Guide to the Joseph W. Beard Papers, 1920-1983 (MC.0006)
Contains the professional papers of Joseph W. Beard, virologist at the Duke University School of Medicine, and Dorothy Beard, his research partner and wife. Types of materials include correspondence, writings, memorabilia, contracts, certificates, plaques, photographs, a drawing, and a eulogy. Major subjects include Duke University Medical Center, cancer research, virus diseases, leukemia, avian leukosis viruses, oncogenic viruses, and virus disease. Materials range in date from 1920 to 1983.
- Call Number
- Joseph W. Beard Papers
- Beard, Joseph Willis
- 3.00 linear feet
- Duke University Medical Center Archives
Organized into the following series: Correspondence, 1930-1971; Personal Materials, 1930-1970; Research and Legal Materials, 1940-1982; Photographs, Memorabilia, and Awards, circa 1920-1971; Oversized Photographs and Scrapbooks, circa 1920-1956. Scrapbooks were disassembled and refoldered due to preservation concerns. Oversize materials are housed in Box 4.
3 document cases, 1 oversize box
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1. Correspondence, 1930-1980
Contains personal and professional correspondence of Joseph Beard. Major correpsondents include Lederle Laboratories, Alfred Blalock, Dorothy Beard, Ronzee Bridges and Rose Bridges.
General, unordered, 1934-1978
American Cyanamid Company (William Bell), 1945-1946
Dorothy Beard to Joseph Beard, 1934-1960
Blalock, Alfred, 1935-1945
Bridges, Rose McIntyre, circa 1945-1971
Bridges, Sr., Ronzee McIntyre, circa 1945-1971
Lederle Laboratories, 1937-1939
Lilly Research Laboratories, 1980
Rous, Peyton, circa 1935-1965
Shope, Richard E., 1938-1941
2. Personal Materials, 1920-1983
Love letter [from Joseph to Dorothy Beard?], undated
Helpful Hints, a household maintenance scrapbook, circa 1940-1970
Property and land ownership, circa 1970
Madeline G. Waters writings, circa 1920
Letters of recommendation concerning Joseph Beard, 1934-1935
Eulogy, Dr. Joseph W. Beard, 1901-1983, A Mighty Man, 1983
3. Research and Legal Materials, 1940-1982
Scholarly writings and reprints, circa 1940-1982
Dorothy Beard Research Fund, 1941-1971
Lederle Laboratories contract, 1940, 1944
Duke University contract, 1940
4. Photographs, Memorabilia, and Awards, circa 1920-1979
Programs and brochures, circa 1945-1977
Certificates (academic, honorary, membership), 1932-1979
Sketch of Dorothy Beard, 1935
News clippings, circa 1955-1971
Photographs, family and personal, undated
Photographs of colleagues, work, and Duke University, undated
Photographs, portraits/individual shots, Joseph Beard, undated
Photographs, portraits of Dorothy Beard [and Madeline Waters?], undated
Photographs, unidentified, undated
Commemorative medal, American Association for Cancer Research, G.H.A. Clowes Memorial lecture, 1966
Association of American Medical Colleges, Award for Outstanding Research in Medical Science, 1971
Plaque, Special Virus Cancer program, 1971
5. Oversized Photographs and Scrapbooks, circa 1920-1956
Family photo album, 36 pages, circa 1950-1955
Beard family at home/leisure activities, undated
Joseph and Dorothy Beard at work, undated
Beard family scrapbook, pages 1-32, circa 1930-1956
Beard family scrapbook, pages 33-74, circa 1930-1956
Madeline Grainger Waters scrapbook, pages 1-22, circa 1920-1939
Madeline Grainger Waters scrapbook, pages 23-50, circa 1920-1939
Madeline Grainger Waters scrapbook, loose materials, circa 1920-1939
Joseph Willis Beard was born in Athens, Louisiana in 1906. He earned his degrees from University of Chicago (B.S., 1925) and Vanderbilt University (M.D., 1929). Joseph Beard met his wife, Dorothy Waters, at Vanderbilt University. Dorothy Waters Beard, a 1929 graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, became a prominent member of Joseph Beard's research group, collaborating with him on over 125 research publications. Joseph Beard was noted for his early accomplishments in cancer and viruses in animal and humans. In 1933, Beard and scientist Peyton Rous of the Rockefeller Institute wanted to study a particular group of cells. They devised the method of pulling blood cells out of veins using a magnetic force. called their accomplishment an 'ingenious trick.' Beard joined the Duke University faculty in 1937. Together, Joseph and Dorothy Beard were an internationally prominent cancer research team. In 1938, one year after coming to Duke University, Dr. Beard's group developed the first usable vaccine for equine encephalomyelitis, a disease that then struck down thousands of horses. This development was due in part to the generous funding of Lederle Laboratories, owned by William Brown Bell, a Duke Endowment Trustee and President of American Cyanamid Company. Bell's support allowed Duke scientists to progress rapidly in successfully developing the vaccine and subsequently becoming national leaders in vaccine and immunization. In the 1940s, Beard purified and photographed the virus which causes warts and skin cancer in rabbits. In 1950, Beard received a grant from the American Cancer Society to research and isolate the cause of avian leukosis, a cancer-like disease that cost the poultry industry millions of dollars each year. In subsequent research, Dr. Beard isolated and identified cancer viruses that cause leukemia in chickens, and he and his associates were one of the two groups to first report tangible evidence of viruses in association with human leukemia. Beard became the James B. Duke professor of surgery in 1946 and was appointed professor of virology in 1965. Beard received Borden Award for outstanding research in medicine, presented annually by the Association of American Medical Colleges. Beard continued to be recognized locally and nationally for his work, winning funding and awards frequently. Beard produced over 300 publications on surgical shock; chemical, physical, and biological properties of animal viruses; and on cancer induced by mammalian and avian viruses. Some of Dr. Beard's works include 1964, 1960, (1957), and(1960). Joseph Beard served Duke University until his retirement in 1973. From about 1973 until 1983, the Beards were associated with Life Sciences Incorporated, located in their place of retirement, St. Petersburg, Florida. Joseph Beard died in 1983.
[Identification of item], Joseph W. Beard Papers, Duke University Medical Center Archives.
Acquired; circa 1983 and circa 2002
Processed by Emily Glenn Completed July 2003
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