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C. Ward Bond Papers

Identifier: brfa003

Scope and Contents

The contents of this collection reflect primarily the activities of Ward Bond in his efforts to improve the socio-economic situation of Baton Rouge. The activities of the Bicentennial Commission are located across the span of folders. Some of the materials are repeated in later folders, but it was deemed important to retain the original order of this collection and not disrupt the item level finding aides that are available. The contents of Box 4 are copies of documents relating to events surrounding the American Revolution, the Marche de Galvez and other historical topics represented in this collection. These documents come from microfilms held in the National Archives of Spain and Cuba. They were used by Dr. Jack D.L. Homes who was commissioned by the Bicentennial Commission to write a book on the history of the Marcha de Galvez.


  • 1779-2009

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on this collection. See the Baton Rouge Room Collection development policy for copy right regulations.

Biographical / Historical

C. Ward Bond was born in Baton Rouge in Febrary of 1940. He graduated from University High School in the early 1960s. Bond attended the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, graduating in 1963. He served in the Navy on the USS Gridley and the USS Maddox most notably taking part in the Gulf of Tonkin incident which led to the beginning of the Vietnam War. He served as chairman of the Civic Center Committee and Chairman of the Baton Rouge Bicentennial Commission. He has been active in the Civic life of Baton Rouge for the past three decades. At the time this collection was processed in 2008, Mr. Bond was President of Talking Signs, Inc. Mr. Bond passed away on November 29, 2015 due to congestive heart failure.


11 box


Before donating his papers to the Baton Rouge Room Collection in the late 1980’s, Mr. Bond had arranged them in “clusters” by subjects and chronology. Some of the items were inventoried by the staff of the Baton Rouge Room in the 1995 and assigned a specific item number. This organization is reflected in the folder content lists found at the beginning of each series of folders they represent. As the collection has accrued more items over the years, the item level description has not been maintained. At one time a visiting archivist, Viktor Nowiski had created a WordPerfect database for this collection, but the data was not migrated to newer formats and is now obsolete. The printed folder lists are all that remains of that project. The folders are arranged in the order in which they were found in 2008. The lists precede the folders they describe. Not all folders have content lists. Some of the folders have brief commentaries from Mr. Bond describing the events surrounding the creation of the records.

Physical Location

BRS R9 1.7, 2.2-2.6

Custodial History

C. Ward Bond donated this collection to the Baton Rouge Room in the late 1980s.

Related Materials

The Bicentennial Collection Woody Dumas Papers

Processing Information

This collection was initially processed by a visiting archivist in 1995. This collection was processed by Melissa Eastin on October 13, 2008.
C. Ward Bond Papers
Emily Ward
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the East Baton Rouge Parish Library Special Collections Repository

7711 Goodwood Blvd.
Baton Rouge La. 70806 USA