The extensive files documenting Byrd’s presidency of the University of Maryland from 1935 to 1954 comprise Series 8 of this record group. This series includes correspondence, reports, financial and budgetary records, meeting minutes, publications, legal documents, newspaper clippings, blueprints, maps, photographs, and other materials. Some files are restricted, due to privacy issues related to student or personnel records.
The records cover campus life, especially at College Park; construction and expansion at the Baltimore, Princess Anne, and College Park campuses; relationships with state and federal government; funding of the university; alumni relations; issues in higher education; athletics; curricula; personnel and student matters; the effects of World War II on the university; integration and education of African American students; admissions; the beginnings of the campus known today as University of Maryland University College; and Byrd's personal civic activities, among a multitude of topics.
Byrd corresponded with a wide range of individuals, including UMD administrators, faculty, staff, and students; political figures and administrators at the state and national levels, especially governors of Maryland; architects for campus buildings; donors to and supporters of the university; other university presidents; and business leaders