Social Service and Summer Programs

Selected collections from 92Y Archives are described below. When available, a link to an online finding aid for the collection is provided.

Please email us for information about the many other collections in 92Y Archives and the audio and video recordings of past events. All archival resources may be consulted by appointment.

Camp Lehman records, 1921-1946

In operation from 1916 to 1941, Camp Lehman served as a Boy Scout and boys' summer camp under the auspices of the YMHA.

The Camp Lehman record group includes correspondence, reports, financial and administrative information related to the operation of the camp, staff and camper information and printed and visual materials, including the camp newsletter.

Clara de Hirsch Home for Working Girls records, 1897-1962

Established in 1897 the Clara de Hirsch Home for Working Girls provided housing, training and employment services for immigrant and American-born young women in New York City. The Home merged with 92nd Street Y in 1962.

The Clara de Hirsch Home for Working Girls records consist primarily of minutes, reports and the administrative files of the Superintendent/Director.

House Council records, 1930-1964 (bulk 1930-1954)

The House Council of 92nd Street Y was organized in 1930 as an advisory body to assist the staff in carrying out the programs and activities of the organization. Its membership consisted of delegates from departments and other organized groups of members. The House Council sponsored dances and outings and aided charities, including administering the Keren Ami Committee, which distributed donations from 92Y members to various charities. Temporarily disbanded from 1942 to 1947, the House Council was permanently disbanded in 1958.

The House Council records include meeting minutes, notices, correspondence, financial documents, bylaws and other documentation related to the council's activities.

Indian and Israel Summer Service Projects records, 1963-1972

The Summer Service Projects in Israel and on Native American reservations in the American West and Southwest were offered by 92nd Street Y during the summer from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s. The projects offered teenagers an opportunity to participate in a range of educational and service activities and to interact with other cultures in a direct and meaningful way.

The Indian and Israel Summer Service Projects record group includes administrative records related to each of the programs, information about staff and participants, project newsletters and other printed materials.

Old Timers records, 1920-1973

The Old Timers was active from 1921 to the early 1950s as an alumni organization for former members of  92nd Street Y.

The Old Timers record group includes Administration files containing documentation of membership and activities, 1920-1957; administrative materials related to the organization's annual dinners, 1920-1957; and financial records, 1920-1957.

Young Women's Hebrew Association records, 1902-1945

Established in 1902, the Young Women's Hebrew Association of New York provided housing, education and social and recreational services to young Jewish women. The organization was reincorporated as the Jewish Association for Neighborhood Centers in 1945 and many of its original functions were taken up by 92nd Street Y.

The Young Women's Hebrew Association records consist primarily of meeting minutes, reports, correspondence and residents' files, along with printed materials, photographs and artifacts.