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Elbert Byrd papers

 Collection 0259-UA
Elbert M. Byrd served as a professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University and at the University of Maryland, during which time he authored several publications on constitutional theory and the judicial process. Byrd also served as delegate and platform committee chairman at state conventions of the Young Democratic Club and as treasurer of that organization. His papers address such subjects as home rule, the expansion of the Prince George's County's Board of Commissioners, and Byrd's 1962 campaign for the United States Senate.

Dates

  • 1961-1966

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials policy for more information. Queries regarding publication rights and copyright status of materials within this collection should be directed to the appropriate curator.

Extent

1.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Elbert Byrd papers cover the period from 1961 to 1966 and consists of letters, news articles, reports, minutes, speeches, and writings by Byrd.

Important subjects include: Expansion of the Board of Commissioners of Prince George's County, Home Rule in Prince George's County, Preparing Prince George's County in the event of a nuclear attack, United States Senatorial Campaign of Byrd (1962).

Among the correspondents are Frank Lastner, John Roth, Joseph Deckman, William Hanson, and Simon Pristoop.

Biography

Elbert M. "Bert" Byrd, Jr. was born in 1923 in southwest Virginia. At 16, he joined the army, attained the rank of First Sergeant at 18, and received a battlefield commission at 19. Most of Byrd's military experience was in intelligence, including service abroad with the diplomatic corps. His intelligence work was supplemented by continual progress in his own educational endeavors, resulting in his entering college as a junior upon leaving the military service in 1951. He received his B.S., M.A. and Ph. D. degrees from the American University, and did graduate work at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, where he also taught political science. In 1957, he became a member of the Government and Politics Department at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Byrd spent most of his adult life in observing, participating in, and studying government. He is the author of a constitutional study, Treaties and Executive Agreements in the United States and of the Judicial Process in Maryland, in addition to writing to several articles, reviews and feature stories. Byrd has held offices in the Young Democratic Club of Prince George's County, has served as delegate and platform committee chairman at State conventions of the Young Democratic Club of Maryland, and as treasurer of the latter organization.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged alphabetically by subject.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Dr. Elbert M. Byrd, Jr. donated his papers to the University of Maryland in May 1977.
Title
Guide to the Elbert Byrd papers
Status
Completed
Author
Processed by NL.
Date
1977-05-26
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

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