Series 6. Writings, 1926-1972

MS 411

10 boxes (5.5 linear feet)

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Series Overview

Series 6 consists primarily of addresses, articles, books, book reviews, newspaper articles, letters to editors, autobiographical sketches and miscellaneous items written by Horace Mann Bond. Individual writings are arranged according to the eight types noted above, and chronologically within those types by date of presentation, publication or completion. Materials pertaining to a particular work generally include the item in its most complete or published form, followed by any available working papers--outlines, drafts and research materials. Correspondence dealing with the publication of a particular writing follows all other papers regarding the writing. In a few cases, papers relating to an essay or article occupy more than one folder. Although the majority of material written by Horace Bond is located in this series, other items such as research reports and Lincoln University histories appear elsewhere in the collection. Appendix provides a complete list of writings in the collection, with exact locations other than Series 6 noted.

Although several of the addresses appear only in outline form, the whole is a fairly complete representation of Bond's speaking career. Topics include race relations and the status of blacks in America, political movements in Africa, Afro-American relations, the history of black higher education, and sociological factors influencing academic talent. The addresses range in time from a 1935 speech given in Bogalusa, Louisiana (6:1) to a presentation in Pensacola, Florida on 11 May 1969 (6:16). The majority of the addresses, however, fall into the period 1945 to 1963, covering in particular Bond's years as Lincoln University president. Correspondence regarding Bond's appearances before educational institutions and organizations, community groups, church congregations, alumni associations and other audiences is located in the "Engagements" file in Series 3.

The articles in Series 6 include formal papers presented at professional meetings, as well as numerous other published and unpublished manuscripts. The topics dealt with are similar to those represented in Bond's addresses, with a greater concentration on the history of black higher education. The earliest dated article in the series appears in the October 1927 issue of The Crisis magazine under the title "Some Exceptional Negro Children" (6:17). Bond's extensive 1969 rebuttal (6:35-37) of a paper written by Christopher Jencks and David Riesman on the American black college is the final dated article in the series.

Also included in the articles file is a reprint of "The Influence of Personalities on the Public Education of Negroes in Alabama, I" (6:19), the first of a two-part article published in 1937 and based on Bond's PhD. thesis work. Among several articles regarding Africa is "Reflections, Comparative, on West African Nationalist Movements" (6:23), a paper presented by Bond at the First Congress of Black Writers, Scholars and Artists in 1956 in Paris.

Copies of books written by Horace Bond and related correspondence make up the books file of Series 6. These publications are concerned mainly with the history of black education and the origins of academic talent. Correspondence referring to the 1934 publication of Bond's first book, The Education of the Negro in the American Social Order (6:39-42), consists primarily of the letters of Bond and the Prentice-Hall Company discussing market potential and advertising. In 1939 Bond's PhD. thesis was published as Negro Education in Alabama: A Study in Cotton and Steel (6:43-44); it was reprinted in 1969. These published versions, in addition to some miscellaneous research notes, are the only material in the collection pertaining to the thesis. While at Fort Valley State College, Bond compiled Education for Production: A Textbook on How to be Healthy, Wealthy and Wise (6:45). The book stresses the need for increased food production in low-income areas, and explains profitable food production programs.

The Search for Talent (6:46), the book form of Bond's Inglis Lecture at Harvard University, was issued by that university in 1959. A typed manuscript of the 1957 address follows the book in the file. Both the 1967 U.S. Office of Education publication (6:47) and the 1972 commercially published report (6:48) of Bond's black doctorates study also appear in the books file. Relevant research materials for these books are in Series V.

Horace Bond's book reviews (6:49-50) date primarily from the late 1950s, with subjects ranging from the General Education Board to blacks in medicine.

In the early 1930s Bond was employed as a writer for the Associated Negro Press. The articles he produced, primarily on educational topics, appear in both manuscript and printed form and make up the bulk of the newspaper articles file (6:51). Correspondence with A.N.P. director Claude Barnett is in 3:94.

Bond was also a frequent contributor to newspaper "Letters to the Editor" columns. Many of his letters (6:52-54) deal with the misrepresentation of blacks in newspaper reporting and the inferior treatment extended to blacks by both government and private concerns.

The autobiographical sketches (6:55) are among the most personal writings in the collection. The sketches concentrate mainly on the teaching Bond received as a child from his grandmother and aunt. A segment written around 1932 titled "Notes on myself by myself" covers his activities in more detail up to that date. Included in the one folder of sketches are several autobiographical notes in r6sum6 form.

The miscellaneous writings (6:56-58) consist of radio scripts, poems, a play (of which Bond was probably the author) and a few short character sketches from the early 1930s.

Series 6 also contains bibliographies of his writings prepared by Bond (6:59), and general correspondence with publishers (6:60-61) pertaining to proposed writings and writings for which no papers other than correspondence exist.

In addition to the manuscript and printed materials in Series 6 is a sound recording (6:7) of Bond's address at Xavier University in North Carolina on 30 May 1951.

Collection Details




Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries