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Tonya Bolden Papers

Identifier: CLRC-2076

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of production materials for several published children's books by Tonya Bolden. Material types include page proofs, typescripts and correspondence.


  • 2001-circa 2010


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). 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. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Tonya Bolden was born on March 1, 1959, in New York, NY. She studied at Princeton University and Columbia University, receiving degrees in Slavic languages and literatures with a concentration in Russian. Bolden was always interested in literature but did not consider writing books until she was an adult. She held many jobs, including an assistant to a food and wine critic, an English instructor, and editor of several newsletters. Her books range in genre from biography to history to self-help, but most include a theme of African-American history or Black American culture. Bolden's work has won many awards, including the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book designation and the James Madison Book Award, both in 2006.

Biographical sources: Something About the Author, Vol. 188


1 box (1 cubic foot)

Language of Materials



The collection consists of production materials for published titles by Tonya Bolden.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Tonya Bolden.

Tonya Bolden Papers, 2001-circa 2010
CLRC Staff.
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Revision Statements

  • July 2013; updated September 2014: Collection reprocessed by Carly Lawrence; EAD updated by Karen Spilman; Caitlin Marineau
  • June 2020: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library