Guide to the Roy A. Young Papers
1913-1990

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Young, Roy A. (Roy Alton), 1921-
Title: Roy A. Young Papers
Dates: 1913-1990 ( inclusive )
1943-1990 ( bulk )
Quantity: 4.5 cubic feet
Collection Number: Consult repository.
Summary: These materials were generated by Roy A. Young as a faculty member and administrator at Oregon State University (1948-1976 and 1986-1990), the University of Nebraska (1976-1980), and Cornell University (1980-1986).
Repository: Oregon State University
University Archives

121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Phone: 541-737-2165
Email: archives@oregonstate.edu
Web: http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/archives

Languages: Materials in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Young served as a faculty member and administrator at Oregon State University (1948-1976 and 1986-1990), the University of Nebraska (1976-1980), and Cornell University (1980-1986).

Roy Alton Young was born 1 March 1921 in McAlister, New Mexico. He obtained an Associate of Arts degree from Eastern New Mexico Junior College in 1939, a B.S. in Biology from New Mexico State University in 1941, and an M.S. in Plant Pathology from Iowa State University in 1942. Following military service in the U.S. Navy (1943-1946), he returned to Iowa State University and completed requirements for the Ph.D. in Plant Pathology in 1948.

Young came to Oregon State University in 1948 as an Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology. He taught graduate courses on bacterial diseases of plants and plant disease control. Principal research efforts were on diseases of ornamentals and potatoes with emphasis on soil borne diseases and on fungicide research. He served as Head of the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology from 1958 until 1966, when he was appointed Dean of Research with campus-wide responsibility for research coordination.

Young served as Acting President of Oregon State University from June 1969 until July 1970 and subsequently as the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies from 1970 to 1976. In 1976, he accepted appointment as Chancellor of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and then in 1980 as Managing Director/President of the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research at Cornell University. He retired in 1986 and returned to OSU, where he served as part-time Director of the Office for Natural Resources Policy until 1990.

Young was active in the American Phytopathological Society and serves on several national councils, advisory panels, and the boards of directors of several private and public organizations. He married Marilyn Sandman in 1950 and they have 2 children, Janet E. and Randall Owen.

Content Description

Includes personal files created by Young in his capacity as a faculty member and administrator at OSU, and as an administrator at the University of Nebraska and Cornell University. Contains correspondence files, research project files, reports, reference files, professional organizations files, publications, clippings, and photographs.

Use of the Collection

Preferred Citation :  

Roy A. Young Papers, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Organized into 9 series: 1. Dept. of Botany & Plant Pathology; 2. Dean of Research; 3. Acting President; 4. Vice President for Research & Graduate Studies; 5. Chancellor, University of Nebraska; 6. Professional Organizations & Activities; 7. Publications; 8. Talks and Trip Summaries; 9. Photographs. Each series is arranged alphabetically by folder title.

Custodial History :  

Papers were donated by Roy A. Young in August 1990.

Related Materials :  

University records pertaining to Young's administrative positions at OSU can be found in the Botany & Plant Pathology Department Records (RG 54); Vice Provost for Research & International Programs Records (RG 170); and the President's Office Records (RG 13). The Research Office Records (RG 170) contain materials of the Governor's Science Council from the years that Young was a member.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Department of Botany and Plant Pathology Files, 1952-1968
Container(s)
Description
Departmental administration
Agricultural Experiment Station
Box
1 Summary of research activities for the Legislative Interim Committee on Agriculture, 1960
1 Review by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1958
Box
1 Cordley Hall construction, 1966-1968
1 Departmental chair selection, 1966
1 Departmental scholarship, undated
1 Faculty salaries, 1956 and 1959
Faculty Senate
Box
1 Organization, committees, bylaws, and minutes, 1953-1964
1 Ad Hoc Committee on Reorganization of the Faculty Senate, 1963
Graduate students
Box
1 Committee to Study Employment Practices and Stipends, 1952-1957
1 School of Science Graduate Committee - tax withholding, 1960-1961
Research funding
Box
1 Carbide and Carbon Chemicals Company, " The Evaluation of the Fungicidal and Nematicidal Activity of New Chemicals and their Effectiveness in Disease Control" , 1954-1958
1 Mathieson Chemical Corporation, 1953-1957
1 Merck & Co., Inc., 1954-1956
1 Monsanto Chemical Company, 1953-1958
1 Mountain Copper Company, 1954
National Institutes of Health
Box
1 " Acquisition of Laboratory Bench Facilities" , 1961-1962
1 " Fungitoxic Residues in Soil, Water and Plants" , 1961-1964
1 Research Career Program Development Awards, 1963
1 Naugatuck Chemical Division, U.S. Rubber Company, 1953-1955
1 Chas. Pfizer and Company, Inc., 1955-1958
1 Stauffer Foundation, " The Effects of Vapam on the Soil Microflora in Relation to Control of Vicillium-Induced Diseases" , 1956-1958
1 United Fruit Company, 1957-1963
1 United States Army Biological Laboratories, " Epidemiology of Wheat Stripe Rust" , 1964
Box
1 Research inquiries and articles, potato diseases, 1954-1961
1 Miscellaneous research inquiries, 1952-1958
National Science Foundation Science Development Program
Box
1 Proposal development, 1964-1968
1 " The Science Development Program of Oregon State University" , proposal submitted to the National Science Foundation (continued in series II.), January 1965
1 OSU's School of Science, " Oregon Stater" , November 1962

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Series II:  Dean of Research Files, 1965-1972
Container(s)
Description
Box
1 Position established at OSU and naming of Young, 1965-1966
Air Resources Planning
Box
1 Air Pollution Research Task Group, 1965-1967
1 Air Pollution Control Center proposal, preliminary draft, ca. 1969
1 Air Resources, Training and Information Center proposal, ca. 1968
1 Centennial Lecture Series, 1969
1 Environmental Health Sciences Center, 1966-1975
1 Income tax status of research associates, 1967
1 Jensen, James H. (Fred Shideler's file materials), 1967-1969
1 Legislative Interim Committee on Business Climate, Summary of Reports, July 1968
Marine Science Center
Box
1 General Information, 1961-1972
1 " Water Quality Monitoring Program for Yaquina Bay" , and other land use issues, 1966-1972
1 National Institutes of Health, Health Sciences Advancement Award program, 1966-1967
National Science Foundation Science Development Program (cont. from series I)
Box
1 Proposal development, 1966-1967
1 " Science Development Plan Oregon State University" (revised proposal), June 1967
1 Site visit, October 1967
1 Oregon Nursery Council, July 1966
1 OSSHE business office, encumbrance system of accounting, March 1969
1 " OSU Today" , research program for visiting business leaders, 1968
1 President's Commission on Human Rights and Responsibilities, Spring 1969
1 Research vs. education; letter to Robert G. Davis, Speaker Pro Tem, Oregon House of Representatives, March 1969
1 Research - federal support, 1968
Sea Grant Program
Box
1 Program history and development, 1966-1972
1 " Sea Grant Institutional Program, Oregon State University" , proposal submitted to the National Science Foundation, September 1967
U.S. Department of Defense, Project THEMIS
Box
2 Prospectus, January 1967
2 Preliminary proposal to the Department of Defense, ca. 1966
2 Formal proposal, January 4, 1967
2 Site visit, May 24, 1967
2 Correspondence regarding DOD/OSU contract, July-December 1967
2 Prospectus, November 1968
2 Renewal proposal, ca. January 1968
2 Annual Progress Report, October 1968
2 Site visit (renewal proposal), March 14, 1969
2 Renewal proposal, ca. January 1969
2 Renewal proposal for sixth year, ca. January 1970
Thermal Pollution Study Group
Box
2 " Warm Water Irrigation Proposal" , submitted to the Oregon State Nuclear Energy Coordinating Committee by the State of Washington Nuclear Energy Coordinator's Office, January 1969
2 Memos, minutes and correspondence, January-February 1969
2 Western Regional Project on Root Diseases, background information, 1969

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Series III:  Acting President Files, 1968-1974
Container(s)
Description
Box
2 Agricultural Experiment Station biennial budget correspondence with OSSHE chancellor, June 1970
2 American Association of University Professors, OSU chapter, June 1970
2 Butz, Earl letter re: Young presidency of OSU, July 7, 1970
2 Commencement, 1969-1970
2 Deans Council, 1969-1970
2 Distinguished Service Awards Committee, 1969
2 Distinguished Professor Award Committee, 1970
2 Engineering Experiment Station research projects summary, 1970
2 Earth Day activities, 1970
Also includes information on 1990 activities.
2 Legislative Interim Committee on Education, March-November 1969
2 Nuclear power development and environmental protection, 1969-1970
2 OSU closing, May 8, 1970
2 Papadopoulos tenure case, 1969-1974
2 Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), 1969-1971
2 Salaries for academics for 1969-1970
2 Fred Shideler file, 1969-1970
Clippings, news releases, notes, correspondence, memos pertaining to Young's presidency.
2 Statistics, Department of, transfer from School of Science to School of Agriculture, June 1969-January 1970
2 Student-Faculty Conference, April 10-11, 1970
Student unrest - clippings, memos, statements, correspondence, broadsides, publications
Box
2 1968
2 1969
2 1970
2 Minority and Special Services Programs, September 1969-May 1970
2 Support for Higher Education, 1969-1970
2 Visiting Speaker Policy Review Committee, May 1970
2 Ward, John M., Dean of Science, 1969-1970

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Series IV:  Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies Files, 1969-1980
Container(s)
Description
Boyce Thompson Institute
Box
2 Efforts to relocate Institute at OSU, 1973
2 Historical information, 1975-1980
Committees
Box
2 Environmental Science and Technology Advisory Committee, 1969-1972
OSU Foundation Planning Committee
Box
2 Organization, December 1973-January 1974
2 Cultural and conference center background material, 1974-1976
Energy Resources Research Committee
Box
2 Energy Resources Institute proposal, 1972-1974
2 Energy research at OSU, 1973-1974
2 Office of Energy Research and Development, 1974
Conference on Magnitude and Deployment Schedule ofEnergy Resources (co-sponsored by the OSU Office of Energy Research and Development, July 21-23, 1975
Box
2 Correspondence, news releases, speech notes, planning notes, July 1975
2 Proceedings, September 1975
Dedications
Box
2 Nash Hall, April 27, 1974
2 Peavy Hall, Fall 1971
Box
2 DDT testimony by Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, October 1971
3 Energy articles, 1975-1978
Environmental Protection Agency
Box
3 Corvallis Environmental Research Lab - water lab, 1970-1971
3 Graduate training programs, 1972
3 Long Range Development Plan, 1972 revision of 1964 plan, 1972
MacVicar, Robert W.
Box
3 Fred Shideler's file - clippings, news releases, memo, statements pertaining to MacVicar's early tenure as OSU president, 1970-1971
3 Young's evaluation of MacVicar, 1976; Young's evaluation of his own office, 1976
National Science Foundation
Box
3 " NSF Research Funding Policy in Chemistry and its Consequences for Oregon State University and the Nation" , November 1972
3 " The Economic Impact of Oregon's 'Bottle Bill'" , study supported by NSF Institutional Grant for Science, GU3662, March 1974
3 NSF Research Management Improvement Grant RMI73-08348, correspondence, July 1975; and final report, December 1975
3 Oceanography, School of - draft of letter changing status from department to school, April 29, 1972
3 Office of Technology Assessment, October 1972
3 OSSHE - report to Vice Chancellor Miles C. Romney regarding state supported faculty research, December 1972
3 Pacific Rim Center (Portland State University), 1972-1973
3 Research associate salaries, March 1976
Research at OSU
Box
3 General Information, 1969-1976
3 Purchasing comparisons, July 1974
3 Reviews of OSU research management, July-August 1974
Resignation
Box
3 Correspondence, April-May 1976
3 Farewell party, April 1976
3 Clippings, February-April 1976
3 Resource for the Future correspondence, May 1976
3 Rockefeller Foundation grant, " Man and His Activities as They Relate to Environmental Quality" , 1969-1976
3 Sea Grant Program, draft of article for " Coast Lines" , April 1976
3 U.S. Department of Transportation, " Urban Transportation Institutional Grant Research and Training Proposal" , submitted by OSU, November 1970
3 VIP list, April 1, 1975

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Series V:  Chancellor, University of Nebraska, Lincoln Files, 1976-1978
Container(s)
Description
Box
3 Clippings and news releases regarding acceptance of position, February-April 1976
3 National Conference on Public Service and the Federal-University Partnership, University of Georgia, proceedings and news release, June 21-23, 1978
3 News release and schedule of visit of former President Gerald R. Ford, September 1978

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Series VI:  Professional Organizations and Activities Files, 1943-1989
Container(s)
Description
American Association for the Advancement of Science, general activities
Box
3 1963-1971
3 1972-1980
American Institute of Biological Sciences
Box
3 Meeting at OSU, August 26-31, 1962
3 2nd National Biological Congress, Miami Beach, Florida, 1972
3 Correspondence and memos, 1971-1973
American Phytopathological Society
Box
3 Constitution and list of members, 1913, 1917
General correspondence, 1956-1974
Box
3 Annual meeting programs, 1966, 1967, 1974
3 60th anniversary, 1968
Pacific Division
Box
3 Constitution, 1953
3 List of officers, 1914-1957
3 Annual meetings, 1956-1976
3 Survey of plant pathology at universities (OSU response), 1966
International Congresses of Plant Pathology
Box
3 Grant proposals submitted to National Science Foundation requesting travel funds to attend Congresses (London, England, 1968; Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1973; Munich, Germany, 1978), 1967, 1972, and 1977
3 Correspondence and memos re: planning of Second Congress (Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1973), 1970-1973; and Third Congress (Munich, Germany, 1978), 1976-1977
3 IX International Congress of Plant Protection planning correspondence, 1977-1978
Committees
Box
3 Awards and Honors Committee, 1975-1976
Endowment Fund Special Committee
Box
3 1984-1985
3 Including proposal for organization of an endowment fund, 1986
3 Endowment fund creation, 1987
3 Endowment Fund Standing Committee, 1988-1989
Box
3 Commission on Undergraduate Education in the Biological Sciences, correspondence, memos, reports, speech texts, meeting programs, 1964-1972
3 International Biological Program Evaluation Committee, 1973-1976
" Man and the Biosphere" program, correspondence, reports, meeting programs, membership lists
Box
3 1971-1975
3 1976-1982
National Academy of Sciences
Box
3 Committee on Educational Policy in Agriculture, review of Purdue University agriculture school, 1964
Committee on Plant and Animal Pests, Subcommittee on Plant Pathogens
Box
4 Book manuscript development, 1964-1968
4 Book manuscript, " Plant-Disease Development and Control" , 1968
4 Environmental Studies Board Executive Committee, Study on Problems of Pest Control: A Technology Assessment, 1972-1974
National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges
Council for Research and Policy Administration
Box
4 First and second annual meetings, 1966-1967
4 Annual meeting, 1969
4 Annual meeting, 1970
4 Annual meeting, 1971
4 Annual meeting, 1977
Committee on the Environment and Energy
Box
4 1974
4 1975
4 1976
4 1977
4 1978
4 1979
4 1980
4 1981
4 1982-1983
4 1984-1985
4 Proposal to the EPA, " Long-Range Research: The Environmental Protection Agency and the Nation's Universities and Colleges" , October 1984
4 " Science, Universities, and the Environment" symposium, 1987
Box
4 Ad Hoc Committee on Environmental Research Centers, 1972-1974
4 Joint Committee on Marine Resources (NASULGC-Sea Grant Association), 1975-1978
4 National Council of University Research Administrators, 1967
4 National Governor's Council on Science and Technology, 1970-1972
National Science Foundation
Box
4 1961 Summer Institutes Advisory Panel, 1960-1961
4 Advisory Committee 0n Research Applications Policy, 1977-1980
4 Advisory Committee for Applied Science & Research Applications Policy, 1977-1979
4 Advisory Committee for Engineering and Applied Science, 1978-1980
Pacific Coast Research Conferences on Control of Soil Fungi
Box
4 Correspondence re: planning of first and second conferences, 1953-1954
4 Proceedings, 1960, 1961, 1964, 1965
5 Phi Kappa Phi, Oregon State chapter, proceedings of the fifth (1943) and sixth (1944) Biology Colloquium
5 Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships in Environmental Affairs Advisory Panel, 1977-1978
5 Sea Grant Review Panel, 1977-1979
Society of Sigma Xi, Oregon State University Chapter
Box
5 List of officers and committee members, 1957-1964
5 Research Committee reports, 1960-1961, 1964-1965
5 U.S. Department of Agriculture, Policy Advisory Committee, 1985

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Series VII:  Publications, 1947-1979
Container(s)
Description
Box
5 Bibliographic list
5 Copies of selected publications

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Series VIII:  Talks and Trip Summaries Files, 1966-1990
Container(s)
Description
Box
5 1966-1967
5 1968
5 1969
5 1970-1971
5 1972
5 Recognition and Awards Banquet, May 18, 1972
5 1973
5 1974-1976
5 Speech presented at the OSU Agricultural Research Foundation 50th Anniversary Luncheon, October 26, 1984
5 Speech presented at the 25-year celebration of the Marine Science Center in Newport, June 15, 1990
Box
5 Background materials used to prepare Marine Science Center speech

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Series IX:  Photographs, 1957-1970
Container(s)
Description
Box
6 Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, Stauffer Foundation Grant, soil temperature tanks, 1957
2 photos
6 Dean of Research, U.S. Department of Defense Project THEMIS, Yaquina, 1967
2 photos
6 Roy A. Young and Robert MacVicar, July 1, 1970

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Subjects

  • Personal Names :
  • Borlaug, N. E.
  • Butz, Earl L. (Earl Lauer), 1909-
  • Jensen, James H.
  • MacVicar, Robert William, 1918-
  • Young, Roy A. (Roy Alton), 1921-
  • Corporate Names :
  • Agricultural Research Foundation (Or.)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science.
  • American Institute of Biological Sciences--Congresses.
  • American Phytopathological Society.
  • Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research.
  • International Congress of Plant Pathology.
  • National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. Council for Research and Policy Administration.
  • National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges. Energy and Environment Committee.
  • Oregon State University. Dept. of Botany & Plant Pathology.
  • Oregon State University. Environmental Health Sciences Center.
  • Oregon State University. Faculty Senate.
  • Oregon State University. Marine Science Center.
  • Oregon State University. Office of Dean of Research.
  • Oregon State University. Office of the President.
  • Oregon State University. Office of Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies.
  • Oregon State University. Sea Grant College Program.
  • Oregon State University--Research grants.
  • Science Development Program (U.S.)
  • Society of the Sigma Xi. Oregon State University Chapter.
  • University of Nebraska--Lincoln. Chancellor.
  • Subject Terms :
  • College administrators--Nebraska--Lincoln.
  • College administrators--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • College presidents--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Student movements--Oregon.
  • Universities and colleges--Administration.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs.

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