A Guide to the Jean Linden Young Papers, 1945-1997 Young, Jean 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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Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1998-022
Title
Jean Linden Young Papers, 1945-1997
Quantity
1.5 Cubic Feet, 4 boxes
Creator
Young, Jean Linden
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.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • International Archive of Women in Architecture (IAWA)
  • Women -- History

Contents List

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