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Permission to use the Puente manuscript must be obtained from Dr. Michael V. Gannon, Dept. of History, University of Florida, Gainesville.
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Proper citation must be given to Dr. Boyd for quotes taken from any of his research, published or unpublished.
Dr. Mark Frederick Boyd, born in 1889, was an internationally known doctor in the field of public health and tropical medicine. His career combined public health service, teaching, and research. He did studies on malaria in Brazil, Jamaica, Mississippi, Georgia, and North Carolina. Dr. Boyd established a research laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida in 1931. He worked at the State Board of Health of Florida from 1947 to 1952. His work in tropical diseases, especially malaria, earned him the Brumpt Award in 1953. Principal among Boyd's other interests was Florida history. He co-authored a book, "Here They Once Stood: The Tragic End of the Apalachee Missions," with Hale Smith and J. W. Griffin. Boyd's historical research concentrated on the early Spanish settlements and the Native American population of Florida.
The collection contains the papers of Dr. Mark Frederick Boyd pertaining to his Florida history research and his career in medicine. Types of records include correspondence, research notes and materials, an unpublished manuscript, newsclippings, photographs, personal diaries, awards, and maps. The historical materials document Boyd's interests in Spanish missions and Indian affairs in Florida, as well as information on Richard Keith Call, Civil War activity in Florida, Spanish explorers, and desegregation. The collection also contains an unpublished manuscript on Don Juan Joseph Eligio de la Puente. It also documents is Boyd's involvement in Florida historic site surveys and the placement of historic markers, especially the Jim Woodruff Reservoir in Gadsden County.
The medical correspondence, diaries, research journals, and photographs relate to his study of malaria and other tropical diseases in South and Central America and in the American South.
Photographs in the collection document his world travels but concentrate on his travels in Central and South America. There are also photographs of Florida (mostly the Tallahassee vicinity) and South Georgia, which again reflect his interest in state and regional history.
Folder listing available.
Additional Physical Form:
Location of Originals/Duplicates:
University of Miami, Swisher Library, Miami, Fla. and Florida State University, Strozier Library, Special Collections, Tallahassee, Fla.
Donor is Dr. Boyd's daughter.
Electronic Records Access:
Subject Access Fields:
Call, R.K. 1791-1862 (Richard Keith), Puente, Juan Joseph Eligio de la.
Historic sites Florida Medicine Practice Florida Malaria Florida Indians of North America Florida Seminole Indians.
Diaries. aat Scrapbooks. aat
Florida History Civil War, 1861-1865 Leon County (Fla.) Florida History To 1821 Florida History Jim Woodruff Reservoir Region (Fla. and Ga.) South America Description and travel Central America Description and travel Gadsden County (Fla.) Tallahassee (Fla.)
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