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Elbert Byrd papers


Elbert Byrd papers
Byrd, Elbert M.
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1.50 linear feet
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University of Maryland
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email:

A professor of political science at Johns Hopkins University and at the University of Maryland, Elbert M. Byrd was also the author of publications on constitutional theory and the judicial process. In addition, Byrd 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.

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Historical Note

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.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Papers of Elbert M. Byrd, Jr., 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.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Dr. Elbert M. Byrd[, Jr. donated his papers to the University of Maryland in May 1977.

Processing Information

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Processed by NL, May 26, 1977.

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EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Janna Robinson, May 2006.

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized as one series:

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Personal Papers of Dr. Elbert M. Byrd, Jr., 1954, 1962-1966 (1.0 linear feet)

The first box consists mainly of letters, news articles, reports, minutes and speeches which are arranged chronologically.

The second box consists of the draft copy and typescripts of three works by Byrd.

This series is arranged alphabetical by topic.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Board of Commissioners of Prince George's County -- Articles and Notes, 1962-1963 series 1box 1folder 1
Board of Commissioners of Prince George's County -- Correspondence, December 1962 - January 1963 series 1box 1folder 2
Board of Commissioners of Prince George's County -- Minutes, January - March 1963 series 1box 1folder 3
Board of Commissioners of Prince George's County -- Reports, January - April 1963 series 1box 1folder 4
Charter -- Correspondence, April 1963 - January 1966 series 1box 1folder 5
Charter -- Election Material and Speeches, 1962-1966 series 1box 1folder 6
Charter -- News Articles, Fall 1962 - January 1966 series 1box 1folder 7
Charter -- Reports, 1962-1964 series 1box 1folder 8
Charter -- Summary of Meetings, August 1963 - October 1964 series 1box 1folder 9
Civil Defense Agency -- Reports -- Appendices 1-10, undated series 1box 1folder 10
Senatorial Campaign -- Correspondence and Campaign Material, March-April 1962 series 1box 1folder 11
Senatorial Campaign -- Speeches, May 1962 series 1box 1folder 12
The Confounding Truth -- Mimeographed typescript, 1965 series 1box 2folder 1
The Confounding Truth -- Mimeographed typescript, 1965 series 1box 2folder 2
The Constitution and the Treaty Power -- Typescript, 1954 series 1box 2folder 3
The Judicial Process in Maryland -- Correspondence, April 1961-Janaury 1962 series 1box 2folder 4
The Judicial Process in Maryland -- Draft Copy, 1961 series 1box 2folder 5

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