Fonds 17.029 - Robert Young fonds

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Robert Young fonds

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CA UWA 17.029

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  • 1942 - 2017 (Creation)
    Young, Robert

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1.5 m of textual records
ca. 150 photographs
2 scrapbooks
2 video cassettes
3 audio cassettes

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Dr. Robert Young was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada, in 1942. He received an Honours Degree in History from the University of Saskatchewan in 1964, a Master’s Degree from the same in 1965, and in 1969 he earned his Ph.D. through the London School of Economics. He was hired to teach in the University of Winnipeg’s History Department in 1968 and retained that position until his retirement in 2008.

During his career as an academic historian, Dr. Young published 20 peer-reviewed scholarly articles, 10 chapters in edited volumes, and 13 monographs; as well as numerous book reviews and non-refereed articles, and unpublished contributions at conferences and symposiums. Some of his writing won awards such as the Wallace K. Ferguson Prize. Dr. Young taught history at the undergraduate, Honours, and Masters levels at the University of Winnipeg; as well as the Mini Enrichment Program and the 55 Plus Program. His work as a professor received several awards: most notably the Canadian Professor of the Year Award in 1996. In addition to teaching and publishing, Dr. Young involved himself with extracurricular activities or committees at the University of Winnipeg and beyond, such as the European Studies Group, the Canadian Historical Association, and the Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series.

Dr. Young retired from the University of Winnipeg in 2008, having been awarded status as Professor Emeritus and a Fellow of United College. He remained involved with the University of Winnipeg Retirees’ Association and the University of Winnipeg Club, and continued to publish.

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Records in this fonds were retained by Dr. Young in his home and office prior to their donation to the University of Winnipeg Archives in 2017.

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Fonds reflects Dr. Young’s career as an academic historian. In that role, he taught and lectured as a professor, both at the University of Winnipeg, as well as academic conferences or lecture series. He published a breadth of scholarly literature and research, and served to review the drafts of his peers for publication. He also involved himself in administrative, educational, and community issues at the University of Winnipeg. For his outstanding teaching and research, he also received a number of awards both from the University of Winnipeg and beyond. Fonds includes records produced by all of these activities. Dr. Young’s specialty as an academic historian was Interwar French History, and 20th Century European History more broadly. The majority of his teaching, research, and writing focused on this topic. Fonds also includes correspondence – written or email – with a wide variety of present and former students, fellow scholars and professors, University administrators, editors, politicians, archivists, and other individuals. To a lesser degree, the fonds also documents Dr. Young’s early life and education prior to his hiring by the University of Winnipeg in 1967, and the continuation of his career after retirement in 2008.

Fonds is arranged in seven series that represent different facets of Dr. Young’s career. The first, University Career, represents Dr. Young’s involvement with the University of Winnipeg through activism on University issues, service on committees, awards he received for his work as a professor, and administrative documentation such as his annual activity reports or his curriculum vitae. It also contains some of his coursework from his undergraduate and graduate programs. The second, Books, is related to his published monographs - primarily in terms of their editing, publication, and promotion, but also their usage in Dr. Young's class assignments. The third, Teaching, contains teaching material from his various courses, several extracurricular lectures he gave, and correspondence with former students. The fourth, Scholarly Pursuit, contains records from his published scholarly articles, book chapters, participation in academic conferences, and book reviews written by him or about his work. The fifth is Scholarly Correspondence and contains the exchanges, by print or email, he carried on with other individuals or institutions related to his ongoing research on France in the Interwar Period and other European history. The sixth is UW Institutional, which documents Dr. Young’s involvement with University programs (such as the European Studies Group). And finally, the seventh, Artifacts, contains some of his academic diplomas, his bound PhD and Masters theses, video and audio recordings of his lectures, and albums and scrapbooks commemorating aspects of his life and career.

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Fonds remains almost entirely as arranged by Dr. Young prior to donation. Minimal archival intervention has been imposed.

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  • English
  • French

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Some files in the fonds contain personal information such as phone numbers and home addresses, access to which is restricted.

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A complete set of published works by Dr. Young accompanies the archival fonds, including monographs, scholarly journal articles, and book chapters. Many of the items, particularly the monographs, are inscribed by Dr. Young.

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Finding aid and descriptions created by Daniel Matthes, February 21, 2018

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