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Accession Number: 95-001


Scott Young fonds. Additions. -- 1957-1993 ; predominant 1982-1993. -- 1 m of textual records. -- 126 photographs : b&w and col. ; 20 X 25.5 cm or smaller.

Biography / History

Scott Young was born in 1918 in Cypress River, Manitoba. He started his writing career at age 18 for the Winnipeg Free Press in 1936. He was soon writing sports columns in Winnipeg, and later Toronto, and in 1949 published the first of 40 books. He has written a number of books which cover parts of his own life such as "Neil and Me"-- a book about his son Neil Young; and "A Writer's Life"-- an autobiography. His career in journalism has produced thousands of articles for "The Globe and Mail", "The Telegram", "Sports Illustrated", "Maclean's" and other magazines during the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's. Scott served in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II (1944-1945). Previous to this he was sent to England by Canadian Press (CP) to cover the news of the War. He has received numerous awards and a Doctorate of Letters, Honoris Causa, from Trent University. He has been married three times (Edna Blow Ragland aka Rassy; Astrid Carlson Mead; and Margaret Hogan) and has a number of children and step-children (Neil, Bob; Deidre, Astrid; Maggie, Caitlin and Erin).

Custodial History

This fonds was created by and in the custody of Scott Young before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This addition to the fonds consists of Scott Youngs' correspondence with family members and agents. There are also photographs of Scott Young as well as newspaper and magazine articles written by Young.


Title based on creator of fonds.

This fonds was donated by Scott Young.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Associated material located at the Archives of Ontario.

This fonds along with 92-013 and 96-002 is an addition to 90-003.

Finding Aid

Table of Contents

Series A: Correspondence, cards, notes, etc. Box 1

Series B: Astrid Young (second wife of Scott) Box 2 Folder 1

Series C: Astrid Young (daughter of Scott) Box 2 Folders 2 & 3

Series D: Bob Young (son of Scott) Box 2 Folder 4

Series E: Neil Young (son of Scott) Box 2 Folders 5-7

Series F: Scott Young - Personal Box 2 Folders 8-13

Series G: MGA Agency Inc. Box 2 Folders 14-15

Series H: Dine With the Stars Box 2 Folder 16

Series I: Peterborough Recreation Centre Fundraising Campaign Box 2 Folder 17

Series J: Crime Writers of Canada Box 2 Folder 18

Series K: ACTRA / Writers Guild of Canada Box 2 Folder 19

Series L: Mary Ruttan Box 2 Folder 20

Series M: Judy Keeler Box 2 Folder 21

Series N: Materials Pertaining to Books Published by Scott Young Box 3 Folders 1-17

Series O: Newspaper and Magazine Articles (also includes numerous transcripts of articles) Box 3 Folder 18 - Box 5 Folder 7

Series P: Miscellaneous Box 5 Folder 8 Young, Scott fonds. Additions 95-001  

SERIES A: Correspondence, cards, notes, etc.

Box 1


1: Miscellaneous correspondence, 1982-1989 (includes `Crime Pays: A Spotlight on Canadian Crime Writers' - information on the "Crime Pays" Festival, ie. Young's itinerary for the reading from one of his novels, 1989)

2: Miscellaneous correspondence, 1990

3: Miscellaneous correspondence, 1991

4: Miscellaneous correspondence, 1992

5: Miscellaneous correspondence, 1993 (includes letter from Prime Minister Brian Mulroney regarding his resignation)

6: Greeting cards, invitations, etc. [1991- 1993]

7: Notes, etc.

8: Correspondence between Scott Young, Susan Musgrave, and Stephen Reid, 1987- 1989 (also includes three typed poems, birth announcement of Sophia Musgrave, photos of baby and mother, newspaper clippings about and by Susan Musgrave  

SERIES B: Astrid Young (second wife of Scott)

Box 2


1: Correspondence regarding their daughter, Astrid, their joint company `Ascot Productions', etc., 1968, 1986-1988  

SERIES C: Astrid Young (daughter of Scott)

2: Correspondence, greeting cards, l986- 1990

3: Publicity material and photograph of her rock band, `Sacred Child', [l987-1988]  

SERIES D: Bob Young (son of Scott)

4: Legal documents pertaining to Bob's drug trafficking convictions, 1982-1989; correspondence, 1989-1990  

SERIES E: Neil Young (son of Scott)

5: Correspondence, 1990-1993 (includes photos sent by Colm O'Hare of Neil's concert [near the River Boyne], and photos of [Colm and Gina O'Hare] near the area of the concert)

6: Newspaper and magazine articles regarding Neil's music career, [1990- 1993]; also two pages of handwritten words of songs, ie. "Race With A Memory", and untitled [by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young]

7: Greeting cards; photographs of Neil, Pegi, and children, and others; program and newsletter from Lakehead University, where Neil received an honourary degree May 23, 1992; 5th Annual Bridge School Benefit brochure (a program established for severely speech impaired and physically challenged children - Neil performed at all five benefit concerts)  

SERIES F: Scott Young - Personal

8: Biographical information and lists of published works

9: Photographs of Scott Young and others

10: Miscellaneous, ie. Wills (1979 & 1981) and correspondence with lawyers re wills (1976-1989); Merle H. Young obituary (1990); 6th Annual Arthur Ellis Awards brochure (Scott Young received a `First Novel Award/Worldwide Library Prize' award), 1989, etc.

11: London trip - correspondence relating to a three-month trip to London in 1983 which Scott, Margaret, and Margaret's daughter, Maggie, took, 1982-1983

12: Cavan - Insurance documents for house and contents, 1977-1988; mortgage documents, etc. of Cavan property, 1986- 1989

13: Ireland - Documents and correspondence relating to life in Ireland, 1990-1993 - correspondence with real estate agents, lawyers, etc. regarding house purchase and sale - correspondence with banks in Canada regarding financial transactions - mortgage documents - newspaper clippings relating to political issues in Ireland - Social Welfare Service card and free travel pass, and Alien Certificate of Registration for Ireland dated 1990 - OHIP documentation relating to Young's injured ankle (injured in Ireland) - financial records  

SERIES G: MGA Agency Inc.

14: Correspondence regarding contracts with publishers, film possibilities based on Young's books, etc., 1989-1991, royalty statements, notes, etc.

15: Correspondence regarding Young's proposed book on John Kordic, NHL hockey player who died of an overdose of cocaine, Sept.-Oct. 1992  

SERIES H: Dine With the Stars

16: Correspondence, minutes of meetings, lists of stars, silent auction list, celebrity dinner program, newspaper clipping, etc. regarding The Peterborough Civic Hospital Foundation's `Dine With the Stars' fundraiser, 1993 (Note: Scott Young was a member of the Dine With the Stars Committee)  

SERIES I: Peterborough Recreation Centre Fundraising Campaign

17: Correspondence 1992, feasibility study 1991, campaign handbooks, newsletter, etc. (Note: Scott Young was an honourary chair)  

SERIES J: Crime Writers of Canada 

18: Correspondence 1985-1988, `Fingerprints" newsletter Vol V Chapter 2 - Vol VI Number 1 (a few issues are missing), notices to members, etc.  

SERIES K: ACTRA / Writers Guild of Canada

19: Constitution and By-laws of ACTRA, 1987 & 1988; correspondence, notices, etc. regarding problems within ACTRA and the formation of the Writers Guild of Canada, 1989  

SERIES L: Mary Ruttan

20: Correspondence from Mary Ruttan's daughter regarding her wish to have her mother inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, 1993 (includes numerous copies of articles about Mary Ruttan and her achievements during the 1930's and 1940's in skiing, fencing, etc.)  

SERIES M: Judy Keeler

21: Two short story manuscripts written by Judy Keeler; correspondence and note written to Scott Young, 1992  

SERIES N: Materials Pertaining to Books Published by Scott Young

Box 3


1: Scrubs on Skates - correspondence, manuscript revisions, jacket proofs, royalty statements, etc., 1973-1990

2: The Clue of the Dead Duck - correspondence, book jacket, royalty statement, publishing agreement between Scott Young and McClelland and Stewart- Bantam Ltd., etc., 1972-1985

3: Harold Ballard - correspondence, script for Harold F. Ballard Dinner video, notes, newspaper clipping, 1979-1980

4: Conn Smythe: If You Can't Beat 'Em in the Alley - correspondence, 1980-1981

5: That Old Gang of Mine - correspondence, royalty statements, bibliographical information, tour expense statements, reviews, 1979-1993

6: Heaven and Hell in the NHL - with Punch Imlach, and Hockey is a Battle - correspondence, royalty statements, promotion expense statements, publishing agreements between McClelland and Stewart and Formac Publishing; and Formac Publishing and Punch Imlach and Scott Young; etc., 1980-1986

7: Neil and Me - correspondence, publishing agreement between McClelland and Stewart and Scott Young, royalty statements, "introduction" for Seal Books edition of Neil and Me written by Young, book jacket, reviews, etc., 1985-1986

8: Hello Canada! The Life and Times of Foster Hewitt - correspondence, reviews, book jacket, 1985

9: Gordon Sinclair: A Life... and Then Some - correspondence, biographical information, tour schedule, agreement between Scott Young and MacMillan of Canada, royalty statements, etc., 1986- 1988

10: Murder in a Cold Climate correspondence, publicity materials, reviews, publishing agreements between Viking Penguin Inc. and Scott Young, royalty statements, book jacket, clippings of the "people of Murder in a Cold Climate, picked from newspapers and matched with characters", 1987-1989

11: Face-Off in Moscow correspondence, royalty statements, publishing agreement between Scott Young and Nelson Canada, 1988-1990

12: Home for Christmas - correspondence, travel itinerary, etc. relating to publicity tour, review, 1989

13: 100 Years of Dropping the Puck: The History of the OHA - correspondence, manuscript revisions and index, publishing agreement between McClelland and Stewart and Scott Young, review, 1985-1989

14: The Shaman's Knife - first draft of manuscript

15: The Shaman's Knife - manuscript revisions and notes, newspaper clippings of photos of the "People of Shaman's Knife"

16: "Fiction Bits" - ideas for novels, short stories, etc.

17: "Notes for hockey stick signed by the 1963 Toronto Maple Leafs after their Stanley Cup winning season in spring of 1963" (one page of notes)  

SERIES O: Newspaper & Magazine Articles

(also includes numerous typescripts of articles) - (Note: Except for Folder 18, all folders in this series contain articles written by Scott Young)

18: Miscellaneous newspaper clippings about Scott Young and his books

19: "Pit Barbecue" - newspaper articles about building a pit barbecue

20: "Soviet Columns" - newspaper articles about Russia

21: "Humor" - newspaper articles about humour (includes typescripts)

22: "Animals" - newspaper articles about animals (includes typescripts and original drawings of animals)

23: "Country Columns" - newspaper articles about the country (includes typescripts)

24: "Articles & other non-fiction" - magazine and newspaper articles about various sports figures, etc.

25: "Sports Cols. 1977 on" - newspaper articles about sports

Box 4


1: Newspaper articles, 1957-1958

2: Newspaper article and numerous typescripts for articles, [1960's]

3: Newspaper articles and typescripts, [1960's]

4: Newspaper articles, 1962

5: Newspaper articles, 1963

6: Newspaper articles, 1964 (includes one typescript)

7: Newspaper articles, 1965 (includes two typescripts)

8: Newspaper articles, Jan.-June 1966

Box 5


1: Newspaper articles, July-Dec. 1966

2: Newspaper articles, early 1970's (includes typescripts)

3: Newspaper articles, Nov.-Dec. 1971 (includes one typescript)

4: Newspaper articles, Jan.-April 1972 (includes typescripts)

5: Newspaper articles, May-Dec.. 1972

6: Newspaper article, Oct. 1985

7: Newspaper articles, undated  

SERIES P: Miscellaneous

8: 5BX Plan for Physical Fitness, RCAF Pamphlet 30/1

Newspaper article about moving a "world- class collection of abstract art" from New York to Buffalo; includes lists of the "Selected Works from the Gallery Collection", 1991

Canadian War Correspondents Association Newsletter, Summer 1992

Short story manuscript, no title, no author