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Series 2
Horace Mann Bond papers, 1928-1972
Boxes 17 - 42, 83 86-95, 97-99, OP1-OP9, OP10-OP20, and BV 1 - 2

Scope and Content Note

The series consists of the papers of Horace Mann Bond from 1928-1972 and includes personal papers; professional correspondence; teaching and university files; and research and writings. Personal papers include diaries, financial documents, and genealogical research on the Bond family. Professional correspondence documents Bond's academic work, primarily in his capacity as President of Lincoln University and as Dean of the School of Education at Atlanta University. Correspondents include W.E.B. Du Bois, Rufus Clement, W.C. Handy, Langston Hughes, Richard Nixon, Arthur Schomburg, and Hale Woodruff, as well as numerous scholars and African dignitaries such as Kwame Nkrumah.

Teaching and university files consist of material relating to Horace Mann Bond's academic and teaching career. The subseries predominantly documents Bond's career as Dean of the School of Education at Atlanta University from 1958-1972 and includes administrative documents such as department meeting agendas; accreditation plans and reports; and teaching files for Bond's classes, particularly "Foundations of Education." There is a small amount of material present documenting Bond's tenure with Fort Valley State College and Lincoln University.

Research and writings include Bond's research files on high school and collegiate education, particularly in Southern states as well as intelligence and standardized testing. The subseries also contains significant information relating to Bond's major research project, A Study of the Factors Involved in the Identification and Encouragement of Unusual Academic Talent among Underprivileged Populations, designated by its government identification number "Project 458." There are questionnaires regarding subjects' educational genealogy, as well as charts, created by Bond, to tabulate the data gathered in the questionnaires. The subseries also contains drafts of Bond's writings, including his unpublished autobiography; his history of Lincoln University God be Glorified by Africa: The History and Sociology of Lincoln University (published posthumously as Education for Freedom: A History of Lincoln University); and multiple articles, speeches, and poems. Research and writings also contain works by other writers and scholars, including Langston Hughes, Kwame Nkrumah, and Booker T. Washington. The work by Washington was likely part of Horace Mann Bond’s book or autograph collection.

Arrangement Note

Organized into four subseries: (2.1) Personal papers, (2.2) Professional correspondence, (2.3) Teaching and university files, and (2.4) Research and writings.

Finding Aid Note

An index of respondents to the questionnaires for Horace Mann Bond's "A Study of the Factors Involved in the Identification and Encouragement of Unusual Academic Talent among Underprivileged Populations" (Project 458) is available.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Special restrictions apply: Subseries 2.4. contains some copies of original materials held by other institutions; these copies may not be reproduced without the permission of the owner of the originals.

Restrictions on Access

Special restrictions apply: Due to privacy concerns financial and medical records are restricted from use until deaths of James Bond, Jane Bond Moore, and Julian Bond.

Description of Subseries