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Julian Bond papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Bond, Julian, 1940-
Title: Julian Bond papers
Dates: 1969-1996
Quantity: 0.5 linear ft.
Abstract:The collection covers the period from 1969 to 1996 and contains correspondence, organizational and institutional material related to the Voter Education Project, Political Associates, and The Southern Elections Fund, stationery, clippings, newsletters, political ephemera, articles and a book written by Julian Bond as well as items relating to the African American political life and Constance Curry's history of race relations and integration in Sunflower County (Miss.), Silver rights.
Identification: aarl96-012

Biographical/Historical Note

Civil Rights Leader, Educator, and former Georgia Politician, Julian Bond was born January 14, 1940 in Nashville, Tennessee. Son of Julia Louise Washington Bond and Horace Mann Bond. Julian began his career as an activist and civil rights leader in a setting that served as a crucible for much of the political energy and creativity that propelled the Civil Rights Movement in the early 1960's: (The Southern college campus). While studying at Morehouse College in 1960, Bond helped formed The Committee on Appeal for Human Rights (COAHR), a group inspired by the student-led Greensboro sit-ins. While working with (COAHR), Bond organized similar protests against segregated businesses and public buildings in the Atlanta area. In April, 1960, (COAHR) and other student groups met in Raleigh, North Carolina to form the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) as an alternative to Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)

In 1965 the proportion rural Georgia Legislature was reapportioned under court order, Bond ran for one of the newly created seats in the Georgia House of Representatives. Bond won both the primary and the general election by wide margins and was poised to join five other victorious freshman as the first African Americans to enter the House since 1907.

In 1968 at the Democratic National Convention, Bond's activities at the Convention dramatized the plight of African Americans trying to achieve effective political representation in the South. Following the convention, Bond embarked on a career of extensive public speaking while continuing to serve in the Georgia House.

In 1975 Bond was elected to the Georgia Senate, where he served until 1986, when he gave up his seat to run for the U.S. Congress in Georgia's fifth district. Following this defeat Bond moved away from representative politics and began teaching the history and politics of the Civil Rights Movement at several Universities while continuing to speak out on political and social issues.

In addition to his work as a public servant Bond has helped found or has served on the boards of numerous Civil Rights and Peace organizations, including the Southern Poverty Law Center, The Voter Education Project, and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), for which he served as National Director and President of the Atlanta Branch.

Scope and Content Note

Julian Bond first donated the items in this collection in 1996. It is made up of speeches, correspondences, addresses, and interviews. This collection also includes poetry written by Mr. Bond, personal and business papers, organizational and institutional material such as The Voter Education Project; Political Associates; and The Southern Elections Fund. There are several news articles, political ephemera, serial publications such as; News, Texas Times, Poverty Law Report. Written proposals for Journal of Black Politics, and The 1974 Massachusetts Black Caucus Legislative Proposal.


Arranged by type.

Index Terms

African American politicians--Georgia.
African Americans--Civil rights.
African Americans--Politics and government--20th century.
Bond, Julian, 1940-
Clippings (information artifacts)
Massachusetts Black Legislative Caucus.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
United States--Race relations.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, Julian Bond papers, Archives Division, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.


Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on research use of this collection.

Copyright Restrictions

Prior permission from the Research Library must be obtained in writing before any portion of this collection can be published or reproduced.

Container List




11Annie Mcpheeters Lecture Series, 1996
Annie L. McPheeters Lecture 1996 Theme: "The Civil Rights Era: Revolutionary Changes in Segregate Society 1996 Guest Lecturer Mr. Julian Bond Presentation - Civil Rights: Then and Now", 1996
(Flyer) The Annie L. McPheeters Lecture Series, May 5, 1996
(Program) The Annie L. McPheeters Lecture, May 5, 1996
2Correspondence, 1969-1975
Remarks to The California School Boards Association, Sacramento, CA 1975, December 12, 1975
"Bring Us Together" Uniting The Races By Julian Bond Playboy Magazine HMH Publishing Company Inc, January 1970
Poetry By Julian Bond
Speeches given by Mayor Richard Hatcher and Julian Bond to The National Urban Coalition Steering Committee Meeting, December 10, 1969
"A conversation with Julian Bond" Edited By Trevor L. Second Annual Conference on Special Emerging Programs in Higher Education Sponsored by The University of Washington's Office of Minority Affairs and The Ford Foundation, November 7, 1974
Extensions on a Strategy for 1971- , By Julian Bond, 1971
3Organizational and Institutional Material, 1973-1974
"Make it Happen, Vote" - Voter Education Project 52 Fairlie Street N.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30303
"Put Your Vote Where Your Mouth Is. Black Power Is In The Voting Box This Year" Youth Citizenship Fund 52 Fairlie Street Atlanta, Georgia 30303 (404) 524-5496
"Some Important Facts" Southern Elections Fund Inc. 87 Walton Street, N.W. Atlanta, Georgia 30303 (404) 688-6186
"Guideline Retreat Will Mean Black Defections" Political Associates 361 Westview Drive, S.W. Atlanta, Georgia 30303, July 28, 1973
"Census Study Shows Blacks Slipping, Bond Says" Political Associates, July 28, 1973
"Purpose, Scope, Utilization of Data" Political Associates 361 Lee Street, S.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30310 (404) 758-9101, (no date given), 2 Copies
"Bond Scores 7th In Gallup Presidential Poll" Political Associates 361 Westview Drive, S.W. Atlanta, Georgia 30310, December 23, 1974
Envelope from "Julian Bond Campaign" 361 Westview Drive S.W. Atlanta, Georgia 30310, 2 copies
Envelope from "SEF (Southern Elections Fund, Inc.) Julian Bond chairman Healy BLDG. 57 Forsyth, Room 922, Atlanta, Georgia 30301
Envelope from The Southern Poverty Law Center 361 Westview Dr. S.W. Atlanta, Georgia 30310
Letter paper Julian Bond 361 Westview Dr. S.W. Atlanta, Georgia 30310
Letter paper Youth Citizenship Fund Inc. Southeastern Office 52 Fairlie Street, N.W. Atlanta, Georgia 30303 404 (525-5496), 2 sheets
5Clippings, 1974
"Blacks Now Push For Elective Office" (The Atlanta Journal ), July 25, 1974
6Newsletters, 1973-1976
Georgia House of Representatives News (Vol.8 No.2 ), May-June 1974
Georgia State Senate News (Vol. 9, No. 1 ), Summer, 1975
James Bond News, February 5, 1975
James Bond News, February 6, 1975
Georgia State Senate News (Vol. 10, No. 1 ), Spring 1976
News, 4th District from James Bond, 2 copies
Texas Times A Publication for the University of Texas System (Vol. 4. No. 5 ), February 1973
Poverty Law Report (Vol. 4 No. 3 ), Summer 1976
7Political Ephemera, 1973 1984
Where They Stand on Some of The Big Ones McGovern vs Nixon on the Issues, 2 copies
Elect James Bond to City Council 4th District Vote October 2, 1973, When He Wins, You Win, 1973, 2 copies-pamphlet
Elect Black Democrats
Julian Bond for the Senate, 2 letter paper sheets
Lest We Forget Vote Tuesday, September 3
What You Can Do To Help Julian Bond Becomes America's Next President" Julian Bond Campaign
Re-Elect Senator Julian Bond Punch #32 Democratic Primary Tuesday, August 14, 1984, 1984, 2 flyers
"Julian Bond for State Senator Vote For A Man You Know Will Vote for You", 2 copies -pamphlet
"Vote For A Man You Know Will Vote For You", 2 copies-pamphlet
The Selling of a Candidate Clearance Sale! Julian Bond T-Shirt (order form)
8Black Caucus (Massachusetts), 1974
"Proposal for a Journal of Black Politics"
"Massachusetts Black Caucus Legislative Proposals", 1974, 5 copies
9Letters to Editor, 1972 1976
Letter to Dear Editor: from Julian Bond, August 11, 1972
Letter to Dear Friend: from Julian Bond, April 30, 1976
10Book, 1995
Lincoln University The Barnes Bond Connection Essays by Niara Sudar Kasa, Editor David Levering Lewis Julian Bond Pennsylvania: Lincoln University Press, 1995
11 Silver Rights
Series Events- Dialogue and Book Signing with Ms. Constance Curry Author of Silver Rights
Announcement of Dialogue and Book signing with Ms. Constance Curry Author of Silver Rights
Library News Release announcement
12NAACP, 1996
"Swearing - In Ceremony The Honorable Kweisi Mfume President and CEO NAACP", February 20, 1996
13Periodical, 1991-1996
Reconstruction and the Southern Movement for Civil Rights-Then and Now Julian Bond, Washington D.C., Teachers College Record Volume 93, Number 2, Teachers College, Columbia University, Winter 1991
The John Marshall Law Review Historical Perspectives on Fair Housing Julian Bond reprinted from The John Marshall Law Review Volume 29, Number 2, 1996 The John Marshall Law School, Winter 1996
William Mitchell Law Review A Perspective on the Present Status of Diversity in the United States Julian Bond reprinted from William Mitchell Law Review Volume 17, Number 2, 1991
Essay - Some Questions for Examining Pennsylvania's Black History By Julian Bond, Pennsylvania Heritage Volume XX Number 1, Winter 1994
14Julian Bond, 1995-1996
"Passing The Torch? The New Generation of Student Activists By Julian Bond Inside The Black Collegian 25th Anniversary, Volume 26, Number 3 Special Issue, April 1996
Julian Bond's Resume
"Teaching The History of The Southern Civil Rights Movement, 1865-1965" NEH Summer Institute for College Teachers, Harvard University Race and Democracy, Fall, 1995
Julian Bond Biographical Sketch
"Heroes, Hope and History" - American Association of Museums, Minneapolis, Minnesota, By Julian Bond, May 7, 1996
"Public Programs Fall 1995" for The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 1995