The Young Women's Christian Association of Philadelphia (Pa.), Metropolitan Branch Records consist of two accessions. Accession 635 contains 120 linear feet of records from between 1897-1984. Accession 902 contains 3 linear feet of records from between 1881-1993.
Board Minute Books; January 1922- January 1929, February 1944- October 1952, January 1953 - June 1960, September 1960 - July 1966, September 1966 - November 1969, January 1970 - December 1972, January 1973 - June 1975
Board Minute Books; October 1914 - January 1935, June 1935 - April 1943
Board Minute Book - Building Committee, May 1915 - September 1920
Board Minute Book - Management Committee, April 1917 - September 1925
Dr. Benjamin W. Barkas was a professional educator concerned with labor and adult education in Philadelphia from 1925 to the mid-1960s. The organizations in which his interest and effort were greatest were the Labor Education Association (LEA), 1943-1967; Temple University, 1943-1962; and the School District of Philadelphia Extension Division, 1941 1974.
The collection reflects the programs and activities of this African American branch of the YMCA in Philadelphia. Among these functions were the operation of clubs, summer camps, and recreational programs for the African American community. The branch was also involved with such organizations as the NAACP and the Pennsylvania State Negro Council.