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Arvid Youngquist Papers
An Inventory of the Collection
Arvid Youngquist was born in Japan in the late 1940s to an American father and Japanese mother. He graduated from St. Joseph College (Catholic international school, located in Naka-ku, Yokohama, Japan that primarily served the expatriate community) with a high school diploma in 1967. He arrived in Austin, Texas later in the same year to attend the University of Texas. He joined the Army in 1969 and served in Ethiopia. Youngquist returned to Austin and earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas in 1973. After graduation he moved to Honolulu, Hawaii and was primarily employed as a Federal civil servant at Fort DeRussy and Fort Shafter. Youngquist returned to Austin in 1987 with his wife Gloria and his nephew. He found a job in the same year as a ratings clerk with the Uniform Commercial Code Division of the Texas Secretary of State. Youngquist became involved in local politics and civic organizations in both Hawaii and Texas and served on the Board of Trustees of the Austin/Travis County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center in 1990.
Youngquist and his wife returned to Hawaii.
The Arvid Youngquist Papers are divided into three series: Biographical, Hawaii and Texas. The Biographical series (1968, 1990-1992) contains a "semi-autobiographical work" that recounts his life from the death of his mother at age four to his late teens when he was sent to the United States and an undated resume. The Hawaii series (1962-1986) includes materials related to his life while residing in Hawaii from 1973-1987. Included are letters of commendation from his employer; newspaper clippings, flyers, newsletters and correspondence related to his political and civic involvement; and letters, legal documents, financial records and ephemera related to his family, including petitions for involuntary hospitalization of this brother Harold Youngquist.
The Texas series (1972-1992) accounts for the majority of the collection and highlights his employment history and political and civic interests while living in Austin. His employment records document his position as a ratings clerk with the Uniform Commercial Code Division of the Texas Secretary of State, including an issue with using the state telephone system for non-state business while working for the Secretary of State. The Political and Civic Involvement sub-series includes document related to his appointment Board of Trustees of the Austin/Travis County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Center; his candidacy for a position on the Austin Community College Board of Trustees; his support of various City of Austin City Council members; his involvement with the Travis County Democratic Party, Japan American Society of Austin, Central Texas chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America; and correspondence and memorabilia from politicians. The sub-series also includes a scrapbook dated from the early 1990s with newspaper clippings, photographs, flyers, meeting minutes, and newsletters documenting local and national politics.
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Arvid Youngquist Papers (AR.1992.027). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/1992/035
Donation Date: 1992
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2011.