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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11.4 m of textual records

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Biographical history

Dr. Alexander J. (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 but moved to Canada in 1970 to join Dalhousie’s School of Physical Education. Young was an active member of the Dalhousie community, he served as president of the Dalhousie Faculty Association in the mid-1980s, was director of the School of Health and Human Performance from 1989 to 1993, and helped establish Dalhousie’s popular “Noon-time Ball” competition. He continued teaching at the university until 1998.

Young’s reputation grew to expand beyond Dalhousie as well, where he became known for his commitment to and knowledge of Nova Scotia athletics. He authored the well-respected Beyond Heroes: A Sport History of Nova Scotia which examined the cultural and historical impact of sport in the province. He also helped establish the Nova Scotia Sport Heritage Centre and co-hosted the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame induction ceremonies for about 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 Young’s years of dedication to Nova Scotia sport include the renaming of the Dalhousie Award to the Sandy Young Award in 2000 and a posthumous induction to the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 2002.

Custodial history

Donated in 2001. All material was donated to the Dalhousie University Archives by the estate of Sandy Young.

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records related to Sandy Young’s academic research, interests, and teaching career which have a particular emphasis on sport and sport history in Nova Scotia and Canada.

The largest series in the fonds 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. The fonds also contains official and personal correspondence; research notes; newspaper clippings primarily regarding Nova Scotia athletes; conference information; committee records; film and video recordings used for class instruction; magazines; programs from various sports associations and sport teams; publications which include many articles written by Young on Maritime sport history; sound recordings; slides dealing with international sports history used for teaching; photographs of mostly Nova Scotian or Canadian athletes; postcards; maps; and scrapbooks. The fonds also contains 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.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

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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  • Box: MS-2-741, Box 1-14
  • Box: MS-2-741, Box 15-63
  • Box: MS-2-741, Box 64-82, 85
  • Box: MS-2-741, Boxes 83-84