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Finding Aid for The Florene Young Papers (1901-1994) (UGA 04-025)

Record Group : 2-10-21 (Psychology)
.5 linear ft : 1 Hollinger Box


Florene Young joined the UGA Psychology Department in 1932 when the Georgia State Teachers College, where she taught from 1926 through 1932, was consolidated with the University of Georgia. At the University, Dr. Young taught courses in abnormal, experimental, and developmental psychology and regularly had her classes visit the State Mental Hospital at Milledgeville.

Dr. Young became the director of the UGA Psychology Clinic in 1950 and through her work helped make the field of psychology acceptable in the South. She remained as the director of the clinic until her retirement in 1969 at the age of 67.

In 1948 Dr Young, along with Dr. Austin S. Edwards and colleagues at other institutions, successfully implemented the requirement that applied clinical psychologists must have professional licenses. She served on that licensing board from 1953 through 1968.

Florene Young was named Woman of the Year for Athens/Clarke County in 1963. Upon her retirement in 1969, Dr. Young was named Professor Emerita of Psychology at UGA and continued to serve the local community through her private practice in downtown Athens.

These materials were collected by former department head, Dr. Roger Thomas, for his studies into the history of the Psychology Department.

Scope and Content:

The collection consists of a good deal of biographical material with the majority of the material related to the period of time from 1932-1969 when Dr. Young was a member of the UGA Psychology Department's faculty. In addition to highlighting Dr. Young's accomplishments, accession UGA 04-025 serves to help document the history of the University of Georgia's Psychology Department.

For preservation purposes the collection has been refoldered. Metal paperclips have been removed, newspaper articles have been photocopied onto archival quality paper, and photographs have been placed in protective sleeves.

Content Inventory:

UGA 04-025:1

  1. Florene Young [Photographs].
  2. F. Young Biographical Material [1901-1994].
  3. [Additional F. Young Biographical Material 1901-1994].
  4. Ethics And Licensing-Georgia [1952-2002].
  5. [Young Publications 1941-1945].
  6. [History Of The Psychology Department Of The University Of Georgia To 1969 By Florene M. Young].
  7. [University Psychology Clinic 1950-1962].
  8. [Georgia Psychological Association-Nomination 1981].
  9. [Florene Young Correspondence 1960-1989].
  10. [Dr. Young 1964-1969].

Processed by Carol Bishop, August 2004.