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Guide to the Carrie Jacobs Bond Collection, 1885-2001

Processed by: Cassandra M. Volpe, Archivist Date Completed: 2001 Encoded by: Eric J. Petersen

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Descriptive Summary

Biography of Carrie Jacobs Bond

Scope and Content

Organization of the Papers

Arrangement of the Compositions

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Series Description


Descriptive Summary

Creator: Collection donated by George Norton, Director of Music at First United Methodist Church, Boulder, from his maternal grandfather (Herbert Newill who was Bond's chauffeur).
Title: Carrie Jacobs Bond Collection,
Dates: 1885-2001
Extent: 2 linear ft. (2 boxes)
Location: Housed in American Music Research Center.

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Biography of Carrie Jacobs Bond

Carrie (Minetta) Jacobs-Bond was born in Janesville, Wisconsin, to Dr. Hannibal and Emma Davis Jacobs, on August 11, 1862. She studied piano with local teachers C. J. Titcomb and J. W. Bischoff until her family fell on hard times and her early marriage. Financial problems left the family destitute after the death of her father. She married E. J. Smith at age 18 and they had one son, Frederic Jacobs Smith. She was divorced seven years later and at age 25 married a childhood sweetheart, Dr. Frank Lewis Bond.

 

They moved to the small mining town of Iron River, Mich., where she lived "the seven happiest years of [her] life." Of her days in Iron River, she once reminisced, "Our existence there in the great pine forests was almost idyllic." Her husband, Dr. Bond, died of injuries from a fall, leaving Carrie a widow at age 32. In addition, because of business failures in the mining industry, Carrie Jacobs-Bond once again faced desperate times. In 1895, she and her 9 year old son moved to Chicago in quest of a new life.

 

She was described as tall and willowy, but extremely frail, a semi-invalid, yet she was a strong woman. She returned to writing music which had always been her first love. In addition, she kept lodgers, painted china, made dresses, and sang for private recitals for $10.00 an appearance. At age 13, her son quit school to help her and at age 17 he became a partner with his mother in the Bond Shop, a music publishing business. Carrie and her son, Frederick, were very close and he looked after her all his life. He did marry and had two daughters. However, in 1932, depressed over a severe illness, he killed himself in his mountain lodge near Lake Arrowhead.

 

Carrie Jacobs-Bond had been writing and publishing music from the 1890's. She had moved her publishing company to southern California from Chicago about 1920 due to her ill health. She composed over 200 songs, including her most notable, "A perfect Day" and "I Love You Truly" By the end of the first World War her music was beloved by the nation. She sang for Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Warren G. Harding. Sarah Bernhardt was her friend and admirer. In her day, she earned more money writing songs than any other woman, an achievement that stood for 40 years. Her works show a genuine lyrical gift, an ability to communicate a variety of emotions, and a level of craftsmanship that makes much of her work of lasting artistic value.

Mrs. Bond died of a heart attack at her Hollywood, Ca. home on Dec. 28, 1946, at age 84.

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Scope and Content

Collection contains clippings, photos, booklets and sheet music written and published by Carrie Jacobs-Bond and Son at the Bond Shop

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Organization of the Papers

This collection is organized into two series.
Series I: Personal Papers
Series II: Compositions

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Arrangement of the Compositions

Arranged by title.

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Restrictions

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the American Music Research Center.

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Index Terms

Access points related to this collection
Names:
Jacobs-Bond, Carrie, 1862-1946
Organizations:
American Music Research Center
Subjects:
Jacobs-Bond, Carrie, 1862-1946 -- Archives
Songs with piano
Women composers -- Archives

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Carrie Jacobs-Bond Collection, American Music Research Center, University of Colorado, Boulder.

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Series Description

Series I: Personal Papers

Box
1 Fd 1 "Carrie Jacobs-Bond: Composer, Philosopher, Publisher"
Fd 2 Clippings
Fd 3 Notes, Poetry, Postcards
Fd 4 "Path o' Life" by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
Fd 5 Photos
Fd 5 Bond Shop in Hollywood, Calif. (n.d.)
Fd 5 Jacobs-Bond, Carrie (formal photo) (c. 1934)
Fd 5 Jacobs-Bond, Carrie (formal photo) (1938)
Fd 5 Jacobs-Bond, Carrie (formal photo) (n.d.)
Fd 5 Jacobs-Bond, Carrie (in a field of wildflowers) (April 1937)
Fd 5 Jacobs-Bond, Carrie (in her garden) (n.d.)
Fd 5 Jacobs-Bond, Carrie and Son (?) (in her garden) (n.d.)
Fd 5 Jacobs-Bond, Carrie and Mrs. Walgreen ( 1937)
Fd 5 Jacobs-Bond, Carrie and Mrs. Walgreen (1937)
Fd 6 Thematic Catalog of Carrie Jacobs-Bond Songs
Fd 7 "Songs My Grandmother Taught Me: Songs by Carrie Jacobs-Bond", CD by Peggy Balensuela, Mezzo Soprano, and William Hughes, Pianist, Albany, NY, Albany Records, 2001.
Fd 8 "Three Songs: A Study of Carrie Jacobs-Bond and Her Music" by Max Morath, Masters Thesis, Columbia University, May 1996.

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Series II: Compositions

Box
2 Sheet music published by Carrie Jacobs-Bond and Son at the Bond Shop.
Because I Am Your Friend. Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
Betty's Music Box. Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
The Blue Flag. Music and Words by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
A Cottage In God's Garden. Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
Do You Remember. Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
Evening, My Love and You. Words by W.R. Anderson, Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
God Remembers When the World Forgets. Poem by Clifton Bingham, Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
The Golden Key. Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
The Hand of You. Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
His Buttons Are Marked 'U.S.' Words by Mary Norton Bradford, Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
His Lullaby. Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
Hollyhocks. Poem by Wayne Gard, Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
Homeland. Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
Hush-a-by. Words by W. Dayton Wegefarth, Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
I Love You Truly. Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
I'm the Captain of the Broom Stick Cavalry. Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
I've Done My Work. Poem by Dr. George W. Caldwell, Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
In Dear Hawaii. Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
In the Meadow. Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
Is Yo'? Words by Marjorie Benton Cooke, Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
Lazy River. Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
Life's Garden. Poem by Fred Jacobs Smith, Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
A Little Bit O'Honey. Words by W. G. Wilson, Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond (2 copies)
Little Lost Youth of Me. Words by Eleanore Myers Jewett, Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
A Little Pink Rose. Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
Love and Sorrow. Poem by Paul Lawrence Dunbar, Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
My Garden of Memory. Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
Movin' in de Bes' Soci'ty. Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
O Haunting Memory. Poem by Mrs. E. C. Pierce, Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
O Time Take Me Back. Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
A Perfect Day. Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond (3 copies)
Robin Adair. Poem Anonymous, Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
Roses Are In Bloom. Poem by Francesca Falk Miller, Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
Shadows. Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
Through the Years. Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
To-Day. Poem by John Bennett, Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
To My Valentine. Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
Waltz of the Wild Flowers. Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
We Are All Americans. Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
Were I. Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
Your Song. Words by George F. O'Connell, Music by Carrie Jacobs-Bond
Songbooks published by Carrie Jacobs-Bond and Son at the Bond Shop.
Four Songs. By Carrie Jacobs-Bond, 1899
Seven Songs: as unpretentious as the Wild Rose. By Carrie Jacobs-Bond, 1901
Twelve Songs. By Carrie Jacobs-Bond, 1902
Two Songs. By Carrie Jacobs-Bond, 1907
Songs Everybody Sings. By Carrie Jacobs-Bond, America's Foremost Woman Composer, containing 30 of her most popular favorites, c.1934

 

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