Fonds MS-2-741, Boxes 1-85 - Sandy Young fonds

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Sandy Young fonds

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MS-2-741, Boxes 1-85

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  • 1887-1998 (Creation)

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11.9 m of textual records

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Biographical history

Alexander (Sandy) Young was a prominent Nova Scotian educator, author and sports historian. Born in New York City in 1938, he was educated in Pennsylvania and Maryland before moving to Canada in 1970 to join Dalhousie’s School of Physical Education. Young was an active member of the Dalhousie community, serving as president of the Dalhousie Faculty Association in the mid-1980s, director of the School of Health and Human Performance from 1989-1993, and helping to establish Dalhousie’s popular “Noon-time Ball” competition. He continued teaching at the university until 1998.

Young was widely known for his commitment to and knowledge of Nova Scotia athletics. He was the author of Beyond Heroes: A Sport History of Nova Scotia (1998), which examined the cultural and historical impact of sports in the province. He was a founder the Nova Scotia Sport Heritage Centre and co-hosted the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame induction ceremonies for some twenty years. He died on 6 August 2000 at the age of sixty-two, survived by his four daughters, Nicole, Michelle, Julie and Gabrielle.

Recognition for Sandy Young’s years of dedication to Nova Scotia sport include the 2000 renaming of the Dalhousie Award to the Sandy Young Award and a posthumous induction to the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 2002.

Custodial history

Records were donated in 2001 by the estate of Sandy Young.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of records related to Sandy Young’s academic research and teaching career, with an emphasis on sport and sport history in Nova Scotia and Canada.

The largest series consists of student papers, most of which were written for Dr. Young’s leisure studies classes and contain information gleaned from student interviews with athletes. Records include official and personal correspondence; research notes; newspaper clippings regarding Nova Scotia athletes; conference information; committee records; film and video recordings used for class instruction; magazines; programs from various sports associations and teams; published articles by Young on Maritime sport history; sound recordings; teaching slides about international sports history; photographs of Nova Scotian and/or Canadian athletes; postcards; maps; and scrapbooks. There is also an assortment of artifacts and memorabilia related to Nova Scotia Olympian Aileen Meagher, including a track outfit, relay baton, and Olympic bronze medal certificate.

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  • English

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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], Sandy Young fonds, MS-2-741, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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