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Frederick N. Young Papers

Identifier: MS-76

Scope and Contents

The Frederick Young Papers (1968 1976) cover the period of Rep. Young's tenure as a State Representative to the Ohio General Assembly. The bulk of the papers concern activities of Rep. Young during the time he spent in office. There are several documents that predate his initial election (1968) and they can be found in the biographical files. The majority of the papers consist of correspondence to and from constituents, and political colleagues. To the researcher, they would provide some insight as to the political and social mood of Rep. Young's constituents.

These papers can provide examples of voter interest, but should not be used to generalize on the political and/or social climate of Rep. Young's district.

The researcher should be aware of several areas of the collection which may be of special interest. Representative Young kept separate and rather detailed records on issues relating to education reflecting his concern for these problems. Furthermore, the files on the proposed regional Jetport, the Committee on Constitutional Review, and the Committee on Court Organization, chaired by Rep. Young are quite extensive and complete. The researcher should also note the files on H.B. 318 The Bikeway Bill as an example of the state legislative process including special interest lobbying.

Other data included in the collection include copies of and correspondence on several bills and resolutions, campaign materials, including notes on his organization of the actual campaigns, photographs, and correspondence on the Kent State incident.

This collection represents the working files of a member of the Ohio General Assembly and is one of value in understanding the responsibilities and demands of a typical member.

Series Descriptions: Series I: General Contains correspondence from constituents on various topics of local and national interest. Includes replies to constituents, reports, and other data concerning the issues addressed. The years 1969 1976 cover the length of the Representative's tenure, arranged topically.

Series II: Legislative Separate files on approximately two dozen pieces of legislation of particular interest to Representative Young. Particular notice should be paid to H.B. 318 The Bikeway Bill and the amount and kind of correspondence it generated, 1975 1976, arranged topically.

Series III: Education This series contains extensive correspondence and reports and other data on several key issues facing Ohio schools during Representative Young's tenure in Congress. Such problems as financing for both public and private schools received considerable attention, 1969 1976, arranged topically.

Series IV: Jetport Representative Young was heavily involved in securing a regional Jetport for southwestern Ohio. This series contains joint resolutions, handwritten memoirs, speeches newspaper clippings, reports and other data on the proposed jetport, 1969 1971, arranged topically.

Series V: Committee on Constitutional Revision This series contains extensive minutes and reports from this committee. Includes printed reports and summaries, 1971 1974, arranged topically.

Series VI: Housing Revenue Bond Bill This series correspondence and extensive reports and data on this house bill. Also contains newspaper and magazine articles and copies of the Federal Law on Community Development, 1971 1974, arranged topically.

Series VII: Committee on Court Organization This committee was chaired by Rep. Young and the series contains handwritten notes, public response and final recommendations of the committee as well as reports and support data, 1972 1975, arranged topically.

Series VIII: Biographical & Political This series contains more information on Rep. Young's political activities, particularly campaign data, than information concerning his personal history. Various types of campaign information is available. Attention should be given to the summaries of the 108th, 109th and 110th Ohio General Assemblies covering the years 1969 1974, 1968-1975, arranged topically.

Series IX: Correspondence This series contains lengthy files on constituent correspondence, all labeled miscellaneous by the donor, 1969-1976, arranged chronologically except boxes 20 22.


  • Creation: 1950-1976
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1968-1976


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on accessing material in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Frederick N. Young was born on January 1, 1932. He graduated with honors from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut in 1954 with an A.B. degree in English and Theatre. He attended law school at Harvard University, graduating in 1957.

Representative Young returned to Dayton in 1957 and began practicing Corporate Law. He was immediately active in the local Republican Party serving as a precinct committeeman, and as a member of the Montgomery County Executive Committee. In 1960, he organized a highly successful rally for then candidate Richard Nixon. He was a delegate to the Republican State Convention in 1960 and 1962. Representative Young served as Assistant County Chairman for the Republican Party and was President of the Young Republicans Club in 1960 1961. In 1963, he was a delegate to the Young Republicans National Convention.

Representative Young was first elected to the Ohio General Assembly in 1968. He successfully ran for re-election in 1970, 1972 and 1974 (unopposed). The district he represented included the cities of Centerville, Kettering, parts of Moraine, and the Belmont area of Dayton. Oakwood was initially a part of the district until it was removed from the district by redistricting in 1970.

While serving in the Ohio General Assembly, Representative Young was active on many fronts, including education, court reorganization, the proposed regional jetport, and statewide funding for bikeways. He supported Governor Gilligan's (D) state income tax proposal in 1970 despite intense party pressure to do otherwise.

Representative Young retired from the House in 1976 and returned to corporate law practice in Dayton, Ohio. In 1977, he was named chairman of the Montgomery County Republican Party, a post he held until the end of 1982. He went on to be a judge of the 2nd District Court of Appeals, completing two six-year terms (1993-2005) on the court that reviews legal decisions in Montgomery, Greene, Miami, Clark, Darke, and Champaign counties.

Frederick Young also served a nine year term on the Wright State University Board of Trustees and was on the board of the Human Race Theater. He passed away in January 12, 2006. He was survived by his wife of 50 years, Joyce, and their four children.


11 linear feet

Language of Materials



The papers in this collection cover the years 1968-1976 when Young served as a State Representative from Dayton to the Ohio General Assembly. The majority of the papers consist of correspondence with constituents and political colleagues. There are also working papers, clippings, reports, speeches, and campaign materials. There is also a file of correspondence and photographs on the 1970 Kent State University incident.


The collection is arranged into nine series:

Series I:
General, 1969-1976
Series II:
Legislative, 1970-1976
Series III:
Education, 1969-1976
Series IV:
Jetport, 1969-1971
Series V:
Committee on Constitutional Revision, 1971-1974
Series VI:
Housing Revenue Bond Bill, 1971-1974
Series VII:
Court Organization Committee, 1972-1975
Series VIII:
Biographical and Political, 1950-1976
Series IX:
Correspondence, 1969-1976

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to Wright State University Archives in December, 1976 by Frederick Young.

Guide to the Frederick N. Young Papers (MS-76)
Robert A. Harrison
1979 May 24
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Revision Statements

  • 2017 September: Finding aid revised according to DACS by Toni Vanden Bos.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

Wright State University Libraries
Special Collections and Archives
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton OH 45435-0001 USA