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Elmer Edwin Young papers

Identifier: WUA076

Scope and Contents

The Elmer Edwin Young papers contain newspaper clippings on Young, proofs for his work Hearing, Seeing, Feeling, Wondering, and Exhibition materials. Exhibition materials include placards, fountain design, and rug design.


  • 1978-1979


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Library acts as “fair use” reproduction agent.

For further information, see the section on copyright in the Regulations and Procedures of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections.

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Biographic Note

Water color artist Elmer Edwin Young studied medicine for one year at Willamette University before leaving Salem to pursue a career in art. For a time, Young worked odd jobs while attending the Chicago Art Institute. In 1921, Young began teaching at the University of Minnesota. Young established the Willamette University Art Bank in 1971 as a way to honor his late wife Verda Karen Young '31. Through the Art Bank, students, faculty, and staff could rent paintings selected by Young to adorn their work areas and residences. He later published a book in her memory titled Hearing, Seeing, Feeling, Wondering.


2 Linear Feet (3 boxes)


The Elmer Edwin Young papers contain proofs for Young's monograph Hearing, Seeing, Feeling, Wondering and exhibition materials.


Materials have been described in two series. Series I: Manuscript, Series II: Exhibition.

Physical Location

Mark O. Hatfield Library
Guide to the Elmer Edwin Young papers, 1978-1979
Finding aid processed by Christopher McFetridge.
© 2014
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections Collection Descriptions

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