|Creator:||Byrd, Elon Eugene, 1905-1974|
|Title:||Elon Eugene Byrd collection|
|Quantity:||2.7 Linear feet (1 document box, 1 half box, 2 cartons, 1 oversized folder B)|
|Abstract:||The collection consists of materials belonging to Dr. Elon Eugene Byrd of the Parasitology Department at the University of Georgia. These materials were generated as a result of his research in Samoa during World War II and reflect his involvement in malaria research and his discovery of a new species of flukes. Also included in the collection is Byrd's diary of some of his activities, as well as correspondence, writings, lantern slides, film, plate blocks, Dr. Byrd's diplomas and theses, and a journal of bird studies.|
Dr. Elon E. Byrd served as Professor of Zoology at the University of Georgia in Athens, where he taught and did parasitological research for over forty years. Byrd was born in Richton, Mississippi, on 9 June 1905, where he received his early education. He received the Bachelor of Science degree in 1929 and a Master of Science degree in 1931, both from Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College where he served as Instructor of Zoology until 1932. He graduated from Tulane University in 1934 with his Doctorate and immediately came to the University of Georgia as an Assistant Professor, eventually advancing to the rank of Professor.
During World War II Dr. Byrd served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific, where he was especially involved in malaria research and discovered a new species of flukes. After the war Byrd continued his work at the University of Georgia, retiring in 1972 as Professor Emeritus of Zoology.
Dr. Byrd, in association with colleagues and students, published approximately 100 papers, most of them on the taxonomy and life cycles of helminths. He remained active in helminthological research after his retirement, for he was working on several papers at the time of his death on 3 March 1974.
"In memoriam, Elon Eugene Byrd, 9 June 1905-3 March 1974." The Journal of Parasitology, Vol. 61, No. 2, April 1975.
Arranged in four series: Series 1. Filarial research and studies; Series 2. Correspondence; Series 3. Student work; Series 4. Miscellaneous research and studies
Elon Eugene Byrd collection, 1929-1966. MS 2834. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.