Guide to the YMHA Alumni Association (Boston, Mass.) Records

undated, 1977-1995

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Lindsay Sprechman in May 2019. Finding aid was encoded by Lindsay Sprechman in May 2019. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: YMHA Alumni Association
YMHA Alumni Association (Boston, Mass.) Records
Dates: undated, 1977-1995
Abstract: This collection contains newsletters, flyers for reunions, and membership forms documenting the activities of the YMHA Alumni Association from 1977 until 1995.
Languages:   The collection is in English.
Quantity: 3 folders
ID:   JHCI-0009
Repository: Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS
Location: Located in Boston, Mass.

Flyer for a 1981 reunion dance organized by the YMHA Alumni Association. 

Historical Note

The Young Men's Hebrew Association (YMHA) was founded in Boston's South End and incorporated on January 30, 1882 by a small group of residents, including Edward S. Goulston, Grace Cohen, Raphael Lasker, Mark Wolf, Abraham L. Fisbel, Louis Gans, Mark Stone, Abraham P. Spitz, Nathan Schloss, L.B. Schwabe, Samuel B. Sterne, Morris Clarke and Julius Rosenthal. As the Jewish population in the following years moved from the South End to the Roxbury and Dorchester neighborhoods of Boston, the YMHA moved as well, first relocating to the corner of Warren and Howland Streets in Roxbury, and then to Seaver Street, on the corner of Humboldt Avenue, also in Roxbury. In 1960, the YMHA merged with the Hecht House to create the Boston YMHA-Hecht House. The merged organization was located at 150 American Legion Highway in Dorchester and welcomed both children and adults from Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury, Hyde Park and Milton.

Although an alumni association was initially founded in 1953, this iteration of the organization was begun after alumni held a reunion at the Blue Hill County Club on November 2, 1974, and it was officially founded on May 23, 1975. The Alumni Association hosts reunions and banquets, publishes newsletters providing updates on organizational activities and on the lives of alumni, and gives grants to various charitable causes.


Materials from this collection.

Guide to the Boston YMHA-Hecht House Records, I-74.

"More than 100 Join Alumni Group at YMHA." Jewish Advocate, December 31, 1953, p. 14. ProQuest. Web. 31 May 2019 .


1882 The YMHA is founded.
1889 The Hecht House is founded.
1960 The YMHA and Hecht House merge to form the Boston YMHA-Hecht House.
1975 The YMHA Alumni Association is founded.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains newsletters, flyers, and other miscellaneous documents related to the activities of the YMHA Alumni Association between the years 1977 and 1995. Included are flyers promoting reunions, newsletters providing updates on the organization's activities and the lives of alumni, and membership forms.


The collection is arranged into a a single series as follows:

  • Series I: YMHA Alumni Association (Boston, Mass.) Records, undated, 1977-1995

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Related Material

Boston YMHA-Hecht House Records, I-74

Young Women's Hebrew Association (Everett, Mass.) Records, I-514

Preferred Citation

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Identification of item, date (if known); YMHA Alumni Association (Boston, Mass.) Records; JHC-0009; box number; folder number; Wyner Family Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS, Boston, Mass.

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Container List

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Series I: YMHA Alumni Association (Boston, Mass.) Records, undated, 1977-1995


Arranged alphabetically.

Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Miscellaneous undated
1 2 Newsletters undated, 1977-1995
1 3 Reunion Notices 1977-1985