Series 7. Photographs and Film, 1913-1979

MS 411

3 boxes (1.5 linear feet)

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Series Overview

The first section of the series includes photographs taken by Horace Bond and others in Africa, as well as photographs of African-related events and subjects: Kwame Nkrumah (7:7, 13) a United Nations conference (7:4), and an American Society for African Culture meeting (7:25). Contained in this section are several photographs of the International African American Corporation's mining operations in Liberia (7:20-23), and numerous picture postcards (7:14, 29) presumably collected by Bond during a trip to the continent.

Three sections of Series 7 represent educational institutions with which Bond was affiliated. Photographs relating to Fort Valley State College consist primarily of those depicting a visit to the college by Governor Herman Eugene Talmadge, an advocate of racially separate schools (7:32-33). Lincoln University photographs include several of African students (7:36, 37, 41), as well as a few collected by Bond during the preparation of the Lincoln University history (7:40, 42-47).

The Rosenwald Fund survey photographs consist of those taken during Bond's travels in North Carolina, Louisiana and Alabama for the Fund from 1929 to 1931. Nearly one hundred black rural school buildings are pictured in print or, in most cases, negative form. In several instances, students appear in the photograph. Bond has noted the geographical location of each building on the prints; however, none of the negatives are identified as to location.

The miscellaneous section consists primarily of photographs of Bond at various meetings and conferences. Also included are numerous single images of Bond for publicity, passport and other purposes (7:65-67). Of interest are photographs of Julia and Julian Bond taken during the dedication of the Horace Mann Bond Center for Equal Education at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst on 22 October 1979. On that day the official announcement of the acquisition of the Bond Papers by the University was made.

Part of Bond's first trip to Africa in 1949, his visit to Lagos, Nigeria, was filmed by the Nigerian government under the title "An African Comes Home," a 12-minute silent black and white film with captions. Folder 73 contains a 3/4" videotape copy; the original re-mains in the possession of the Bond family.


Collection Details




Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries