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Guide to the Bonnie Lee Black papers

Summary

Bonnie Lee Black is a writer, editor, writing teacher, and chef who has worked both domestically and internationally. The collection centers primarily on her work as a writer, as a member of the Peace Corps in Gabon, as a professor in New Mexico, and as the creator of an economic development project in Mali aimed at teaching local seamstresses the art of patchwork quilt-making.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11288
Title
Bonnie Lee Black papers
Date
1981-2015
Creator
Black, Bonnie Lee
Extent
36 Linear Feet, 23 boxes (numbering skips 18)
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English.

Collection Overview

Content Description

The Bonnie Lee Black papers comprise personal correspondence, materials from her time working in Mali, teaching materials from her time as a professor at the University of New Mexico-Taos, documents from her experience in the Peace Corps in Gabon and Mali, and materials generated from two of her books, How to Make an African Quilt and How to Cook a Crocodile.

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Arrangement

Materials are arranged in the order in which they were received. Please note that there is no box 18 in this collection; the numbering skips from 17 to 19.

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Contents of the Collection

How to Cook a Crocodile, 2010
Box 7
Crocodile manuscript
Box 10
How to Cook a Crocodile, a Memoir with Recipes, proposal
Box 10
How to Cook a Crocodile, chapters reviewed by AULA mentors, 2005
Box 10
How to Cook a Crocodile manuscript, 2007
Box 10
How to Cook a Crocodile proposal
Box 10
Book II - New York Times clips of relevance, 2002-2005
Box 11
Book II - emails/advice/miscellaneous, 1996-2007
Box 11
Book II - Christmas letters, 1997
Box 11
Book II - Chantal Chanson (puppets), 1997-2004
Box 11
Book II - table of contents and chapter to-dos, 2007
Box 11
Book II - foreword, 1998-2007
Box 11
Book II - notes/drafts/letters, 1996-2006
Box 11
Book II - 1st drafts, 2003-2004
Box 11
Cover photos
Box 12
Book II - Zimbabwe, 1993-2007
Box 12
Book II - Plus Belle, 1998-2007
Box 12
Book II - Women's Center, 1998-2007
Box 12
Book II - Lulu, 1998-2007
Box 12
Book II - Youssef, part 2 (photos, career), "Photographe", 1996-2007
Box 12
Book II - Compost Queen exposé, 1996-2007
Box 12
Book II - Vanilla Sister, 2001-2007
Box 12
Book II - Venez Voir, polio drive, 1998-2007
Box 12
Book II - notes, 1996-2007
Box 12
Book II - front and back matter
Box 12
Book II - photos and miscellaneous
Box 12
Book II - Crocodiles (research/theme), 2006
Box 12
Book II - Diner, 1997
Box 13
Book II - The Wedding Cake (Antoinette), 1996-2006
Box 13
Book II - Rain/Heat, 1996-2007
Box 13
Book II - Mefloquine Dreams, 1997-2007
Box 13
Book II - Friday Night Brights, 1999-2007
Box 13
Book II - Gabon Garbet, 1996-2007
Box 13
Book II - OCTRA Classes, 1998-2007
Box 13
Book II - Mapping Africa, future plans, 2001-2007
Box 13
Book II - Love Letters, 1996-2007
Box 13
Book II - Exposés (Work), 2007
Box 13
Book II - break-in, 1997-2006
Box 13
Book II - Cooking, Youssef, 2002-2006
Box 14
Book II - Morgan, 1997-2007
Box 14
Book II - Bev/Church, 2002-2007
Box 14
Book II - Cancer scare, 2004
Box 14
Book II - Manioc, 1997-2006
Box 14
Book II - Sister Truth, 1998
Box 14
Book II - A thank you to Paul, 1997
Box 14
Book II - World Wise Schools, 1996
Box 14
Book II - The Still of the Night, 1998-2004
Box 14
Book II - Memba, 1996-2004
Box 14
Book II - Discovering Beans, 1998
Box 14
Book II - Pompano, 1995-2006
Box 14
Book II - Petit a Petit, 2005
Box 14
Book II - How to Cook a Crocodile, 2004-2006
Box 14
Book II - The Martha Stewart of Gabon (decorating), 1997-2004
Box 14
Quilting the Quilt, 2001
Box 4
Comfort Quilts, undated
Box 3
How to Make an African Quilt, 2009
Box 4
Patchwork: a Memoir of Mali, undated
Box 4
Mali book - for final chapters, 2009
Box 5
Book III - Mali, Graduation, 2009
Box 5
Book III - Mali, Final Exam, 2009
Box 5
Book III - Mali, Patchwork Project, 2009
Box 5
Patchwork Project, 2000
Box 23
Peace Corps., 1994-2007
Box 1
General Correspondence from Gabon, 1996-1998
Box 1
Correspondence with Marty Cooper, 1996-1998
Box 1
Correspondence from Marty C. from Gabon, 1996-1997
Box 1
Letters to Heather from Gabon, 1996-1998
Box 1
Letters to Paul Matteo from Gabon, 1996-1998
Box 1
Gabon, Zimbabwe, Mali, 1991-2002
Box 2
Peace Corps., 1995-1997
Box 2
Peace Corps., 1996-1998
Box 2
Journals, 1996-1998
Box 2
Journals, 1997-2007
Box 2
Correspondence from Mali, 2009-2010
Box 5
Correspondence after returning to the U.S. from Mali, 2000-2002
Box 20
Mali journals, 1998-2001
(4 folders)
Box 20

3. Writings and professional materials, 1996-2015

The Bonnie Lee Black papers are arranged by folder in the order they were received. The folders comprise personal correspondence, materials from her time working in Mali, resources from her time as a professor at the University of New Mexico Taos, documents from her experience in the Peace Corps. in Gabon, and notes regarding her two memoirs, How to Make an African Quilt and How to Cook a Crocodile.

Before her retirement at the age of 70 in 2015, Bonnie Lee Black spent 30 years as a writer and over 20 years as an educator both in the US and overseas. She has written two memoirs, How to Make an African Quilt and How to Cook a Crocodile. Her passion for food and cooking led her to work as a health and nutrition volunteer for the Peace Corps. in Gabon. Two years later, she pursued an economic development project geared towards educating Malian seamstresses about quilt-making. In 2001, she began her career as a professor at the University of New Mexico Taos, where she taught until 2015. Today, she is an active writer for her blog, "WOW Factor."

Imagining Helen draft, 2012
Box 3
Progress logs, 2014-2015
Box 3
Blueberry Muffins, 2005-2006
Box 5
Puppets
Box 5
Sweet Tarts for my Sweethearts - Sallie Bingham blog post, 2014
Box 5
Ninth Annual Taos Summer Writers' Conference, 2007
Box 6
New Mexico Press Women contest, 2015
Box 6
Genre Writing Workshops, 2006
Box 6
Clippings and articles
Box 6
Resumes and letters of recommendation
Box 6
Notes, 2002
Box 6
Group topics, ideas, 2002
Box 6
Bakery, 2001
Box 6
Isabelle's "Morocco Saga", 2001
Box 6
Read it to the Mountain
Box 6
Self-publishing and print-on-demand
Box 6
Jonah Straus, literary agent, 2008
Box 6
Algonquin Books, 2008
Box 6
My Turn (newspaper column), 2008
Box 6
Dixon Studio Tour, 2002-2003
Box 8
Closing Time, 2008
Box 8
Quilting
Box 8
Museum of American Folk Art, 2000-2001
Box 8
Antioch University MFA in Creative Writing, 2004-2007
Box 8
Bread project, 1997-2007
Box 11
Mountains essay and Blood, 2005
Box 13
4th packet for Bernadette, 2006
Box 13
Sans Frigo, 1996-2005
Box 14
Anthology - Never Too Late, Machete Lesson, 1996-2003
Box 14
Remarkable Women of Taos - Book
Box 16
Nonnie's favorite (easy) recipes - a legacy cookbook
Box 16
Legacy Cookbook
Box 16
Storied Recipes Cookbook
Box 16
Chokecherries Anthology
Box 16
The Year of the Blue Jay - an anthology
Box 16
Planners and notebooks, 2002-2004
Box 20
English 323: Course at UNM Taos, 2011
Box 9
UNM Taos Faculty Orientation, 2010
Box 9
UNM Taos: English 223, 2010
Box 9
Creative Non-Fiction (CNF) 224, UNM Taos, 2012
Box 9
Teaching and course evaluations, 2005-2006
Box 15
University of New Mexico Taos course evaluations, 2005-2010
Box 15
Student feedback, 2006
Box 15
Howl: The Voice of UNM Taos, 2010
Box 15
Photographs
Box 8
Photo Album
Box 16
Photographs of Bonnie Lee Black in Africa, undated
Box 19
Travel photos, 1999-2000
(2 folders)
Box 21
Patchwork/Ty's quilt/Chez moi photos, 2000
Box 21
Mali and New Mexico photos, 2001
Box 22
Mali photos, undated
Box 22
Peace Corps, Gabon photos, 1996-1998
Box 22
Patchwork Project photos, undated
Box 22
Peace Corps service, site visit photos, 1996
Box 22
Gabon photos, 1997
Box 22
Negatives, undated
Box 22
Mali photos with negatives, undated
Box 22
Zimbabwe photos, 1996-1997
Box 22
Photos of Bonnie Lee Black, undated
Box 22
Mali albums, 1999-2000
Box 22
Dixon, New Mexico house and animals, 2008
Box 22
Dixon, New Mexico photos, 2006-2008
Box 23
Photographs, 1996-2013
Box 23
Photographs, 2001-2003
Box 23
Photographs, 1985-2004
Box 23
Luisa's wedding weekend, Washington, DC, 1993
Box 23
Scotland scrapbook, 1986
Box 19
Paris scrapbook, 1993
Box 19
Gabon scrapbook, 1996
Box 19
Printed t-shirt, "Pour une monde plus propre, Mali 99", 1999
Box 24
Quilted pillow cover in West African brocade, 18" x 18"
Box 24
Batik panel with African scene in blue, purple, and green, 35" x 52"
Box 24
West African woven indigo fabric panel, 40" x 57"
Box 24
Somewhere Child unpublished proofs, 1981
Box 17
Somewhere Child with dust jacket, 1981
Box 17
Somewhere Child with presentation binding, 1981
Box 17
A Matter of Choice: 25 people who transformed their lives, 2004
General

Includes "Machete Lessons" by Bonnie Lee Black

Box 17
Under the Sun, volume XV, no. 1, Summer 2010, 2010
General

Includes "Weather Report" by Bonnie Lee Black

Box 17
Alimentum: The literature of food, issues 5 & 13, 2007-2012
General

Issue 5 contains "Pain Americain" by Bonnie Lee Black

Box 20
Journals, 2009
Box 20
Journals, 2010-2014
(9 folders)
Box 21
 

Historical Note

Bonnie Lee Black spent 30 years as a writer and over 20 years as an educator both in the US and overseas. She has published three memoirs, Somewhere Child, How to Make an African Quilt and How to Cook a Crocodile. She has worked as a health and nutrition volunteer for the Peace Corps in Gabon. Subsequently, she pursued an economic development project geared towards educating Malian seamstresses about quilt-making. In 2001, she began her career teaching English and writing at the University of New Mexico-Taos. She continues to write for her blog, "WOW Factor."


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