Cynthia Weill Papers
Scope and Content Note
Materials in the collection include books, dummies, correspondence, ephemera, illustrations, manuscripts, notes, photographs, and publications. The materials relate to her publications and include the following materials for each book.
For her second book, ABeCedarious: Mexican folk art alphabet in English and Spanish (Cinco Puntos, 2007), there is an early mock-up.
Materials related to her third book, Opuestos: Mexican folk art opposites in English and Spanish (Cinco Puntos, 2009), include email correspondence (printed), preliminary book layouts, information about wood carvers of La Union Tejalapam, a teacher's guide, printed interviews, and reviews.
For her fourth book, Colores de la vida: Mexican folk colors in English and Spanish (Cinco Puntos, 2011), there is email correspondence (printed), preliminary layouts, color photocopies of rejected pieces, and a description of the process of procuring one of the figures for the book.
And for her most recent publication, Here comes the parade! Mexican folk art numbers in English and Spanish (Cinco Puntos, 2012), there are field notes from the period June-July 2010, correspondence with Cincos Puntos Press, a dissertation proposal from Sept. 2009, photographs of pilot figures, related research, and dummies.
The collection also includes untitled work utilizing papier mache figures by Jesus Canseco, possibly intended for publication by Cinco Puntos Press in 2013.
- 2000-2004, 2009-2011
The collection is open and available for research.
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Cynthia Weill was born in 1959 and has authored children's books in both English and Spanish. She has received master's degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, in foreign language education, Wesleyan University, in art history, and the Teachers College at Columbia University. She received a Ph.D in Education from the Teachers College at Columbia University. A copy of her Columbia University Master's thesis,"A Case study of intercultural communications: Oaxacan woodcarvers and an American writer" is filed in the Weill collection file. For access please contact the curator. Reproduction of this thesis is prohibited.
Weill has worked as a teacher, an art historian, and in the field of humanitarian assistance. From 1986 to 1999 Weill worked as a Spanish teacher in Glastonbury, Connecticut, during which time she participated in a Fullbright Teacher exchange in Mexico City. She worked for a catholic relief organization in Ha Noi, Vietnam from 1999 to 2002, and was inspired to write her first book from the experience. Weill made her writing debut with the help of children's book author Pegi Deitz Shea, publishing Ten Mice for Tet!, which features vividly colored art based on Vietnamese embroidery. Since the publication of her first book Weill has continued to work with artists, using their work as the illustrations in her books.
Weill has received numerous awards and honors for her work, including three National Endowment for the Humanities awards, an American Library Association Notable Book award, and a Best of Children's Books designation from the Bank Street College of Education.
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Teacher, art historian, and humanitarian assistance worker, Cynthia Weill has published five children's books that help young children learn to read. Since the publication of her first book Weill has worked with artists across the world, using their work for illustrations in her books. Materials in the collection include books, dummies, correspondence, ephemera, illustrations, manuscripts, notes, photographs, and publications. The materials relate to her publications and include all her books, except her first.
Provenance and Acquisition
The records were donated to the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.
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