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Collection is open for research.
Permission to publish material from the William Logan Threlkeld Papers must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.
Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: William Logan Threlkeld Papers, Ms1975-005, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
The William Logan Threlkeld Papers were donated to Special Collections in 1975.
The processing, arrangement, and description of the William Logan Threlkeld Papers commenced and was completed in June, 2012.
William Logan Threlkeld, the son of Thomas B. and Harriet Taylor Threlkeld, was born in Versailles, Kentucky on August 8, 1893. After obtaining a bachelor's degree in biology and chemistry from Georgetown College, Threlkeld served as assistant principal of a Madisonville, Kentucky high school from 1915 to 1917. He served as a lieutenant in the army during World War I, then worked as an instructor in Michigan (1920-1921), a science teacher at Hargrave Academy (1922-1927), and an instructor and research fellow in biology at the University of Virginia, where he would earn his master's (1929) and doctoral (1934) degrees in parasitology. In 1929, Threlkeld was hired as an assistant professor of zoology and biology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In 1938, he was named associate professor; in 1957, professor. Following his 1958 retirement from VPI, Threlkeld worked as a professor of biology at Milligan College from 1959 to 1961 and at Shorter College from 1961 to 1964. He married Carrie Louise Vaden (1898-1994) in 1924, and the couple had three children. William L. Threlkeld died in June, 1988 and was buried in Chatham Burial Park, Chatham (Pittsylvania County), Virginia.
This collection contains the papers of William Logan Threlkeld, professor of zoology and biology at Virginia Polytechnic Institute from 1929 to 1958. The collection contains biographical materials, personal and professional correspondence, research files, and printed materials.
Though there is much overlap between the personal and professional correspondence, letters of a predominantly personal nature from family members, aquaintances, former teachers, and former students, are found at the beginning of the collection. Also from Threlkeld's personal life is a collection of materials relating to various awards and memberships, as well as his military service. A folder of biographical materials contains a booklet about the Threlkeld School, operated by Threlkeld's father; a 1929 biology exam book from University of Virginia; a bibliography of Threlkeld's works; and various biographical sketches. Also relating to Threlkeld's personal life is material on the honor society of Sigma Xi. The collection also contains numerous opinion pieces written by Threlkeld, a number of them in the form of letters written to newspapers and political figures and largely focused on communism. Accompanying these pieces is a small collection of printed materials reflecting Threlkeld's political views.
From Threlkeld's professional career, the collection contains several subject files relating to both his scientific research and his work for the Virginia Cooperative Extension Service. Included are project folders on parasites in cattle, sheep, and swine, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between cobalt deficiency and the presence of parasites in sheep. The correspondents include not only other researchers but various Virginia farmers with whom Threlkeld worked. These folders contain correspondence, project reports, and notes. The collection also contains a folder of general research correspondence, as well as professional correspondence not directly tied to any specific research and administrative correspondence relating to Threlkeld's career, students, and retirement. Also included is a collection of Threlkeld's publications as well as files relating to his book, Some Nematode Parasites of Domestic Animals. These folders contain reprint requests, book orders, and business records and correspondence relating to the book's publication.
The collection is arranged by topic, with personal materials generally preceding those relating to Threlkeld's professional activities.
- Agricultural extension work
- Science and Technology
- University Archives
- University History
- Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
- Threlkeld, William Logan