An Inventory of the Norfleet Bone Collection at the Texas State Archives, 1943-1962, 1997
Norfleet Giddings Bone was a civil engineer, landscape architect for the National Park Service, and division supervisor for the Texas State Parks Board. He was born in Gainesville, Texas, in 1892 to Mr. and Mrs. Edward E. Bone and had three sisters: Minnie Lou, Betty, and Elizabeth. He married Ruby Lee Franklin and had two children, William Norfleet and Bobbie Dawn. Bone received his first Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering in 1915 from New Mexico A&M College (now New Mexico State University). He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1917 and served with the First Aero Squadron until 1920. Upon returning to the United States from Europe, Bone earned his second Bachelor of Science in landscape architecture from Texas A&M College in 1923.
From 1927 to 1932, Bone worked as a landscape designer and engineer with the firm of McGinnis and McGinnis Landscape Architects in Dallas and returned to military service in 1927. He spent one year with the Army Air Corps as part of a tactical unit stationed at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. From 1929 to 1933, Bone served as the supervising landscape architect and engineer for Randolph Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, as well as overseeing the landscape design at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport, Louisiana. Bone was discharged from military service in 1932 and became a landscape architect for the National Park Service (headquartered in Austin, Texas) from 1933 to 1941. Bone was assigned first to the park at Balmorhea, Texas and then named acting superintendent of Bastrop State Park in 1936.
Bone returned to military service in World War II, working for the Army Corps of Engineers in its San Antonio district office. During this time, he was responsible for maintaining the landscaping and grassing of the flying fields at bases around Texas. After World War II, Bone moved back to Austin and worked with the Texas State Parks Board until his retirement in 1963, serving variously as the division supervisor for the Gainesville, Dallas, and Austin areas. Norfleet Bone died in 1978.
(Sources include: the finding aid for the Norfleet Giddings Bone Papers, 1917-1980, at the University of Texas at San Antonio, available online at http://legacy.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utsa/00104/utsa-00104.html, accessed on January 12, 2016; and the collection itself.)
Norfleet Giddings Bone (1892-1978) was a civil engineer, landscape architect for the National Park Service, and division supervisor for the Texas State Parks Board. The Norfleet Bone collection is composed of personal correspondence, one CD, and a newspaper clipping, dated 1943-1962 and 1997. The majority of the correspondence is composed of letters either to his son William or daughter Bobbie Dawn. Much of the remaining correspondence is to or from colleagues, former professors, or friends. The letters primarily concern his adult children's education, travel for professional reasons, meetings with colleagues, and Bone's day-to-day concerns as a Texas State Parks division supervisor. The CD contains an oral interview regarding Norfleet Bone's life conducted by Dennis Cordes (architect at thr Texas Parks and Wildlife Department) with Norfleet Bone's children, Bobby Dawn Bone Kemp and William Bone, on June 4, 1997.
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Accession number: 2005/041
This collection was donated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission on October 22, 2004.
Processed by Jessica Tucker, February 2016
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