Fonds 40

Number: Fonds 40

Title: John A.I. and Mary (nee Baldwin) Young fonds

Creator: John A.I. Young

Dates of material: 1887-1997

Physical description: 28 cubic feet

Repository: Trent Valley Archives

Reference number: Fonds 40

Scope and content: Papers of John A.I. Young and his wife Mary (nee Baldwin); John’s parents, Louie Arrowsmith Young and George A.M. Young, his grandfather James McGregor Young as well as distant ancestor Captain Rowland Young of Nova Scotia.

Papers combine original materials including war correspondence, diaries (1902-1919), photographs, scrapbooks, as well as research notes and patents. Documentation of John Young’s interest in radio and wireless technology in the 1930’s. Other areas of significance include, Canadian General Electric, United Nations, the Unitarian Church, notes from University of Western Ontario (1940’s), newsletters from Leeds and Grenville News and Views from the Ontario Genealogical Society (1981-1994).

The collection also includes correspondence between Mary Baldwin and John’s mother, educational materials from her career as a teacher in British Columbia in the 1930’s, working as a dietician with the provincial government in the 1940’s, and as a participant in the making of Peterborough educational policy both as a parent and school board trustee.

In addition there is extensive research of the Baldwin family and the Huscroft’s, as well as research on the Merrill family, specifically, Helen Merrill, George A.M. Young’s longtime girlfriend. Other family names researched include, Burritt, Williams, Howe, Brown, Cooper, Orr, Rogers, Lyman, Lovejoy, Henderson, Ford, Landon, Thomson, Irving, Crandall, and Schofield as well as a large collection of OGS Leeds and Grenville News and Views (1985-1994).

Access Conditions: Open to researchers

Finding aids: Available on site

Accruals: none expected

Custodial history: Biographical sketch / Administrative history

John Young and his wife Mary (nee Baldwin) were Peterborough genealogists. John worked for Canada General Electric. During the war, John Young was a radio specialist with the Air Force, and went to University of Western Ontario to pursue a degree in radio physics. He designed computers for Canadian General Electric and held forty patents with them. He was a historian of the 143 Wing.

Mary Baldwin was a teacher in British Columbia in the 1930’s, worked as a dietician with the provincial government in the 1940’s, a mother of five children, and a participant in the making of Peterborough educational policy both as a parent and school board trustee. Mary Baldwin’s grandfather, F.W.Baldwin, submitted opinions to, “Favourite Flies” a book about fly fishing (1890).

File listing