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Accession Number: 96-002

Title

Scott Young fonds. Additions. -- 1975-1995 ; predominant 1992-1995. -- 61 cm of textual records. -- ca. 80 photographs.

Biography / History

Scott Young was born in 1918 in Cypress River, Manitoba. He started his writing career at age 18 for the Winnipeg Free Press in 1936. He was soon writing sports columns in Winnipeg, and later Toronto, and in 1949 published the first of 40 books. He has written a number of books which cover parts of his own life such as Neil and Me-- a book about his son Neil Young; and A Writer's Life-- an autobiography. His career in journalism has produced thousands of articles for "The Globe and Mail", "The Telegram", "Sports Illustrated", "Maclean's" and other magazines during the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's. Scott served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II (1944-1945). Previous to this he was sent to England by Canadian Press (CP) to cover the news of the War. He has received numerous awards and a Doctorate of Letters, Honoris Causa, from Trent University. He has been married three times (Edna Blow Ragland aka Rassy; Astrid Carlson Mead; and Margaret Hogan) and he has a number of children and step-children (Neil, Bob; Deidre, Astrid; Maggie, Caitlin and Erin).

Custodial History

The fonds was created by and in the custody of Scott Young before donation to Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This addition to the fonds consists of the following series: Personal Papers which includes family and personal correspondence, material from Scott Young's Moscow trip, correspondence and a certificate from Trent University, Dine with the Stars Celebrity Dinner, Scott Young Public School, Dublin Arrangements and Income Tax Returns; Professional Activities which includes papers and correspondence from Interviews and Lectures, Personal Background, Hockey Hall of Fame, Canada Council as well as Reviews; Correspondence with Agency and Publishers; Published and Unpublished Works; and Miscellaneous.

Notes

Title based on creator of fonds.

Overall good, except for the 2 drafts of "From the Sea We Came" which are becoming brittle.

Donated by Scott Young in 1995.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Associated material located at the Archives of Ontario and the National Library of Canada.

This fonds along with 92-013 and 95-001 is an addition to 90-003.

Over-sized items located in Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 34.

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Table of Contents

Series A: Personal Papers Box 1

Series B: Professional Activities Box 1

Series C: Correspondence with Agency and Publishers

Box 1

Series D: Published and Unpublished Works Boxes 1, 2, 3

Series E: Miscellaneous Box 4    

Series A: Personal Papers (Note: See also Box 2, Folder 6).

Box 1

Folder:

1: Family Correspondence, General, 1990- 1995.

2: Correspondence, Neil and Pegi Young, 1993-1995, (includes newspaper items and photographs about Neil's career and a photograph of Neil's Convocation at Lakehead University. May 23, 1992.

3: Correspondence, Pegi Young, January 19, 1995 (articles about Doreen Wicks contributions to third world nations through Global Ed-Med Supplies (Canada) Ltd.

4: Correspondence, Judy Keelor, 1992-1994 (includes notes, postcards, photographs, letters and articles by Judy Keelor).

5: Correspondence, Undated (includes Greeting Cards).

6: Correspondence, November 5, 1990; January 6, 1991.

7: Correspondence, 1992.

8: Correspondence, 1993.

9: Correspondence, 1994.

10: Correspondence, 1995.

11: Moscow Trip, (44 photographs, bankbook and rubles and 1 cassette tape entitled "Interview taped in 1975 An experience in Moscow").

12: Trent University, January 22, 1990 - July 26, 1991, (includes correspondence and a Fortnightly article plus news articles relating to Scott Young's Honorary Degree from Trent University; also included is the Convocation Program and invitation, speeches by Michael Peterman and Scott Young and a matted Honorary Membership in the Alumni Association).

Series A: Personal Papers

13: Dublin Arrangements, 1991-1992 (includes correspondence with Canadian Agent in Peterborough).

14: "Dine with the Stars" Celebrity Dinner, 1993-1995 (includes correspondence (1 letter from Ben Wicks), agendas, minutes, an invitation and menu of the Civic Hospital Fundraiser; Scott Young was a member of the Committee).

15: Scott Young Public School, 1992-1995 (includes 8 photographs of the Sod- turning ceremony, news articles, Invitation and Opening Ceremony Program as well as the Convocation Program for the first graduating class; correspondence and letters and editorials (on Scott Young's books) by students of the school).

16: Income Tax Returns and Property Document, 1989-1991.

17: Income Tax Return, Ireland, 1992.

Series B: Professional Activities

18: Personal Background, 1989-1995 (includes Crime Writers of Canada Directories in which Scott Young is listed, Who's Who correspondence and biographies, news articles about Scott Young, other biographies and a Penguin Books Author Questionnaire which includes a jacket copy of Murder in a Cold Climate).

19: Event Invitations, 1993-1995.

20: Interviews and Lectures, general, 1988-1993 (correspondence concerning interviews and lectures which Scott Young gave; see also large materials cabinet, Drawer 34, for Poster of Young Writer's Conference, Whitehorse, Yukon).

21: Sechelt - Festival of Written Arts, 1994 (Scott Young participated as a guest speaker at this conference).      

Series B: Professional Activities

22: Hockey Hall of Fame, April 13, 1993 - June 17, 1993 (includes correspondence, itineraries, invitations and ticket stubs for the inauguration of the new Hockey Hall of Fame, as well as tickets and a program for the NHL Awards Television Special).

23: Canada Council, 1991-1994 (includes an invitation to the Governor General's Literary Awards Ceremony, 1990 and correspondence concerning the application for Canada Council Grants).

24: Correspondence, undated and 1989.

25: Correspondence, 1991.

26: Correspondence, 1993.

27: Correspondence, 1994.

28: Correspondence, 1995.

29: Correspondence, January 18, 1995 (this includes correspondence and a manuscript entitled Modernity in Decline: Politics and the Modern Novel by Nevio Cristante which was submitted to Scott Young).

30: Reviews, general (these are reviews of books by Scott Young which include: Murder in a Cold Climate; Home for Christmas; The Pinch Hitter and Other Short Stories).

31: Reviews, The Shaman's Knife, 1993-1994.

32: Reviews, Power Play by Alan Eagleson, 1991-1992 (Scott Young was co-author; this folder includes correspondence relating to the reviews, reviews and a court transcript in relation to court actions against Alan Eagleson and the book).

Series C: Correspondence with Agency and Publishers (including royalty statements, cheque stubs, book promotion tours and itineraries and greeting cards).

33: Correspondence with Agencies, 1989-1995 (Colbert Agency; MGA-McKnight Gosewich Associates Agency Incorporated; Sterling Lord Associates (Canada) Ltd).

34: MacMillan of Canada Publishing, 1989- 1993.

35: Harper & Collins Publishing, 1990-1993.

36: Random House Publishing, 1990-1993.

37: Nelson Publishing, August 1990, August 1991, August 1992.

38: Doubleday Publishing, 1994.

39: McClelland & Stewart Inc., 1987-1989.

40: Seal, 1987; Penguin, 1994 (for Penguin see also Correspondence with Agencies Box 1 Folder 33).

Series D: Published and Unpublished Works by Scott Young

41: Published Articles -The Telegram, Sports News Article, February 19, 1970. -"Where Ducks Cloud the Sky", Sports Illustrated, November 15, 1954. -The Vanishing Nobility", The Globe and Mail, June 26, 1964. -The Emancipators", The Globe and Mail, July 26, 1964.

42: Unpublished Articles, Proposal for Joint Bylined Article with Margaret Hogan (this refers to their Ireland sojourn).

43: Foster and Bill Hewitt Exhibit, March 21, 1993 - September 10, 1993 (this exhibit was produced by Scott Young for Upper Canada College - it includes correspondence, script and labels, photographs of artifacts, an exhibit layout and initial research by Scott Young. The Exhibit itself is not included).  

Series D: Published and Unpublished Works by Scott Young

44: Notes on Murder in a Cold Climate (includes original idea for the novel and the ending).

45: Notes on The Shaman's Knife.

Box 2

Folder:

1: That Old Gang of Mine, revised Jan/91, (includes notes, correspondence and the revised draft; see also Correspondence with Agencies Box 1 Folder 33 for more information regarding the revision of this book).

2: Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Dispatches March 7-May 14, 1945 (these were written by Scott Young while he was in the Navy).

3: Notes from From the Sea We Came.

4: First Draft of From the Sea We Came (This book was never published. It was written while Scott Young was in the Navy during World War II. On the back of both copies are the Navy censor stamps and initials. Reference is made to it in Scott Young's Autobiography A Writer's Life, Chapter 10.)

5: Carbon Copy of the First Draft of From the Sea We Came.

6. Notes on A Writer's Life (includes early family photographs, Scott Young's parents wedding invitation, correspondence, pages of a history of the Young family etc., also includes a proposal for a book called The Sporting Life or Yesterday's Sunshine which is based on Young's life as a sportswriter).

Box 3

Folder:

1: A Writer's Life - early draft which includes two introductions and chapters 1 - 9.

2: A Writer's Life - early draft which includes chapters 10 - 16.

3: A Writer's Life - early draft which includes chapters 17 - end.

Series D: Published and Unpublished Works by Scott Young

4: A Writer's Life - later draft which includes chapters 1 - 9.

5: A Writer's Life - later draft which includes chapters 10 - 16.

6: A Writer's Life - later draft which includes chapters 17 - end.

7: 7 - 3.5 computer disks (possibly formatted for Macintosh) -Backup - Boys of Sat. Night (1st 7 chaps obsolete). -OHA Chaps 1-11. -Backup one OHA copied Nov. 16/88 & again Jan. 16/89 chaps. 1-11. -2-disk OHA, letters (unreadable-3-4-89) but ok later 10/12?/89. -Backup two (Screenplay inserts). -Correspondence ex-May 89. -Letters FULL.

Series E: Miscellaneous

Box 4

Folder:

1: Miscellaneous material such as handwritten notes and memos, a void passport, an address book and news articles (not written by or about Scott Young).

2: Miscellaneous material includes a hardbound black daily journal with a number of handwritten notes; also a VHS cassette entitled LANDERS PRODUCTIONS 'Playing It Safe' Time 16:37, which is about rules and equipment on how to play a safe game of hockey. This was produced for the Metropolitan Toronto Hockey League.    

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