Fonds PR0586 - Delbert A. Young fonds

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Delbert A. Young fonds

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    • 1951-1976 (Creation)
      Some records dated after the death of Delbert A. Young have been included in this fonds.

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    0.94 m of textual records. – 51 photographs. – 21 negatives

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    Biographical history

    Delbert Alton Young was born on November 26, 1907 in Chalk River, Ontario. He moved with his family to a farm in Ribstone, Alberta ca. 1913 and attended Normal School in Camrose in 1926. Young taught for a year before taking over operation of the family farm for the next 17 years. He married Phyllis Collier (1911- 2001) in 1946 and moved to Edmonton in 1948.

    Young then worked for Northern Alberta Railways as a carpenter, worked as a miner in and around hard rock mines, did construction work, and worked as a private builder until 1956 when ill health forced him to retire and he began writing professionally. Young wrote numerous articles and short stories for such magazines and newspapers as Canadian Boy, Onward, Family Herald, Country Guide, the Edmonton Journal, Heritage, and The Beaver. He also wrote five novels, two non-fiction and three fiction, two of which, The Last Voyage of the Unicorn and The Ghost Ship, won the Hudson's Bay Company Beaver Award. He also wrote book reviews, two movie scripts, and school radio broadcasts for the Alberta Department of Education.

    Young was a member of the Pleasantview United Church, the Heritage Sites Board of Alberta, and the Canadian Authors Association. He was also the Business and Circulation Manager, and Alberta Regional Representative on the national executive, for Canadian Author and Bookman from 1968 to until his death.

    Young died on January 22, 1975.

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    Fonds consists of manuscript drafts of various articles, stories, movie scripts, book reviews, speeches, and radio broadcast scripts written by Delbert A. Young. Also includes research notes, correspondence, newspaper clippings, book reviews, hand drawn maps, pamphlets, royalty cheque stubs, statements, and photographs depicting caribou, the Taylor family, and Inuit involved in the lumber industry in Edmonton Pembina, and Barrhead, Alberta

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    Mr. Delbert A. Young deposited accessions PR1972.0136 and PR1973.0273 in the Provincial Archives of Alberta in two separate accessions, one each in 1972 and 1973. Mrs. Phyllis Young, wife of Delbert A. Young, deposited accession PR1976.0198 in the Archives in 1976.


    Arrangement note: The records in accession PR1976.0198 were arranged and given file titles by Mrs. Phyllis Young. Due to subsequent rearrangement of the records, the file titles supplied may not always correspond to the records they were meant to describe.

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        The material is in English.

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        Access Conditions: None

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        Use Conditions: Permission for use required. Subject to the Copyright Act.

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        Other records related to the Young family can be found in PR0604 Phyllis Young fonds.

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        Information for the biographical sketch was taken from the records.

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        Includes the following accessions:


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