92nd Street Y is an institution blessed with a proud legacy of accomplishment. The archival resources of 92Y document this rich history and the diverse activities of the organization since its founding in 1874.
92Y Archives contain unique materials of value to researchers in a variety of fields. In keeping with its tradition of community service, 92Y maintains these archival resources for scholars, authors and other interested persons as well as for its own administrative uses.
92Y Archives include administrative records, personal papers, printed materials, photographs, audio and video recordings, and artifacts and memorabilia. As a result of 92Y's long-standing practice of retaining the documentation of its activities, it is possible for both outside researchers and 92Y staff to explore in depth the evolution of hundreds of program initiatives that have taken place at 92Y and its affiliated organizations since 1874.
The principal organizations whose records are in 92Y Archives are:
- Young Men's Hebrew Association, 1874-1945
- Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association, 1945-date
- Young Women's Hebrew Association, 1902-1945
- Clara de Hirsch Home for Working Girls, 1897-1962
- Surprise Lake Camp of the Educational Alliance and Young Men's Hebrew Association, 1902-1976
92nd Street Y Archives was established in 1980 with the support of grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. 92Y was the beneficiary of a NEH grant from 2003 to 2005 to process significant archival collections and create public access through online finding aids. With the support of a grant from Save America's Treasures, 92Y embarked in 2005 on a two-year project to preserve through digitization and provide public access to the historic literary recordings of the Unterberg Poetry Center.