In 2010, YWCA Brooklyn deeded 150 boxes (approx. 500,000 items) of historical material, spanning 125 years, to the Brooklyn College Library. Unfortunately, the documents, photographs, memorabilia, and artifacts contained within these boxes are in very poor condition. Many of the items have sustained significant water damage and are now contaminated with mold. Yellowed, brittle paper crumbles when handled, fragile brochures and pamphlets are torn, and bound minutes and ledgers have broken bindings.
In order to preserve the Archives of YWCA Brooklyn and make these records accessible, the Brooklyn College Library requires funding to repair and organize this material according to archival standards and practices. Unless this is accomplished, the richness of these records will remain hidden and inaccessible. Once processed, the collection will be open to the public. The estimated cost to repair and preserve items, process the collection, and make it available will be $50,000.
Donations over $100.00 will ensure your name appears on:
1. The printed guide to the YWCA Archives will include acknowledgement at the beginning of the guide.
2. The online guide to the YWCA Archives will include acknowledgement at the beginning of the guide.
Donations over $200.00 will ensure you’re your name appears on:
1. Labels placed on the outside of each archival box in which the items are stored.
2. Paper archival markers placed inside of each box.
3. The printed guide to the YWCA Archives will include acknowledgement at the beginning of the guide.
4. The online guide to the YWCA Archives will include acknowledgement at the beginning of the guide.
Make a secure one-time donation by visiting Support the Brooklyn College Foundation. Within Fund Designation, please specify #31205594. For Additional Comments or Questions Relating to This Donation, please specify Preserving the Brooklyn YWCA Collection. For more questions or comments please contact Colleen-Bradley Sanders, the College Archivist.
Posted on 03/07/2016