Eugene E. Barnett
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A portrait photograph of Eugene E. Barnett. Eugene Barnett served as a secretary for the University of North Carolina Student YMCA while attending graduate school from 1908-10. For the next 27 years, he worked in various YMCA positions in China, where the YMCA flourished until the Communist Revolution. Barnett served as general secretary in Shanghai, and in 1925, became the senior secretary for the International Committee of the YMCA in China. He served concurrently as associate general secretary of the China National Committee and was also a member of the National Christian Council. Barnett returned to the United States in 1937 to become the executive secretary of the International Board of the YMCA. He helped to eliminate the significant debt that had developed and managed the World Services program. In 1941, he was named the general secretary of the National Council of YMCAs where he served until his retirement in 1953. During WWII, Barnett gave leadership to the YMCA’s efforts on the home and fighting fronts. The national organization provided aid to soldiers, prisoners of war, and local YMCAs. The printed photographic print in the collection is created from the jpg master file. No print version exsisted in the collection.
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International Young Men's Christian Association
Barnett, Eugene E
YMCA Hall of Fame
University of North Carolina
National Christian Council
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