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COLLECTION Identifier: A/J169

Papers of Carrie Jacobs-Bond, 1906-1908


Collection consists of letters to Carrie Jacobs-Bond's shop assistant, MaBel Lampman Bond; a concert program and other printed material promoting Jacobs-Bond's work and music; and photographs of her son and of MaBel Lampman Bond.


  • 1906-1908

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright. Copyright in the papers created by Carrie Jacobs-Bond is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.

Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.


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Collection consists of letters, postcards and telegrams from Carrie Jacobs-Bond to her shop assistant, MaBel Lampman Bond. Also included are concert programs, flyers and pamphlets promoting Jacobs-Bond's work and music including the compositions, "I'm the Captain of the Broom-Stick Cavalry," "When God Puts Out the Light," and "Po' Lil' Lamb!" Photographs of Jacobs-Bond with her son, Frederick Jacobs Smith and an image of MaBel Lampmann Bond circa 1906-1908 are also included.


Singer, pianist, and songwriter, Carrie Minetta Jacobs-Bond was born in Janesville, Wisconsin. Her first marriage, to Edward Smith, ended in divorce in 1887; the couple had a son, Frederick Jacobs Smith. Her second marriage was to Dr. Frank Lewis Bond. After his death she moved to Chicago, where she founded her own sheet music publishing company and ran the Bond Shop which sold sheet music. She is best remembered for "I Love You Truly," which appears in her 1901 collection, Seven Songs as Unpretentious as the Wild Rose. She reportedly earned more than $1 million in royalties for her music before the end of 1910. In 1941 the General Federation of Women's Clubs cited her contributions to the progress of women in the 20th century. In 1970 Jacobs-Bond was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Accession number: 2016-M233

The collection was given to the Schlesinger Library by Sandra Kolb, MaBel Lampman Bond's great granddaughter, in December 2016.

Processing Information

Processed: January 2017

By: Anne Engelhart.

Updated and additional description added: July 2020

By: Amber L. Moore.

The Schlesinger Library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections, and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.  Finding aids may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Language of description
Processing of this collection was made possible by Patricia M. King/Schlesinger Library Director's Fund.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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