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Chester R. Young Papers



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Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Detailed Description


Personal documents and records

Personal education

Mission Work

Cumberland College


Photographic Materials

Audio tapes

Microfilm and Slides

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Chester R. Young Papers | Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

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Collection Overview

Title: Chester R. Young PapersAdd to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1931-1998

Primary Creator: Young, Chester Raymond -- 1920-1999

Extent: 74.0 MS boxes


The collection has been arranged in the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Correspondence

Series 2: Personal documents and records

Subseries 1: Boy Scouts

Subseries 2: Family History

Subseries 3: General

Series 3: Personal education

Subseries 1: High School and undergraduate

Subseries 2: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Subseries 3: University of Hawaii

Subseries 4: Vanderbilt University

Series 4: Mission work

Subseries 1: Foreign Mission Board

Subseries 2: Community mission work

Subseries 3: Hawaii religions

Subseries 4: Kentucky Baptist Convention

Series 5: Cumberland College

Subseries 1: General

Subseries 2: Phi Alpha Theta, Upsilon Upsilon chapter

Subseries 3: Kentucky History class

Series 6: Manuscripts

Subseries 1: Research and notes

Subseries 1-Sub-subseries 1: Dictionary of Oceania

Subseries 1-Sub-subseries 2: Westward into Kentucky

Subseries 1-Sub-subseries 3: To Win the Prize

Subseries 1-Sub-subseries 4: Baptists on the American Frontier

Subseries 1-Sub-subseries 5: “The Effects of the French and Indian War on Civilian Life in the Frontier Counties of Virginia, 1754-1763”

Subseries 1-Sub-subseries 6: Cumberland College History

Subseries 1-Sub-subseries 7: Baptist History

Subseries 1-Sub-subseries 8: American history

Subseries 1-Sub-subseries 9: Kentucky history

Subseries 1-Sub-subseries 10: Miscellaneous research

Subseries 2: Publishing contracts and correspondence

Subseries 3: Marketing and public relations

Subseries 4: Manuscripts and typescripts

Subseries 5: Note cards

Series 7: Photographic materials

Series 8: Audio tapes

Series 9: Microfilm and slides

Date Acquired: 07/00/1996

Subjects: Adair County (Ky.) -- History., American University (Washington, D.C.), Baptists -- History., Berea College, Cumberland College (Williamsburg, Ky.)., Hawaii -- History., Hawaii -- Religion., Jones, Loyal -- 1928-, Lindsey Wilson College., Missionaries -- Hawaii., Southern Baptist Convention., Southern Baptist Convention. Foreign Mission Board., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary., Taylor, John -- 1752-1835, Trabue, Daniel -- 1760-1840, University of Hawaii at Manoa., Vanderbilt University., Young, Chester Raymond -- 1920-1999


Chester Young was born July 2, 1920 in rural Adair County, Kentucky to parents Joseph and Sarah Young and moved to Columbia, Kentucky at the age of three.  During his childhood, Young was a member of Columbia Baptist Church, the Royal Ambassadors and the Boys Scouts, later becoming a Scoutmaster and a Star Scout.

Young graduated from Columbia High School in 1938, then graduated from Lindsey Wilson College in 1940, received his B.A. from Berea College in 1943 and attended briefly attended American University in Washington, D.C., studying archival practices. He received a Masters of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1949 and his Masters of Theology in 1959, a Masters in History from the University of Hawaii in 1964 and his Ph.D. in History from Vanderbilt University in 1969.

Young served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Washington, D.C. and in Hawaii from 1942-1946 and joined the Southern Baptist Convention Foreign Mission Board as a missionary to Hawaii in 1949 where he lived with his wife Florence and three children, Charlotte (Cookie), Virginia and Chester Jr., until moving back to the mainland in 1964.  While in Hawaii, he edited the Hawaii Baptist from 1949-1952, served as President of the Hawaii Baptist Convention from 1952-1954, and pastored Kalihi Baptist Church from 1950-1964.

After living in Nashville and Jellico, Tennessee, Young moved to Williamsburg, Kentucky to teach history at Cumberland College, a Baptist college. He started the Upsilon Upsilon chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, a history honors society, and served as advisor of the organization from 1974-1985.  The chapter received the Best Chapter in the Nation award for 18 out of 19 years.  He retired from teaching in 1985.

Young was the author of three books: Westward Into Kentucky: The Narrative of Daniel Trabue, published by the University Press of Kentucky in 1981; To Win the Prize, a history of the First Baptist Church of Williamsburg, Ky. published in 1983; and Baptists on the American Frontier, the edited work of John Taylor, published by Mercer University Press in 1995.  He also wrote historical and religious articles for various publications, including entries for the Encyclopedia of Southern Religions.  He was awarded the Certificate of Commendation from the American Association for State and Local History in 1982 for Westward into Kentucky, and the DAR National History Award by the Office of the Historical General, Washington, D.C. in 1996 in recognition of his scholarship and commitment to American history.

Chester R. Young died in 1999.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection includes material related to the education, work, research, writing, and personal life of Chester R. Young.  These materials include correspondence, clippings, photographs, manuscripts, research notes, publications and documents.  They cover a wide range of subject matter, including mission work, some Hawaiian archives and history, Kentucky and Virginia history, religious topics, and education.  Portions of Young’s Hawaiian material were transferred to the Hawaiian Collection at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Library in 2011.

Biographical Note

Chester Raymond Young (1920-1999) was born in Adair County, Ky.; graduate of Berea College; graduate degrees from both Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and University of Hawaii; Ph.D. in history from Vanderbilt University.

Subject/Index Terms

Adair County (Ky.) -- History.
American University (Washington, D.C.)
Baptists -- History.
Berea College
Cumberland College (Williamsburg, Ky.).
Hawaii -- History.
Hawaii -- Religion.
Jones, Loyal -- 1928-
Lindsey Wilson College.
Missionaries -- Hawaii.
Southern Baptist Convention.
Southern Baptist Convention. Foreign Mission Board.
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Taylor, John -- 1752-1835
Trabue, Daniel -- 1760-1840
University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Vanderbilt University.
Young, Chester Raymond -- 1920-1999

Administrative Information

Repository: Berea College Special Collections and Archives Catalog

Access Restrictions: Records can be accessed through the Reading Room, Berea College Special Collections and Archives, Hutchins Library, Berea College.

Use Restrictions: Certain records within the collection are restricted (as noted on the Box List).  Federal copyright regulations apply to all materials.

Acquisition Source: Chester R. Young

Acquisition Method: The Chester R. Young Papers were donated by Chester R. Young and accessioned into the Berea College Special Collections & Archives for disposition in the Southern Appalachian Archives in July 1996.

Preferred Citation: [Object identification], Chester R. Young Papers, Berea College Special Collections & Archives, Berea, KY.

Processing Information: The collection opened for research in August 2008 following arrangement and description by Janice Childers, graduate intern from the University of Kentucky. Additional arrangement and integration of found materials was conducted between 2009 and 2011.  The finding aid was updated in January 2016.

Other Note: BCA 0111 SAA 111

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Personal documents and records],
[Series 3: Personal education],
[Series 4: Mission Work],
[Series 5: Cumberland College],
[Series 6: Manuscripts],
[Series 7: Photographic Materials],
[Series 8: Audio tapes],
[Series 9: Microfilm and Slides],

Series 7: Photographic MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Includes prints (majority) and negatives spanning dates from circa 1934 – 1980s. Subjects include Columbia, Ky., Adair Co., Ky., the Young family, Hawaii during Young’s time as a G.I. and during his time as a missionary, historic buildings and homesteads, and portraits.
Box 70AAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Early photographs of family, high school and Adair Co., Ky., circa 1934-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Early photographs of family, high school and Adair Co., Ky., circa 1937-1938Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Hawaii, Army - landscape, people, public art, circa 1943-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Hawaii, Army - landscape, people, architecture, circa 1943-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Hawaii, Army - landscape, people, church activities, Royal Ambassadors activities, circa 1943-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Hawaii, Army - Royal Ambassadors, church activities, people, landscape, circa 1943-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Hawaii, Army - Royal Ambassadors, people, landscape, Army base, circa 1943-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Hawaii, Army - people, landscape, circa 1943-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Hawaii - people, church activities, circa 1946-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Hawaii - people, church activities, circa 1949-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Kalihi Church, circa 1949-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Hawaii - church activities, people, circa 1949-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Miscellaneous and World's Fair, Knoxville, 1964-1982Add to your cart.
Folder 14: World's Fair, Knoxville and set of photos from Peter DiMuro, 1981-1982Add to your cart.
Box 70B: OversizedAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Unidentified set, circa 1980-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Portraits of "Duncan family,", circa 1960-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Big Spring Church and "Mount Byrd,", circa 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 4: "Hensley Settlement", circa 1980sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: "Rockcastle River", undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Depot at Williamsburg, Ky. and R.C. Medaris, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Negatives, circa 1930s-1970sAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Miscellaneous Photographs, Drawings, and CertificatesAdd to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence],
[Series 2: Personal documents and records],
[Series 3: Personal education],
[Series 4: Mission Work],
[Series 5: Cumberland College],
[Series 6: Manuscripts],
[Series 7: Photographic Materials],
[Series 8: Audio tapes],
[Series 9: Microfilm and Slides],

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