Collection ID: M.93

Collection context


YMCA of Greater Waterbury
This collection contains records of the Waterbury YMCA from 1889-2000. The collection includes newsletters, newspaper clippings, and various photographs. This collection documents the YMCA's activities and community involvement.
6 Linear Feet and 1 record center carton, 3 manuscript boxes, 1 photo box and 3 volumes
English .


Rules or conventions:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Scope and Content:

This collection contains records of the Waterbury YMCA. Record types include: newsletters, photographs, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, scrapbooks and general administrative files. Topics covered include building renovations, recreation activities, 1955 flood recovery, and the centennial celebration. This collection highlights trending attitudes towards health and fitness, as well as specific challenges for Waterbury. Of special interest are the Industrial Recreation Association records and newspaper clippings, which shed light on Waterbury's part in WWII.

Biographical / Historical:

The Young Men's Christian Association, or the YMCA, was founded by George Williams in London England in 1844. After this association was created it rapidly grew not only in England but all over the world. YMCA was founded in Waterbury May 5th, 1858. It became a huge source of recreation for the people of Waterbury. Not only did they offer recreational activities like sports and card games they also hosted events like dances and holiday celebrations. Education also became a part of the Y with speakers and courses being taught. Along with the addition of summer camps the YMCA had and has so many different things for people to enjoy.

The IRA or the Industrial Recreation Association was a city wide WWII program that was hosted at the YMCA. This association was specifically for industrial workers to have a place to exercise and have fun. This league was meant to prevent burnout in industrial workers. Some activities and leagues the IRA had for workers were bowling, cribbage, basketball, and volleyball. It wasn't only limited to sports; they also had their own separate social and outing types of activities.


The collection is into 3 series based on subject matter. Each series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Indexed Terms

Waterbury, Connecticut


63 Prospect St
Waterbury, CT, USA
(203) 753-0381