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George H. Boyd collection

George H. Boyd collection

Descriptive Summary

Title: George H. Boyd collection
Creator: Boyd, George Hugh, 1891-1965
Inclusive Dates: 1918-1972
Language(s): English
Extent: 1 Linear Feet 2 boxes
Collection Number: ms1371
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

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)

Scope and Content

The collection consists of clippings, biographical material, and some correspondence of Dr. George Hugh Boyd from 1918-1972. The collection also includes papers published by Boyd and speeches written by Boyd. 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.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George H. Boyd collection, ms 1371, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Finding Aid Publication

Finding aid prepared on: 2020.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Clippings (information artifacts)
Deans (Education) -- Georgia -- Athens.
University of Georgia. Faculty

Related Collections in this Repository

Related collections in this repository: Sigma Xi-University of Georgia chapter, UA0126.

Published materials accompanying the collection have been cataloged individually with an associated collection note, and can be found in GIL by searching the title of this collection.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

11Athens Recording for the Blind announcement & newsletter, 1961, 1964
12Biographical information & memoriams of George Boyd, undated, 1956-1972
13Certificates received by George Boyd, 1918-1919, 1946
14Correspondence to & from George Boyd, 1942-1964
15Newspaper articles concerning George Boyd, 1931-1972
16-7Research & articles published by George H. Boyd, undated, 1925-1950
21-2Science papers, undated, 1939-1944
23Sig Max papers, 1945-1958, 1971
Drafts of speech; Installation Banquet program; A petition for the establishment of a chapter of the Society of the Sigma XI at the University of Georgia
24Speeches, 1943-1951
25General Research Expenditures sheets; Resource Grants From Outside Sources sheets, 1955-1959
26Scrapbook, 1939-1953
27Miscellaneous, 1944-1971
Senate Docket, Report of the Committee on Business and Rules; Commencement Excercises of Valdost State College program; letter to "G.H. & Rosalie," from "Porter"; NSF Bulletin issue; letter to "Dr. George Boyd," on WGAU letterhead; letter to Mrs. George Hugh Boyd from Fred C. Davison, University of Georgia; letter to Mrs. Boyd, from Departmentt of Zoology, University of Georgia; letter to "George Hugh and Rosie," from "Lamar."