George H. Boyd collection

George H. Boyd collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Manuscripts
Creator: Boyd, George Hugh, 1891-1965
Title: George H. Boyd collection
Dates: 1942-1966
Quantity: 1.2 Linear feet (3 document boxes)
Abstract:The collection consists of clippings, some correspondence, printed materials, etc. In a copy of a letter written in 1942 to his son, Dr. Boyd discusses some of his plans for the development of research at the University of Georgia.
Coll. Number: ms1371

Biographical/Historical Note

Dr. George H. Boyd, a pioneer of graduate education in the South, was dean of the University of Georgia graduate school, a professor of zoology, a noted authority on parasitology, and also was chairman of the University of Georgia's division of biological sciences. Boyd came to UGA in 1926 to head the zoology department, now cellular biology. In less than a year, he became chairman of the biological sciences division and, 16 years later, dean of the Graduate School. Under Boyd's leadership, the Graduate School awarded 50 doctorates; in the previous 23 years, it awarded two. Boyd believed that cooperation between science and industry was key to establishing a tradition of research at UGA. In a 1944 speech, "The University in the Research Program of the South," he discussed ways to attract students and researchers who would study at UGA and then remain in the region after completing their degrees. He said, "The most important function of research in the university lies ... in its relation to teaching. ... There is no better means of arousing a spirit of inquiry or of training the student in the best uses of his intellectual faculties ...." Boyd died in 1965 before ground was broken for the Graduate Studies Research Center. The building was completed in 1968 and dedicated in January 1971. The skeleton of the giant sloth, discovered in 1970 in Brunswick, Ga., was assembled by undergraduate geology student Albert Brantley. Given Boyd's legacy of research and education, it's a safe bet that he would have been pleased that the building's lobby features the first prehistoric animal from Georgia to be reconstructed. University of Georgia website (Retrieved February 25, 2009)


Arranged in chronological order.

Index Terms

Boyd, George Hugh, 1891-1965 -- Correspondence
Clippings (information artifacts)
Deans (Education)--Georgia--Athens--History.
University of Georgia. -- Faculty--Correspondence
University of Georgia. -- Research--History

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George H. Boyd collection, 1942-1966. MS 1371. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Athens Recording for the Blind
2Biography Memorials
6 - 7Research Section
21 - 2Science Section
3Sig Max
4Speeches, etc.
5University (General)
31Printed Materials