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Alpha May Bond papers

Identifier: Y010

Scope and Contents of Papers

The Alpha May Bond papers, 2007-2014, consist of Bond's family newsletters, a draft manuscript, and other correspondence. The collection includes Bond's correspondence to his former student Franklin Abbott. Bond also wrote family newsletters that he compiled to send to his close family and friends, multiple times a month. The newsletters were sometimes handwritten notes, or compilations of news articles about Vermont or the New England area. Bond would also sometimes include reproduced photographs of family members in the newsletters. Bond was working on a draft of an autobiography that had three volumes, which most of is included in this collection. The volumes describe Bond's sociological research, personal accounts about Bond's life, and his genealogical research about his family.


  • 2007-2014


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Unrestricted access.

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Biography of Alpha May Bond

Alpha May Bond, Jr., was born in 1930 in Tenafly, New Jersey. He attended public schools in Tenafly and earned his undergraduate degree (philosophy) at Dartmouth College in 1952. He received a master of arts in sociology from Columbia University the following year. During the early 1950s, Bond served in both the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army. Stationed in Georgia at Fort Gordon, he met and married Georgia native Adrienne Moore. The couple moved to Vermont where Bond was a teacher at the Thetford Academy for four years. They returned to Georgia when Bond began work toward his doctorate in Sociology at Emory University. In 1961, Mercer University in Macon appointed him to an assistant professorship. He completed his Emory Ph.D. in 1963. Bond spent his career at Mercer, achieving the rank of full professor, and seeing the integration of the university as well as numerous academic movements. He believed in providing a hands-on experience for his students by getting them out into the community, studying animal behavior, and pioneered using educational computer games. Bond fathered six children, three with Adrienne and three with his second wife, Susan. Following his retirement, he worked on his autobiography and genealogical research.


0.42 Linear Feet (In 1 box)

Language of Materials



The Alpha May Bond papers, 2007-2014, consist of correspondence, family newsletters, genealogical research, and a manuscript draft created by Bond, who was a Mercer University sociology professor.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Franklin Abbott, July 22, 2015.

Related Materials

Related Materials in this Repository

  1. Franklin Abbott oral history interview, September 30, 2011. Gender and Sexuality Oral History Project (W101)
  2. Franklin Abbott papers, 1907-2014 (W108)
  3. Al Bond oral history interview, August 8, 2014. Social Change Collection (Y2014-04)

Processing Information

Processed by Megan Kerkhoff at the file level for the Georgia Archives Institute, June 23, 2016.
Alpha May Bond:
A Guide to His Papers at Georgia State University Library
Megan Kerkhoff
June 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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