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Personal papers of Lyle Boyd

 Collection — Box: 1
Call Number: PP 160


Lyle G. Boyd graduated from the University of Kansas in 1931. This collection consists of a list of short stories and research publications that were written by Lyle and William Boyd.


  • 1920s-1930s


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These materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) no less than three days in advance of a planned visit. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

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Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of Lyle Gifford Boyd (1907-1982)

Lyle Gifford Boyd grew up in St. Joseph, Missouri before graduating with an English degree from the University of Kansas in 1931. After graduation she married William Clouser Boyd, a biochemist with the Boston University Medical School and pioneer in the use of genetics.

The Boyds traveled throughout Great Britain, the Soviet Union, Spain, and portions of the Middle East to collect blood samples to study the relationships among human populations, past and present. Lyle Boyd appeared as co-author on several articles about their research, and she was the one who suggested testing mummies in the Egyptian Museum. The couple also published science fiction stories together under the pseudonym Boyd Ellanby.

Lyle Boyd was an editor or editorial assistant for several publications throughout the 1950s-1970s, including Harvard College Observatory, Notable American Women, and the Dictionary of American Biography. She also write a history of the Harvard College Observatory and Writing a Technical Paper.

The Boyds had one daugther, Sylvia, born in 1935. They divorced in 1965, and Lyle G. Boyd died in 1982 in Watertown, Massachusetts.

[Information from "Papers of Lyle Gifford Boyd, 1921-1982," Harvard University - Schlesinger Library, finding aid on ArchiveGrid at]


.25 Linear Feet (1 document case)

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Physical Location

PP 160

Physical Location

Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Related Materials

Consult library staff regarding the availability of related photographs, biographical files, and scrapbooks.

Guide to the Lyle Gifford Boyd Collection
Personal papers of Lyle Boyd
Finding aid prepared by ad, 2005. Finding aid encoded by ad, 2005. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2021.
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Finding aid written in English.
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Preferred citation
Personal papers of Lyle G. Boyd, University Archives, PP 160, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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