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Sterling Byrd collection

 Collection 0289-UA

Sterling Byrd was the youngest of the four children of Harry Clifton "Curley" Byrd, a 1908 graduate of the University of Maryland who served as its president from 1935 to 1954. The bulk of his collection documents his father's remarkable life and career and includes an extensive number of photographs, memorabilia items, newspaper clippings, and publications chronicling the elder Byrd's personal life and professional achievements. The Sterling Byrd estate also donated a substantial number of books that belonged to Harry Clifton Byrd as well as documents pertaining to Kate Turnbull Byrd, Sterling's mother, her family, and the Byrd ancestors. In addition, the collection includes a number of significant letters sent to Harry Clifton Byrd and early documents relating to the history of the University of Maryland.


  • 1804-1982

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Special Collections reading room. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

This collection is unprocessed. This means that materials are in the same state we received them and have not been reviewed for content or condition. The collection may need to be screened prior to use. Please contact us before visiting the Special Collections reading room to view this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies or digital surrogates may be provided in accordance with Special Collections and University Archives duplication policy.

Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs unless otherwise specified. It is the researcher's responsibility to secure permission to publish materials from the appropriate copyright holder.

Archival materials may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws or other regulations. While we make a good faith effort to identify and remove such materials, some may be missed during our processing. If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.


83.25 Linear Feet

Guide to the Sterling Byrd collection
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives

University of Maryland Libraries
Hornbake Library
4130 Campus Drive
College Park Maryland 20742