Kenneth L. Burdon, MD papers

Manuscript Collection No. 008


TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Biographical Notes
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Arrangement of Collection
  • Restrictions
  • Index terms
  • Related Material
  • Administrative Information
  • Other Finding Aids
  • Bibliography
  • Detailed Description of the Collection
  • Series I:Professional Activities; 1880-1900
  • Repository: Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library; The John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, 1133 John Freeman Blvd.Houston, Texas 77030-2809.
    Creator: Burdon, Kenneth Livingston
    Title Guide to the Kenneth L. Burdon, MD papers
    Dates: 1922-1969
    Quantity: .5 cubic feet (1 box)
    Abstract: The Kenneth L. Burdon, MD papers document the life, career and leadership of Dr. Kenneth Burdon, who made significant contributions to the Baylor College of Medicine, the Texas Medical Center, and the community of Houston Texas. Dr. Burdon is recognized as the Founding Chair of the Department of Microbiology Baylor University College of Medicine (1943-1961). This collection focuses on the early development of Baylor College of Medicine and Dr. Burdon’s research in microbiology and immunology. The collection consists of one box. Materials are in good condition.
    Identification: MS 008
    Location: Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, Houston, Texas.
    Language: Materials are in English.

    Biographical Notes

    Kenneth Livingston Burdon, MD, was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1895. He was educated at Brown University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1922. Dr. Burdon served with the U.S. Army Sanitary Medical Corps, (1918-1919), taught at Washington University School of Medicine (1922-1935) and then at Louisiana State University School of Medicine (1935-1943). Kenneth Burdon, MD is recognized as the Founding Chair of the Department of Microbiology Baylor University College of Medicine (1943-1961). He was awarded Professor Emeritus of Microbiology in 1961.

    Dr. Burdon’s research and publications feature the following topics: “characterization of a group of aerobic spore-forming bacilli, especially Bacillus anthracis, and on immediate-type hypersensitivity. He also worked on development of an antibiotic to treat tuberculosis. He was a director of an NIH-supported Fellowship Training Program in Allergy and Immunology in conjunction with the Department of Pediatrics from 1958 to 1967. Dr. Burdon authored six editions of a widely used textbook Microbiology, first published in 1939. He also authored a Medical Microbiology textbook.”

    Dr. Burdon retired in 1967 and passed away in 1985. Further information and a bibliography of Dr. Burdon’s papers are available in the first folder of this collection.

    Citation:”Kenneth L. Burdon, Founding Chair, Microbiology.” Baylor College of Medicine. Accessed February 21, 2016. https://www.bcm.edu/departments/molecular-virology-and-microbiology/about-us/history-of-the-department/kenneth-l-burdon.

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    Scope and Content Note

    The Kenneth L. Burdon, MD, papers (MS 008) is .5 cubic feet and consists of 1 document box. It contains biographical information, personal and professional correspondence, official documents, news clippings, and photographs that detail the personal life, professional activities, medical related records and papers associated with the experiences of Dr. Burdon his work for Baylor College of Medicine, especially with regard to the Department of Microbiology. The materials are in good condition. Ink applied by typewriters is clearly legible in the documents. The records pertain to the geographic areas of Houston, Texas. The material is unrestricted.

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    Arrangement of Collection

    This collection is arranged into the following series.

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    Access restrictions

    Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce should be secured from the repository.

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    IC 098 TMC Library Historical Photograph Collection

    IC 006 Baylor College of Medicine records

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    Index terms

    This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

    Burdon, Kenneth L.–Archives

    Baylor College of Medicine–Department of Microbiology and Immunology

    Anaphylaxis
    Anthrax—microbiology
    Bacillus Anthracis
    Bacillus Cereus
    Blood—enzymology
    Eumycin
    Glover’s Cancer Organism
    Immunology
    Microbiology
    Mycomycin
    Neoplasms—diagnosis
    Neoplasms—etiology

    Microbiologist

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    Preferred Citation

    Kenneth L. Burdon, MD papers; MS 008; John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library.

    Please cite the box and folder numbers where appropriate.

    Acquisition Information

    Dr. Kenneth Burdon donated his papers to the Houston Academy of Medicine – Texas medical Center Library on July 23, 1979.

    Processing Information

    The folders are arranged as they were received from Dr. Burdon. The folder headings were taken from those assigned by the creator or from research paper titles. Paper materials placed in acid-free folders. Bound books placed in box with collection. Five photographs were reincorporated into the colleciton from the IC 098 TMC Library Historical Photograph Collection.

    The following materials were separated from the collection in 1979:

    Newspaper clipping from Houston Chronicle Magazine, April 18, 1948, placed in clipping scrapbook.
    Newspaper clippings from Houston Post about Sunflower Seed Blood Test for Cancer, July 25, 1965 and October 16, 1965, placed in clipping scrapbook.
    Newspaper clipping from Houston Chronicle magazine about hay fever research, September 18, 1949, placed in clipping scrapbook.
    Pages from Science volume 84 (no. 2170), p. 107-108 were discarded.
    Photocopy of articel entitled “Reclassification of Nocardia Acidophilus: a case for chemical taxanomy?” by Susan Canham, Marjorie Anchel, and George N. Bistis of New York Botanical Garden, was dicarded.

    Appraisal

    Accruals

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    Other Finding Aids

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    Bibliography

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    Detailed Description of the Collection

    Series I:Professional Activities; 1880-1900
    Scope and Content Note: This Series includes biographical information, personal and professional correspondence, official documents, news clippings, and photographs that detail the personal life, professional activities, medical related records, research and papers associated with Kenneth Burdon, MD and his work medicine especially with regard to the Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Microbiology.
    Box Folder
    1 1 curriculum vitae and Bibliography
    2 Brown University Commencement Program, 1922
    3 Brief History of the Microscope, 1922
    4 Publicity about Dr. Burdon’s Career
    5 Early History of Baylor University, College of Medicine
    6 Early History of Baylor University, College of Medicine- First 50 Years,1903-1953
    7 Early History of Baylor University, College of Medicine and Texas Medical Center. Biographical sketches of faculty of Baylor Univ. College of Medicine
    8 Early History of Department of Microbiology, Baylor University, College of Medicine
    9 Discovery of New Antibiotics active against the germs of Tuberculosis, 1947
    10 Bacteriology of Anthrax- Pathogenicity of B. cereus
    11 Glover’s Cancer Organism
    12 Sunflower Seed Blood Test for Cancer, 1965
    13 Persistence of claims relating to cultivable Bacteria and Fungi to the etiology of Cancer- 1969 Paper
    14 Anaphylaxis in the Mouse
    15 Abnormalities in Blood Enzyme Systems, 1964-1965
    16 Reuben D. Wnede, “Constancy of the Mode of Spore Germination in Cultures of Bacillus Subtlis, Marburg, Bacillus Subtlis, Ford (Bacillus Licheniformis) and Bacillus Pumilus” (M.S. thesis, Baylor University, 1952).
    17 Kenneth Burdon, Textbook of Microbiology (New York: Macmillan, 1958)
    P-864 Photographs. Cullen Building, Baylor College of Medicine, 1947
    P-865 Photographs. Faculty and staff, Department of Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine, 1955-1957
    P-866 Photographs. Faculty and staff, Department of Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine, 1966
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