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International Committee, other North American YMCA organizations

The sub-series documents collaboration between the Montreal YMCA and joint Canada-U.S. YMCA bodies, apart from Foreign Work/World Service.

It includes yearbooks for North American YMCAs (1889-1973, with some years missing) that were published by or by authority of the International Committee, statistical reports prepared for the year books, as well as other textual

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.

Special events

Records in the series document open houses, openings, anniversaries, jubilees, a royal visit; testimonials, memorials, and honours; and the Montreal YMCA's participation in the Expo 67 world's fair and the 1967 Canadian centennial, as well as the 1976 summer Olympic games in Montreal.

The series includes correspondence, reports, invitations, speeches, publicity materials, t-shirt, lapel pins, and other materials.

The materials are arranged in the following sub-sub-series:

P0145/13A Visits of dignitaries.
P0145/13B Anniversaries.
P0145/13C Open house.
P0145/13D Memorials, tributes, testimonials, honours.
P0145/13E Expo 1967/Canadian centennial.
P0145/13F 1976 Montreal Olympic Games.

Canadian local YMCAs

The materials in the sub-sub-series include annual reports and other documents published or created by Canadian YMCAs or YM-YWCAs other than the Montreal YMCA, materials gathered in preparation for histories of the YMCA in Canada, and correspondence.

World Service, Foreign Work

The sub-series documents the Montreal YMCA's involvement in World Service, Foreign Programs, and International Development activities in collaboration with the Canada-U.S. International Committee and the Canadian National Council. It also holds records related to the Canadian National Council's International Development/Development Education work.

The sub-series includes correspondence, reports, fund-raising documents, meeting documents, and other materials.

Founding documents, constitution, by-laws, histories

The series documents the founding, legislative and regulatory framework, and historical studies of the Metropolitan Montreal YMCA.

The series is arranged in sub-series:

P0145/01A Founding documents, constitution, by-laws.
P0145/01B Histories.


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.

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.

Regional YMCA councils, committees

The sub-series documents the activities of various regional and territorial councils and committees, including territorial committees and other groups within the National Council and other groups of local YMCAs.

Religious Work

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


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.

Annual and Special General Meetings

The series documents annual general meetings and special general meetings of members of the Metropolitan Montreal YMCA. Minute books include minutes of members' and other regular monthly meetings, meeting notices, clippings of press notices, attendance reply cards, agendas, committee reports, financial reports, audited financial reports, annual reports of activity, and copies of speeches to the general meetings by YMCA presidents and others, including invited keynote speakers.

In addition to official minute books, the sub-series includes materials assembled by YMCA personnel, including minutes and other documents related to the general meetings.

Professional staff

The materials in the series document senior managers of the Montreal YMCA, their training and professional development, and various organizations to which they belonged, such as the Association of Secretaries.

The materials are arranged as follows:

P0145/04A Individual senior employed officers.
P0145/04B Staff professional development.
P0145/04C Training for YMCA secretaryship (Fellowship Plan).
P0145/04D Managerial groups.
P0145/04D01 Meetings, conferences, administration.
P0145/04D02 Publications, studies.


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

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.

National Council of YMCAs of Canada

The sub-series documents the Montreal YMCA's relationships with the National Council and the Montreal YMCA's participation in national conventions and conferences.

Records in the sub-series include correspondence, conference proceedings, annual and other reports, architectural drawings, photographs, maps, and other materials.The materials are arranged in the following sub-sub-series:

P0145/14D01 - Constitutive documents.
P0145/14D02 - Histories.
P0145/14D03 - Annual Reports.
P0145/14D04 - Correspondence, reports.
P0145/14D05 - Meetings of Council, Board, Executive Committee, staff.
P0145/14D06 - Committee meetings, reports.
P0145/14D07 - Annual, Special General Meetings.
P0145/14D08 - National conferences, conventions.
P0145/14D09 - Policy, planning, surveys.
P0145/14D10 - Program support.
P0145/14D11 - Military Work.
P0145/14D11e - Post-World War II.
P0145/14D12 - Geneva Park: Couchiching national centre.
P0145/14D13 - Camp Canada.
P0145/14D14 - Human resources administration.
P0145/14D15 - Financial administration.
P0145/14D16 - Communications, public relations.
P0145/14D17 - Directories, rosters.


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.

Lac St-Joseph/Camp Jubilee

The sub-series documents the first Montreal YMCA camp. It includes scrapbooks, publicity materials, reports, correspondence, and other materials.

Camping, outdoor programs

The series documents the camping and outdoor programs of the Montreal YMCA in the Laurentian region north of Montreal, from their founding through the twentieth century. Programs covered include boys, and later boys and girls, residential camping, family camping, and skiing. The records relate to planning, administration, land ownership, facilities, staff, campers, and activities. The series documents day camp programs that have taken place in Montreal. It includes records related to various camping associations to which the Montreal YMCA has belonged.

The series includes includes correspondence, reports, photographs, logs, maps, lists of campers and camp officials, application forms, architectural sketches and plans, building specifications, notes on activities, inventories, and financial records related to camp and outdoor planning and program, land, buildings, equipment, provisions, transportation, and campers.

The series is arranged according the following sub-series and sub-sub-series:

P0145/12A Committees.
P0145/12B Kamp Kanawana.
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.
P0145/12C Camp Otoreke.
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.
P0145/12D Camp Becsies.
P0145/12E Camp Dorval.
P0145/12F Camp Weredale.
P0145/12G Camp Perrot.
P0145/12H Ski lodge.
P0145/12I Camp Thunderbird.
P0145/12J Wilderness Survival Camp.
P0145/12K Les Voyageurs de la Vérendrye.
P0145/12L Lake St-Joseph/Camp Jubilee.
P0145/12M Day camp.
P0145/12N Camping associations.
P0145/12N01 American Camping Association.
P0145/12N02 Canadian Camping Association.
P0145/12N03 Quebec Section, Canadian Camping Association.
P0145/12N04 Quebec Camping Association/Association des camps du Québec.


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

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