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Name of Creator:Armed Services Young Men's Christian Association (Boston, Mass.).
Title:Armed Services Young Men's Christian Association (Boston, Mass.) records
Date:1917-2003 (bulk 1975-2003)
Reference Code:M148
Location Code: 33/2-3, FF5/D3
Extent:7 cubic ft.
Scope and Content Abstract:The Boston Armed Services Young Men's Christian Association records document the organization's response to the taking of the Boston Armed Services YMCA facility by eminent domain, the relocation of the organization from City Square to the Charlestown Navy Yard, and the planning and construction of the structure that would be The Constitution Inn. Also documented are the daily operations of the organization, finances, legal issues, and the development of the organization's programs, goals, and policies throughout its changing relationship with the national YMCA and Armed Services YMCA. The collection includes the correspondence, minutes, and memoranda of the Board of Trustees, building plans, design proposals and progress reports regarding the construction of the Navy Yard building, and publications, employee manuals and memoranda from the daily operations of the Boston Armed Services YMCA and Constitution Inn. Also included are audiovisual materials that document the two Boston Armed Services YMCA facilities, visiting military personnel, local sites and special events such as anniversaries, holiday parties, award ceremonies and annual dinners.
Historical Abstract:The Armed Services Young Men's Christian Association is a non-profit organization providing support services such as childcare, hospital assistance, food services, temporary housing for homeless families, training classes, and health and fitness services to members of the military, their families, and local civilian communities. The Boston Armed Services YMCA was founded in 1917, by eight local men with an interest in military support work. With funds raised by the community, a Boston Armed Services YMCA facility was constructed at 32 City Square in the Charlestown area of Boston. This was the first YMCA facility dedicated solely to Armed Services support work. In 1984, the Massachusetts Highway Department seized the City Square site by eminent domain for the Central Artery / North Area highway construction project. Over the next six years, the Board of Trustees and senior staff searched for a relocation site and planned a replacement structure. In 1991, a new Armed Service YMCA facility was erected at 150 Second Avenue in the Charlestown Navy Yard. In 2002, the Boston Armed Services YMCA's status as a branch of the national Armed Services YMCA was terminated after being reclassified several times. The facility was renamed The Constitution Inn YMCA / Charlestown. The building houses a branch of the Greater Boston YMCA, which is governed separately. The Constitution Inn YMCA / Charlestown continues to serve the military and civilian communities.
Language and Scripts:Materials entirely in English.
System of Arrangement:Organized into three series: Series 1. Governance; Series 2. Administration; Series 3. Audiovisual.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Armed Services Young Men's Christian Association (Boston, Mass.)
  • Young Men's Christian Association
  • Armed Services Young Men's Christian Association (Boston, Mass.)
  • Young Men's Christian Association

  • Armed Services -- Social services
  • Building -- Planning
  • Charlestown (Boston, Mass.)
  • Charlestown Navy Yard (Boston, Mass.)
  • Community centers
  • Eminent domain
  • Urban renewal

Conditions Governing Access:Welfare Case Worker Reports file in Series 2. are restricted for 75 years from their date of creation.
Immediate Source of Acquisition:Received from the YMCA of Greater Boston.
Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use:Some copyright restrictions may apply.
Finding Aids:Additional materials can be found in the Young Men's Christian Association of Greater Boston records (M13).
Processor:Finding aid prepared by Cynthia Rufo, June 10, 2008