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Credited with establishing a YMCA branch on the Gettysburg College campus in 1867, Robert Weidensall (1836 - 1922) was elected the first national field secretary of the International Committee of the YMCA in 1868, a position which he held until his retirement in 1918.

The collection is almost exclusively comprised of materials relating to Weidensall's work with the International YMCA, much of it authored by himself. No personal information other than his employment history with the association is included.

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Publication Date

January 2002


Robert Weidensall, Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania College, YMCA, Construction Corps


Cultural History | History | Labor History | Social History | United States History

Document Type

Finding Aid

MS-012: Robert Weidensall Collection