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Michael Bond Papers

Identifier: DG0104

Scope and Contents

The collection contains both autobiographical material and material related to two books, A Bear Called Paddington, and Paddington At Work. The autobiographical material consists of a typescript autobiography in which Bond discusses his military career and his inspiration for writing Paddington books. Several letters from Bond to Dr. de Grummond are included. A Bear Called Paddington (1958) is the first book in the Paddington series, and is the story of how the young bear from "Darkest Peru" came to live with the Brown family. A set of corrected galleys are included for this title. Paddington At Work (1966) follows Paddington's wild adventures as he tries his hand at the stock exchange, barbering, and ballet dancing. A 102 pp. edited typescript of this work is included in the Bond Papers.


  • 1958-1966

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). Reproductions can be made only if they are to be used for "private study, scholarship, or research." It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials

Biographical / Historical

Michael Bond was born on January 13, 1926 in Newbury, Berkshire, England. He was a student at Presentation College in Reading from 1934 to 1940. In 1943 he began his military career with the Royal Air Force, but was discharged due to chronic air sickness. He then served in the British Army from 1944 to 1947. After his military service, Bond worked for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) as a writer, engineer's assistant, and television cameraman until 1966.

Bond began writing while still in the Army, and had his first story published in 1945. In 1958, while still working for the BBC, he wrote his first book about a bear named Paddington who was adopted by the Brown family. A Bear Called Paddington went on to become hugely successful, as were its sequels. By 1967, Paddington's popularity enabled Bond to leave the BBC and focus entirely on his literary pursuits. The Paddington series continued through 2014, and Paddington, a feature length film based on the books was released in the same year.

The Olga da Polga series was another popular Bond series that was published from 1971 to 2002. The ALA Notable Book, The Tales of Olga da Polga (1971), was selected as one of the Child Study Association of America's Children's Books of the Year in 1973. In 1983 The Complete Adventures of Olga da Polga (1983) was chosen as one of the Child Study Association of America's Children's Books of the Year. In addition to his many children's books, Bond has written adult mystery novels about the detective Monsieur Pamplemousse.

Bond was granted a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) honor in 2015.


Major Authors and Illustrators for Children andYoung Adults, vol. 1, pp. 273-278.

Something About the Author, vol. 6, pp.28-29.

Twentieth Century Children's Writers, 1989, pp. 111-113.


30 Cubic Feet (1 box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Materials received from Michael Bond in 1967.

Related Materials

The Peggy Fortnum Papers (DG1126) contain sixteen sketches which were considered, but not used in Paddington At Work.
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Repository Details

Part of the de Grummond Childrens Literature Collection Repository

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