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Otis Bigelow Young papers


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

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Writings and Documents


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Title: Otis Bigelow Young papers, circa 1930-1967Add to your cart.

ID: 3/RG 4/FP 17-20-F1

Primary Creator: Young, Otis Bigelow (1899-)

Extent: 5.5 Cubic Feet

Subjects: Amateur radio stations., Young, Otis Bigelow, 1899-

Forms of Material: Young, Otis Bigelow, 1899- - Photographs

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is mostly focused on the research interests of Otis B. Young, which usually concern physics and radio. The collection is comprised of papers and correspondence of: the Synton Radio National Professional Fraternity; military concerns, such as the Civil Aeronautics Administration, the Veteran's Administration, War Surplus Property, and Radiological Civil Defense; Young's university activites, including the Physics Club, Sigma Pi Sigma (National Physics Honor Society), the Cooperative Capacitor Research Project papers, and other writings by Young and others. The collection also includes photographs, mostly of Young, his friends, and associates, especially those from the amateur radio club in which he participated.

Biographical Note

Otis Bigelow Young was born in Dodge Center, Minnesota, in 1899 and came to Southern Illinois University as a professor of physics in 1929. In 1938 Professor Young became the chairman of the Physics Department.

In 1939, Young was appointed chairman of the Civil Aeronautics Administration Program at Southern Illinois University, a program designed to train pilots in case of general war mobilization.  After the war, in 1945, he was appointed Director of the Veterans Information Service Bureau, and was chairman of the Committee on Post-War Education for Veterans.  He was actively involved in the procurement of war surplus property for post-war educational purposes.

In 1946, Young was the sponsor of a physics club at Southern Illinois University, and in 1949, a chapter of Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honor Society.

Otis Young was also active in radiological civil defense.  In 1956, he was a member of the "Second Monitor Course of Federal Civil Defense" in Battle Creek, Michigan, and in 1957 taught the first instructor's course in Radiological Civil Defense in Southern Illinois.  In 1958 he was Radiological Officer of the Illinois Survival Plan.

Subject/Index Terms

Amateur radio stations.
Young, Otis Bigelow, 1899-

Administrative Information

Repository: Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions: To quote in print, or otherwise reproduce in whole or in part in any publication, including on the World Wide Web, any material from this collection, the researcher must obtain permission from (1) the owner of the physical property and (2) the holder of the copyright. Persons wishing to quote from this collection should consult Special Collections Research Center to determine copyright holders for information in this collection. Reproduction of any item must contain the complete citation to the original.

Preferred Citation: [after identification of item(s)], Otis Bigelow Young Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Processing Information: Preliminary inventory created April 4, 1969. Inventory added to Archon December 5, 2013.

Finding Aid Revision History: Collection originally donated with photographs, which were then separated into their own collection (O.B. Young Photograph Collection, 2/3/PH 15). Photographs reinserted into Otis Bigelow Young Papers December 5, 2013.

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[Series 1: Writings and Documents, 1934-1967],
[Series 2: Photographs, circa 1930-1964],

Series 2: Photographs, circa 1930-1964Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Kappa Phi KappaAdd to your cart.
3 images
Folder 2: O.B. Young and his friendsAdd to your cart.

P.W. Bridgman

Albert A. Michelson

Dr. Arthure Holly Compton

Karl Taylor Compton

6 photos and 2 book clippings

8 images

Folder 3: O.B. Young and radio club friends, 1936-1941Add to your cart.

Photo of radio club people, 1941

Mr. and Mrs. D.E. Chapman

Bob Riseling

Goodwin Peterson

Victor Goings

Mr. and Mrs. Bob Riseling

Physics and Radio Picnic (Giant City Park), 22 May 1940

Hazel Weedon

Wallace Pond

Glenn Rountou (1940)

Professor H.A. Brown, University of Illinois (May 1938)

Warner Anderson

Russell K. Williamson

Folder 4: Physics Department and Researchers, 1952-1962Add to your cart.
136 photographs
Folder 5: Sigma Pi Sigma, 1961-1963Add to your cart.
38 photographs
Folder 6: College Staff, 1964 April 6-9Add to your cart.
Battle Creek, Michigan. 1 photograph
Folder 7: Photograph of early amateur radio transistor, parts labeled, circa 1930Add to your cart.

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