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Collection Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents Note

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1: Personal papers, 1897-1986

Series 2: Correspondence, 1922-1985

Series 3: Works by George Bond, 1927-1988

Series 4: Works by other authors, 1940-1978

Series 5: Southern Methodist University, 1941-1986

Southern Methodist University

George Bond papers

A Guide



Collection Summary

Collector: Bond, George Doherty, 1903-
Title: George Bond papers
Dates: 1897-1988, bulk 1920s-1986
Abstract: George Bond was a student and professor of English at Southern Methodist University, editor of the Southwest Review, and the Dallas Morning News Book Page. His papers include manuscripts, correspondence with authors, and faculty papers.
Identification: MSS 0066
Quantity: 3 boxes (3 linear feet)
Language: English
Repository: DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

George Doherty Bond Jr. was born in Hillsboro, Texas on October 23, 1903. After attending Hillsboro public schools, Bond studied English at Southern Methodist University and received his B.A. in 1920, and M.A. in 1924. In 1946 he received his doctoral degree in English linguistics from the University of Michigan. Bond began teaching at SMU in 1924, but left in 1927 to work as an editor for McFadden Publications in New York City. He returned to SMU four years later and continued teaching until 1971, when he was named professor emeritus.

In 1922, Bond joined the SMU poetry group “The Makers,” and their poetry was published in the anthology Prairie Pegasus in 1924. When SMU became the home for The Southwest Review in 1924, Jay B. Hubbell and George Bond shared the editorship for three years until John McGinnis became editor. Bond also worked as an editor of the Dallas Morning News Book Page with McGinnis.

During his lengthy teaching career at SMU, Bond was chair of the English department, president of the Faculty Senate, served on various campus committees, and was active in the Poetry Society of Texas and the Texas Institute of Letters. After he retired from SMU, Bond worked on a manuscript about the Middle English poem “The Pearl,” which was published posthumously by his wife in 1991 as The Pearl Poem: An Introduction and Interpretation.

George Bond married Mildred Martin in 1922, and they had two children: Margaret and Robert. George Bond died in Dallas on May 25, 1986.

Sources:

Biographical information, Box 1, Folder 1

Smith, Henry Nash and Willard Spiegelman. “Southwest Review,” Handbook of Texas Online, https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/kqs01

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Scope and Contents Note

The bulk of this collection contains correspondence with authors and Bond’s literary manuscripts. Notable authors in series 2 include Katharine Brush, Donald Davidson, J. Frank Dobie, Charles Ferguson, Jay B. Hubbell, Will James, Larry McMurtry, Harry Alan Potamkin, Conrad Richter, and John Hall Wheelock. Politicians Adlai Stevenson and Ralph Yarborough are also included, and readers should note a separate folder of political correspondence regarding various political campaigns can be found at the end of the series.

The third series contains drafts of essays, plays, and Bond’s manuscript for his posthumously published work, The Pearl Poem: An Introduction and Interpretation. The fourth series features manuscripts by various authors, including Marvin Luter Hill and Ottys Sanders. The last series contains files of various SMU committees, correspondence from students, and Bond’s administrative and faculty files on the English department.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 5 series:
Series 1: Personal papers, 1897-1986
Series 2: Correspondence, 1922-1985
Series 3: Works by George Bond, 1927-1988
Series 4: Works by other authors, 1940-1978
Series 5: Southern Methodist University, 1941-1986

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library. It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Sensitive Material Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which DeGolyer Library assumes no responsibility.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Subjects (Persons)
Bond, George Doherty, 1903-
Subjects (Organizations)
Southern Methodist University -– Faculty.
Subjects (Places)
Dallas, Tex.
Subjects
Poetry.
Dallas, Tex. –- Politics and government -– 20th century.
Occupations
Authors, American -- Texas -– Dallas.
English teachers -– Texas –- Dallas.
Editors –- Texas -– Dallas.
Other Authors
Hubbell, Jay B. (Jay Broadus), 1885-1979.
Ferguson, Charles W. (Charles Wright), 1901-1987.
Pierce, Ovid Williams.
Document Types
Correspondence.
Manuscripts for publication.
Photographs.

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Related Material

Southwest Review records, MSS 65

John H. McGinnis papers, A1992.1792c, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University English department records, SMU 1998.0320, University Archives, Southern Methodist University

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Bond papers, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Acquisition Information

Gift, Mildred Bond, 1990.

Processing Information

This collection was partially inventoried in 1989 by DeGolyer Library staff. In 2019, Cynthia Franco completed processing, wrote and encoded the finding aid.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Personal papers, 1897-1986
7 folders

These folders contain biographical information, Dallas County Democratic precinct materials from 1956, clippings, and a few photographs.
Box Folder
1 1 Biographical information and obituaries, 1986 [includes memorial by Marshall Terry]
2 Democratic Party Dallas Precinct Convention materials, 1956
3 Photocopies of award certificates, 1922-1979
4 Programs and invitation, 1969-1986
5 Clippings about George Bond, 1920s-1952
6 Ephemera – ticket to Robert Frost event at SMU, 1922; gold watch description, 1897; drawing of horse
7 Photographs – George and Mildred Bond; Jay Hubbell and Carl Sandburg, 1956; two group photographs

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Series 2: Correspondence, 1922-1985
1 box

The first two folders contain George Bond’s letters to his wife Mildred and other family correspondence. The rest of the series includes professional correspondence. Notable authors include Katharine Brush, Donald Davidson, J. Frank Dobie, Charles Ferguson, Jay B. Hubbell, Will James, Larry McMurtry, Harry Alan Potamkin, Conrad Richter, and John Hall Wheelock. Politicians Adlai Stevenson and Ralph Yarborough can be found in this series, as well as a separate folder of correspondence regarding various political campaigns in Texas.
Box Folder
1 8 George Bond letters, 1922-1977
9 Bond family, 1964-1972
10 Adams, Andy, 1924
11 Aikman, Duncan [El Paso Times], circa 1920s
12 Angell, Jessie Aline, 1955-1970
13 Atkins, W. L., 1930
14 Babb, W. O., 1924, 1970
15 Babb, Stanley [Galveston News], 1924
16 Baker, Karle W., 1925
17 Bard, William E., 1964-1967
18 Basham, Bill, 1956-1957
19 Beaty, John O., 1930-1957 ; offprint "How to Capture a University: The Meaning of the Southwest Review Attack on John Beaty" inscribed by Beaty, 1954
20 Beaty, Mary, 1961
21 Bebb, Bruce, 1978
22 Benet, Stephen Vincent, undated
23 Bigbee, North, 1971
24 Brooks, Jim, 1969
25 Brush, Katharine, 1949
26 Burford, Lola, 1971-1977
27 Burns, Aubrey, 1925
28 Burns, W. J., 1927
29 Bynner, Witter, 1922-1925
30 Carter III, Hodding, 1979 [with copy of Bond's letter to President Carter about Iran hostage crisis]
31 Clark, William Russell, 1924-1926; photograph and drawing of Clark
32 Conlon, Frances, 1970-1971
33 Covici Jr., Pascal, 1970
34 Crowell, N. H., 1924
35 Davidson, Donald , 1925
36 Davidson, Nelle, 1962
37 Dealey, George Bannerman, 1927
38 Dobie, J. Frank, 1924-1955
39 Doughty, Leonard, 1923
40 Dusing, Reg, 1968
41 Evans, Roy R., 1967
42 Ferguson, Charles, 1925-1979
43 Gafford III, Gordon M.
44 Gambrell, Herbert, 1925-1977
45 Gambrell, Virginia, 1966
46 Gates, Dorothy, 1967
47 Gibson, Wilfrid, 1924
48 Gill, Ottie, undated
49 Graham, Alice, 1955
50 Graves, John, 1965-1966
51 Graves, Robert, 1924
52 Hardy, George, undated
53 Harrison, Hastings, 1962
54 Hartsock, Ernest, circa 1926
55 Horace [Bond's roommate in college], undated
56 Houston, Ralph [with letter from Walter Kidd], 1967
57-59 Hubbell, Jay Broadus, 1925-1979
60 Humphreys, Joe Bailey, 1970
61 James, Will, 1925
62 Johnson, Dick, 1957-1969
63 Jones, Howard, M., 1924
64 Keyes, Daisy, 1924
65 Labor, Earle, 1976-1977
66 Law, Robert, 1924
67 Leach, Henry Goddard, 1926
68 Lee, Betty, undated
69 Majors, Edna Coe, 1966
70 [Martin?], Lois, 1925-1927
71 Martin, William B., 1968-1970 [regarding will of William H. Martin]
72 McCormick, Virginia, undated
73 McMurtry, Larry, 1966
74 Meech, Sanford, 1937
75 Monsure, Grace, 1924
76 Moore, Gladys L., 1972
77 Neihardt, John G., 1924
78 Pierce, Ovid Williams, 1957-1985
79 Poetry a Magazine of Verse, 1924
80 Poetry Society of South Carolina, 1925 [with poem by George Bond and two letters by Dubose Heywood]
81 Poetry Society of Texas, 1967-1985.
82 Potamkin, Harry Alan, 1924-1925
83 Richmond, Louise, 1968
84 Richter, Conrad, 1955
85 Riggs, Lynn, 1925
86 Robertson, Lexie Dean, 1925
87 Rochelle, Julia, 1960
88 Rollins, 1929
89 Sampley, Arthur, 1971-1972
90 Sandburg, Carl, 1923
91 Sanders, Ottys, 1979
92 Savage, Wallace, 1960-1963
93 Shuler, Ellis W., 1940
94 Simpson, Claude, 1962-1963
95 Smith, Henry Nash, 1960
96 [Snell?], W. E., 1923
97 Southern Methodist University Alumni Association, 1974-1979
98 Stevenson, Adlai, 1952
99 Terry, Marshall, 1966-1980
100 Terry, Tony
101 Texas Institute of Letters, 1952-1970
102 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association, 1924
103 Thompson, Thomas
104 Turner, Decherd, 1964
105 Van Doren, Carl, 1926-1927 [includes letter from Carl Van Doren to Jay Broadus Hubbell]
106 Waldrop, A. Gayle, 1922
107 Wardlaw, Frank, 1957
108 [Waugh?], Bob, 1955-1957
109 Wheelock, John, 1976
110 West, Ruth
111 Williams, George
112 Woodward, E., 1924
113 Yarborough, Ralph, 1970-1973
114 Zeitlin, Jake, 1925
115 Unidentified letters, 1957-1980
116 Letters requesting editorial assistance, 1958-1969
117 Political correspondence, 1952-1974

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Series 3: Works by George Bond, 1927-1988
3 boxes

This series contains drafts of essays, plays, and Bond’s drafts and notes for his posthumously published work, The Pearl Poem: An Introduction and Interpretation.
Box Folder
1 118 "Umlaut in Middle English" – copyright certificate; correspondence regarding the publication of Bond's thesis, 1937-1938, includes letters from H.L. Mencken, John Kenyon, and Fannie Ratchford
119 Ghost Stories magazine – correspondence, 1928-1929
120 Poems, and correspondence for permission to publish, 1927-1964
121 John Hathaway McGinnis – biographical sketch and memo to A.L. Harding, 1957
122 James Farley Cronin – drafts of resolution for SMU Faculty Senate, notes, 1961
123 Jay B. Hubbell – two essays by George Bond and Ottys Sanders, 1979
Box Folder
2 1-31 “The Amazing Medieval Pearl Re-examined” – drafts, notes, correspondence, 1940s-1985
32-34 “The Amazing Medieval Pearl Re-examined” - Mildred Bond’s correspondence with publishers,1987-1988
35 “All Eyes Open: A Comedy” [by George Bond and Charles W. Ferguson], undated
36 “Bad Boy: A College Play in Three Acts” by Charles W. Ferguson and George Bond, undated
37 “The Man of God: A Play in Three Acts” by Charles W. Ferguson and George Bond, undated
38-41 [Drafts for a religious play], undated
Box Folder
3 1 Statement in memory of Dr. John Wilson Boyer, undated
2 Statement in memory of Dr. Ernest Erwin Leisy, undated
3 Cicero – notes and outline for play, undated
4 Lecture notes, undated
5 Unidentified notes, undated

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Series 4: Works by other authors, 1940-1978
11 folders

This first two folders contain Bond’s collection of poetry by various authors, possibly for a publication. The rest of this series contains manuscripts by various authors.
Box Folder
3 6-7 Anthology of poems collected by George Bond, undated
8 “The Effects of Selective Admission Upon Freshman Enrollment” by John W. Bowyer, undated
9 “John Hathaway McGinnis” by John S. Chapman, with letter from Jay B. Hubbell, 1978
10 “Life and literature of the Southwest: an incomplete guide to books on Texas and the Southwest” by J. Frank Dobie, undated
11 “Naked to Mine Enemies: a Play Based on the Book by Charles W. Ferguson”, undated
12 Poems signed by Marvin Luter Hill – “Flashes;” “The Prisoner,” undated
13 “Dear, Damned, Inconstant One” poem by Walter Holbrook, undated
14 “The Liberal Arts College Today” by Umphrey Lee, 1940
15 “To a Renegade” signed poem by Lizette Woodworth Reese, undated
16 “The Idol” by Ottys Sanders, undated

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Series 5: Southern Methodist University, 1941-1986
1 box

The last series contains English department correspondence, correspondence with students, various SMU committee files, and a manuscript of the 1941 student magazine “Tryout.”
Box Folder
3 17 English Department, 1944-1980
18-19 Chairman of English Department, 1954-1973
20 “Tryout: A Magazine By and For Freshman of Southern Methodist Unversity" typescript, 1941 May [editorial committee: George Bond, Geoffrey Langsam, Ima Herron]
21 Student correspondence, 1955-1975
22 Student correspondence, undated; student manuscripts
23 Lilalee Maureen Hughes correspondence about her graduate thesis, 1967-1970
24 Drafts of letters of recommendation for former students 1960-1975
25 University committees, 1951-1968
26 Committee for College of Arts and Sciences, 1948-1967
27 College of Arts and Sciences - materials concerning proposal for changing College of Arts and Sciences to School of Humanities and Sciences, 1962-1963
28 College of Arts and Sciences - Notes and draft of faculty petition for “dismemberment of Arts and Sciences and the creation of a new entity, tentatively called the University College,” 1963
29 Conference of College Teachers of English, 1958-1972
30 Faculty Committee on Buildings and Grounds, 1956-1966
31 Faculty Committee on Scholarships, 1947-1957
32 Faculty Senate, 1951-1970
33 Phi Beta Kappa, 1952-1986

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