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Boston Young Men's Christian Association Y Service Organization scrapbook

 Unprocessed — Box: 1
Identifier: Z16-065

Content Description

A scrapbook of the activities of the Boston Young Men's Christian Association's Y Service Organization, a United Service Organization during World War II. The scrapbook complied by two successive "matrons" in charge of the program includes letters, newsletters, photographs of activities and service men, and press materials. The collection is unprocessed. In 1941, the Young Men's Christian Association and other voluntary organizations founded the United Service Organization (USO) to provide programming to World War II soldiers and their families. USO clubs began to be established across the country. The Y Service Organization (YSO) of the Boston Young Men's Christian Association (Boston YMCA) informally began in the winter of 1942 with programs such as dances, quiz shows, and use of the YMCA's facilities to servicemen. In 1943, 150 Boston-area "hostesses" were recruited and trained to help put together programming at the Boston YMCA specifically for servicemen. The organization was headed by "Matron" Dorothy Crawford MacNeil from 1943 to 1944 and then by Margaret Miller Williams Stinson from 1944 to 1949. Accessioned 2016 Jun 01. Add to M13? 45/4

Restrictions Apply


Use Restrictions

Requests for permission to publish materials from this collection should be discussed with the University Archivist.


  • Creation: 1943-1949


0.90 cubic feet (0.90 cubic feet in 1 extra-large oversized box.)