Elon Eugene Byrd collection

Elon Eugene Byrd collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Hargrett Library
Creator: Byrd, Elon Eugene, 1905-1974
Title: Elon Eugene Byrd collection
Dates: 1929-1966
Quantity: 2.7 Linear feet 1 document box, 1 half box, 2 cartons, 1 oversized folder
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.
Coll. Number: ms2834

Biographical/Historical Note

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.

Index Terms

Byrd, Elon Eugene, 1905-1974
Byrd, Elon Eugene, 1905-1974 -- Diaries
Film (material)
Journals (accounts)
Lantern slides.
Plate number blocks.
University of Georgia. -- Faculty
World War, 1939-1945--Naval operations, American.
Writings (document genre)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Elon Eugene Byrd collection, ms2834, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


1. Filarial Research and Studies, 1943-1944

Series 1. Filarial Research and Studies is comprised of Byrd's research notes, data, diagrams, and many negatives, photographs, and printing blocks regarding parasitic worms, primarily in Samoa.
2Negatives and photographs
3Negatives and photographs
5-21Microscope diagrams
22Diary from research in Samoan islands, March 1943-January 1944
23Data for filarial research
24Transmission of filariasis and filarial observations
25Maps of Samoan area where research was conducted
26Sanitary report for Public Health Department of American Samoa, 1943
27Studies on filariasis in the Samoan area - complete study
2123 plate blocks (filarials)
220 rolls of film
350 glass slides

2. Correspondence, 1942-1953

Series 2: Correspondence is mainly comprised of incoming and outgoing letters that document Byrd's Navy career during World War II, including both administrative letters and those that document his work documenting filariasis as a member of the Malaria Control Board. Other correspondence is mainly outgoing, including some manuscript plates, and documents Byrd's efforts to get his work published in various scientific journals.
128U.S. Navy, 1942-1945
29U.S. Navy, 1943-1944
30Publication in American Microscopal Society, 1949-1950
31Publication with Catholic University of America and the Heminthological Society of Washington, 1949
32Publication in Journal of Parasitology, 1949
33Publication in Journal of Parasitology, 1952-1955
34Publication in Georgia Review, 1943

3. Student Work

Series 3. Student Work contains materials from Byrd's Masters and Doctoral studies, including diplomas, thesis and dissertation, grades, and conference materials.
11Master of Science diploma from Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College, 1931
2Doctorate diploma from Tulane University, 1934
3Master's Thesis: "Some Amphibians and Reptiles of Mississippi", 1931 June
4Dissertation: "Life History Studies on Reniferinae (Trematode Digenea) Parasitic in Reptilia of the New Orleans Area"
5Grade report, 1932
6Programs from meetings of the Southeastern Biologists' Association, 1937-1958
7Certificate of Enlistment in the U.S. Army, 1932 June

4. Research and Studies

Series 4. Miscellaneous Research and Studies contains primarily bird and trematode research and studies from various points in his career.
21Bird study done while getting Master of Science, 1930 May
2Bilharziella little bi study and diagrams, 1956
3Trematode research and data
4Trematode study and diagrams
5Data for unknown study
6Wildlife as Sentinels for Venezualan Equine Encephalomyelitis (study by Bigler and McLean)
1Bats, birds, and racoons book of accounts

5. Oversized items

OS Folder
1B15th Annual Naval Reserve Research Seminar Photograph and name listing
12th Annual Naval Reserve Research Seminar Photograph and name listing
Base Malaria Control Coverage Area Map of Espiritu Santo Island
5th Construction Detatchment Camp at AUA map (and copy)
Pago Valley Area Maps