Fonds MS-0524;MS-0665 - Walter D. Young fonds

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Walter D. Young fonds

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CA BCA MS-0524;MS-0665

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  • 1973-1977 (Creation)
    Young, Walter D.

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58 cm of textual records

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Walter Young was born in 1933. He received a B.A. in Honours History and English at U.B.C. in 1955, and went to Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, where he gained a further B.A. in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics in 1957, and an M.A. in 1962. On his return to Canada, Young taught political science in Manitoba and Toronto. He then returned to U.B.C. in 1962 as an instructor in political science. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1965 his thesis was titled "The National C.C.F.: Political Party and Political Movement". Young remained at U.B.C. until 1973, when he moved to the University of Victoria as Chairman of the Department of Political Science. While at U.B.C. he was very active in faculty and administrative affairs. He worked with several committees, was co-chairman of the new Arts 1 programme, and was deeply involved in the collection of materials for the Angus MacInnis Memorial Collection for UBC Library's Special Collections Division. During this period he also continued his writing career, completing two books and many articles and book reviews. His major scholarly interest was Canadian socialism. In addition to his thesis on the C.C.F, Young wrote books and papers on M.J. Coldwell, the C.C.F., the N.D.P., and socialism as a whole. He was also a founding member of the N.D.P., worked actively for the Ontario N.D.P. while living in Toronto, and was Vice-President of the N.D.P. of British Columbia in the mid-1960s. He was involved primarily in research, advertising, and policy-making. Young was also founder and co-editor of "B.C. Studies", and founded and directed the B.C. Legislative Internship Programme. He died in 1984.

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The fonds consists of correspondence with members of the Legal Services Commission, reports, memos and financial statements. Fonds includes correspondence, notes, working papers, minutes of meetings of the chairman of the University Government Committee, together with formal and informal briefs presented to the committee and various reports dealing with aspects of organization of post-secondary education in Canada, the United States, and Great Britain.

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