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E. P. Young papers

 Collection 0288-UA

Edgar Paul Young (1928-2008) joined the faculty of the Animal Science Department of the University of Maryland in 1958. He served as chair of the department from 1968 to 1982, and he retired from the university in 1989. The papers document Young's research, writing, advising, and outreach activities during his early career as a professor. Materials consist of lab notes, data charts, research proposals, manuscripts, correspondence, association files, photographs, field day handouts, and judging materials from hog shows. Subjects covered include departmental activities, hog production, animal nutrition, agricultural conferences, breeder associations, and livestock competitions.


  • 1953-1963
  • Majority of material found within 1958-1963

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

Materials of a sensitive nature, such as those containing personally identifiable information, are restricted for 75 years or the life of the individual and may by screened and removed by special collections staff. Please speak with a staff member if you believe that materials have been unnecessarily removed.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


3.00 Linear Feet

44 Items

Scope and Contents

The E. P. Young papers document Young’s research, writing, advising, and outreach activities during his early career as an Animal Science professor. The materials in this collection include lab notebooks, research proposals, manuscripts, correspondence, association files, field day handouts, and judging materials from hog shows. They date from 1953 to 1963, with the bulk of materials from 1958 to 1963. Files that precede 1958 are research materials from Francis C. Wingert, which he and Young used for reference in later projects.


The collection is organized in four series:

Series 1
Research Materials
Series 2
Subject Files
Series 3
Series 4

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Papers of E. P. Young were originally transferred to the University Archives from the Animal Science Department in 1975 as part of the records of the Animal Science Department. The materials related to E. P. Young were separated from these records during an appraisal and rearrangement project in January 2004.

Related Materials

Special Collections and University Archives at of the University of Maryland Libraries holds several related collections. Records of the Animal Science Department, for example, concern part of Young’s tenure as a faculty member. The collection includes departmental correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, and promotional materials. The Records of the Agricultural Experiment Station, which sponsored much of Young’s research, document departmental research projects. The Records of the College of Agriculture include materials related to the college’s administrative duties.

The Papers of Mary S. Shorb, who was a professor in the Poultry Science Department, include materials related to her research on poultry nutrition and human nutrition. The Records of the Department of Poultry Science document the activities of a unit related to the Animal Science Department.

University Publications related to agriculture and animal science that concern Young’s work or research interests are available in the Maryland Room. These include the following:

  1. Proceedings of the annual Maryland Nutrition Conference for Feed Manufacturers (University Publications UPUB A49.001), which include the texts of several lectures delivered by E. P. Young.
  2. The Bulletin: A series of the Agricultural Experiment Station (University Publications UPUB A33.003) includes annual reports on research projects, such as Bulletin A-105 (June 1959), “Research: Gateway to Agricultural Progress.”
  3. The 1977 “Report of Review: Department of Animal Science” (University Publications UPUB A49.001) was compiled by an outside party of reviewers from peer institutions while Young was departmental chair.
  4. Contribution papers (University Publications UPUB A33.097) and Annual Reports of the Agriculture Experiment Station (University Publications UPUB A33.001) are also available.

Additional publications by E. P. Young that are available in the University of Maryland Libraries include articles and abstracts printed in the Journal of Animal Science (McKeldin Periodical Stacks SF1 .J6):

  1. Guthrie, H. D., P. E. Meckley, E. P. Young, et. al. “Effect of Altrenogest and Lutalyse on Partruition Control, Plasma Progesterone, Unconjugated Estrogen and 13, 14-dihydro-15-keto-prostaglandin F2 Alpha in Sows.” JAS 65 (July 1987): 203-211.
  2. Keys, J. E., Jr., P. J. Van Soest, and E. P. Young. “Effect of Increasing Cell Wall Content on the Digestibility of Hemicellulose in Swine and Rats.” JAS 31 (1970): 1172-1177.
  3. Young, E. P. “Effect of Pregnancy on Serum Concentrations of LH, FSH and PRL in Yorkshire Sows.” American Society of Animal Science: Abstracts, 69th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Animal Science, Wisconsin University, Madison, July 23-27, 1977. JAS 45 (1977): 140.
  4. Young, E. P. “Plasma LH in the Estrous Cycle of the Pig.” American Society of Animal Science: Abstracts of Papers for Presentation at the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Animal Science. JAS 37 (1973): 333.

Another of Young’s articles appears in the Journal of Food Quality (McKeldin Periodical Stacks TP372.5 .J68).

  1. Kline, M. C., A. W. Kotula, and E. P. Young. “Effect of Aqueous Chlorine (600 PPM) on the Protein and the Lipid Fractions of Ground Beef.” JFQ 7 (May 1985): 229-236.

Edgar Paul Young’s dissertation completed at Ohio State University, “The Influence of Levels of Diethylstilbestrol Comparable to Plant Estrogen Content on Reproductive Phenomena in Swine” (Ph.D. diss., Ohio State University, 1958), is available through Interlibrary Loan.

Processing Information

Staples and paperclips were removed and replaced with padded, non-reactive fasteners. New, acid-free folders replaced existing folders during processing; new folders were placed in acid-free, archival boxes. Preservation photocopies were made of the most severely embrittled materials, and the embrittled originals were discarded. Separation sheets mark the original locations of oversize materials, which were placed in an oversize flat box. Separation sheets also document the removal of photographs from their original locations. Only two copies of duplicate printed items were retained.

A dried, yellow residue remains on the loin eye tracings, documenting swine carcass contest measurements. Both these and the photographs were sleeved in Mylar.

A box and folder level inventory exists for this material. Please contact us for more information.

Guide to the E. P. Young papers
Processed by Jill F. Reilly
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Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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College Park Maryland 20742