Guide to Resources on YMCA Work in China

The North American YMCA's work in China began in 1889 and remained extensive until the revolution in 1949. Records document the early organization of the YMCA in China and its work in areas such as public health campaigns, sports and recreation (including

Photographs

The Kautz Family YMCA Archives photo collection extensively documents the YMCA's work in China, particularly health campaigns, and sports and recreation, as well as people and buildings. Over 700 of these images have been digitized and are available through the University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts Digital Content Library (DCL)» Browse the DCL China Photographs.

A number of digitized photographs of YMCA Work in China are available through the University Libraries' UMedia Archive. Select the "images" tab and search using the keyword, "China." » Search Kautz Family YMCA Archives Digital Images

Additional photographs of YMCA work in China may be found in the collections of Foreign Work and Armed Services Work photo albums. »Contact the Archives for more information

Archival Records

  • YMCA International Work in China Records, 1890-1991

    Records documenting YMCA work in China, including histories, annual reports, report letters, correspondence, minutes, records of specific programs and activities, building records (including building plans), financial records, biographical records, pamphlets, and maps. Many of the reports in the collection are available online as part of the digitized collection of foreign secretary reports from China (see below). »See the finding aid for more information on these records

  • Foreign Secretary Reports from China, 1896-1949

    Digitized collection of over 1000 reports of approximately 120 YMCA secretaries working across China. The reports describe not only the progress of YMCA work in the various cities to which the secretaries were sent, but also local social conditions, politics, and more. Most of the reports can also be found in the YMCA International Work in China Records, 1890-1991 (see above).

    A finding aid listing the entire set of digitized reports is available, sorted three different ways. The full text of the reports can also be searched. To search the collection, select the "Images/Media" tab of the search box and select "Reports from China" in the "limit search to" pull-down menu. The search will return reports containing your key words. In order to locate the exact pages where the key words appear, select a report and repeat the search using the "search within this item" box.
    » See the finding aid listing all digitized reports
    » Search full text of reports from China

  • YMCA International Work in Taiwan Records

    Although some material concerning Taiwan is included in the YMCA International Work in China Records, additional records of work in Taiwan, are separately cataloged. »See the finding aid for more information on these records

  • YMCA International Work in Hong Kong Records

    Although some material concerning Hong Kong is included in the YMCA International Work in China Records, additional records of work in Hong Kong, are separately cataloged. »See the finding aid for more information on these records

  • Biographical Files

    This collection of biographical data includes primarily resumes, employment records, obituaries, and other background material, and occasionally small collections of personal papers of hundreds of YMCA leaders, including many who worked in China, such as Paul B. Anderson, Eugene Barnett, Fletcher Brockman, Harry Brunger, Earle Buckley, Capt. Robert Dollar, G. Sherwood Eddy, Max Exner, Arthur Gutter, Lawrence Hall, Koo Tse Zung, Frank B. Lenz, Robert E. Lewis, D. Willard Lyon, Paul W. Moritz, W. Wesley Peter, C. H. (Clarence Hovey) Robertson, Arthur G. Robinson, Arthur Rugh, Lennig Sweet, Hollis Wilbur, and Lucian Wilson . »See the finding aid for more information on these records

  • Eugene Barnett Papers, 1920-1975

    Papers of Eugene Barnett documenting, in part, his YMCA work with China where he served in Hangchow (Hangzhou), and subsequently as the national student secretary for China, national city secretary, and then senior secretary for the International Committee of the YMCA in China. »See the finding aid for more information on these records

  • Gilbert Beaver Papers, 1887-1952

    Correspondence and reports documenting YMCA student work (including the Committee on Friendly Relations) and foreign work, especially in China during the early 20th century. Accounts in the correspondence relate the conditions in China and recount conversations with leaders such as Chiang Kai-Shek. »See the finding aid for more information on these records

  • Clifford Petitt Papers, 1922-1983

    Correspondence with other YMCA leaders, an extensive manuscript autobiography, and other papers documentating, among other things, Petitt's twenty years of YMCA work in China (Tsindao (Qingdao) and Shanghai), as well as China-related organizations in which he was active in the United States. »See the finding aid for more information on these records

  • Other Personal Papers Collections

    The YMCA Archives also holds the personal papers of several other individuals who worked extensively in China, including the following:
    Paul B. Anderson
    George Lerrigo
    William Lockwood
    D. Willard Lyon
    Kirby Page
    »Contact the Archives for more information

Selected Books and Journals

A selected list of books on YMCA and China is below. For more information, search the University of Minnesota Library's online catalog or contact the Kautz Family YMCA Archives.

Last Updated: Jul 9, 2021 2:17 PM