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

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

Collection processed by Susan Kriete

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on September 10, 2021
The finding aid is written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

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
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 1 Certificate of Incorporation and Amendments
1887-1927
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 2 By-laws and amendments
1894-1934, undated
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 3 By-laws
1976-1978
Offsite-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
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 5 Board Minutes
1922-1926
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 6 Board Minutes
1927-1929
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 7 Proposal for Lower East Side Branch
1929
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 8 Board Minutes
1930-1935
Offsite-Box: 1 Folder : 9 Board Minutes
1936-1940
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 1 Board Minutes
1940-1947
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 2 Board Minutes
1948
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 3 Board Minutes
1949
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 4 Board Minutes
1944-1946
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 5 Board Minutes
1947-1949
Offsite-Box: 2 Folder : 6 Board Minutes
1950-1952
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 1 Board Minutes
1953-1955
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 3 Board Minutes
1959-1960
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 4 Board Minutes
1961-1962
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 5 Board Minutes
1963-1964
Offsite-Box: 3 Folder : 2 Board Minutes
1956-1958
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 1 Board Minutes
1965-1967
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 2 Board Minutes
1968-1969
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 3 Board Minutes
1970-1971
Offsite-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
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 5 Board Minutes
1974-1976
Offsite-Box: 4 Folder : 6 Board Minutes
1977-1978
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 1 Board Minutes
1979-1980
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 2 Board Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2019)
1981-1984
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 3 Board Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2023)
1985-1988
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 4 Board Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2026)
1989-1991
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 5 Board Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2029)
1992-1994
Offsite-Box: 5 Folder : 6 Board Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2031)
1995-1996
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 1 Board Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2033)
1997-1998
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 2 Board Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2035)
1999-2000
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 3 Board Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2037)
2001-2002
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 4 Board Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2039)
2003-2004
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 5 Board Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2050)
2005-2015
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 6 Important items mentioned in trustee minutes
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 7 Board Minutes -- Correspondence (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2033)
1997-1998
Offsite-Box: 6 Folder : 8 Board Minutes -- Correspondence (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2035)
1999-2000
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 1 Board Minutes -- Correspondence and drafts (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2036)
2000-2001
Offsite-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
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 4 "A-BE"
1950's - 2001
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 5 "BI-BL"
1990's - 2003
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 6 "BO"
1960's - 1992
Offsite-Box: 7 Folder : 7 "BR-BU"

Scope and Contents Note

Includes information on proposed merger with Flushing Boys' Club

1960's - 1999
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 1 "BU"
1960's -1985
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 2 Campbell, Thomas; Campion, Frank
1960's - 1998
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 3 Capra, Peter
1960's - 1970's
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 4 Capra, Peter: Memos to staff
1957-1959
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 5 Capra, Peter: Memorial Fund
1964-1967
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 6 Carhart, H. Whitfield; Clarke, Garvey E.
1970's - 1992
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 7 "CO"
1970's - 1995
Offsite-Box: 8 Folder : 8 Cromwell, Jarvis
1960's - 1990's
Offsite-Box: 9 Folder : 1 "DA-DE"
1950's - 2003
Offsite-Box: 9 Folder : 2 Deidrick, Arthur
1990's
Offsite-Box: 9 Folder : 3 Doubleday, Nelson; Dunnington, Walter G., Jr.
1950's - 1970's
Offsite-Box: 9 Folder : 4 "E-F"
1970's - 1990's
Offsite-Box: 10 Folder : 1 "G"
1960's - 1990's
Offsite-Box: 10 Folder : 2 "H"
1930's - 1990's
Offsite-Box: 10 Folder : 3 Hallock, Gerard
1959 - 1990's
Offsite-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
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 3 Ireland, Robert L., Jr.
1950's - 1980's
Offsite-Box: 11 Folder : 4-5 "I-M"
1950's - 1990's
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 1-3 Olson, Robert T.
1969-2002
Offsite-Box: 12 Folder : 4 "P-S"
1980's - 1990's
Offsite-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
Offsite-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
Offsite-Box: 13 Folder : 3 Executive Committee Minutes
1917-1921
Offsite-Box: 13 Folder : 4 Executive Committee Minutes
1922-1924
Offsite-Box: 14 Folder : 1 Executive Committee Minutes
1925-1928
Offsite-Box: 14 Folder : 2 Executive Committee Minutes
1929-1930
Offsite-Box: 14 Folder : 3 Executive Committee Minutes
1931-1933
Offsite-Box: 14 Folder : 4 Executive Committee Minutes
1934-1936 July
Offsite-Box: 14 Folder : 5 Executive Committee Minutes
1936 August - 1938 August
Offsite-Box: 14 Folder : 6 Executive Committee Minutes
1939 September - 1939
Offsite-Box: 14 Folder : 7 Executive Committee Minutes
1940
Offsite-Box: 15 Folder : 1 Executive Committee Minutes
1941
Offsite-Box: 15 Folder : 2 Executive Committee Minutes
1942
Offsite-Box: 15 Folder : 3 Executive Committee Minutes
1943
Offsite-Box: 15 Folder : 4 Executive Committee Minutes
1944
Offsite-Box: 15 Folder : 5 Executive Committee Minutes
1945
Offsite-Box: 15 Folder : 6 Executive Committee Minutes
1946
Offsite-Box: 15 Folder : 7 Executive Committee Minutes
1947
Offsite-Box: 15 Folder : 8 Executive Committee Minutes
1948
Offsite-Box: 15 Folder : 9 Executive Committee Minutes
1954-1978
Offsite-Box: 15 Folder : 10 Ways and Means Committee Minutes
1953-1972
Offsite-Box: 15 Folder : 11 Ways and Means Committee Minutes
1973-1978
Offsite-Box: 16 Folder : 1 Ways and Means Committee
1981-1982
Offsite-Box: 16 Folder : 2 Administration Committee Minutes

Scope and Contents Note

Includes organizational chart

1952-1961
Offsite-Box: 16 Folder : 3 Administration Committee Minutes
1960-1968
Offsite-Box: 16 Folder : 4 Administration Committee Minutes
1968-1972
Offsite-Box: 16 Folder : 5 Administration Committee Minutes
1973-1976
Offsite-Box: 16 Folder : 6 Administration Committee
1959-1960
Offsite-Box: 16 Folder : 7 Administration Committee
1977-1981
Offsite-Box: 16 Folder : 8 Finance Committee Minutes
1967-1979
Offsite-Box: 17 Folder : 1 Finance Committee Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2019)
1980-1984
Offsite-Box: 17 Folder : 2 Finance Committee Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2023)
1985-1988
Offsite-Box: 17 Folder : 3 Personnel Committee Minutes
1957-1979
Offsite-Box: 17 Folder : 4 Education Committee Minutes
1957-1967
Offsite-Box: 17 Folder : 5 Education Committee
1970-1977
Offsite-Box: 17 Folder : 6 Education Committee
1978-1982
Offsite-Box: 17 Folder : 7 Nominating Committee
1975-1980
Offsite-Box: 17 Folder : 8 Pension Committee
1980
Offsite-Box: 18 Folder : 1 Pension Committee
1980-1982
Offsite-Box: 18 Folder : 2 Evaluation Committee
1970-1982
Offsite-Box: 18 Folder : 3 Evaluation Committee
1973
Offsite-Box: 18 Folder : 4 Jefferson Park Building Committee
1959-1979
Offsite-Box: 18 Folder : 5 Jefferson Park Building Committee
1980-1982
Offsite-Box: 18 Folder : 6 Joint Building Committee
1952-1981
Offsite-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
Offsite-Box: 19 Folder : 1 Minutes
1970-1973
Offsite-Box: 19 Folder : 2 Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2020)
1980-1985
Offsite-Box: 19 Folder : 3 Correspondence
1980-1982
Offsite-Box: 19 Folder : 4 Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2026)
1986-1991
Offsite-Box: 19 Folder : 5 Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2032)
1992-1997
Offsite-Box: 19 Folder : 6 Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2035)
1998-2000
Offsite-Box: 19 Folder : 7 Financial Statements (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2037)
1981, 2001-2002
Offsite-Box: 20 Folder : 2 Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2036)
2001
Offsite-Box: 20 Folder : 3 Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2037)
2002
Offsite-Box: 20 Folder : 4 Correspondence (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2037)
2002
Offsite-Box: 20 Folder : 5 Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2038)
2003
Offsite-Box: 20 Folder : 6 Correspondence (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2038)
2003
Offsite-Box: 20 Folder : 7 Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2039)
2004
Offsite-Box: 20 Folder : 8 Correspondence (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2039)
2004
Offsite-Box: 20 Folder : 9 Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2040)
2005
Offsite-Box: 20 Folder : 10 Correspondence (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2040)
2005
Offsite-Box: 21 Folder : 1 Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2041)
2006
Offsite-Box: 21 Folder : 2 Correspondence (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2041)
2006
Offsite-Box: 21 Folder : 3 Minutes (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2043)
2007-2008
Offsite-Box: 21 Folder : 4 Correspondence (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2043)
2008
Offsite-Box: 21 Folder : 6 Minutes of Nominating Committee (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2035)
1985-2000
Offsite-Box: 21 Folder : 7 By-laws
1985, undated
Offsite-Box: 21 Folder : 8 Memoranda, correspondence and other documents (RESTRICTED UNTIL 2034)
1980's - 1999

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