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YMCA Photograph Collection
PC 2019-009  
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The YMCA or Young Men’s Christian Association, was reestablished on January 12, 1952 in Escondido California after being disbanded for unknown reasons in 1941. It is unclear when the “Y” organization began in Escondido, but Escondido’s so-called “Hi-Y” club was the first in San Diego County. The group was made up of high school students, particularly at Escondido Union high school. Though the “Y” organization is a church affiliate, the clubs contained “members of all races and religions” (Times-Advocate, January 29, 1955).
This collection came to the Pioneer Room as large scrapbook sheets and a poster with the photographs affixed to the scrapbook pages by photo corners, adhesive tapes, and glues. Some photographs show signs of fading or poor quality. Others are damaged by cutting, bending, tearing, and wrinkling. Many photographs are curled from humidity issues and other temperature changes. The archivist determined that due to the newspaper clippings, and adhesive damage, and because the clippings are located elsewhere in the Pioneer Room collections (DigitalReel), the scrapbook should be digitized to preserve its original order, photographs should be removed from the scrapbooks pages, digitized, and preserved in an archival storage container.
½ linear feet. Collection is in one photograph binder box.
YMCA, Pioneer Room, Escondido Public Library
This collection is open for research.