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
© 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:
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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


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


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The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society holds copyright to unpublished photographic image only.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


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



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 (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)



Box Box 3

Army documents


Reviews, Publicity, and Awards


General Publicity




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




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




Aimee Semple McPherson






Carmelita Pope




The Constant Companion


Daisy the Dog


Form Threes




Jane Eyre


Lassie is a Drag Queen


Lizzie Borden


Love is the Thing
































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



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



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


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

Posters for Pat's shows and copies of newspaper articles