The Cliff Smith YMCA Postcard Collection is comprised of nearly 10,000 rare postcards dating from the 1890s that depict YMCA buildings, events, and activities in the United States and abroad, provides a unique and valuable understanding of the significance of the Y around the world. The postcards represent the only remaining image of many Y buildings of the past. In addition to architectural history, the collection also addresses related topics such as camping, aquatics, youth work, armed services, fitness and athletics, World War I, African American Ys, and Springfield College
(formerly the International YMCA Training School). Digitized images are accessible through an online database in which postcards may be searched by keyword, title, subject, or location.