A Guide to the Jean Linden Young papers, 1945-1997 Young, Joan Linden, papers Ms1998-022

A Guide to the Jean Linden Young papers, 1945-1997

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Collection Number Ms1998-022


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Processed by: Gina Ellis and Laura Katz Smith Special Collections Staff

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1998-022
Title
Jean Linden Young papers, 1945-1997
Physical Characteristics
4 boxes, 1.5 cubic feet
Language
English
Abstract
Jean Alice Linden was born in Detroit, Michigan, on February 15, 1922. She became a registered architect of Washington state in 1955 and established her own private practice in 1976. Her designs were almost all private residences, apartment buildings, and small commercial structures in the Seattle area. The Jean Linden Young papers consist of materials created and collected by Young during her lifetime. They include notes written as an instructor at the University of Kentucky, newspaper articles about her and her husband's architectural projects and accomplishments, information about her tenure as Secretary General of the UIFA, personal and professional correspondence, certificates of accomplishment, photographs and sketches of buildings she designed or renovated, exhibit boards, and literature about architecture in the Seattle area.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Joan Linden Young Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Jean Linden Young papers , Ms1998-022, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Jean Linden Young papers were donated in December 1998 by Young's daughters, Sharon Hall and Deborah Young.

Processing Information

The collection was processed in January and February 1999 by Gina Ellis, student assistant, and Laura Katz Smith, Manuscripts Curator, Special Collections Department.


Biographical Information

Jean Alice Linden was born in Detroit, Michigan, on February 15, 1922. She was educated at Wayne University (1944-1946) and the University of Illinois (B.S. Arch., 1947). She was an architectural design and illustrating instructor at the University of Kentucky (1948-1949) and a draftsperson and designer for Brock & Johnson, Architects, in Lexington, Kentucky (1948-1949). In 1948 she married Clayton Young and they moved to Seattle, Washington, in 1949. Their three children were born in 1953 (Deborah), 1954 (Lance), and 1957 (Sharon).

Jean Linden Young and her husband established a joint practice, Clayton & Jean Young and Associates Architects, in Seattle in 1954, which lasted until 1975. After their divorce in 1976 Jean Young established her own private practice. Her designs were almost all private residences, apartment buildings, and small commercial structures, in the Seattle area. She became a registered architect of Washington state in 1955.

Young was active in many architectural organizations, particularly those that promoted the place of women in the profession. As a member of the American Institute of Architects she served on the Task Force on Women in Architectural Profession (1972-1976) and the Scholarship Committee (member, 1976-1980; chair, 1980).

Young served as a member of the Board of Architectural Registration of Washington State (member 1974-1979; chair 1978-1979), and as a member of the Citizen's Advisory Committee to the [Washington] State Senate on Financial Institutions (1974-1975). Young served on the Mayor's Small business Task Force (1984) and was appointed by the Mayor to two terms on the Seattle Design Commission (1979-1980, 1981-1982). She was also appointed to the panel of Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association (1974). From 1985 to 1989, Young served on the King County Landmarks Commission. She also did graduate studies at the University of Washington (1974-1975).

Jean Linden Young died on May 25, 1997, in Seattle.

Scope and Content

The Jean Linden Young papers consist of materials created and collected by Young during her lifetime. They include notes written as an instructor at the University of Kentucky, newspaper articles about her and her husband's architectural projects and accomplishments, information about her tenure as Secretary General of the UIFA, personal and professional correspondence, certificates of accomplishment, photographs and sketches of buildings she designed or renovated, exhibit boards, and literature about architecture in the Seattle area.

Contents List

Box-folder 1:1
Quizzes and tests from the University of Illinois, Department of Architecture, 1945-1946
Box-folder 1:2
School notes and drawings of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Early Christian, Byzantium, Romanesque, French and Italian architecture, 1946
Box-folder 1:3
Certificates of accomplishments, 1947-1977
Box-folder 1:4
Notes, definitions, and architect's exams on heating and ventilation, University of Kentucky, 1945-1946
Box-folder 1:5
Notes, definitions, and architect's exams on plumbing,University of Kentucky, 1949
Box-folder 1:6
Notes, definitions, and architect's exams on electrical components, University of Kentucky, 1949
Box-folder 1:7
Notes and quizzes on steel, 1951
Box-folder 1:8
Notes and quizzes on timber, 1951
Box-folder 1:9
Miscellaneous professional notes, 1951
Box-folder 1:10
Application for architecture license from the State of Washington, 1951
Box-folder 1:11
Notes and quizzes on concrete, 1952
Box-folder 1:12
Architect examination on architectural design, June 1952
Box-folder 1:13
Letters about Young's design of the Civic Auditorium for "Seattle Honors Ten Young Men," 1954
Box-folder 1:14
Newspaper articles about Young, 1963-1979
Box-folder 1:15
Information about the Fifteenth Northwest Regional Conference of the American Institute of Architects, for which Young was co-chair, 1966
Box-folder 1:16
Information about Young for an exhibit, 1969
Box-folder 1:17
Young's notes and brochures of the UIFA meeting in Monaco, 1969
Box-folder 1:18
"Architecture 460--Modern Theories of Architecture." Third Church of Christ, Scientist, located in Washington, D.C. Report and critique by Young, 1969-1971
Box-folder 1:19
A.I.A. Environmental Workshop--"The City as a Man-made Environment," 1969-1973
Box-folder 1:20
Newspaper articles about the events of the UIFA, 1969-1979
Box-folder 1:21
An AIA study - "Resolution for Environmental Study," 1970-1972
Box-folder 1:22
Letters of thanks to Young for working on committees and projects. 1971-1989
Box-folder 2:1
Girl Scout Silver Totem Award Design, 1972
Box-folder 2:2
Notes and papers of the UIFA meeting in Bucharest, Romania, 1972
Box-folder 2:3
"Organization of Women Architects" brochure, 1972-1973
Box-folder 2:4
Newspaper articles about events of the AIA, 1972-1979
Box-folder 2:5
Papers and thank you letters about personal talks and speeches given by Young, 1972-1990
Box-folder 2:6
Letters about civic committees on which Young served, 1973-1977
Box-folder 2:7
Personal letters to Young, 1973-1982
Box-folder 2:8
AIA Task Force on Women in Architecture, 1975
Box-folder 2:9
SHE: Sisters for a Human Environment. 1975-1989
Box-folder 2:10
Notes, papers, and programs from the UIFA meeting in Iran, 1976
Box-folder 2:11
Information about women in the field of architecture, 1976-1981
Box-folder 2:12
Letters notifying Young about appointments and nominations to committees and awards, 1976-1989
Box-folder 2:13
Young's resume and list of accomplishments, 1977-1991
Box-folder 2:14
Notes, papers, and programs of the UIFA meeting in Seattle, Washington, 1979
Box-folder 2:15
Information about the "Delegation for Friendship Among Women," for which Young was a delegate, 1979-1980
Box-folder 2:16
Information about Women in Design International (WIDI), 1980-1982
Box-folder 2:17
Publications about Young, 1981-1991
Box-folder 2:18
Notes, papers, and programs from the UIFA meeting in Paris, 1982
Box-folder 2:19
King County Landmarks Commission-Historic Preservation Program, 1982-1987
Box-folder 2:20
Notes, papers, and programs from the UIFA meeting in Berlin, 1984
Box-folder 2:21
Notes, papers, and programs from the UIFA meeting in Germany, 1985
Box-folder 2:22
"Old Girls Network," 1985
Box-folder 2:23
Letters from the American Arbitration Association in which Young was an arbitrator, 1988
Box-folder 2:24
Sand Point Community Liaison Committee: Re-use of Sand Point Naval Base, 1991
Box-folder 2:25
Notes, papers, and programs from the UIFA meeting in Denmark, 1991
Box-folder 2:26
Notes on the "Essentials of a Legal Contract," undated
Box-folder 2:27
Young's personal notes and directories for UIFA, undated
Box-folder 2:28
Empty folio, undated
Box-folder 2:29
Young's miscellaneous notes undated
Box-folder 2:30
"Title VII Philosophy and the New Communities," written by Young, undated
Box-folder 2:31
Business cards of Jean and Clayton Young, undated
Box-folder 2:32
"China--Eyewitness Account," written by Young about her visit to China, undated
Box-folder 2:33
Brochures about architecture in Seattle, Washington, undated
Box-folder 3:1
Photographs of houses and projects done by Young, undated
Box-folder 3:2
Photographs for exhibition boards, undated
Box-folder 3:3
Portfolio of residential remodeling for a master suite in Seattle, Washington, undated
Box-folder 3:4
Portfolio of the conversion of a single family residence to a pre-school at street level and apartments above in Seattle, Washington, undated
Box-folder 3:5
Portfolio for a residence for a family with a "wife and mother who wished to enjoy her family and guests and operate her kitchen at the same time," Clyde Hill, Washington, undated
Box-folder 3:6
Photographs of exhibited material by Young, undated
Box-folder 3:7
Portfolio for a residence for "an Oriental three generation family" in Bellevue, Washington, undated
Box-folder 3:8
Portfolio for activities as chair of the AIA committee on Environmental Sensitivity and Awareness, undated
Box-folder 3:9
Portfolio of a residence on property below street level, undated
Box-folder 3:10
Portfolio of residence for a businesswoman and her son in Lake City, Washington, undated
Box-folder 3:11
Portfolio of a non-graded private school - modular construction in Seattle, Washington, undated
Box-folder 3:12
Portfolio of a parent's semi-retirement apartment and boat facilities in Liberty Bay, Washington, undated
Box-folder 3:13
Portfolio of a bachelor's residence and work shop in Seattle, Washington, undated
Box-folder 3:14
Portfolio of major additions to an existing "A" frame summer cabin in Liberty Bay, Washington, undated
Box-folder 3:15
Portfolio of a minimum work retreat for three months of the year in Indianola, Washington, undated
Box-folder 3:16
Portfolio of a residence on a steep hillside in Bellingham, Washington, undated
Box-folder 3:17
Sketches of speculative houses in Clyde Hill, undated
Box-folder 3:18
Papers from an exhibit developed for the UIFA conference on the "Humanization of the Urban Environment" held in Bucharest, Romania, undated
Box-folder 3:19
Portfolio for stage set designed and executed for the National T.O.Y.N., for the Seattle Jaycees, undated
Oversize 4:1
Exhibit of a Northwest residence,
Oversize 4:2
Newspaper articles about the AIA.
Oversize 4:3
Needlepoint design of the Girl Scout Totem Council. 1971
Oversize 4:4
Two drawings of plans for the Church of Religious Science (location unknown).