Scope and Content
The James C. Bonner Papers contain 25.5 cubic feet of eight series of forty-four file boxes, plus two individual oversized boxes containing maps, posters and Confederate and German currency. The materials span the years from 1811-1984, with the most concentration in the years 1930 - 73. Contents include published and unpublished manuscripts written by Dr. Bonner, drafts of his journal articles, photographs, scrapbooks, genealogical material, awards, nineteenth century letters, Civil War materials and newspaper clippings of events in areas of professional and personal interest.
The collection contains small gaps in both personal and professional correspondence. Dr. Bonner taught at Georgia College & State University for twenty-five years, there is a great deal of both personal and professional material in the form of correspondence, minutes of meetings and other official records from his years as a Professor of History, Chairman of the Department of History and Chairman of Faculty Research and Graduate Study at the Woman's College of Georgia, as well as his achievements while teaching.
The arrangement within each series is in basic chronological order. Series 1 Boxes 1-9 concentrate mainly on personal correspondence. The highest concentration of correspondence is with his parents and his wife. The other part is with other family members and acquaintances.
Series 2 Boxes 1-7 consist mainly of Dr. Bonner's professional correspondence and correspondence with his publishers, Southern Historical Association, and personnel data on faculty members while he was Chairman of Faculty data updates at the Woman's College of Georgia.
Series 3 Box 1 is correspondence, notes and manuscript material from his tenure at West Georgia A & M College in Carrollton and the University System of Georgia Committee on Research and Graduate Promotion.
Series 4 Boxes 1-3 contain manuscript materials on Milledgeville: Georgia's Antebellum Capital, including footnotes and bibliography.
Series 5 Boxes 1-20 contain much of his research – on both agriculture and Georgia History - as well as manuscript material regarding The Georgia Story. Lecture notes from his classes at the Woman's College of Georgia and West Georgia College comprise part of this series. Family histories of several Georgia families, the personal papers of Robert W. Trapp, Daniel B. Sanford, Civil War letters and correspondence of people from Georgia before the turn of the century such as Sara F. Hicks Williams are also included in his collection. Other notable people are Fletcher M. Green and E. Merton Coulter, two colleagues of Dr. Bonner.
Series 6 Boxes 1A-1C are Dr. Bonner's field notes from his hand written notebooks as well as his notecard collection .
Notecard Box 1 is 189 cards related to Dr. Bonner's research notebooks.
Notecard Box 2 is 960 cards, E-Z with names, ranks, some with date, place and cause of death and biographical background of soldiers in the Civil War in Alphabetical order.
Series 7 Box 1 is the Bonner family history, a scrapbook and personal correspondence with family members regarding the family history as well as the manuscript of the chapters of a book entitled Migration Patterns of the Descendants of Thomas Bonner. Bonner family genealogy information is also included in this box.
Series 8 Box 1 contains educational transcripts belonging to Dr. Bonner and his children. The records in Series 8 Box 1 are sealed.
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