Nelson Bond
N E L S O N   B O N D

The cover of Planet Stores in the
Nelson Bond Collection

The cover of Popular Sports in the
Nelson Bond Collection


Copies of these two pulp magazines
covers, suitable for framing, will
be given to all those who make a donation
of $250 during our Silent Campaign


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Nelson Bond in his home in Roanoke, Virginia
                Nelson Bond in his office at Roanoke, Virginia,
                             surrounded by his manuscripts

DURING 2013 the MU Library Associates will recognize another collection important to our community, our region and our country.
     In 1932 Nelson Bond came to then Marshall College and enrolled in journalism under Page Pitt. After leaving Marshall, Nelson went on to make a mark i
n the lurid pulp magazines of the day, publishing his first story. "Down the Dimension," in Astounding Science Fiction in 1937.  As the pulp magazine market waned in popularity in the 1940s, Nelson made the move to radio, adapting many of his short stories for the new medium. As television began to eclipse radio in the 1950s, he also found a market for his stories in that medium, writing the first full length live-drama for NBC. Although encouraged by Rod Sterling to make the move to Hollywood in the 1960s, he only found empty promises and no career in screen writing for film. He returned to his home in Virginia and went on to establish a successful publication relations firm, and later he became an antiquarian book dealer.
    In 2003 he began donated his papers to Special Collections in the Marshall University Libraries. They occupy some 45 boxes (54 linear feet) with copies of manuscripts, magazines and books in which his stories were published, as well as other ephemera. His papers are a rich treasure trove of materials from the life and career of a remarkably creative man.
    Nelson's papers are need of preservation because of the fragile type of paper that he often used to write his manuscripts. Also, the pulp magazines, in particular, are in very fragile condition and will require conservation to preserve them for the future.
     Please consider this need and join us in extending the life of the Nelson Bond Collection and other manuscripts by making a donation to our Third Annual Appeal—our silent campaign for the Nelson Bond Collection.

            ♦ Nelson Bond exhibit in the Virtual Museum


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