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Edward B. Durand Collection

Collection 437

Durand, Edward B. (1941–2018). Collection, 1955–1997, n.d.

2.5 inches

Edward Boniface Durand was born in St. Martinville, LA on 5 June 1941. He joined the United States Navy Seabees after graduating high school and served two tours in Vietnam. He achieved the rank of Senior Chief Petty Officer and earned the Navy Achievement Medal for valor in combat. After serving in the military, he returned to St. Martinville and became a member of the Civil Defense Team. He oversaw the Civil Defense Command Center at the St. Martinville Courthouse. He also participated in practice drills, where rehearsals were conducted on what to do if there was an attack. Durand died on 8 September 2018 at the age of 77.

This collection consists of civil defense material, including handbooks, course materials, and handwritten notes. Durand’s son, Howard Durand, originally donated the collection to the Bayou Teche Museum. It was later transferred to the University Archives and Acadiana Manuscripts Collection with the donor's permission through the efforts of Shane Bernard.


A. Civil Defense 1-01 through 1-09


Box 1
1-01 Radiological Monitoring Course, schedule, quiz, handwritten notes, worksheet, University of Southwestern Louisiana, 1965
1-02 Notes of Nuclear Explosions, charts, 1997, n.d.
1-03 St. Martin Parish, Public Affairs Research Council press release, A Statistical Profile of St. Martin, 1965
1-04 Civil Defense Writing, “Organization of the CDE Ramont Program”, “Defense Against Chemical Agents, Department of Defense, n.d.
1-05 Nuclear attack: correspondence, n.d.
1-06 Department of Civil Defense Handbooks, 1965, n.d.
1-07 Civil Defense Instruction, LSU; Monitoring Station Reporting Log forms, Films available for Civil Defense Instruction, Radiological Monitoring Course, n.d.
1-08 Aircraft Recognition for the ground observer, Department of the Air Force, AF Manual, 355-10, 1955
1-09 Radiological Defense Textbook, Department of Defense, March 1963