Series 1. Bond Family Papers, 1892-1971

MS 411

7 boxes (3.5 linear feet)

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Series Overview

Series I consists primarily of the correspondence of various members of Horace Mann Bond's family

The papers of James Bond, Horace Mann Bond's father (1863-1929), make up the bulk of the series. Consisting primarily of carbon-copy typescripts of outgoing letters from 1924 through 1928, the correspondence (1:5-19) documents James Bond's work as Secretary of Colored Work with the Kentucky Young Men's Christian Association and as director of the Kentucky Commission on Interracial Cooperation. Letters to his family, friends, business associates and others deal with a variety of personal, social and political topics, including racial discrimination on streetcars in Louisville, the 1926 World YMCA Conference in Finland, and the academic progress of the Bond children. James Bond worked for some years on an autobiography, which he called "Life on the Racial Margin." Included in his papers (1:20-21) are handwritten autobiographical notes and sketches, a typewritten manuscript, and a transcript of the work edited by his son Horace. The miscellaneous papers belonging to James Bond (1:22-23) consist largely of minutes, reports, and other undated material relating to Commission on Interracial Cooperation and YMCA matters. Also included are notes for a newspaper column James Bond wrote in the late 1920s titled "Interracially Speaking." A file of newspaper clippings (1:24) collected by and regarding James Bond range from an 1892 article he wrote for the Berea College Reporter to notices of his death on 20 January 1929.

Correspondence between Horace Mann Bond and his siblings includes letters from brother James Maxwell Bond (1:26) during his tenures as dean of Dillard University and president of the University of Liberia. It was this brother who adopted the name James after the death of brother James Palmer Bond, acceding to their father's request that one member of every generation in the Bond family carry the name James. The papers of James Palmer Bond (1:27) include correspondence as well as detailed explanations of numerous inventions regarding aviation, motion pictures, and subterranean communities. General family matters are discussed in correspondence from brothers Gilbert (1:1) and Thomas (1:34) and sister Lucy (1:32). The files for each brother and sister also contain any papers relating to the spouse, children, and grandchildren of those individuals.

Series I also includes correspondence and printed material pertaining to Horace Mann Bond's wife, Julia Washington Bond (1:30-31). In addition to correspondence with her husband, children, grandmother ("Baby") and others, are dance and music programs, newsletters and assorted printed material from Pearl High School in Nashville, where her father was principal, and Fisk University. Julia Bond received a graduate library degree from Atlanta University in 1964; a copy of her thesis appears in the file.

Collection Details




Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries

Julia Bond, 1979
Julia Bond, 1979