.

Subseries II.5, Building Operations, includes materials relating to the physical operation of the clubhouses, as well as demographic information about the neighborhoods where they are located.

Subseries II.1: Meetings and Reports

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries includes memoranda, reports and correspondence relating to staff meetings and organizational planning. Materials include detailed evaluations of BCNY programs and interesting descriptions of the communities in which they served.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 21 Folder : 9 Executive Staff Conference
1964
Box: 22 Folder : 1 Trustee/Executive Staff meetings

Related Archival Materials Note

See also Subseries I.2.B, Trustee/Executive Files (Sisti, Anthony, Box 13, Folder 1).

1970-1972
Box: 22 Folder : 2 "The Boys' Club of New York: It's Needs Today and in the Future"
1975
Box: 22 Folder : 2 Strategic plan
1976-1977
Box: 22 Folder : 3 Clubhouse Director's Report
2006

Subseries II.2: Dental Clinic

Scope and Contents Note

The Dental Clinic was incorporated in 1923 and eventually operated in each of BCNY's clubhouse buildings. This subseries includes meeting minutes, correspondence, and related materials describing the clinic's financial and medical operations.

Note that access to Dental Board meeting minutes is restricted for 35 years from the date of creation. Materials that were subject to restriction at the time this finding aid was created are identified in the box and folder list.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 22 Folder : 4 Board minutes
1923-1945
Box: 22 Folder : 5 Board minutes
1946-1954
Box: 22 Folder : 6 Board minutes
1955-1959
Box: 22 Folder : 7 Board minutes
1960-1965
Box: 22 Folder : 7 Board minutes
1966-1972
Box: 23 Folder : 1 Board minutes
1973-1979
Box: 23 Folder : 2 Board minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2024)
1980-1989
Box: 23 Folder : 3 Board minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2030)
1990-1995
Box: 23 Folder : 4 Board minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2037)
1996-2002
Box: 23 Folder : 5 Manual of Operations/By-laws/Presentation
1979, 2006
Box: 23 Folder : 6 Regulatory documents
1990's - 2000's
Box: 23 Folder : 7 Correspondence and articles
1988-1999
Box: 24 Folder : 1 Correspondence and articles
2001-2002

Subseries II.3: Education Program

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries consists primarily of reports, pamphlets and articles describing BCNY's Education Program. Established in the early 1950's with funds from former trustee Victor Morawetz, the program provides scholarships for members to attend prominent preparatory schools and colleges. Also included are materials relating to the summer school BCNY opened in 1985 in Bound Brook, New Jersey (Camp Northover, later renamed Camp Cromwell) and after-school literacy programs administered by the Women's Board.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 24 Folder : 2 Education Pilot Project - Survey of Tompkins Square Building
1955
Box: 24 Folder : 3 History of Education Program
1939-1941, 1981
Box: 24 Folder : 4 Education Program Annual Report
1996-1997
Box: 24 Folder : 5 Education Program Annual Report
1997-1998
Box: 24 Folder : 6 Education Program Annual Report
1998-1999
Box: 24 Folder : 7 Education Program Annual Report
1999-2000
Box: 24 Folder : 8 Education Program Annual Report
2006-2007
Box: 25 Folder : 1-2 Education Program Bulletins and publications
1964-2000
Box: 25 Folder : 3 Pamphlets
1980's - 1990's
Box: 25 Folder : 4 Mahoney Scholarship
1981
Box: 25 Folder : 5 Dinner for Charles Sikoryak, Education Program Director
1981
Box: 25 Folder : 6 Camp Northover School, Reports
1984-1985
Box: 25 Folder : 7 Classroom, Inc.
1994
Box: 25 Folder : 8 After-School Literacy Programs: READ
2006-2007
Box: 25 Folder : 9 Independent School Placement Program, 50th Anniversary
2007
Box: 25 Folder : 10-11 Background articles on boys' education
1960's, 2000's

Subseries II.4: Other Programs

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries contains materials on various programs instituted by BCNY to serve their membership. It includes correspondence and ephemera relating to Athletic Program events, including two trans-Atlantic amateur boxing matches against the London Federation of Boys' Clubs in the 1950's; documents relating to BCNY's jobs program; documents relating to Saturday programming at the clubhouses; and applications for and descriptions of various programs aimed at promoting health and good character.

There are also several folders of material (primarily memos and correspondence) regarding BCNY's "Group Club" program, which continues the approach introduced by first Superintendent Frances Tabor of organizing boys into small groups or "clubs" headed by a staff member or volunteer group leader. Group leaders are typically successful businessmen who serve as role models and mentors, including many BCNY trustees.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 26 Folder : 1-5 Athletics: London Boxing Tournament
1952-1954, 1957
Box: 26 Folder : 6 Athletics: USA Abbe Swim Team Meets
2007-2008
Box: 26 Folder : 7-8 Group Club/Volunteer Leaders Program
1971-1999
Box: 27 Folder : 1-6 Jobs Program
1981-1989
Box: 27 Folder : 6 Project B.O.L.D.
circa 1998
Box: 28 Folder : 1 Saturday programs
1981-1982
Box: 28 Folder : 2 Ethics and Morality Program
1989
Box: 28 Folder : 3-4 Health and Physical Fitness Program
1982-1984
Box: 28 Folder : 5-7 Health and Wellness Taskforce
2006

Subseries II.5: Building Operations

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries includes documents relating to BCNY's various clubhouses, including title documents, proposals for branches, and construction and condition surveys. The branch proposals set forth building details and statistical information about the neighborhood supporting the need for BCNY's services, including demographics, density and prevalence of crime. There is also a folder of statistical reports providing detailed information about the membership and programs of the Jefferson Park Clubhouse in the 1980's.

Access to documents relating to the construction of the Marion McMahon Abbe Clubhouse are restricted for 35 years from the date of creation, as noted in the box and folder list.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 29 Folder : 1 Title to 10th Street Property
1888, 1899
Box: 29 Folder : 2 Proposed New Branch, East 111th Street
1926-1929
Box: 29 Folder : 3 Plan for New Branch (Tompkins Square)
1928
Box: 29 Folder : 4 Statistical Reports
1980-1985
Box: 29 Folder : 5 Proposal for Book/Game Room
1981
Box: 29 Folder : 6-7 Construction Survey/Repointing repairs, Jefferson Park Clubhouse
1981-1982
Box: 29 Folder : 7 Condition Survey, Camp Northover
1985
Box: 30 Folder : 1 Condition Survey, Tompkins Square Clubhouse
1986
Box: 30 Folder : 2 Condition Survey, South Queens Boys and Girls Club
1990
Oversize: Medium Folder : BCNY OS 1 Architectural plans, Harriman (formerly Tompkins Square) Building renovations
1995
Box: 30 Folder : 3-4 Correspondence and memos regarding construction of Marion McMahon Abbe Clubhouse (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2039)
2001-2004

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Series III: Financial Documents

Scope and Contents Note

This series includes annual financial statements, audit reports, and other financial reports of the overall organization, as well as some financial statements of the Dental Clinic.

Note that access to these records is restricted for 35 years from the date of creation. Records that were restricted at the time this finding aid was created are identified in the box and folder list.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 30 Folder : 5 Financial Statements
1943 October 1 - 1945 September 30
Box: 30 Folder : 6 Financial Statements
1945 October 1 - 1948 September 30
Box: 30 Folder : 7 Financial Statements
1948 October 1 - 1950 September 30
Box: 30 Folder : 8 Financial Statements
1950 October 1 - 1952 September 30
Box: 31 Folder : 1 Financial Statements
1952 October 1 - 1954 September 30
Box: 31 Folder : 2 Financial Statements
1954 October 1 - 1956 September 30
Box: 31 Folder : 3 Financial Statements
1956 October 1 - 1958 September 30
Box: 31 Folder : 4 Financial Statements
1958 October 1 - 1960 September 30
Box: 31 Folder : 5 Financial Statements
1960 October 1 - 1962 September 30
Box: 31 Folder : 6 Financial Statements
1962 October 1 - 1964 September 30
Box: 32 Folder : 1 Financial Statements
1964 October 1 - 1966 September 30
Box: 32 Folder : 2 Financial Statements
1966 October 1 - 1968 September 30
Box: 32 Folder : 3 Financial Statements
1968 October 1 - 1970 September 30
Box: 32 Folder : 4 Financial Statements
1970 October 1 - 1972 September 30
Box: 32 Folder : 5 Financial Statements
1972 October 1 - 1974 September 30
Box: 33 Folder : 1 Financial Statements
1974 October 1 - 1976 September 30
Box: 33 Folder : 2 Financial Statements
1976 October 1 - 1977 September 30
Box: 33 Folder : 3 Treasurer's Annual Report
1977-1980
Box: 33 Folder : 4 Financial Statements
1979 October 1 - 1980 September 30
Box: 33 Folder : 5 Treasurer's Annual Report
1981-1982
Box: 33 Folder : 6 Trustee Production (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2023)
1988
Box: 34 Folder : 1-11 Financial Statements (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2032)
1996-1997
Box: 35 (tall box) Audit Reports
1927-1938
Box: 36 Folder : 1 Audit Reports
1944-1949
Box: 36 Folder : 2 Audit Reports
1950-1955
Box: 36 Folder : 3 Audit Reports
1956-1959
Box: 36 Folder : 4 Audit Reports
1960-1964
Box: 36 Folder : 5 Audit Reports
1965-1968
Box: 37 Folder : 1 Audit Reports
1969-1971
Box: 37 Folder : 2 Audit Reports
1972-1974
Box: 37 Folder : 3 Dental Clinic Ledger
1941-1958
Box: 37 Folder : 4-5 Dental Clinic Ledger (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2035)
2000
Box: 38 Folder : 1-2 Dental Clinic Ledger (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2036)
2001
Box: 38 Folder : 3-4 Dental Clinic Monthly Financial Statements (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2037)
2002
Box: 38 Folder : 5 Bills and correspondence (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2036)
1990's - 2001
Box: 35 Folder : Endowment ledger
1970's - ?
Box: 39 Folder : 1 Endowment funds
1950's - 1970's
Box: 39 Folder : 2 Investments and bequests
1920's
Box: 39 Folder : 3-4 Investment report (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2038)
2002-2003

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Series IV: Publications and Articles

Subseries IV.1: Annual Reports

Scope and Contents Note

Spanning the period from 1890 to 2003, the Annual Reports provide an excellent overview of BCNY's activities and philosophy and the organization's evolution over time. They are also a rich source of information about the neighborhoods in which BCNY operated (the East Village, the Lower East Side, and Harlem), and about the economic and social conditions of the times. For example, the 1917 Annual Report includes a photograph of a minstrel show performed by the boys; the 1925 Annual Report is titled "A Flame Beneath the Melting Pot;" and the 1941-1942 Annual Report focuses on "Training for Service" and "Men of the Post-War World." Beginning in 1907, reports are illustrated with photographs depicting clubhouse and camp activities and, occasionally, neighborhood scenes. Annual reports also reflect the evolution of social work in America.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 39 Folder : 5 Annual Reports
1890, 1891, 1895, 1896
Box: 39 Folder : 6 Annual Report
1897
Box: 39 Folder : 7 Annual Report
1900
Box: 39 Folder : 8 Annual Report
1901
Box: 39 Folder : 9 Annual Report
1903
Box: 39 Folder : 10 Annual Report
1904
Box: 39 Folder : 11 Annual Report
1906
Box: 40 Folder : 1 Annual Report
1907
Box: 40 Folder : 2 Annual Report
1908
Box: 40 Folder : 3 Annual Report
1909
Box: 40 Folder : 4 Annual Report
1910
Box: 40 Folder : 5 Annual Report
1911
Box: 40 Folder : 6 Annual Report
1912
Box: 40 Folder : 7 Annual Report
1913
Box: 40 Folder : 8 Annual Report
1914
Box: 40 Folder : 9 Annual Report
1916
Box: 40 Folder : 10 Annual Report
1917
Box: 40 Folder : 11 Annual Report
1918
Box: 40 Folder : 12 Annual Report
1919-1920
Box: 40 Folder : 13 Annual Report
1920-1921
Box: 40 Folder : 14 Annual Report
1923-1924
Box: 40 Folder : 15 Annual Report
1924-1925
Box: 41 Folder : 1 Annual Reports
1925-1927
Box: 41 Folder : 2 Annual Reports/Boys' Club Quarterly
1927-1928
Box: 41 Folder : 3 Annual Reports/Boys' Club Quarterly
1929-1930
Box: 41 Folder : 4 Annual Reports/Boys' Club Quarterly
1931-1933
Box: 41 Folder : 5 Annual Reports/Boys' Club Quarterly
1934-1936
Box: 41 Folder : 6 Annual Reports
1937-1938
Box: 41 Folder : 7 Annual Reports
1939-1940, 1946-1947
Box: 41 Folder : 8 Annual Reports
1948-1949
Box: 41 Folder : 9 Annual Reports
1950-1951
Box: 41 Folder : 10 Annual Reports
1952-1953
Box: 41 Folder : 11 Annual Reports
1954-1955
Box: 41 Folder : 12 Annual Reports
1956-1958
Box: 41 Folder : 12 Annual Reports
1956-1958
Box: 41 Folder : 13 Annual Reports
1959-1961
Box: 41 Folder : 14 Annual Reports
1962-1964
Box: 41 Folder : 15 Annual Reports
Box: 41 Folder : 16 Annual Reports
1968-1970
Box: 41 Folder : 17 Annual Reports
1971-1973
Box: 41 Folder : 18 Annual Reports
1974-1976
Box: 41 Folder : 19 Annual Reports
1977-1979
Box: 41 Folder : 20 Annual Reports
1980-1982
Box: 41 Folder : 21 Annual Reports
1983-1985
Box: 41 Folder : 22 Annual Reports
1986-1988
Box: 41 Folder : 23 Annual Reports
1989-1991
Box: 42 Folder : 1 Annual Reports
Box: 42 Folder : 2 Annual Reports
1996-1997
Box: 42 Folder : 3 Annual Reports
1998-2000
Box: 42 Folder : 4 Annual Reports
2001-2003
Box: 42 Folder : 5 Reports of The Boys' Club (bound volume)
1891-1923
Box: 42 Folder : 6 Reports of The Boys' Club (bound volume)
1924-1943
Box: 43 Folder : 1-2 Annual Report worksheets
1943-1056
Box: 43 Folder : 3 Annual reports correspondence and receipts
1990's
Box: 43 Folder : 4 Annual Report mockups
undated

Subseries IV.2: Pamphlets and Newsletters

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries consists of pamphlets and newsletters issued by BCNY, the former to solicit funds and volunteers, and the latter to highlight current programs and the achievements of individual members and staff. Pamphlets include images and many summarize BCNY's achievements, providing capsule histories of the organization. Like the Annual Reports, they are also a good source of information about economic and social trends.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 43 Folder : 5-7 Promotional pamphlets
circa 1940's-2000's
Box: 43A (flat box) Folder : 1 Promotional pamphlets (oversize)
Box: 44 Folder : 1 Pamphlets - buildings and programs
circa 1940's - 1990's
Box: 44 Folder : 2 "News Briefs"; "What's Happening at BCNY"; "Club Notes"
1970, undated
Box: 44 Folder : 3 "Mentor," A quarterly publication of the BCNY Education Alumni Association
1990's

Subseries IV.3: Boys' Publications

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries consists primarily of issues of The Boys' Club Record, an in-house publication of the boys containing news of Club activities and events, as well as reports of individual members' achievements. Published between the 1890's and 1960's, the  Record provides information about the small "clubs" into which the boys were organized (for example, the Senior Club, the Law & Order Club, the Dramatic and Debating Club, etc.), and about athletic events, lectures, dances, theatrical productions, and other clubhouse activities. Some issues also contain essays and profiles of members.

The Record was published monthly. The collection includes both loose copies and issues that were bound together by BCNY for their library.

In addition to the Record, this subseries includes various other publications by individual clubs within BCNY.

Bound Volumes

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 1 The Boys' Club Record:1904-1916
1904-1916
Volume: 2 The Boys' Club Record: 1916-1922
1916-1922
Volume: 3 The Boys' Club Record: 1924-1926
1924-1926
Volume: 4 The Boys' Club Record: 1928-1929
1928-1929
Volume: 5 The Boys' Club Record: 1929-1930
1929-1930
Volume: 6 The Boys' Club Record: 1930-1931
1930-1931
Volume: 7 The Boys' Club Record: 1931-1932
1931-1932
Volume: 8 The Boys' Club Record: 1932-1933
1932-1933
Volume: 9 The Boys' Club Record: 1933-1934
1933-1934
Volume: 10 The Boys' Club Record: 1934-1935
1934-1935
Volume: 11 The Boys' Club Record: 1935-1936
1935-1936
Volume: 12 The Boys' Club Record: 1936-1937
1936-1937
Volume: 13 The Boys' Club Record: 1937-1938
1937-1938
Volume: 14 The Boys' Club Record: 1939-1940
1939-1940
Volume: 15 The Boys' Club Record: 1940-1941
1940-1941
Volume: 16 The Boys' Club Record: 1941-1942
1941-1942
Volume: 17 The Boys' Club Records: 1942-1943
1942-1943
Volume: 18 The Boys' Club Record: 1943-1944
1943-1944
Volume: 19 The Boys' Club Record: 1944-1945
1944-1945
Volume: 20 The Boys' Club Record: 1945-1946
1945-1946
Volume: 21 The Boys' Club Record: 1947
1947
Volume: 22 The Boys' Club Record:1947-1948
1947-1948
Volume: 23 The Boys' Club Records: 1948-1949
1948-1949
Volume: 24 The Boys' Club Records: 1949-1950
1949-1950
Volume: 25 The Boys' Club Record: 1950-1951
1950-1951
Volume: 26 The Boys' Club Record: 1951-1952
1951-1952
Volume: 27 The Boys' Club Record: 1952-1953
1952-1953
Volume: 28 The Boys' Club Records: 1953-1954
1953-1954
Volume: 29 The Boys' Club Record: 1954-1955
1954-1955
Volume: 30 The Boys' Club Record: 1955-1956
1955-1956
Volume: 31 The Boys' Club Record: 1956-1957
1956-1957
Volume: 32 The Junior World: 1940-1941
1940-1941
Volume: 33 Literary Corner of The Boys' Club Library: Volume 1. 1933-1934, Volume 2. 1934-1935
1933-1935
Volume: 34 Literary Corner of The Boys' Club Library: Volume 3. 1935-1936, Volume 4. 1936-1937
1935-1937
Volume: 35 Literary Corner of The Boys' Club Library: Volume 5. 1937-1938, Volume 6. 1938-1939
1937-1939
Volume: 36 Literary Corner of The Boys' Club Library: Volume 7. 1939-1940, Volume 8. 1940-1941
1939-1941

Loose copies

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 44 Folder : 4 Boys' Club Record
1899-1905
Box: 44 Folder : 6 Boys' Club Record
1916-1917
Box: 44 Folder : 7 Boys' Club Record
1918
Box: 44 Folder : 8 Boys' Club Record
1919-1920
Box: 44 Folder : 9 Boys' Club Record, Golden Jubilee Number
1927
Box: 43A (flat box) Folder : 2-5 Boys' Club Record
1927-1930
Box: 44 Folder : 10 Boys' Club Record
1937-1938, undated
Box: 45 Folder : 2 Boys' Club Record
1945-1946
Box: 45 Folder : 3 Boys' Club Record
1947, 1957-1958
Box: 45 Folder : 4 Boys' Club Record
1957-1959
Box: 45 Folder : 5 Boys' Club Record
1958-1959
Box: 45 Folder : 6 Boys' Club Record; Pitt Street Boys' Club Record
1959-1960
Box: 45 Folder : 7 Boys' Club Record
1961-1962
Box: 45 Folder : 7 Boys' Club Highlights
1969
Box: 46 Folder : 1 Cardinal Athletic Club
1935-1937, 1939, 1941
Box: 46 Folder : 2 Millrose Athletic Club "News"
1933-1934
Box: 46 Folder : 3 Millrose Athletic Club "News"
1934-1935
Box: 46 Folder : 4 Redfoot Athletic Club "Arrow"
1934
Box: 46 Folder : 5 Corner-Side's Spider
undated
Box: 46 Folder : 6 Premier's Athletic Club Yearbook
1937-1938
Box: 46 Folder : 7 Premier's Athletic Club Yearbook
1940
Box: 46 Folder : 8 Senior Club "Review," "Mouthpiece" and Fifth Annual Benefit Dance
1939, undated
Box: 46 Folder : 9 Senior Club "Flash"
1935-1937, 1940, undated
Box: 47 Folder : 1 "Spades" Yearbook
1941-1942
Box: 47 Folder : 2 "Jaguar Broadcaster" (includes correspondence and photograph of group leader Edward Leadbeater)
1936-1938
Box: 47 Folder : 3 "Jaguar" Yearbook
1938-1946
Box: 47 Folder : 4 "Junior World"; "Arcade Traveler"; "White Sox Gazette"
1930's - 1940's
Box: 47 Folder : 5 Pitt Tigers Report; BCNY Magazine
1984, 2011

Subseries IV.4: Articles

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries contains newspaper clippings and magazine articles about BCNY and people associated with the organization. Magazines featuring BCNY advertisements are also included.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 47 Folder : 6 News clippings
1928-1930
Box: 47 Folder : 7 News clippings
1930's - 2000's
Box: 47 Folder : 8 News clippings -- obituaries
1960's - 1990's
Box: 48 Folder : 1-2 Magazine articles and advertisements
1885 - 1950's
Box: 48 Folder : 3 Magazine articles and advertisements
2000's
Box: 48 Folder : 4 Magazine articles and advertisements -- "People" feature
1985
Box: 48 Folder : 5 Magazine articles and advertisements -- Guaranty Trust Co. "The Guaranty News"
1956, 1957
Box: 48 Folder : 6 Magazine articles and advertisements -- Brown Brothers Harriman "Communicator"
1978, 1981
Box: 43A (flat box) Folder : 6 Magazine articles (oversize) -- Fortune magazine
1932
Box: 43A (flat box) Folder : 7 Newspaper articles, London boxing match (oversize)
1953
Box: 43A (flat box) Folder : 8 Articles and advertisements (oversize)
1950's - 2000's
Box: 48 Folder : 7 "The Boys' Club and Juvenile Delinquency"
1936, 1984

Subseries IV.5: Histories

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries includes a history of BCNY, written by Sharon Zane for the organization in 1990, as well as various other historical sketches, reminiscences, and interview transcripts. There is also some correspondence relating to these projects.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 48 Folder : 8-9 Boys' Club of New York: A History by Sharon Zane
1990
Box: 49 Folder : 1 Correspondence with Sharon Zane
1986-1989
Box: 49 Folder : 2 Articles and pamphlets
1922, 1960's, undated
Box: 49 Folder : 3 Historical sketches and recollections
1920's - 1930's, undated
Box: 49 Folder : 4 Historical sketches and recollections
1960's - 1980's, undated
Box: 49 Folder : Minot K. Milliken, Oral history and remarks
1985
Box: 49 Folder : 6 Transcript, interview with Brad Zervas
2005
Box: 49 Folder : 7 Correspondence regarding historical materials
1950's - 1990's

Subseries IV.6: Other Publications

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries includes a book of quotations for public speakers, and a published book about E.H. Harriman and his estate, Arden Farms.

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 37 "The Public Speaker's Treasure Chest"
1942
Volume: 38 "E.H. Harriman at Arden Farms"
1997

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Series V: Alumni Association

Scope and Contents Note

The Alumni Association was formed in 1928 to "assist the Boys' Club Trustees in the successful management of the Club." Open to all former BCNY members, the Alumni Association contributed both funds and volunteer services to current BCNY members. Papers include meeting minutes, correspondence, newsletters, event programs, and other material relating to the activities of the Alumni Association.

Also included are the reminiscences and scrapbooks of George Flatow, an early Club member and one of the founding members of the Alumni Association. Flatow wrote detailed descriptions of and anecdotes from BCNY's early days, and also profiled club members from that era, describing their contributions to the club as well as their subsequent careers. Notable examples include soccer star Nathan Agar; Aaron Chwatt, better known as comedian and actor "Red Buttons;" racecar champion Ralph DePalma; and vaudeville comedian Edward Hastings Ford. While they are personal recollections, rather than a reliable factual record, Flatow's writings offer a unique perspective on the Club's early history and on the experience of urban life in early twentieth century New York City.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 50 Folder : 1 Alumni Association formation
1928
Box: 50 Folder : 2 Alumni Association Minutes
1944-1951
Box: 50 Folder : 3 Alumni Association Minutes
1952-1955
Box: 50 Folder : 4 Alumni Association Minutes
1956-1959
Box: 50 Folder : 6 Alumni Association Minutes
1960-1965
Box: 50 Folder : 6 Alumni Association Minutes
1960-1963
Box: 50 Folder : 7 Alumni Association Minutes
1964-1971
Box: 51 Folder : 1 Alumni Association Minutes
1971-1975
Box: 51 Folder : 2 Alumni Association Minutes
1979-1984
Box: 51 Folder : 3 Alumni "Bulletin"
1945-1947, 1949
Box: 51 Folder : 4 Alumni Newsletter
1950's
Box: 51 Folder : 5 Alumni Newsletter
1965-1970
Box: 51 Folder : 6 Alumni Newsletter
1980's - 1990's, 2010
Box: 51 Folder : 7 Alumni lists and history
1990's, undated
Box: 51 Folder : 8 Alumni Association correspondence
1981-1995, 2000-2001
Box: 51 Folder : 9 Alumni Association correspondence (Pitt Street/Milliken Building)
1984-1990
Box: 51 Folder : 10 Alumni Association correspondence (Jefferson Park Building)
1985-1996
Box: 52 Folder : 1 Correspondence, "Friends for Life" video; Florida Alumni Association; National Alumni Association
1983-2003
Box: 52 Folder : 2 Correspondence, George Flatow
1928-1981
Box: 52 Folder : 3 Correspondence, George Flatow
1981-1986
Box: 52 Folder : 4 Correspondence/Addresses, George Flatow
Box: 52 Folder : 5 Addresses/Recollections, George Flatow
undated
Box: 52 Folder : 6 Anecdotes, George Flatow
1974
Box: 52 Folder : 7 Recollections "A-E", George Flatow
1974
Box: 53 Folder : 1 Recollections "F-J", George Flatow
1974
Box: 53 Folder : 2 Recollections "K-Z", George Flatow
1974
Box: 53 Folder : 3 Scrapbook, George Flatow
1980's
Box: 123 (flat box) Folder : 1-2 Scrapbook, George Flatow
Box: 127 (tall box) Folder : 1-5 Scrapbook, George Flatow
1920's - 1960's
Box: 53 Folder : 4-6 Alumni Annual Ball Programs
1950's - 1960's
Box: 53 Folder : 7 Programs, Alumni Anniversary Celebrations
1980's - 1990's
Box: 53 Folder : 8 Souvenir Program, "Damn Yankees"
1999

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Series VI: Benefit Events and Fundraising

Scope and Contents Note

This series contains correspondence and ephemera (invitations, programs, raffle tickets, etc.) from various benefit events sponsored by the Women's Board, including the Fall and Spring Dances, theater and movie benefits, fashion shows, golf benefits, and assorted others. Invitations are often elaborate and provide interesting examples of graphic design work. For photographs of these events, see Series VII.

Also included are disbound binders of photographs, invitations, seating charts and other material relating to BCNY's largest annual benefit, the All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner. This event honored Hall of Fame inductees from six major sports (football, baseball, basketball, hockey, tennis and golf).

Other materials relating to fundraising include sample materials from BCNY's annual Christmas drive and correspondence files. Note that correspondence files are restricted for 35 years from the date of creation. Files that were restricted at the time this finding aid was created are identified in the box and folder list.

Subseries VI.1: Benefit Events

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 54 Folder : 1 Fall Dance, correspondence
1955
Box: 54 Folder : 2 Fall Dance, correspondence
1956
Box: 54 Folder : 3 Fall Dance, correspondence
1957
Box: 54 Folder : 4 Fall Dance, correspondence
1958
Box: 54 Folder : 5 Fall Dance, correspondence
1959
Box: 54 Folder : 6 Fall Dance, correspondence
1960
Box: 55 Folder : 1 Fall Dance, correspondence
1961
Box: 55 Folder : 2 Fall Dance, correspondence
1962
Box: 55 Folder : 3 Fall Dance, correspondence
1963
Box: 55 Folder : 4 Fall Dance, correspondence
1964
Box: 55 Folder : 5 Fall Dance, correspondence
Box: 56 Folder : 1 Fall Dance, correspondence
1981
Box: 56 Folder : 2-3 Fall Dance, correspondence
1985
Box: 56 Folder : 4 Fall Dance, correspondence
1986
Box: 56 Folder : 5 Fall Dance, correspondence
1987
Box: 56 Folder : 6 Fall Dance, correspondence
1990
Box: 57 Folder : 1 Fall Dance, invitations
1955
Box: 57 Folder : 2 Fall Dance, invitations
1956
Box: 57 Folder : 3 Fall Dance, invitations
1957
Box: 57 Folder : 4 Fall Dance, invitations
1958-1959
Box: 57 Folder : 5 Fall Dance, invitations
1960-1961
Box: 57 Folder : 6 Fall Dance, invitations
1962
Box: 57 Folder : 7 Fall Dance, invitations
1963-1964
Box: 57 Folder : 8 Fall Dance, invitations
1965-1966
Box: 57 Folder : 9 Fall Dance, invitations
1967-1968
Box: 58 Folder : 1 Fall Dance, invitations
1969-1970
Box: 58 Folder : 2 Fall Dance, invitations
1971, 1973
Box: 58 Folder : 3 Fall Dance, invitations
1974
Box: 58 Folder : 4 Fall Dance, invitations
1975
Box: 58 Folder : 5 Fall Dance, invitations
1976
Box: 58 Folder : 6 Fall Dance, invitations
1977
Box: 58 Folder : 7 Fall Dance, invitations
1978
Box: 58 Folder : 8 Fall Dance, invitations
1979
Box: 58 Folder : 9 Fall Dance, invitations
1980
Box: 58 Folder : 10 Fall Dance, invitations
1981
Box: 58 Folder : 11 Fall Dance, invitations
1982
Box: 58 Folder : 12 Fall Dance, invitations
1983
Box: 58 Folder : 13 Fall Dance, invitations
1984
Box: 58 Folder : 14 Fall Dance, invitations
1985
Box: 58 Folder : 15 Fall Dance, invitations
1986
Box: 58 Folder : 16 Fall Dance, invitations
1987
Box: 58 Folder : 17 Fall Dance, invitations
1988
Box: 58 Folder : 18 Fall Dance, invitations
1989
Box: 59 Folder : 1 Fall Dance, invitations
1990-1991
Box: 59 Folder : 2 Fall Dance, invitations
Box: 59 Folder : 3 Fall Dance, invitations
1994-1995
Box: 59 Folder : 4 Fall Dance, invitations
1996-1998
Box: 59 Folder : 5 Fall Dance, invitations
2000-2003
Box: 59 Folder : 6 Fall Dance, invitations
2005-2006
Box: 59 Folder : 7 Fall Dance, program
1991, 2002
Box: 59 Folder : 8 Spring Dance, correspondence
1973
Box: 59 Folder : 9 Spring Dance, correspondence
1974
Box: 60 Folder : 1 Spring Dance, correspondence
Box: 60 Folder : 2 Spring Dance, correspondence
1976
Box: 60 Folder : 3 Spring Dance, correspondence
1977
Box: 60 Folder : 4 Spring Dance, correspondence
1978
Box: 60 Folder : 5 Spring Dance, correspondence
1979
Box: 60 Folder : 6 Spring/Fall Dances, committees
1987-2002
Box: 61 Folder : 1 Spring and Fall Dances, Information Package
1980's
Box: 61 Folder : 2 Spring Dance, invitations
1946, 1959
Box: 61 Folder : 3 Spring Dance, invitations
1960-1961
Box: 61 Folder : 4 Spring Dance, invitations
1963-1964
Box: 61 Folder : 5 Spring Dance, invitations
1965-1966
Box: 61 Folder : 6 Spring Dance, invitations
1967-1968
Box: 61 Folder : 7 Spring Dance, invitations
1969-1970
Box: 61 Folder : 8 Spring Dance, invitations
1971
Box: 61 Folder : 9 Spring Dance, invitations
1972-1973
Box: 61 Folder : 10 Spring Dance, invitations
1974-1975
Box: 61 Folder : 11 Spring Dance, invitations
1076-1977
Box: 62 Folder : 1 Spring Dance, invitations
1978-1979
Box: 62 Folder : 2 Spring Dance, invitations
1980-1981
Box: 62 Folder : 3 Spring Dance, invitations
1982-1983
Box: 62 Folder : 4 Spring Dance, invitations
1984-1985
Box: 62 Folder : 5 Spring Dance, invitations
1986-1987
Box: 62 Folder : 6 Spring Dance, invitations
1988-1989
Box: 62 Folder : 7 Spring Dance, invitations
1990-1991
Box: 62 Folder : 8 Spring Dance, invitations
1992-1993
Box: 62 Folder : 9 Spring Dance, invitations
1994
Box: 62 Folder : 10 Spring Dance, invitations
1995
Box: 62 Folder : 11 Spring Dance, invitations
1996-1997
Box: 62 Folder : 12 Spring Dance, invitations
1998-1999
Box: 63 Folder : 1 Spring Dance, invitations
2000-2001
Box: 63 Folder : 2 Spring Dance, invitations
2002-2003
Box: 63 Folder : 3 Spring Dance, invitations
2004-2005
Box: 63 Folder : 4 Spring Dance, invitations
2006-2007
Box: 63 Folder : 5 Spring Dance, programs
1957, 1985
Box: 63 Folder : 6 Spring Dance, programs
2003
Box: 63 Folder : 7 Theater Benefit, "Follies," correspondence
1971
Box: 63 Folder : 8-9 Movie benefit, "The Godfather," correspondence
1972
Box: 64 Folder : 1 Movie benefit, "Day of the Jackal," correspondence
Box: 64 Folder : 2 Movie benefit, "Great Gatsby," correspondence
1974
Box: 64 Folder : 3 Movie benefit, "Jaws," correspondence
1975
Box: 64 Folder : 4 Movie benefit, "Midway," correspondence
1976
Box: 64 Folder : 5 Movie benefit, "Jaws 2," correspondence
Box: 64 Folder : 6 Movie benefit, "Moonraker," correspondence
1979
Box: 64 Folder : 7 Movie benefit, "A View to Kill," correspondence
1985
Box: 64 Folder : 8 Movie benefit, "Legal Eagles," correspondence
1986
Box: 65 Folder : 1 Movie benefit, "The Living Daylights," correspondence
1987
Box: 65 Folder : 2 Movie benefit, accounts receivable
1990
Box: 65 Folder : 3 Movie benefit, invitations
1970's
Box: 65 Folder : 4 Movie benefit, invitations
1980's
Box: 65 Folder : 5 Movie benefit, invitations
1995-2002
Box: 65 Folder : 6 Fashion show, correspondence and accounts
1966
Box: 65 Folder : 7 Fashion show, correspondence and accounts
1967
Box: 65 Folder : 8 Fashion show, correspondence and accounts
1969
Box: 65 Folder : 9 Fashion show, correspondence and accounts
1987-1988
Box: 66 Folder : 1-2 Fashion show, correspondence and accounts
1989
Box: 66 Folder : 3-4 Fashion show, correspondence and accounts
1990
Box: 66 Folder : 5-6 Fashion show, correspondence and accounts
1991
Box: 67 Folder : 1-2 Fashion show, correspondence and accounts
1992
Box: 67 Folder : 3 Fashion show, correspondence and accounts
1993
Box: 67 Folder : 4-5 Fashion show, correspondence and accounts
1994
Box: 67 Folder : 6 Fashion show, correspondence and accounts
1995
Box: 68 Folder : 1 Fashion show, invitations
1966
Box: 68 Folder : 2 Fashion show, invitations
1967
Box: 68 Folder : 3 Fashion show, invitations
1987-1990
Box: 68 Folder : 4 Fashion show, invitations
1991-1992
Box: 68 Folder : 5 Fashion show, invitations
1993-1995
Box: 68 Folder : 6 Fashion show, invitations
1996-1997
Box: 68 Folder : 7 Fashion show, invitations
2004-2005
Box: 68 Folder : 8 Fashion show, invitations
2006-2007
Box: 68 Folder : 9 Fashion show, programs
1968-1972
Box: 68 Folder : 10-12 Invitations, other events
1966-2000
Box: 69 Folder : 1-4 Event committees
1986-2002
Box: 69 Folder : 5 Event program accounts
1966-1973
Box: 69 Folder : 6 Golf benefits, promotional packets

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photographs

1950's
Box: 69 Folder : 7 Golf benefits, programs
1954-1955
Box: 69 Folder : 8 Golf benefits, programs

Scope and Contents Note

1956 program includes article on first woman golf professional (Bessie Fenn) in charge of a club in the U.S.

1956, 1958

Subseries VI. 2: Benefit Events: Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner (includes photographs)

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 70 Folder : 1 1st Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1976 December 1
Box: 70 Folder : 2-3 2nd Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1977 November 2
Box: 70 Folder : 4 3rd Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1978 November 1
Box: 70 Folder : 6 4th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1979 October 1
Box: 70 Folder : 8 5th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1980 October 29
Box: 70 Folder : 9-10 6th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1981 October 28
Box: 71 Folder : 1-3 7th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1982 October 27
Box: 71 Folder : 4-5 8th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1983 October 26
Box: 71 Folder : 6-7 9th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1984 October 24
Box: 71 Folder : 8-10 10th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1985 October 23
Box: 72 Folder : 1-3 11th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1986 October 29
Box: 72 Folder : 4-6 12th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1987 October 28
Box: 72 Folder : 7-8 13th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1988 October 26
Box: 72 Folder : 13th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
Box: 73 Folder : 1-2 13th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1988 October 26
Box: 73 Folder : 3-4 14th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1989 October 25
Box: 73 Folder : 5-7 15th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1990 October 24
Box: 73 Folder : 8-11 16th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1991 October 23
Box: 74 Folder : 1-5 16th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1991 October 23
Box: 74 Folder : 6-14 17th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1992 October 21
Box: 74 Folder : 15-18 17th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1993 November 3
Box: 75 Folder : 1-4 18th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1993 November 3
Box: 75 Folder : 5-13 19th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1994 November 2
Box: 75 Folder : 14-16 20th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1995 November 1
Box: 76 Folder : 1-3 20th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1995 November 1
Box: 76 Folder : 4-10 21st Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1996 October 30
Box: 76 Folder : 11-13 22nd Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1997 November 1
Box: 76 Folder : 14-15 23rd Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1998 November 4
Box: 77 Folder : 1-6 24th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
1999 November 3
Box: 77 Folder : 7-12 25th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
2000 November 1
Box: 77 Folder : 13-17 26th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
2001 November 7
Box: 77 Folder : 18 27th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
2002 November 6
Box: 77 Folder : 28th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
2003
Box: 78 Folder : 1 28th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
2003 November 5
Box: 78 Folder : 2 29th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
2004 November 3
Box: 78 Folder : 3 30th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
2005 November 2
Box: 78 Folder : 4 31st Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
2006 November 1
Oversize: Medium Folder : BCNY OS 4 31st Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner

Scope and Contents Note

Mounted group photo of BCNY Board of Trustees signed by Hall of Fame inductees

2006
Box: 78 Folder : 5 32nd Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner
2007 October 30
Oversize: Medium Folder : BCNY OS 4 32nd Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner

Scope and Contents Note

Mounted group photo of BCNY Board of Trustees signed by Hall of Fame inductees

2007 October 30
Box: 78 Folder : 6-9 Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner, Miscellaneous photographs
undated
Box: 78 Folder : 10 Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner, Inductee photographs
undated
Box: 78 Folder : Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner, programs
1977, 1980, 1982
Box: 79 Folder : Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner, programs
1983-1993
Box: 80 Folder : Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner, programs
1994-2001, 2003, 2005-2007
Box: 81 Folder : 1 Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner -- newsletters, invitations, and other ephemera
1984-1994
Box: 81 Folder : 2 Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner -- newsletters, invitations, and other ephemera
1995-1998
Box: 81 Folder : 3 Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner -- newsletters, invitations, and other ephemera
1999-2002
Box: 81 Folder : 4 Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner -- newsletters, invitations, and other ephemera
2003-2004
Box: 81 Folder : 5 Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner -- newsletters, invitations, and other ephemera
2005-2006
Box: 81 Folder : 6 Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner -- news clippings
2005-2006

Subseries VI.3: Fundraising

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 82 Folder : 1 Christmas solicitations
1951-1952
Box: 82 Folder : 2 Christmas solicitations
1953-1955
Box: 82 Folder : 3 Christmas solicitations
1956-1957
Box: 82 Folder : 4 Fundraising scrapbook
1940's
Box: 82 Folder : 5 History of gifts to endowment funds
1950's - 1960's
Box: 82 Folder : 6-7 Donors: William Simpson (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2032)
1956-1997
Box: 83 Folder : 1-2 Donors: Minot Milliken (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2032)
1947-1997
Box: 83 Folder : 3 Donors: William Wallach (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2032)
1980's - 1997
Box: 83 Folder : 4 Harriman Memory Gifts
1978
Box: 83 Folder : 5-6 Capital Campaigns(RESTRICTED UNTIL 2034)
1995-1999

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Series VII: Photographs

Scope and Contents Note

The many photographs in this collection provide a rich visual record of the activities and people associated with BCNY. Photographs span the period from the 1890's to 2000's. Although most photographs are undated, it appears that the 1940's and 1950's are especially well documented.

Photographs are generally arranged by subject, including: neighborhood scenes; clubhouse buildings; sports (including team shots as well as game and action shots); recreational activities such as art, photography, glee club and many others; camp photographs; program activities (primarily educational); theatrical productions; pictures and portraits of officers, alumni and boys; and photographs of various fund-raising events (note that photographs of the All-Star Annual Hall of Fame event are housed separately in Series VI, Benefit events).

In some cases, photographs by identified photographers are arranged by the name of the photographer. There are many photographs by Sam Reiss (1910-1975), better known for his photography of the labor movement in New York City; other photographers include Paul Parker, Heini Mayr, and Dick Meek. The majority of the photographs, however, are by unidentified photographers.

Oversize photographs are listed at the end of the Series and include photographs from most or all of the categories listed above. The series also includes photo albums and photographic slides of various subjects (identified in the box and folder list) as well as negatives (largely unidentified). The same subject may appear in different formats (for example, camp photos will be found in loose photographs, photo albums, oversize photographs, and photographic slides), so in order to locate all the relevant visual material, researchers should search or browse the entire box and folder list for Series VII.

Photographs that were exhibited at BCNY have been unframed and are housed together as "Display photos" (Box 115, Folders 3-8).

Note that some photographs have numbers on the back preceded by "BD", "CP", or "HP"; captions for these photographs will be found in Box 115.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 84 Folder : 1-2 Early photographs
circa 1890's - 1940's
Box: 84 Folder : 3-4 Neighborhood scenes
undated
Box: 84 Folder : 5 Buildings: Tompkins Square
Box: 84 Folder : 6 Buildings: Jefferson Park and Central Park
Box: 84 Folder : 7 Buildings: Pitt Street
1959, undated
Box: 84 Folder : 8 Buildings: Pitt Street expansion
Box: 84 Folder : 9 Buildings: Dedications, Elbridge T. Gerry, Jr. Clubhouse and Milliken Building
1986, 2007
Box: 85 Folder : 1-2 Sports: Basketball (team shots)
Box: 85 Folder : 3 Sports: Basketball
Box: 85 Folder : 4-5 Sports: Swimming
Box: 85 Folder : 6 Sports: Wrestling and boxing champs
1940's - 1950's
Box: 86 Folder : 1 Sports: Wrestling, track and other sports; physical fitness
Box: 86 Folder : 2 Sports: tennis
1954
Box: 86 Folder : 3 Sports program
Box: 86 Folder : 4-6 Sports: boxing
Box: 86 Folder : 7 Sports: boxing (identified photographers)
Box: 87 Folder : 1 Sports: boxing, London matches
1950's
Box: 87 Folder : 2 Sports: boxing
2013
Box: 87 Folder : 3-4 Games room/recreation (includes break dancing)
Box: 87 Folder : 5-6 Crafts
Box: 87 Folder : 7 Arts and crafts
Box: 88 Folder : 1 Art room/art shows
Box: 88 Folder : 2 Photography club and journal staff
Box: 88 Folder : 3 Social activities/recreation
Box: 88 Folder : 4 Glee club
Box: 88 Folder : 5 Band
Box: 88 Folder : 6 Roof activities
Box: 88 Folder : 7 Pet shows
Box: 88 Folder : 8 Christmas parties
Box: 89 Folder : 1 Outings and excursions
Box: 89 Folder : 2-4 Little Sister shows
Box: 89 Folder : 4 Father and Son buffets; awards nights
Box: 89 Folder : 5-6 Camp Photographs
Box: 89 Folder : 7-8 Camp Carey
Box: 90 Folder : 1 Camp Carey: Group photos
1930's - 1960's
Box: 90 Folder : 2 Camp Carey: Groups of boys
Box: 90 Folder : 3 Camp Carey: Portraits of boys
Box: 90 Folder : 4 Camp Carey: Programs
Box: 90 Folder : 6 Camp Carey: Mess hall
Box: 90 Folder : 7 Camp Carey: Infirmary
Box: 90 Folder : 8 Camp Carey: Sound Beach
Box: 90 Folder : 9 Camp Carey: Lake
Box: 90 Folder : 10 Camp Carey: Nature
Box: 91 Folder : 1 Camp Carey: Landscapes
Box: 91 Folder : 2 Camp Carey: Hikes and Campfires
Box: 91 Folder : 3 Camp Carey: Athletics
Box: 91 Folder : 4 Camp Carey: Playground
Box: 91 Folder : 5-6 Camp Carey: Winter camping
Box: 91 Folder : 6 Camp Carey: Alumni weekend
Box: 91 Folder : 7 Camp Carey: Visitors
Box: 91 Folder : 8 Camp Carey: photographs by Bruce Davidson
1959, undated
Box: 91 Folder : 9 Camp Carey: snapshots (black and white)
Box: 91 Folder : 10 Camp Carey: report/scrapbook
1938
Box: 91 Folder : 11-13 Camp Harriman: photo album
Box: 92 Folder : 1 Camp Harriman
Box: 92 Folder : 2 Camp Harriman: scrapbook
Box: 92 Folder : 3 Camp Tabor
Box: 92 Folder : 4 Camp Cromwell: dedication
Box: 92 Folder : 5-7 Camp Cromwell
1990-1997
Box: 92 Folder : 8 Camp Cromwell: Education program
Box: 92 Folder : 9 Camp Cromwell: negatives
Box: 92 Folder : 10 Programs: classroom activities
Box: 92 Folder : 11 Programs: academic assistance and library
Box: 93 Folder : 1 Programs: education and nature
Box: 93 Folder : 2 Programs: Youth Development and employment
Box: 93 Folder : 3 Programs: Dental clinic/health
Box: 93 Folder : 4 Programs: International travel
Box: 93 Folder : 5 Photo albums: clubhouse activities and excursions
undated
Box: 93 Folder : 6-7 Photo albums: clubhouse activities and excursions
1990's
Box: 94 Folder : 1 Photo albums: Camp Harriman
1967, undated
Box: 94 Folder : 2 Photo albums: Camp Photos
1990's
Box: 94 Folder : 3-4 Photo albums: Harriman Clubhouse
1990's
Box: 94 Folder : 5 Photo albums: Jefferson Park Clubhouse
undated
Box: 95 Folder : 2 Photo albums: Harriman Clubhouse
1993-1994
Box: 94 Folder : 6 Photo albums: Milliken Clubhouse
undated
Box: 94 Folder : 7 Photo albums: Milliken Clubhouse Leadership Conference
1996
Box: 94 Folder : 8 Photo albums: Education Program
Box: 95 Folder : 1 Photo albums: Milliken Clubhouse
undated
Box: 95 Folder : 3 Photo albums: Camp Cromwell, clubhouse activities
1990's -2000
Box: 95 Folder : 4-6 Photo albums: Nancy Phelan photographs (Camp Cromwell, programs, activities)
1980's - 2000's
Box: 96 Folder : Photo albums: "Boys Club in Action" (3 volumes)
1990's
Box: 96 Folder : Photo albums: Music camp
circa 1960's
Box: 96 Folder : Photo albums: Camp Crafts
1968
Box: 97 Folder : 1 Theatrical productions: "Bye Bye Birdie"
1971
Box: 97 Folder : 2 Theatrical productions: Brigadoon
Box: 97 Folder : 3 Theatrical productions: "Damn Yankees"
1958
Box: 97 Folder : 4 Theatrical productions: "Encore, Encore"
1990
Box: 97 Folder : 5 Theatrical productions: "Finian's Rainbow"
1968-1969
Box: 97 Folder : 6 Theatrical productions: "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum"
Box: 97 Folder : 6A Theatrical productions: "Godspell"
1991
Box: 97 Folder : 7 Theatrical productions: "Happy Fella"
Box: 97 Folder : 8 Theatrical productions: "Kismet"
Box: 97 Folder : 9 Theatrical productions: "Kiss Me Kate"
Box: 97 Folder : 10 Theatrical productions: "Mame"
1970
Box: 97 Folder : 11 Theatrical productions: "Man of La Mancha"
Box: 97 Folder : 12 Theatrical productions: "Man Who Came to Dinner"
Box: 97 Folder : 13 Theatrical productions: "My Fair Lady"
Box: 97 Folder : 14 Theatrical productions: "Once Upon a Mattress"
Box: 97 Folder : 15 Theatrical productions: "South Pacific"
Box: 97 Folder : 16 Theatrical productions: "Stalag 17"
Box: 97 Folder : 17 Theatrical productions: "The Survivors"
Box: 97 Folder : 18 Theatrical productions: "Tom Sawyer"
1970
Box: 97 Folder : 19 Theatrical productions: "Treasure Island"
1979
Box: 98 Folder : 1 Theatrical productions: Assorted productions, "A-L"
Box: 98 Folder : 2 Theatrical productions: Assorted productions, "M-Z" (includes minstrel show)
Box: 98 Folder : 2-3 Theatrical productions: unidentified (photo album)
Box: 98 Folder : 4-6 Theatrical productions: unidentified
Box: 99 Folder : 1-3 Theatrical productions: unidentified
Box: 99 Folder : 4 Theatrical productions: unidentified (color)
Box: 99 Folder : 5 Theatrical productions: cast portraits
Box: 99 Folder : 6 Theatrical productions: Theater Committee meetings
Box: 100 Folder : 1-5 Portraits: Boys
Box: 100 Folder : 6 Portraits: Boys with Group Leaders
Box: 100 Folder : 7 Portraits: Boys and Staff
Box: 101 Folder : 1-3 Portraits: Groups
Box: 101 Folder : 4 People receiving awards
Box: 101 Folder : 5-6 Celebrities

Scope and Contents Note

Includes photos of Mohammed Ali, Robert Moses, Floyd Patterson, Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly, Eleanor Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, Elizabeth Taylor, Cyrus Vance, and other notable figures.

Box: 102 Folder : 1 Presidents and staff
Box: 102 Folder : 2 Peter Capra
Box: 102 Folder : 3 "V.I.P." photographs
Box: 102 Folder : 4 Corporate Photographs
Box: 102 Folder : 5-7 Alumni events and portraits
Box: 103 Folder : 1-2 Alumni events
Box: 103 Folder : 3 Alumni, Tompkins Square
Box: 103 Folder : 4 Alumni, Jefferson Park -- 50th Anniversary
Box: 103 Folder : 5 Alumni, Military Service photographs -- WWII and Vietnam
Box: 103 Folder : 6 Annual Meetings
1990's - 2000's
Box: 103 Folder : 7 Women's Board Presidents
Box: 103 Folder : 9 Women's Board, Meetings and portraits
Box: 103 Folder : 10 Board photos, contact sheets and negatives
Box: 103 Folder : 11 Board photos, receipts
Box: 104 Folder : 1 Events: Testimonial Dinners
Box: 104 Folder : 2 Events: Education Program Alumni Dinner
circa 1990's
Box: 104 Folder : 3 Events: Tompkins Square Open House Parties
1980's
Box: 104 Folder : 4 Events: Harriman Clubhouse Open House
1995
Box: 104 Folder : 5 Events: Various identified events
1970's - 1990's, undated
Box: 104 Folder : 6-8 Events: Unidentified
Box: 104 Folder : 9 Events: Unidentified (Mary Hilliard, photographer)
2002, undated
Box: 105 Folder : 1 Events: Unidentified (Al Levine, photographer)
1970's, undated
Box: 105 Folder : 2 Events: Unidentified (Sam Reiss, photographer)
circa 1950's - 1960's
Box: 105 Folder : 3 Events: Unidentified (Bill Thompson, photographer)
1980's, undated
Box: 105 Folder : 4 Events: Unidentified (Jeanne Trudeau, photographer)
circa 1970's - 1980's
Box: 105 Folder : 5-6 Events: Unidentified (various identified photographers)
circa 1950's - 1990's
Box: 105 Folder : 7 Events: Fashion shows
1960's - 1970's
Box: 105 Folder : 8 Events: Fashion shows
1980-1984
Box: 106 Folder : 1 Events: Fashion shows
1985-1990
Box: 106 Folder : 2 Events: Fashion shows
1991-1994
Box: 106 Folder : 3 Events: Fashion shows
1995-1997
Box: 106 Folder : 5 Events: Lilly Luncheon
2000
Box: 106 Folder : 6 Events: Lilly Luncheon
2002
Box: 106 Folder : 7 Events: Various (photographs used in 1980's programs)
Box: 106 Folder : 8 Events: Movie benefits
1970's - 1980's
Box: 106 Folder : 9 Events: Movie benefits
1980's
Box: 106 Folder : 10 Events: Movie benefits
1990's
Box: 107 Folder : 1 Events: Theater benefits
1970's - 1980's
Box: 107 Folder : 2 Events: Theater benefits
1990's - 2000's
Box: 107 Folder : 3 Events: Chocolate Bar Presentation, 21 Club
1074
Box: 107 Folder : 3 Events: Antique show
2005
Box: 107 Folder : 4 Events: Junior parties
1980's
Box: 107 Folder : 5 Events: Junior parties
1995
Box: 107 Folder : 6 Events: Junior movie benefit
1997
Box: 107 Folder : 7 Events: Juniors parties
1998
Box: 107 Folder : 8 Events: Juniors parties
1999
Box: 107 Folder : 9 Events: Juniors parties
2000
Box: 107 Folder : 10 Events: Juniors parties
2001
Box: 107 Folder : 11 Events: Juniors parties
2005
Box: 107 Folder : 12 Events: Juniors parties?
undated
Box: 108 Folder : 1 Events: Spa Week, Women's Board
undated
Box: 108 Folder : 2 Events: Women's Board activities
Box: 108 Folder : 3 Events: Golf outing
1997
Box: 108 Folder : Events: Antique preview (photo album)
Box: 108 Folder : Events: Unidentified dance (photo album)
circa 2000's
Box: 109 Folder : 1-15 Events: Spring Dance
1960's - 1990's
Box: 110 Folder : 1-2 Events: Spring Dance
2000-2001
Box: 110 Folder : Events: Spring Dance (photo albums)
2003, 2005
Box: 111 Folder : Events: Spring Dance (photo albums)
2005
Box: 112 Folder : 1-15 Events: Fall Dance
1950's - 2004
Box: 113 Folder : Events: Fall Dance (photo albums)
2004, 2006
Box: 114 Folder : Events: Fall Dance (photo albums)
2006
Box: 114 Folder : 1 Events: Unidentified (Fall Dance?)
Box: 115 Folder : 1 Annual report photos
circa 1940's - 1990's
Box: 115 Folder : 2 Publicity shots and mock-ups
circa 1940's - 1990's
Box: 115 Folder : 3-8 Display photos (unframed)
Box: 115 Folder : 9 Photo captions

Scope and Contents Note

This folder contains captions for photographs identified with a number preceded by "BD," "CP," and "HP." Some of these photographs are in the "Display photos" folders, while others are scattered throughout the photographs arranged by subject.

Also included in this folder are other captions that are not linked to specific photographs in the collection.

Box: 115 Folder : 10 Correspondence regarding photographs
1960's - 2000's
Box: 116 Folder : 1 Photographic slides: London boxing
1953
Box: 116 Folder : 2 Photographic slides: Clubhouse activities and camp
1960's - 1970's
Box: 116 Folder : 3 Photographic slides: Clubhouse activities
1970's - 1980's
Box: 116 Folder : 4 Photographic slides: Clubhouse activities/sports
1970's
Box: 116 Folder : 5 Photographic slides: Camp
1970's - 1990's
Box: 116 Folder : 6 Photographic slides: Pitt Street Clubhouse and neighborhood
1980's, undated
Box: 116 Folder : 7 Photographic slides: Theatrical productions
1980, undated
Box: 117 Folder : 4 Negatives and contact sheets

Scope and Contents Note

Identified topics include clubhouse activities, baseball, swimming, education program, Christmas party, theatrical productions, buildings, and sports. There are also many unidentified negatives.

1990's, undated
Box: 117 Folder : 5-7 Negatives

Scope and Contents Note

Identified topics include Jefferson Clubhouse, Milliken Clubhouse, Harriman Clubhouse, golf outing, camp, portraits, and sports. There are also many unidentified negatives.

1990's, undated
Box: 117A Negatives
Box: 118 (tall box) Folder : 1-2 Oversize photos: Buildings and street scenes
Box: 118 (tall box) Folder : 3-4 Oversize photos: Sports and recreation
Box: 118 (tall box) Folder : 5 Oversize photos: Clubhouse scenes
Box: 118 (tall box) Folder : 6-7 Oversize photos: Arts and crafts
Box: 118 (tall box) Folder : 8 Oversize photos: Recording studio?
Box: 118 (tall box) Folder : 9 Oversize photos: Photo album, Camp Carey
1918-1919
Box: 118 (tall box) Folder : 10 Oversize photos: Camp
Box: 118 (tall box) Folder : 11 Oversize photos: Theater and glee club
Box: 118 (tall box) Folder : 12 Oversize photos: Group photos, theatrical productions and band
1907-1927
Box: 118 (tall box) Folder : 13 Oversize photos: Theatrical photoboards
1940's - 1950's
Box: 119 (tall box) Folder : 1 Oversize photos: Theatrical photoboards
1950's - 1960's
Box: 119 (tall box) Folder : 2 Oversize photos: Activities and portraits
Box: 119 (tall box) Folder : 3-5 Oversize photos: Group photos
Box: 119 (tall box) Folder : 6 Oversize photos: Portraits, Presidents
Box: 119 (tall box) Folder : 7 Oversize photos: Events
Box: 119 (tall box) Folder : 8 Oversize photos: New York Journal publicity shots
1950's
Box: 119 (tall box) Folder : 9 Oversize photos: Eliot Elisofon, photographer
1957
Box: 119 (tall box) Folder : 10 Oversize photos: Dick Meek, photographer
1961
Box: 119 (tall box) Folder : 11-12 Oversize photos: Heini Mayr, photographer
circa 1950's - 1960's
Box: 119 (tall box) Folder : 13 Oversize photos: Education Program Alumni Track and Field Meet
1995
Box: 119 (tall box) Folder : 14 Oversize photos: contact sheets
Box: 120 (flat box) Folder : 1 Oversize photos: Photo of boys mounted with membership cards
circa 1950's
Box: 120 (flat box) Folder : 2 Oversize photos: Camp Carey
1910's - 1920's, undated
Box: 120 (flat box) Folder : 3 Oversize photos: Group photos
1916, undated
Box: 120 (flat box) Folder : 4 Oversize photos: Photoboards and mounted photos of boys
Box: 120 (flat box) Folder : 5-8 Oversize photos: Mock-ups
Box: 121 (flat box) Folder : Oversize photos: Sports photoboards
1930's - 1950's, undated
Box: 122 (flat box) Folder : Oversize photos: Theatrical photoboards
1950's - 1960's
Box: 123 (flat box) Folder : Oversize photos: Theatrical photoboards
1960's - 1970's
Oversize: Small Folder : BCNY OS 2 Oversize photos: Camp Carey photoboard, Sports and recreation photoboards, and group photograph in front of the White House
1923-1924, undated

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Series VIII: Scrapbooks and Ephemera

Scope and Contents Note

This series consists of scrapbooks and loose ephemera which provide a colorful glimpse of historical activities at BCNY.

Scrapbooks include publicity scrapbooks (containing news clippings and advertisements relating to various benefit events); golf scrapbooks (containing news clippings relating to golf benefits); other scrapbooks of news clippings (containing clippings regarding BCNY activities and people associated with the organization); an Education Program scrapbook (containing photographic portraits of scholarship recipients and related materials); and scrapbooks from trips made by BCNY athletic teams to China (in 1999) and Cuba (in 2001).

Loose ephemera includes postcards, programs and invitations (including many from BCNY theatrical productions), fliers, stationary, certificates, and various other "throwaway" or souvenir items. There are also objects such as athletic medals, printing blocks of BCNY logos, t-shirts, and two vinyl records. In addition, there are items created by the boys (essays and a few pieces of artwork). Items of particular interest are highlighted in the box and folder list.

Also included in this series are information cards identifying early "club leaders" and volunteers, and early membership registers and guest books.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 124 Publicity scrapbooks
1952-1962
Box: 125 Publicity scrapbooks
1962-1966
Box: 126 (tall box) Golf scrapbooks
1953-1955
Box: 127 (tall box) Golf scrapbooks
1956, 1958
Volume: 39 Scrapbook of news clippings
1952-1956
Volume: 40 Scrapbook of news clippings
1951-1954
Volume: 41 Scrapbook of news clippings
1954-1957
Volume: 42 Scrapbook of news clippings
1957-1960
Volume: 43 Scrapbook of news clippings
1960-1968
Volume: 44 Scrapbook of news clippings
1961-1976
Volume: 45 Scrapbook of assorted materials (includes photographs)
1940's - 1980's
Volume: 46 Education Program scrapbook
1960's - 1980's
Volume: 47 Scrapbook, 1999 China Tour (includes photographs)

Separated Materials Note

Loose scorecards from this scrapbook have been housed with Miscellaneous ephemera in Box 129, Folder 4.

1999
Volume: 48 Scrapbook, 2001 Cuba Tour (includes photographs)
2001
Box: 128 Folder : 1 Early ephemera

Scope and Contents Note

Includes early schedules of events during the tenure of Francis H. Tabor, the club's first paid professional; several programs for Gilbert & Sullivan performances by the boys; the Constitution of the Senior Club (which limits membership to "male white persons" between the ages of 18 and 24); and other early invitations and programs.

1905-1910, undated
Box: 128 Folder : 2 Letters from politicians/celebrities
1960's - 1970's, 2005, 2007
Box: 128 Folder : 2 Bequest forms/stock offering
undated
Box: 128 Folder : 3 Sports ephemera
Oversize: Medium Folder : BCNY OS 1 Sports ephemera: Posters for London boxing match

Related Archival Materials Note

There is additional ephemera relating to the boxing matches with the London Federation of Boys in Series II, Programs and Operations, Box 26.

1953
Box: 128 Folder : 4-6 Camp ephemera
1903-1970's
Box: 128 Folder : 7 Invitations and programs
1920's - 1990's
Box: 128 Folder : 8 Certificates and awards
1950's - 2000's
Box: 128 Folder : 10 Human interest stories and boys' testimonials
2000's
Box: 128 Folder : 11 Fliers
1990's, undated
Box: 128 Folder : 12 Logos, mock-ups and patches
undated
Box: 128 Folder : 13 Stationary and postcards
Box: 129 Folder : 1 Artwork by BCNY members
1997
Box: 129 Folder : 2 Winning essays by BCNY members
2008-2009
Box: 129 Folder : 3 Boys' Club song by John Motley (sheet music)
1957
Box: 129 Folder : 4 Miscellaneous ephemera

Scope and Contents Note

Includes itinerary of BCNY "ambassadors" for 1935 maiden voyage of French liner "Normandie" to New York, pamphlet entitled "Suggestions for Leaders," menu for Leshko's Coffee House on lower east side, BCNY business cards, and assorted other ephemera. Also includes loose scorecards of BCNY basketball games during the club's 1999 China Tour.

1930's - 2000's
Oversize: Small Folder : BCNY OS 3 Miscellaneous ephemera (oversize)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes promotional poster for BCNY, 80th anniversary commemoration in Spanish newspaper La Prensa, seating chart for event at the Plaza hotel, BCNY Alumni preamble, poster for benefit performance of Tosca featuring Maria Jeritza, and certificates from the Mayor and Governor of New York

1956, 2001, undated
Box: 129 Folder : 5 Miscellaneous theatrical ephemera
Box: 130 Folder : 1 Theatrical programs, Tompkins Square Playhouse productions
1946-1960
Box: 130 Folder : 2 Playbills, BCNY theatrical productions
1906-1949
Box: 130 Folder : 3 Playbills, BCNY theatrical productions
1950-1952
Box: 130 Folder : 4 Playbills, BCNY theatrical productions
1953-1959
Box: 130 Folder : 5 Playbills, BCNY theatrical productions
1960-1966
Box: 130 Folder : 6 Playbills, BCNY theatrical productions
1970-1990
Box: 130 Folder : 7 Playbills, BCNY theatrical productions
undated
Box: 130 Folder : 8 Tickets, BCNY theatrical productions
1950's - 1980's
Oversize: Large Oversize : BCNY OS 5 Posters
Box: 131 Information cards, BCNY Leaders

Scope and Contents Note

Cards identify name and address of boy and club of which he is a leader

1920's - 1950's
Box: 132 Information cards, BCNY Volunteers
1950's - 1990's
Box: 133 Folder : Membership register (3 volumes)
1896- 1904
Box: 134 Folder : Membership register (1 volume)
1905-1906
Box: 43A (flat box) Folder : 9 Loose pages, Membership register
1955
Box: 134 Folder : Guest book (1 volume)
1954
Box: 135 Folder : 1-2 Printing blocs, BCNY logos
undated
Box: 135 Folder : 2 "I AM BCNY" bracelets
undated
Box: 135 Folder : 3 Athletic and other award medals
1930's - 1940's
Box: 135 Folder : 4 William Hale Harkness medals
undated
Box: 135 Folder : 5 Championship medals, wrestling
1908
Box: 136 (tall box) Folder : 1 T-shirts, Camp Northover (2)
circa 1970's - 1980's
Box: 136 (tall box) Folder : Vinyl records (2): "Marching Song for BCNY" and "A Christmas Eve Reading to the Children of America"
undated

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Series IX: Digital Media

Scope and Contents Note

This series includes a variety of records stored on electronic and digital media, including floppy discs, DVD's, CD's, VHS and Betamax tapes, cassette tapes, and reel-to-reel film rolls. Type of records and/or subjects include office files; benefit events; trustee, staff and alumni interviews; television segments spotlighting BCNY; films made about BCNY activities such as travel to Cuba and China; theatrical and musical performances; and films about Camp Carey in the 1930's and 1940's.

There are also many unlabeled tapes for which the content could not be determined.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 137 Folder : 1-4 Office files, including board minutes, meetings, annual reports, sports, photos, publications, etc. (floppy discs)
1990's - 2000's
Box: 137 Folder : 5-8 List and index of files on office files floppy discs
Box: 137 Folder : 9 Fundraising events and women's board? (floppy discs and CD's)
1990's
Box: 138 (record center carton) Trustee, staff and alumni Interviews/oral histories/radio segments/financial (34 Cassettes, 5 Micro Cassettes, 1 5.25 inch floppy disc)
1980's -1990's
Box: 138 (record center carton) Unlabeled tapes (16 VHS tapes)
undated
Box: 139 (record center carton) Tapes about BCNY: "Cuba Chronicle" (3 tapes), "Beijing Diary" (3 tapes), "Crossroads Italy" (1 tape), "The Island School" (1 tape), "Friends for Life" (3 tapes), "BCNY" by Dennis Powers Productions, Long Version (3 tapes), Short Version (2 tapes), "BCNY Faces" (1 tape), "Building Better Boys" (2 tapes), Brad Zervas Orientation for New Prep Students (1 tape) [20 VHS/BMS/DVD tapes total]
1990's - 2000's
Box: 139 (record carton center) Clubhouse events (4 VHS tapes -- Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc.), Camp Cromwell (2 VHS tapes), "Showtapes" (2 VHS tapes)[8 VHS tapes total]
1990's - 2000's
Box: 140 (record center carton) Benefits: All-Sports Hall of Fame Dinners and Theater Benefit (27 VHS/BMS/DVD tapes)
1980's - 2000's
Box: 140 (record center carton) Fundraising appeals (13 VHS/DVD tapes)
1990's - 2000's
Box: 141 (record carton center) Alumni events (2 tapes), Dedication dinners and ceremonies (8 tapes/discs), Ron Robinson Basketball highlights (1 tape) [11 VHS/DVD tapes total)
1980's - 2000's
Box: 141 (record center carton) Television segments and promotional tapes (24 VHS/DVD/CD tapes)
1980's - 2000's
Box: 142 (record center carton) Theatrical and musical performances (43 VHS/DVD/CD/cassette tapes)
1970's - 2000's
Box: 143 (record center carton) Theatrical performances, BCNY interviews (16 reel tapes)
1970's - 1980's
Box: 144 (record center carton) Camp Carey, Boxing in London, AFL/CIO, promotional films about BCNY and other unlabeled films (37 film rolls)
Box: 145 (tall box) Camp Carey, Yogi Bear Promotion, "Story of the Pilgrims" (4 film rolls)
Box: 146 (tall box) "Old Glory: History of the U.S. Flag" plus two unlabeled film rolls (3 film rolls in total)
Box: 147 (tall box) Camp Carey, Sports Reel, plus one unlabeled film roll (3 film rolls in total)
1951, 1956, undated

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