Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Norfleet Bone:

An Inventory of the Norfleet Bone Collection at the Texas State Archives, 1943-1962, 1997


Creator: Bone, Norfleet Giddings, 1892-1978.
Title: Norfleet Bone collection
Dates: 1943-1962, 1997
Abstract: 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.
Quantity: 0.21 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in cooperation with Texas Archival Resources Online.

Norfleet Bone Biographical Sketch

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.)

Scope and Contents of the Collection

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.

Arrangement of the Collection

These papers are arranged in reverse chronological order as received.


Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, financial information (Texas Government Code, Section 552.136), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552).

The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P.O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (director.librarian@tsl.texas.gov), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.texas.gov/agency/customer/pia.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.

Restrictions on Use

Under the Copyright Act of 1976 as amended in 1998, unpublished manuscripts are protected for the life of the author plus 70 years after the author's death. The term of copyright for published material varies. Researchers are responsible for complying with the Copyright Law.

Technical Requirements

To obtain equipment to listen to the CD, please contact Archives staff.

Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Bone, William Norfleet, 1928-2007.
Kemp, Bobby Dawn, 1931-.
Subjects (Organizations):
Texas.State Parks Board.
Austin (Tex.)
Gainesville (Tex.)
Bastrop State Park (Tex.)
San Antonio (Tex.)
Document Types:
Clipping (information artifact)--Parks--1953.
Compact disc--Parks--1997.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas State Parks Board records, 1901-1902, 1905, 1908, 1917, 1925-1963, bulk 1933-1949, 28.35 cubic ft.
University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections
Norfleet Giddings Bone Papers, 1917-1980, MS 141, 64 linear ft.
Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, the University of Texas at Austin
Norfleet Giddings Bone Papers, 1912-1977, 1 ft. 6 in.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Norfleet Bone collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

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.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Tucker, February 2016

Detailed Description of the Collection

Norfleet Bone collection, 1943-1962, 1997,
0.21 cubic ft.

2005/041-33 Oral interview conducted by Dennis Cordes with Bobby Dawn Bone Kemp and William Bone,June 4, 1997
[Compact disc]
March 11, 1954-May 7, 1962
[Contains restricted financial information]
August 30, 1950-January 14, 1954
[Contains newspaper clipping]
May 6, 1943-August 21, 1950