Scope and Contents
Papers of Raymond M. Young (1924-1986) of Oak Hill, West Virginia, a combat photographer who served in the United States armed forces in Europe during and after World War II, and in Vietnam. Includes commercially distributed stereographic cards showing subjects in Germany (ca. 1930-1945) and the Helsinki Olympics (1952), among other subjects, with stereoscope; many photographs of subjects in Germany and France at the end of World War II; and a few photographs from Vietnam (ca. 1965). There are also two research articles about radiography coauthored by Young (1957); correspondence and other documents related to Young's military service (1946-1967); and certificates (1980-1985).
Series 1. Stereographic Cards; ca. 1930-1952; box 1, folders 1-6 and box 2 (loose). This series contains 145 stereo cards of subjects in Germany (ca. 1930-45) and Helsinki Olympics (1952). The subjects in Germany are: historic buildings (before and after the war); Berlin - Potsdam; South Bavaria; Deutsche Heimat; and Rothenburg. The box with stereoscope in which these cards were originally found is in box 2.
Series 2. World War II Photographs; ca. 1945; box 1, folder 7-14. This series includes black and white photographs of various scenes from World War II, such as concentration camp dead (Dachau), war destruction and city ruins, soldiers, civilians, etc. Some photos were likely taken by Young; others were taken by members of the Associated Press or U.S. Signal Corps. Some photos have labels or captions.
Series 3. Vietnam Photographs; ca. 1965; box 1, folder 15. This series contains five black and white images of Raymond Young taking photographs and video in Vietnam. Three photos show him taking pictures in medical units.
Series 4. Subject Files; 1946-1985, undated; box 2, folders 1-4. This series includes radiography articles, military service material, certificates of appreciation, and an unidentified photograph.
The Radiography Articles file includes two articles co-authored by Young:
"Report No. 333, A Cinefluorographic Unit," by Lyle B. Deem, Olavi Weir, John C. Shepard, Raymond M. Young, and James Dimitroff, from the Radiobiology Department, U.S. Army Medical Research Laboratory, Fort Knox, KY, submitted 23 December 1957, and
"Report No. 315, Direct Color Radiography," by J.C. Shepard, R.M. Young, L.B. Deem, and A.T. Krebs, from the Radiobiology Department, U.S. Army Medical Research Laboratory, Fort Knox, KY, submitted 9 July 1957.
The Military Service file includes letters, official forms, photos, and a newspaper clipping regarding Young's service from 1946-1967.
The Certificates of Appreciation file includes certificates recognizing Young for his service at the University of Kentucky and Lexington Community College (1980-1985).
Biographical / Historical
Raymond M. Young (1924-1986) of Oak Hill, West Virginia, was a combat photographer during World War II. He married Lettie M. Webb in 1953. In 1955, he became a medical research photographer for the military. He worked at the Army Medical Research Lab in Fort Knox, Kentucky, until he was called to serve in Saigon in late 1964. More information can be found in the 1965 newspaper article in Series 4, folder 2 of this collection.
0.4 Linear Feet (Summary: 5 in. (2 doc cases, 2 1/2 in. each))