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

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Susan Kriete

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

Container List

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
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).

Box: 22 Folder : 2 "The Boys' Club of New York: It's Needs Today and in the Future"
Box: 22 Folder : 2 Strategic plan
Box: 22 Folder : 3 Clubhouse Director's Report

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
Box: 22 Folder : 5 Board minutes
Box: 22 Folder : 6 Board minutes
Box: 22 Folder : 7 Board minutes
Box: 22 Folder : 7 Board minutes
Box: 23 Folder : 1 Board minutes
Box: 23 Folder : 2 Board minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2024)
Box: 23 Folder : 3 Board minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2030)
Box: 23 Folder : 4 Board minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2037)
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
Box: 24 Folder : 1 Correspondence and articles

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
Box: 24 Folder : 3 History of Education Program
1939-1941, 1981
Box: 24 Folder : 4 Education Program Annual Report
Box: 24 Folder : 5 Education Program Annual Report
Box: 24 Folder : 6 Education Program Annual Report
Box: 24 Folder : 7 Education Program Annual Report
Box: 24 Folder : 8 Education Program Annual Report
Box: 25 Folder : 1-2 Education Program Bulletins and publications
Box: 25 Folder : 3 Pamphlets
1980's - 1990's
Box: 25 Folder : 4 Mahoney Scholarship
Box: 25 Folder : 5 Dinner for Charles Sikoryak, Education Program Director
Box: 25 Folder : 6 Camp Northover School, Reports
Box: 25 Folder : 7 Classroom, Inc.
Box: 25 Folder : 8 After-School Literacy Programs: READ
Box: 25 Folder : 9 Independent School Placement Program, 50th Anniversary
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
Box: 26 Folder : 7-8 Group Club/Volunteer Leaders Program
Box: 27 Folder : 1-6 Jobs Program
Box: 27 Folder : 6 Project B.O.L.D.
circa 1998
Box: 28 Folder : 1 Saturday programs
Box: 28 Folder : 2 Ethics and Morality Program
Box: 28 Folder : 3-4 Health and Physical Fitness Program
Box: 28 Folder : 5-7 Health and Wellness Taskforce

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
Box: 29 Folder : 3 Plan for New Branch (Tompkins Square)
Box: 29 Folder : 4 Statistical Reports
Box: 29 Folder : 5 Proposal for Book/Game Room
Box: 29 Folder : 6-7 Construction Survey/Repointing repairs, Jefferson Park Clubhouse
Box: 29 Folder : 7 Condition Survey, Camp Northover
Box: 30 Folder : 1 Condition Survey, Tompkins Square Clubhouse
Box: 30 Folder : 2 Condition Survey, South Queens Boys and Girls Club
Oversize: Medium Folder : BCNY OS 1 Architectural plans, Harriman (formerly Tompkins Square) Building renovations
Box: 30 Folder : 3-4 Correspondence and memos regarding construction of Marion McMahon Abbe Clubhouse (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2039)

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