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Guide to the Nava Atlas Papers, 1980s-2013

Abstract

Fine artist and author of many cookbooks and other works of nonfiction.

Collection includes materials from Atlas' dual careers as a fine artist, book artist, and as the author of vegetarian/vegan cookbooks and other works of nonfiction. Includes book proposals, correspondence, proofs and dummies, reviews, and promotional pieces from many of Atlas' published works, as well as artwork, articles, and drafts from various freelance pieces. Also contains a number of slides of Atlas' early artwork, exhibit-related correspondence and files, publisher and agent materials, and other miscellaneous files relating to her works.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Atlas, Nava.
Title
Nava Atlas papers 1980s-2012
Language of Material
English
Extent
8 Linear Feet, 6000 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

This collection has been sorted into two series, reflecting the presence of materials from Atlas' dual careers as a book artist and as a vegetarian chef and cookbook author. Both series includes book proposals, correspondence, proofs and dummies, reviews, and promotional pieces from many of Atlas' published works, as well as artwork, articles, and drafts from her various freelance pieces. The collection also contains a number of slides of Atlas' early artwork, exhibit-related correspondence and files, publisher and agent materials, and other miscellaneous files relating to her works.

Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

Administrative Information

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Contents of the Collection

Series includes a wide range of materials from Atlas' career as a book artist, including files from her trade edition publication of The Literary Ladies' Guide to the Writing Life and Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife. Other publications include Expect the Unexpected When You're Expecting!, Love and Marriage, The Idea Book, and Hand Jobs. Other material in this series relates to her many exhibits, correspondence, installations, travels, and other artwork and illustrations. Oversize material is housed in Box 9.

Test prints for various artists' books
Box 6
Friendship with Dorothy Dehner, 1980-1994
Box 6
Correspondence with Jennifer Josephy, 2008
Box 6
Vamp and Tramp artists' books sales, 2008-2011
(4 folders)
Box 6
Miscellaneous writings and correspondence, 2000-2009
Box 6
Europe trip, 2006
Box 6
Artists' book collections, letters
Box 6
41 Union Square West, 1980s
Box 6
Hand in Hand gallery collaborations and exhibit, 1985
Box 6
Brooklyn Museum exhibit, 1981
Box 6
Albany Institute exhibit, 1986
Box 6
Maryland Humor, Wit... exhibit, 1986
Box 6
Wichita Art Museum, miscellaneous, 1985
Box 6
The Radwaste Books series, 1984
Box 6
In Retrospect, 2010-2011
(3 folders)
Box 6
Magdelena Laundries: A Cross to Bear photos and research, 2009
Box 6
Map of the Interior, 2000
Box 6
Everson, Fit to be Bound, 2010
Box 6
Miscellaneous Shows, 2007-2011
(2 folders)
Box 6
Graduate Schools research papers, 2004-2007
Box 6
Traveling exhibit, Wichita, 1985
Box 6
Traveling exhibit, SUNY New Paltz, 1988-1989
Box 6
Traveling exhibit, SUNY Oswego, 1989
Box 6
Traveling Visual Arts Program, Kansas, 1986
Box 6
Slides of older work, 1999-2006
(2 folders)
Box 6
Miscellaneous brochures and announcements for traveling exhibit In Retrospect and others, 2010-2013
Box 11
Freelance book covers, 1977-1980
Box 12
Art New England July/August 2013 feature article on artist's books
Box 12
Correspondence, 2008
Box 7
Rejection letters, 2009
Box 7
Writeup and catalog pages
Box 7
Proposal
(2 folders)
Box 7
Uncorrected proofs
Box 7
1st pass
Box 8
2nd pass
Box 8
Oversize proofs
Box 9
Benjamin Franklin Awards brochure, 2012
Box 11
First version, 2007
Box 11
Correspondence
Box 7
Proposal
Box 7
Selected Reviews and Interviews, 2009

[PDF file has been transferred to Library Server and can be accessed in the reading room]

(1 PDF, 5.15 MB)
Digital folder 1
Trade edition reviews and promotions, 2009
(2 folders)
Box 7
Trade edition mail and email, 2007-2009
(2 folders)
Box 7
Oversize test pages
Box 9
Test print for installation
Box 11
Materials
Box 7
Oversize enlargements
Box 9
Any Man Gets Tired of Toast All the Time, 2008
(2 folders)
Box 7
Tomcats and Trollops dummy
Box 9
Sluts and Studs dummy
Box 9
Prints
Box 9
In Retrospect large prints
Box 9
Modern Romance Comix, 2009-2010
Box 7
Test pages
Box 7
Oversize test pages
Box 9
Test prints, 2008
Box 11
Cover graphics
Box 8
Oversize cover proofs
Box 9
Correspondence
Box 5
Press and reviews
Box 5
What To Expect press
Box 5
Radio tour
Box 5
Galleys
Box 5
Illustrations
Box 8
Book cover mounted on foam core
Box 13
First printer's proof, with errors
Box 10
Page proofs
Box 10
Dummy copy
Box 10
Second printer's proof
Box 10

Series consists largely of materials surrounding Atlas' career as a food writer, including proposals, correspondence, proofs, and reviews from many of her vegetarian and vegan cookbooks. Also includes agent correspondence, exhibit and promotional materials, and some artwork from selected publications. Oversize material is housed in Box 9.

Original proposal, 1982
Box 1
Permissions letters received, 1982-1983
Box 1
Exhibit: Arnold Klein Gallery, 1984
Box 1
Exhibit: Dorsky Gallery, 1984
Box 1
Flyers, 1984
Box 1
Library reviews, 1984
Box 1
First Edition promotion, 1984
Box 1
Reviews and articles, Detroit area, 1984
Box 1
Reviews and articles, miscellaneous newspapers, 1984
Box 1
QBP and Book of the Month Club, 1984
Box 1
Reviews and articles, miscellaneous magazines, 1984-1985
Box 1
Cooking and Crafts Club, 1985
Box 1
Exhibit: Wichita Art Museum, 1985
Box 1
Reviews and articles, local upstate area, 1986
Box 1
Proposal, updated and revised
Box 1
Exhibits, 1993
Box 1
Second Edition, Book Clubs, 1993
Box 1
Second Edition, Meat Out articles, 1994-1997
Box 1
Reviews, new edition, 1994
Box 1
Third Edition, promotion, 2002
Box 1
Miscellaneous
Box 1
Original manuscript
(5 folders)
Box 1
Oversize artwork
Box 9
Reviews and articles, 1984
Box 11
Cover mounted on foam core
Box 13
Lisa Ekus
Box 2
Pat Connolley, 1993 and 1996
Box 2
Susan Schulman, 1997-1999
Box 2
Correspondence
Box 2
Cover
Box 2
Permissions letters
Box 2
Proposal
Box 2
Reprint
Box 2
Reviews and articles, local upstate papers
Box 2
Reviews and articles, magazines
Box 2
Reviews and articles, newspapers
Box 2
CIP and copyright
Box 2
First Edition, Clubs and Catalogs
Box 2
Reviews
Box 2
Third Edition, Reviews
Box 2
Fourth Edition, Reviews
Box 2
New edition promotion
Box 2
Reviews, new edition
Box 2
Fourth Edition, Photo proofs and reviews
Box 2
Miscellaneous
Box 2
Promotional materials
Box 2
Proposal
Box 2
Reviews
(2 folders)
Box 2
Book Clubs
Box 3
Publicity
Box 3
Reviews
(4 folders)
Box 3
Proposal
Box 3
Holiday articles
(10 folders)
Box 3
Blurbs and notices
Box 3
Correspondence
Box 3
New edition, advertisements and promotions
Box 3
New edition, electronic media
Box 3
New edition, newspaper coverage
Box 3
Reviews
Box 3
Rights reversion
Box 3
Correspondence
Box 3
Cover
Box 3
Press clips
Box 3
Promotions
Box 3
Proposal
Box 3
Fan mail
Box 3
Blog posts
Box 3
Proposal
Box 3
Press releases
Box 3
Reviews
Box 3
Proposal, 1995
Box 3
Reviews
(2 folders)
Box 3
Freelance Food Articles
Box 4
Cookbook fan mail, 2008-2009
Box 5
Website write ups
Box 5
Website email
Box 5
Amberwood Press
Box 5
Freelance illustration and design, 1976-1980s
(3 folders)
Box 5
Two articles, 2005-2011
Box 11
Binder with cookbook reviews and articles, 2001-2007
Box 13
Vegetarian Family Cookbook
Box 13
Vegetarian Soups For All Seasons
Box 13
Vegetarian Celebrations
Box 13
American Harvest
Box 13
Soups For All Seasons
Box 13

Historical Note

Nava Atlas is an artist and writer who is known both as a fine artist ans as a vegetarian cookbook author. Her artists' books engage images, text, and structure to explore themes of social justice and women's roles. Many of her works, like the altered comic book Love & Marriage, reappropriate found materials and challenge the language and images used to reinforce gender roles and stereotypes.

One unusual aspect of Atlas's work is her adaptation of limited edition artist's books to create trade editions, bridging the divide between hand crafted books and conventional publishing. The first, Secret Recipes for the Modern Wife, a parody 1950s-style cookbook exploring contemporary marriage, was published in 2009 by Simon & Schuster; the second, Dear Literary Ladies, was published as a trade edition under the title The Literary Ladies' Guide to the Writing Life in 2011 by Sellers Publishing. This book explores first-person narratives on the writing lives of twelve classic women authors, and comments on the universal relevance of their experiences to all women who love to write.

Atlas is also the author and illustrator of many books on vegan and vegetarian cooking, most recently Vegan Holiday Kitchen, Vegan Express, Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons, The Vegetarian Family Cookbook, and The Vegetarian 5-Ingredient Gourmet. A book on leafy greens, Wild About Greens, will be published in June 2012. Nava also has written scores of articles on healthful cooking with natural foods, which have appeared in Vegetarian Times, VegNews, Cooking Light, and numerous other publications. Her home is in the Hudson Valley region of New York State, where she lives with her husband; they have two grown children.

Visit her websites here: www.navaatlasart.com and www.vegkitchen.com/

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Nava Atlas Papers, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Nava Atlas Papers were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2012 and 2013.

Processing Information

Processed by Kelly Wooten, Meghan Lyon, May 2012; addition processed by Megan Lewis, March 2014

Encoded by Meghan Lyon, May 2012 and Megan Lewis, March 2014

Accession(s) described in this finding aid: 2012-0042; 2014-0037

This collection is minimally processed: materials may not have been ordered and described beyond their original condition.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.