Young, Kimball, 1893-1972

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Birth 1893-10-26
Death 1972-09-01

Biographical notes:

Kimball Young (1893-1972), a grandson of Mormon leader Brigham Young, was a psychologist who studied personality disorders as well as Mormons and Mormonism.

From the description of Papers, 1918-1965 (bulk 1918-1931). (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 29950281

Sociologist, historian, educator, and author.

From the guide to the Kimball Young research notes, 1844-1959, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

Kimball Young (1893-1972) was born in Provo, Utah on October 26, 1893. He received his A.B. degreee from Brigham Young University, his M.A. at the University of Chicago, and his Ph.D. from Stanford University. Young studied sociology and taught at the University of Oregon; the University of Wisconsin; Queens College, New York, N.Y.; and at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

From the description of Papers of Kimball Young, 1935-1940. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122510324

Chairman of the Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.) Dept. of Sociology.

From the description of Correspondence with Johan Thorsten Sellin, 1949. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 243856541

Kimball Young was born in Provo, Utah, on October 26, 1893. Although he was a grandson of Brigham Young, Kimball Young was not a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and often criticized the Mormon faith. He graduated from Brigham Young University and studied sociology at the University of Chicago before receiving a PhD in psychology from Stanford University in 1921. Young held a variety of university teaching positions, was chair of sociology at Queens College and Northwestern University in the 1940s, and served as president of the American Sociological Association in 1945. He was also the author of a number of psychology and sociology texts, including Source book for social psychology (1927), Social attitudes (1931), and An introductory sociology (1934). Young died in Provo on September 1, 1972.

The short-lived Salt Lake Daily Review newspaper was published by Frank Kenyon and M. Fenton between August 1871 and February 1872. Although ostensibly dedicated to mining and agricultural news, it was largely a vehicle for anti-Mormon sentiments and attacks on Brigham Young in pariticular. It replaced the Corrine Journal, which had been published at Corrine, Utah, the self-proclaimed "Gentile Capital of Utah."

From the description of Notes from the Salt Lake daily review newspaper, 1959, February. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 658044852


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  • Personality disorders--Psychological aspects
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