The institution's records include printed materials dating from the 1890s, scrapbooks from the 1920s, minutes of meetings and correspondence - some from the predecessor organizations - from 1860s, photographs dating from the early twentieth century, financial records from the 1910s and 1920s, and organizational and legal records dating from the 1910s.
Copyright has been transferred to the University of Louisville and there are no additional restrictions.
8 linear feet (3 records center boxes; 2 manuscript boxes; 1 half-manuscript box; 4 flats; oversize theater poster (YMHA screening of "The Golem"))
Founded in 1890 as the Jewish Young Men's Association, the organization united several Jewish groups. Distiller and philanthropist Isaac Wolfe Bernheim (see also Isaac Wolfe Bernheim papers) first called the group together; shortly afterwards the name was changed to the Young Men's Hebrew Association. In the mid-1950s the organization moved to the suburbs and changed its name to the Jewish Community Center. Included in the collection are issues of the illustrated monthly YMHA Chronicler from 1913 to 1926, which documents the local Jewish community during the 1910s and 1920s.