Jon L. Young Collection

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Creator - Donor
Young, Jon L.
Jon L. Young collection
0.1 Cubic feet

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing,Michigan".

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Biographical Note

Jon L. Young graduated from Michigan State College with a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts in 1935. He was a member of ROTC and the International Relations Club.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains the reminiscences of Jon L. Young, based on diaries he kept while a student at Michigan Agricultural College from 1931-1935.

Young talks about classes, work, and social activities as well as his family which lived in and around the Lansing area. His memoirs also include photographs of himself, brother, and college friends, and an epilogue which briefly summarizes Young's life after college.

Young describes the classes taken, grades received, and devotes considerable mention to what he is reading, in class and for personal pleasure, giving his thoughts and often writing bits of poetry. Young also talks about the almost nightly lectures attended, listening to such speakers as Will Durant.

Additionally, Young writes about the unsettled international events, an area of interest to him as a member of the International Relations Club, and also about the effects of the Depression, especially on his family. His father worked at the REO Motor Company, and because of reduced hours was forced to sell their farm and move to the city in order to make ends meet. With little available money, Young worked throughout his college years to help meet college expenses. He describes living and working in boarding room houses and quotes two conversations with Michigan State College President Shaw about the lack of available loans to continue his education.

Young also describes his ROTC activities, freshmen/sophomore hazing rituals, college dances, night outings, and life with various roommates.

Working as a teaching assistant in the history department his senior year, Young talks about various professors, teaching about World War I, and the lack of employment opportunities for history teachers after graduation.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections July 1991

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  October 2004

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status note

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Ownership and Custodial History

Gift of Jon L. Young.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Michigan State University. Class of 1935.
  • Michigan State University. International Relations Club. -- Chronological subdivision--1931-1935;
  • Reo Motor Car Company. -- Chronological subdivision--1931-1935;


  • Depressions -- 1929 -- United States
  • Student activities

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Collection Inventory

Drawer Folder

Volume 1 Undated 

F.D. 1

Volume 2 Undated 

F.D. 2

Volume 3 Undated 

F.D. 3