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YM/YWHA Arts Council records, 1962-2006, bulk 1967-1981

YM/YWHA Arts Council records, 1962-2006, bulk 1967-1981

Young Men's and Young Women's Hebrew Association of Philadelphia. Arts Council

Collection Information

Size: 1.2 linear feet

Biographical/Historical Note

The YM/YWHA Arts Council was an arts center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Arts Council was dedicated to bringing the visual and performing arts to Philadelphia.


The YM/YWHA Arts Council records were lent for microfilming in 1986 and subsequently donated with additional unmicrofilmed material in 2010 by Judith Golden, former chairman of the YM/YWHA Arts Council of Philadelphia.

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Scope and Contents

The records of the YM/YWHA Arts Council measure 1.2 linear feet and date from 1962 to 2006, with the bulk of the records dating from 1967 to 1981. This collection documents the activities of the Philadelphia-based arts organization, primarily during the period that Judith Golden was the council chair. Included are administrative records, scattered correspondence, exhibition and program files, and printed material.

Administrative records include documentation on the Arts Council history, the council manual belonging to Judith Golden, committee member lists, meeting minutes and agendas, and documentation on grants and program funding. Also found are draft letters to members, draft press releases, scattered printed material and correspondence, meeting records, notes, reports, and proposed budgets. Correspondence is from 1969 to 1972 and includes Judith Golden's outgoing and incoming correspondence as Chairman of the Arts Council. Additionally, there is one letter addressed to Golden from 2004.

The exhibition and program files document art exhibitions, theater and dance performances, lectures, and patron events organized by the YM/YWHA Arts Council. Files may include performance agreements, planning documents, correspondence, printed announcements, press releases, and press clippings.

Printed Material consists of numerous brochures and program announcements for events at the YM/YWHA. Also found are magazines and newpaper clippings documenting arts events, scattered press releases, and The Review newsletter, published by the Jewis Ys and Centers of Greater Philadelphia.

Portions of the collection are available on 35 mm microfilm reel 3898 at Archives of American Art offices, and through interlibrary loan. Researchers should note that the arrangement of documents on microfilm does not match the current arrangement of these records.

Use of original papers requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives' Washington, D.C., Research Center. Contact Reference Services for more information.

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