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Collection Number RG1133.AM
Collection Name RG1133 Manley, Bonnie (Royal) Berry, 1906-1971
Identifier Personal papers
Size and Materials 0.25 cu.ft.; 1 box
Title Bonnie Manley papers
Date or Date Span 1937-1940
Year Range from 1937
Year Range to 1940
Admin/Biographical History Born at Nehawka, Nebraska, on December 14, 1906, Bonnie Royal was the daughter of Charles and Celia (Harshman) Royal. She grew up near Whitney, Nebraska and attended Chadron State Teachers College, where she received her teaching degree. She taught in Dawes County rural schools for a while and then from 1937-1938 went to work for the Office of Indian Affairs as a Field Service Teacher at the Little Wound School in Kyle, South Dakota. She returned to Nebraska and worked for the Nebraska State Employment Service at Fremont. In 1940 she took a leave of absence to take graduate courses in the University of Nebraska’s Department of Social Science. According to the U.S. Census, she married Leo Berry around 1929 and was listed as divorced by 1940. She then married Harry Manley.

She served as Dawes County Superintendent of Schools from 1966 until her death in 1971. She established the Dawes County Circulating Library and Bookmobile, founded and served as secretary and treasurer of the Crawford Crazy Horse Cultural Center, and served as president of the Dawes County Unit of the Nebraska State Education Association. Bonnie (Royal) Manley died on November 24, 1971, and is buried in Saint John Cemetery, Crawford, Nebraska.
Scope & Content The collection consists mostly of correspondence between Manley and Addison E. Sheldon, as well as poetry drafts by Manley. The correspondence dates from 1937-1940 and relates mostly to her attempts to get various stories and poetry published. A folder relating to her time in South Dakota includes an "Economical Survey;" minutes of the Kyle and Porcupine Districts Day Schools Teachers’ organization; a few student drawings and writings; and an issue of the school’s student newsletter. The last two folders contain drafts of poems for La Ko Ta Rodeo and Fair and Other Poems, which was published in 1939.
Creator Manley, Bonnie (Royal) Berry, 1906-1971
Finding Aids Bonnie (Royal) Berry Manley finding aid
Related units of description See the NSHS Library for a copy of La Ko Ta Rodeo and Fair and Other Poems.
Subjects Authors
Indians of North America
People Manley, Bonnie (Royal) Berry, 1906-1971
Sheldon, Addison Erwin, 1861-1943
Search Terms Authors -- Nebraska
Indians of North American -- Education
Little Wound Day School (Kyle, South Dakota)