Inventory of the J. R. Bonds Papers, 1925 - 1986

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Descriptive Summary

Abstract: J. R. Bonds (1904-1992) was an African-American educator from South Carolina. In 1946, Bonds was selected as the Schools' Supervisor for Cooper River School District Four. In 1950, the Six Mile High School was officially renamed Bonds-Wilson High in honor of J. R. Bonds and John T. Wilson. J. R.'s wife, Lacy Campbell Bonds (1910-1973), was a registered nurse and secretary at Bonds-Wilson High School.
The collection contains programs, photographs, correspondence, newspapers and other materials related to educator J. R. Bonds. The coverage of the material is from 1925-1986. Please note that the collection contains newspapers chiefly from schools in North Charleston, South Carolina. Also includes household photographs as well as scenes of Lacy Bonds at Dixie Hospital in Hampton, Virginia, where she trained to become a nurse.
Title: J. R. Bonds Papers, 1925 - 1986
Creator: Bonds, J. R. (James Roosevelt), 1904-1992.
Repository: Avery Research Center at the College of Charleston
Call Number: AMN 1082
Language of Material: Material in English
Extent: 1.0 linear feet
(2 archival boxes)

Biographical Note

J. R. Bonds (1904-1992) was an African-American educator from South Carolina. He attended Marion High School and graduated from South Carolina State College. He also completed course work at Atlanta School of Social Science. He began teaching in 1927 and, in 1936, started working for Cooper River School District Four. In 1946, Bonds was selected as the Schools' Supervisor for District Four. In 1950, in recognition for developing the high school program in the district, the Six Mile High School was officially renamed Bonds-Wilson High School in honor of J. R. Bonds and John T. Wilson.

J. R. Bonds married Lacy Campbell (1910-1973), daughter of Daniel Campbell and Jeanette Rogers. Lacy Campbell Bonds, a registered nurse, worked as her husband's secretary during his tenure at Bonds-Wilson High School.


Collection Overview

The collection contains programs, photographs, correspondence, newspapers and other materials related to educator J. R. Bonds. The majority of the items in this collection are professional materials relating to Bonds' time as the Supervisor of Schools for Cooper River District 4. Box 1 contains personal and professional material as well as materials relating to Bonds-Wilson High School. Box 2 houses some Bonds-Wilson High School items as well as other photographs and miscellaneous items. The coverage of the material is from 1925-1986 and the physical condition is very good. Please note that the collection contains newspapers chiefly from schools in North Charleston, South Carolina. Also includes household photographs as well as scenes of Lacy Bonds at Dixie Hospital in Hampton, Virginia, where she trained to become a nurse.

Collection Arrangement

1. Personal, 1925-1970

2. Professional, 1943-1986

3. Bonds-Wilson High School, 1950-1978

4. Photographs and Newspapers, 1937-1972



Subject Headings

  • African Americans -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
  • African Americans -- Education -- South Carolina -- History -- 20th century.
  • African American educators -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
  • Bonds, J. R. (James Roosevelt), 1904-1992.
  • Bonds, Lacy, 1910-1973.
  • Bonds-Wilson High School (Charleston, S.C.).
  • Educators -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
  • Hampton Institute -- Photographs -- 20th century.
  • High schools -- South Carolina -- Charleston.
  • Public schools -- South Carolina -- History -- 20th century.
  • School supervisors -- South Carolina -- History -- 20th century.
  • Wilson, John T., 1910-1994.


Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Personal, 1925-1970.

Box 1   Folder 1
Lacy Bonds: Memory Book, 1925-1926
Includes photographs of Lacy Bonds and others at Dixie Hospital in Hampton, Virginia, training to be a nurse.
Box 1   Folder 2
Lacy Bonds: Stenographer's Notebook, undated
Box 1   Folder 2
Lacy Bonds: Death Certificate, 1973
Box 1   Folder 3
James and Lacy Bonds: Photographs, 1927-1934
Includes scenes from Bay Shore, New York; Summerville, South Carolina; Cape Romaine, South Carolina; and Hendersonville, North Carolina
Box 1   Folder 4
James and Lacy Bonds: Photographs, 1965-1969
Includes assorted photographs depicting James and Lacy Bonds in various home scenes. Also includes scenes at the Owl's Club (also known as the Owls' Whist Club) and photographs of the McCottry family, Noisette family, Miriam M. Brown (Laing Elementary School principal), and others.
Box 1   Folder 5-6
James and Lacy Bonds: Photograph Albums, 1959-1973
Includes assorted photos depicting James and Lacy Bonds and others in various scenes.
Box 1   Folder 7
James and Lacy Bonds: Photograph Albums, 1967-1972
Includes Bonds' residence and other assorted scenes.
Box 1   Folder 8
USO Committee of Management: Chairman, 1944
Includes program and photograph depicting Bonds as Master of Ceremonies for the Federal Recreation Building dedication.
Box 1   Folder 9
South Carolina State College, 1968-1969 and 1986
Includes programs and news article.

2. Professional, 1943-1986.

Box 1   Folder 10
Correspondence, 1943-1986
Includes letters from J. R. Bonds regarding his proposal of duties as Supervisor of Schools in District No. 4 and a letter on his personal history for an article on the renaming of Bonds-Wilson High School; memoranda regarding the Charleston County School District; as well as a letter from Senator Ernest Hollings.
Box 1   Folder 11
Cooper River School District Number Four: "A Suggested Philosophy..." by J. R. Bonds, undated
Box 1   Folder 12-13
Cooper River School District Number Four: Supervisor of Schools, 1953-1970
Includes school dedication programs, attendance supervisors yearbook as well as school supervisor checkbook.
Box 1   Folder 14
Cooper River School District Number Four: Directories, 1960-1965
Box 1   Folder 15
Form: Principal's or Teacher's Annual Report-Negro, 1957-1958
Box 1   Folder 12
Charleston County School District: School Volunteer Program Certificate of Appreciation, undated
Box 1   Folder 17
Notary Public Certificate, 1970

3. Bonds-Wilson High School, 1950-1978.

Box 2   Folder 18
Photographs, 1950-1952 and 1968
Includes industrial art department depicting John T. Wilson and J. R. Bonds, class of 1968, 8th grade class, and others.
Box 2   Folder 19
Class Rings, 1964, 1972, and 1985
Box 1   Folder 20
Press Release: School Named for J. R. Bonds and John. T. Wilson
Box 1   Folder 19
Graduation Programs, 1971-1973, and School Bulletin, 1980-1981
Box 1   Folder 22
1955 Class Reunion, 1978
Includes agenda, invitation, and program.

4. Photographs and Newspapers, 1937-1972.

Box 2   Folder 23
Owl's Club, 1963
Includes schedule and photograph for the Owl's Club (also known as the Owls' Whist Club).
Box 2   Folder 24
Photographs: Bethune School and Miscellaneous, 1952
   Oversize Paper Folder 1082-OPF/1
School Newspapers, 1937-1969
Includes "The Four Mile Messenger," 1937; "The Six Mile Tattler," 1937; "The Liberty Hill Digest," 1937; "The Parvenue," 1950; "The Eagle," 1950-1953; "The Star," 1955, 1969, 1972; and "Liberty Hill Echoes," 1963.
   Oversize Paper Folder 1082-OPF/2
Other Newspapers, 1949-1969
Includes The Palmetto Leader and The News and Courier.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], J. R. Bonds Papers, Avery Research Center, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Received from Eugene Graves in October 1999.

Processing Information

Processed by Melissa Bronheim, September 2009, and Amanda Ross, November 2009

Encoded by Melissa Bronheim, September 2009

Edited by Amanda Ross, November 2009

Funding from the Council on Library and Information Resources supported the collection processing and encoding of this finding aid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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