Fonds - Walter Young fonds

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Walter Young fonds

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  • 1919, 1937-1983 (Creation)
    Young, Walter D.

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7.25 m of textual records.
13 audio tapes.
2 phonograph 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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Fonds consists of materials which document Walter Young's personal life, academic career, and political interests. It includes correspondence, minutes and agendas, reports, lecture notes and other course materials, financial statements, manuscripts, index cards, audio recordings, and publications (including books, newspapers, magazines, journals, pamphlets, and clippings). They are arranged in two series, Personal Papers and Research. Their original order has largely been maintained.

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The bulk of the papers were donated directly to the UBC Archives by Walter Young in 1983. The remainder were donated by his widow Beryl in 1984.


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Detailed file list available in hard copy at the University Archives.

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Most books acquired in the original accession have been integrated into the UBC Library's collections.
Similar and related materials may also be found in the Angus MacInnis Memorial Collection, which was originally collected by Walter Young for UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections.

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BCAUL control number: UBCARCH-133

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