Guide to the Pat Bond Papers, 1910-1994 [bulk dates 1979-1985]

Processed by Jessica Moll; machine-readable finding aid created by Gabriela A. Montoya
Gay and Lesbian Historical Society of Northern California
P.O. Box 424280
San Francisco, California 94142
Phone: (415) 777-5455, #2
Email: glhsnc@aol.com
URL: http://www.glhs.org/collectn/glhsmss.htm
© 1999
The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Guide to the Pat Bond Papers, 1910-1994 [bulk dates 1979-1985]

Accession number: 92-5

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society



San Francisco, California

Contact Information:

  • Gay and Lesbian Historical Society of Northern California
  • P.O. Box 424280
  • San Francisco, California 94142
  • Phone: (415) 777-5455, #2
  • Email: glhsnc@aol.com
  • URL: http://www.glhs.org/collectn/glhsmss.htm
Processed by:
Jessica Moll
Date Completed:
March 1997
Encoded by:
Gabriela A. Montoya
© 1999 The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Pat Bond Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1910-1994 [bulk dates 1979-1985]
Accession number: 92-5
Creator: Bond, Pat
Extent: 3.5 linear feet
Repository: The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society.
San Francisco, California.
Shelf location: Housed at the James C. Hormel Gay and Lesbian Center  of the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library. See GLHS and SFPL agreement. 
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Acquisition

The Papers (#92-5) were donated to GLHS in 1992.

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society holds copyright to unpublished photographic image only.

Audio-Visual Materials

The Papers contain photographs, audio cassette tapes, and VHS cassette tapes.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Pat Bond Papers, 92-5, The Gay and Lesbian Historical Society of Northern California.

Biography

Patricia Childers was born on February 7, 1925 in Chicago. She grew up in Davenport, Iowa. In 1945 she joined the Women's Army Corps with the hope of meeting other lesbians. In the army, she cared for wounded soldiers returning from the South Pacific and later served in occupied Japan. In 1947, in Tokyo, 500 women were dishonorably discharged from the army on the charge of homosexuality. Pat escaped this "witch hunt," in which many lesbians testified against each other in trial, because before going to Japan she had married a gay man, Paul Bond, in San Francisco. With her marriage license Pat Bond was able to get an honorable discharge from the army on July 3, 1947, and she moved to San Francisco. She studied theater at San Francisco State College, earning a B.A. and an M.A., and for the next several decades she acted in various small theater groups, did some bartending, and for a short time owned her own bar.
In the late 1970s, she started to write a book about Gertrude Stein, but was overwhelmed with the project until her friend Nancy Adair suggested she transform the book into a performance piece. In 1978, Pat was interviewed for the documentary Word is Out, directed by Peter Adair. Pat's performance in this film, in which she speaks humorously and poignantly about her experiences in the army, stole the show, and her career as an actress and comedienne was launched. In the 1970s and 1980s she performed four one woman shows in small theaters and at colleges and universities across the country: Gerty, Gerty, Gerty Stein is Back, Back, Back; Conversations with Pat Bond; Murder in the WAC; and Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt: A Love Story. Gerty was shown repeatedly on national public television. Pat also played the part of Nurse Maxine in the movie The House of God (1980). In the 1980s she served on the board of directors of Theater Rhinoceros in San Francisco and directed several plays there. During the 1980s an oral history was done by historian Allan Bérubé for the book Coming Out Under Fire. She was also taped for the documentary film based on the book but didn't appear in the movie, because she had become too sickly by that time.
In 1990 she was honored by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for her service during World War II. She died in Marin County, California on December 24, 1990. In Pat's memory, her friends established the Pat Bond Memorial Old Dyke Award to honor lesbians over the age of sixty. Pat's papers and photograph albums were collected by her close friends and donated to GLHS.

Scope and Content

The collection (3.5 linear feet) consists of the background research, notes, early drafts, and manuscripts for Pat's four one woman shows. Also included are Pat's correspondence, her poetry, writing practice, character sketches, stories, incomplete manuscripts, as well as reviews and awards for her shows. Finally, the collection includes Pat's diaries from 1966 through 1987. Some of the diaries are journals with substantial entries; however, most of the diaries are date books in which Pat kept a record of her daily life, including comments about the weather and doctors' appointments as well as notes about friends and relationships.
Boxes 1 and 2 contain the manuscripts of Pat's productions, arranged in chronological order. While The Only Gay Bar in Town and Pat's Autobiography were never produced or published, they are included in Box 2 because they are substantial works. Box 3 contains miscellaneous documents and manuscripts. All of the legal sized documents from all series are included in Box 4.
Pat Bond's photographic collection consists of her head shots and performance pictures (8" x 10", black and white, positive and negative images) as well as six photo albums comprised of her personal snapshots (different sizes but mostly 3 1/2" x 5"; color and black and white). The personal pictures show: Pat's grandmother and mother in the 1910s and 1920s; Pat as a child in the 1920s and 1930s; Pat as a young woman in the 1940s; Pat with friends (gay male friends and women friends) in Marin County and at the Russian River in the 1950s and 1960s. The majority of the pictures are from the early 1980s and show Pat and her friends, dogs, and cats at her home in Marin County. The photographs do not seem to have been placed in any particular order in the albums, but the order of the albums has been maintained.
The collection also consists of video and audio of Pat Bond's performances, and some of the costumes she wore during her shows.

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Container List

 

Manuscripts

Box Box 1

Gerty, Gerty, Gerty Stein is Back, Back, Back

 

Notes (no date)

 

Draft (no date)

 

The Script (early version -- no date)

 

An Evening with Gertrude Stein and Friends (no date)

 

Gerty production schedule (May 1979)

 

Script of Gerty with Pat Bond's handwritten annotations for the PBS TV show

 

Entry for Gertrude Stein writing contest (1984)

 

Conversations with Pat Bond

 

Conversations (no date)

 

The Act (1978-1979)

 

A Conversation with Ms. Bond (1980)

 

Murder in the WAC

 

Notes for army plays (no date)

 

Sample from The WAC (no date)

 

The WAC: full draft (no date)

 

The WAC: revision I (no date)

 

Women in Uniform (no date)

 

The Andrew Sisters join the Army (no date)

 

The New Thing (1981)

 

Murder in the WAC: notes (1981)

 

Murder in the WAC: revised version #2 (1981)

Box Box 2

The Only Gay Bar in Town

 

The Only Gay Bar in Town (no date)

 

Come Out of the Closet/The Only Gay Bar in Town (1981)

 

One Act Play -- Bush Street Incident (1981)

 

Autobiography

 

Autobiography (no date)

 

The Piece About Me (no date)

 

Our Hearts Were Young and Gay (no date)

 

Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt: A Love Story

 

Background research

 

Notes (no date)

 

Outline (no date)

 

A Love Story (no date)

 

Outline of Hickok (1982-1983)

 

Outlines and drafts (1983 notebook)

 

Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt: A Love Story (1983)

 

Hick notes (1984)

 

Second rewrite (1984)

 

Miscellaneous

Box Box 3

Army documents

 

Reviews, Publicity, and Awards

 

General Publicity

 

Interviews

 

Word is Out

 

Word is Out Transcript

 

Gerty, Gerty, Gerty Stein is Back, Back, Back

 

Conversations with Pat Bond

 

Lorena Hickock and Eleanor Roosevelt

 

Show announcements: miscellaneous shows

 

Advertisement in The Advocate

 

Cartoon Drawing of Pat Bond

 

Miscellaneous Newspaper cutouts

 

Published Pieces 1980-1986

 

Memorials/Obituaries

 

Pat Bond Memorial Awards

 

Show for Oct 23, 1964

 

Literary Studies (1975-1977)

 

Correspondence (1975-1990)

 

Writing Practice (1971-1985)

 

Writing Practice (no date)

 

Poetry (1970-1983)

 

Miscellaneous Notes

 

Sketches

 

Aimee Semple McPherson

 

Andy

 

Barbette

 

Carmelita Pope

 

Colette

 

The Constant Companion

 

Daisy the Dog

 

Form Threes

 

John

 

Jane Eyre

 

Lassie is a Drag Queen

 

Lizzie Borden

 

Love is the Thing

 

Skip

 

Zelda

 

Diaries

 

1966

 

1970-1975

 

1973-1975

 

1976-1981

 

1980

 

1977-1978

 

1979-1989

 

1980-1981

 

1982

 

1984

 

1985-1986

 

1987

 

Legal Sized Items

Box Box 4

Gerty: notes

 

A Love Story: notes

 

Menage a Trois

 

Tennessee Papers

 

Eudora Welty Correspondence

 

Album #6 Memorabilia

 

Resume (1985)

 

Poster for The Member of the Wedding (1983)

 

Word is Out Reviews

 

Gerty Reviews

 

WAC Literature: Sex Hygiene Course

 

Gertrude Stein portraits

 

Original newspaper articles with photos of Pat Bond

 

Photographs

Box Box 5

Photos 1925-1947

 

Portraits/Head Shots (8" x 10", Black and White and Color, with some negatives)

 

Performances (8" x 10", Black and White, some negatives)

 

Contact Sheets

 

Conversations with Pat Bond (Color, 3 ½" x 5")

 

Album #1 (2 folders)

 

Album #1 -- memorabilia

 

Album #2 (1983-1988)

 

Album #2 -- memorabilia

 

Album #3 (2 folders)

 

Album #3 -- memorabilia

Box Box 6

Album #4

 

Album #4, 5, & 6 -- memorabilia

 

Album #5

 

Album #6

 

Duplicates of Black and White 8" x 10" photos -- for exhibition purposes

 

Costumes

Box Box 7

Army cap, the vest, blouse, and skirt she wore as Gertrude Stein, and two argyle sweaters she wore as Lorena Hickock.

 

A-V Room Materials

 

Audio Tapes

 

Pat Bond reads Songs of Bilitis

 

Pat Bond performing Conversations at "The City," San Francisco, Feb 20, 1978

 

Pat Bond interview with Studs Terkel on WFMT, Feb 17, 1981

 

Lizzie Tape Original

 

Video Tapes

 

Gerty, Gerty, Gerty Stein is Back, Back, Back . PBS version, Sep 1980

 

Lorena Hickok and Eleanor Roosevelt: A Love Story . Rough cut, San Francisco State University, Apr 12, 1984

 

Pat Bond at Institute for Human Sexuality, San Francisco State University, Jun 1986

 

Pat Bond Award, Apr 24, 1994

 

Oversized Folder

Note

[Located in various Mss collections, oversized materials, Box B]
 

Posters for Pat's shows and copies of newspaper articles