Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center

Kenneth L. Burdon, MD papers; 1922-1969; MS 008



Creator: Burdon, Kenneth Livingston
Title Kenneth L. Burdon, MD papers
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
Quantity: .5 cubic feet (1 box)
Location: Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library, Houston, Texas.
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: John P. McGovern Historical Collections and Research Center, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library

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.


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.


Arrangement of Collection

This collection is arranged into the following series.
Series I. Professional

Restrictions

Access restrictions

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


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.
Subjects (Persons)
Burdon, Kenneth L.--Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
Baylor College of Medicine--Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Subjects
Anaphylaxis
Anthrax—microbiology
Bacillus Anthracis
Bacillus Cereus
Blood—enzymology
Eumycin
Glover's Cancer Organism
Mycomycin
Neoplasms—diagnosis
Neoplasms—etiology
Microbiology
Immunology
Occupations
Microbiologist

Related Materials

IC 098 TMC Library Historical Photograph Collection

IC 006 Baylor College of Medicine records


Administrative Information

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:

Appraisal

Accruals


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