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YMCA of Montreal Fonds Subseries English
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The sub-series documents the creation of histories of the Montreal YMCA. It holds research notes, manuscripts, correspondence, and other documents related to Harold C. Cross' book One Hundred years of Service with Youth: The Story of the Montreal Y.M.C.A. 1851-1951, published by the YMCA in 1951.

The sub-series includes timelines and historical sketches, research notes, correspondence, essays, press clippings, books, photographs, and other materials.

Directors, presidents

Records in the sub-series document individuals who served as directors and presidents of the Metropolitan Montreal YMCA. It includes correspondence, research notes, speeches, biographical records, obituaries, photographs, speeches, a menu, and other materials.

Annual Reports

The sub-series consists of annual reports issued by the Metropolitan Montreal YMCA and working documents used in their preparation.

Individual senior employed officers

The series holds documents created or received by senior employed officers of the Metropolitan Montreal YMCA, including correspondence, clippings, articles, photographs, and other materials. Other titles for the position have included general secretary, executive secretary, director general, and president and chief executive officer.

Staff professional development

The sub-series documents programs related to ongoing staff training and the professional development of YMCA executives. It includes reports, articles, correspondence, and program materials.

Managerial groups

The materials in the sub-series document the activities of managerial groups in which executives of the Montreal YMCA have taken part. The records include correspondence, reports, minutes and other meeting documents, as well as various working documents, reports, studies, and publications. The materials are arranged in the following sub-sub-series:

P0145/04D01 - Meetings, conferences, administration.
P0145/04D02 - Publications and studies.

Organization charts, directories

The sub-series consists of documents prepared for internal circulation, including organization charts, rosters and directories of staff, board and committee members, and internal telephone directories.

Policies, procedures

The sub-series documents YMCA policy related to issues that span the whole Association. It also documents YMCA policies regarding matters in the environment in which it operates and on specific issues. The sub-series is arranged in sub-sub-series as follows:

P0145/05D01 - Manuals.
P0145/05D02 - Policies.
P0145/05D03 - Language policy.

Planning, surveys

The materials in the sub-series document the Association's surveys and planning, and witness to the demographic evolution of Greater Montreal.

The sub-series consists of reports; studies; agendas, minutes and other committee documents; speeches and articles; correspondence; questionnaires and sets of completed questionnaires; architectural prospectuses, brochures, illustrations, and sketches; surveyors' reports; construction specifications; and maps, charts, and photographs. The sub-series is arranged as follows:

P0145/05E01 - 1925 Montreal YMCA Population Study.
P0145/05E02 - 1946 Hugg Study.
P0145/05E03 - 1949-1952 Branch Study.
P0145/05E04 - Guide Lines to the Sixties.
P0145/05E05 - 1964-1969 Planning and Development.
P0145/05E06 - 1969-1970 Planning Process.
P0145/05E07 - 1971 Planning Process Mobilization.
P0145/05E08 - Development Plan for 1980-1985.
P0145/05E09 - 1984-1987 Strategic Plan.
P0145/05E10 - 1986-1988 Strategic Planning Review.
P0145/05E11 - 1990s surveys.
P0145/05E12 - Small surveys and planning exercises
P0145/05E13 - Proposals for unrealized branches, facilities.
P0145/05E14 - Source materials.


The sub-series documents the YMCA's reflection on its mission, mandate, objectives, philosophy, values, and role.

Organizational review

The sub-series documents the Montreal YMCA's reflection on and evaluation of the effectiveness of its structure for fulfilling its mission.

It includes reports, studies by organizational review committees and other individuals and groups, and related minutes and correspondence.


The sub-series documents Montreal YMCA educational programs. The documents are arranged in the following sub-sub-series:

P0145/10G01 - Constitutive documents, histories.
P0145/10G02 - Administration.
P0145/10G03 - Financial management.
P0145/10G04 - Communications.
P0145/10G05 - Buildings, properties.
P0145/10G06 - Faculty, staff.
P0145/10G07 - Students, student services, associations.
P0145/10G08 - Curriculum, programs.
P0145/10G09 - Research.
P0145/10G10 - External relations.

Immigrants, refugees

The sub-series documents Montreal YMCA programs related to immigrants, multiculturalism, and refugees, including YMCA collaboration with government and non-governmental organizations. It includes reports, correspondence, and other materials.

Leadership Development

The sub-series documents Montreal the YMCA's leadership training programs. The sub-series includes reports, certificates, course materials, a photograph, and other materials.

Railroad Work

The file documents programs of the Montreal YMCA that were addressed to workers on railroads. It includes correspondence and other materials.

Religious Work

The sub-series documents the YMCA's religious programs. It includes publications, reports, notes, clippings, and other materials.

Branches and facilities general

The sub-series documents building and other committees that have been involved with the construction or renovation of Metropolitan Montreal YMCA facilities. The sub-series documents aspects of physical plant that cover more than one branch, requests from branches for major repairs and replacements, and calculations of space requirements sent from branches to the central administration. It includes correspondence, minutes, reports, statistical studies, contracts, and publicity materials for supplies and equipment.

YMCA Centre-ville

The sub-series documents the buildings, administration, and programs of the main branch of the Metropolitan Montreal YMCA from the time of its founding. It includes correspondence, minutes, reports, rosters, specifications, scrapbooks, photographs, blueprints, maps, and other materials. The records are arranged in the following sub-sub-series:

P0145/11B01 - Histories.
P0145/11B02 - Administration, Board of Management.
P0145/11B03 - Annual Reports.
P0145/11B04 - Annual General Meetings.
P0145/11B05 - Financial administration.
P0145/11B06 - Planning.
P0145/11B07 - Human resources administration.
P0145/11B08 - Communications.
P0145/11B09 - Facilities, buildings, equipment, supplies.
P0145/11B10 - Programs.

Du Parc/North/International/ Fairmount

The sub-series documents the development, administration, and programs of the du Parc Branch YMCA. It includes correspondence, annual and other reports, a historical sketch, minutes of meetings, specifications and other architectural records, and other materials.


The sub-series documents the development, administration, and programming of the Lachine, later the Lachine-Dorval, Branch of the Montreal YMCA. It includes minutes, reports, correspondence, publicity materials, photographs, municipal maps, and other materials.

Pointe St-Charles

The sub-series documents the development, facilities, and activities of the Pointe St-Charles Branch YMCA. It includes correspondence, reports, and other documents.

West Island

The sub-series documents the development, management, and activities of the West Island Branch YMCA. It includes correspondence, reports, rosters, minutes, and other records.


The sub-series documents the development, administration, and activities of the Westmount Branch YMCA. It includes minutes, annual reports, correspondence, studies, publicity materials, and other records.


The sub-series documents the development, facilities, and activities of the Railroad Branch YMCAs. It includes correspondence, reports, financial records, and a souvenir book.


The sub-series documents the various bodies that have had responsibility for the Montreal YMCA's camping and outdoor programs. The sub-series documents the general organization and management of the YMCA's camping and outdoor programs. It documents research programs related to camp leadership and to other aspects of the theory of camping.

It includes committee minutes, correspondence, membership lists, rosters, reports, questionnaires, and other materials.

Kamp Kanawana

The sub-series documents the administration, property, buildings, equipment, publicity, staff, campers, and program of Kamp Kanawana. The sub-series includes directors' reports, annual reports, correspondence, camper applications, blueprints, maps, photographs, publicity brochures and films, t-shirts, badges, ribbons, pennants, and other materials. The materials are arranged in the following sub-sub-series:

P0145/12B01 - General administration.
P0145/12B02 - Financial administration.
P0145/12B03 - Land, facilities, equipment, supplies.
P0145/12B04 - Communications.
P0145/12B05 - Staff, counsellors.
P0145/12B06 - Campers.
P0145/12B07 - Program.

Camp Otoreke

Records in the sub-series document the administration, facilities, staff, campers, and program of Camp Otoreke. It includes correspondence, programs, financial records, publicity, and other materials. The sub-series is arranged in the following sub-sub-series:

P0145/12C01 - General administration.
P0145/12C02 - Financial administration.
P0145/12C03 - Land, facilities, equipment, supplies.
P0145/12C04 - Communications.
P0145/12C05 - Staff, counsellors.
P0145/12C06 - Campers.
P0145/12C07 - Program.

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