Fonds MS-13-4, Box 1 - Elrid Gordon Young fonds

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Elrid Gordon Young fonds

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  • Textual record

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MS-13-4, Box 1

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  • 1940-1950 (Creation)

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27 cm of textual records

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Dr. Young was born in Quebec City in 1897. He graduated with an M.A. from McGill University in 1919 and with a Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1921. After further studies in Chicago, he relocated to Halifax in 1924 to work in the Department of Biochemistry at Dalhousie University. He joined the staff as Professor and Head of the department, which he held until 1948.

During the war years, Dr. Young conducted secret research for the Department of National Defence in the field of chemical warfare.

Dr. Young was a member of many professional organizations including both national and international societies. He was awarded an Honorary D.Sc. from Acadia University in 1957 and an Honorary LL.D. by Dalhousie University in 1965. He passed away on March 24, 1976.

Custodial history

The materials were donated in two accessions, one in 1984 and one in 2010. For the 2010 accession, the records were previously held by David Maxwell. The custodial history of the 1984 accession is unknown.

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Fonds consists of sensitive material regarding chemical warfare. These papers include correspondence, research, reports, notebooks, articles, and manuals. Also included is an unpublished manuscript titled "Adventures of a Chemist in Search of Poisons" written by Dr. Young. The manuscript tells of some of his experiences during his twenty-five years as a forensic chemist.

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Elrid Gordon Young fonds, MS-13-4, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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