Papers of a screenwriter who refused to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities in 1953 and was blacklisted as a result. Most of the collection documents his career as a screenwriter through biographical material, screenplays for motion pictures and television, and unproduced story ideas for various genre; there is extensive documentation for several unproduced films and for The Defiant Ones (UA, 1958) and Inherit the Wind (UA, 1960). Some were written under the pseudonym Nathan E. Douglas.
In 1961 Young joined Herbert Biberman, Lester Cole, Mary Virginia Farmer, Alvin Hammer, John Howard Lawson, Albert Maltz, Robert L. Richards, Frederick I. Rinaldo, Shimen Ruskin, Gale Sondergaard, and Philip E. Stevenson in a lawsuit against the Motion Picture Producers' Association for damages incurred in their blacklisting. Concerning the lawsuit there are files of correspondence, legal documents, exhibits and research materials, clippings, and public relations items. A recorded 1961 Carnegie Hall speech by Young on the threat of the blacklist to young writers is also present.