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Guide to the Tess Osonye Onwueme Papers, 1975-2014

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Overview of the Collection

Repository:
Special Collections & Archives
McIntyre Library
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
P.O. Box 4004
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54702 – 4004
(715) 836-2739
https://library.uwec.edu/archives/

Reference Code: USGZE AS598

Accession Number: 14-034; 15-015; 15-020

Collection Number: Archives Series 598

Creators: University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire
Title: Tess Osonye Onwueme Papers

Dates: 1975 – 2014

Quantity: 25.2 linear feet (21 record cartons, 3.5 oversize boxes); plus additions of 10.5 linear feet [15-015, 15-020] (9 record cartons, 1 oversize box)
Location of Collection: D7/1b-D7/2e, A3/3e, A4/3g

Languages: Collection materials are primarily in English.

Biographical / Historical Note

Dr. Tess Osonye Onwueme was born on September 8, 1955 in Ogwashi-Uku (now Delta State, Nigeria). She received her Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1979, Master’s degree in Literature from the University of Nigeria in 1982, and PhD in English from the University of Benin Nigeria in 1987. She is the endowed chair University Professor of Global Letters at the University of Wisconsin, following her years of service as Distinguished Professor of Cultural Diversity and Professor of English.

Dr. Onwume is winner of several international awards, including the prestigious. Folon-Nichols Award (2009), the Phyllis Wheatley Distinguished Award (2007), The Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Writers Award (1989/1990), the African Distinguished Authors Award (1988), a four-time winner of the Association of Nigerian Authors Award (ANA) in 2003, 2001, 1995, and 1985. She was appointed to the US Department of State Public Diplomacy Speaker and Specialist Program for Northeast, and West India in 2007.

Dr. Onwueme has published over twenty creative dramas, including such provocative plays as No Vacancy (2005), What Mama Said (2004), Then She Said it (2003), Shakara: Dance-Hall Queen (2001), Tell it to Women (1997; 1995), The Missing Face (2006; 2002), Riot in Heaven (1996; 2002), Legacies (1989), The Reign of Wazobia (1988), Mirror for Campus (1987), Ban Empty Barn and Other Plays (1986), The Desert Encroaches (1985), The Broken Calabash (1984), and Why the Elephant Has No Butt (2000). Her plays have been performed internationally, including performances in the USA, Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, India, Nigeria and other parts of Africa. Dr. Onwueme’s plays have been performed at Off-Broadway venues and translated into the medium of film. In 2004 and 2005, as part of their World Drama Serivce, the BBC broadcast Onwueme’s Shakara. It is said that Dr. Onwueme’s literary soul-mates are Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, and Ngugi wa Thiong’o. Her literary works focus on conflict between rich and poor, modern and traditional, and the conflict of inner-self. The plays highlight basic human rights of nationality, age, sex, race, and sheds light on African life.

In addition to her successes as a scholar and playwright, Dr. Onwueme is also the mother of five children. Some of her work reflects the influence of her family life.

Scope and Content Note

The materials in the collection, consisting of correspondence, manuscripts, print materials, media, ephemera, subject files, associated materials and photographs span from 1975 to 2014, with the bulk of the content from the mid-1980s to early 2000s. The collection is organized into three series: (1) Professional and Scholarly Materials, (2) Administrative Materials from UW-Eau Claire and (3) Scholarship focused on Onwueme’s works. The first series, Professional and Scholarly Materials, is the largest series and is further separated into seven sub-series: Manuscripts and Presentations, Correspondence, Subject Files, Biographical Files, Photographs, Ephemera and Media. The second major series, Administrative Materials from UW-Eau Claire, is further subdivided into two sub-series: Correspondence and Subject Files.

Accession 15-015, received in September 2014, contains an unprocessed addition of 6.5 linear feet of materials. This accession contains, primarily, unsorted correspondence, publications, photographs and media.

Accession 15-020, received September 2014, contains an unprocessed addition of 4.0 linear feet of materials. This accession includes unsorted correspondence, manuscripts and photographs.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information: Acquired by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Foundation in 2014. Transferred to the University Archives by the UW-Eau Claire Foundation in 2014.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public.

Use Restrictions: Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. Copyright not owned by the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire.

Preferred Citation: Tess Osonye Onwueme Papers, 1975-2014. AS598. Special Collections & Archives. McIntyre Library. University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. Eau Claire, WI.

Processing Note: Processed by Melissa Schultz and Greg Kocken in summer and fall 2014.

Arrangement: By series and subseries,

OCLC #: 893687385

Subjects

Personal Names:
Onwueme, Tess Osonye
Onwueme, Tess Akaeke Akaeke, T. O.

Corporate Names: University of Wisconsin—Eau Claire

Subject Terms:
Women -- Africa – Drama
Nigerian drama (English) -- Women authors
Americans -- Africa -- Drama
African Americans -- Drama
Mothers and sons -- Drama
Africa – Drama
Nigeria – Drama
Petroleum industry and trade -- Drama
Government, Resistance to -- Drama
Political corruption – Drama
Mothers and daughters – Drama
African drama
Igbo (African people) – Folklore
Animals – Folklore
Tales – Nigeria
Satire
African drama -- 20th century
Nigerian drama -- 20th century
Nigerian drama -- Women authors
Black drama (African)
African Americans -- Travel -- Africa -- Drama;
Mothers and sons -- Africa – Drama
Universities and colleges—Teachers
Cultural diversity – Correspondence
Autobiography
History—Biography
Interviews
Coral art objects
Newspaper clippings
Theater—Posters
Manuscript
Study and teaching--Particular subjects, A-Z--Women. Women's rights
Women's studies--Libraries--Special collections
Plays and stage productions
Conferences
Speeches
Books
Documentary
Photo albums
Photographs—Albums

Detailed List of Contents (excludes unprocessed additions)

Series 1: Professional Materials

Materials which document Tess Osonye Onwueme’s career as a playwright and scholar.

Sub-series 1: Manuscripts and Presentations

Dates: 1975-2014

Extent: 13.0 linear feet (13 record center cartons)

Container (Box/Folder)

Contents

Dates

1/1

The History of Ogwashi-Uku; Homework from Onwueme’s education

1975-1981

1/2

The Governor (incomplete)

1983

1/3

A Hen Too Soon (copy)

1983

1/4

The Children’s Way: A Collection of Plays for Senior Primary Schools

1983

1/5

Typed Poems

May 17, 1984

1/6

The Broken Calabash

1984

1/7

The Broken Calabash

1988

1/8

Osofisan’s Idiom of Confrontation: An Alternative Mode of Value and Valuation in Modern Nigerian Literary Aesthetics

1985

1/9

Daughters of Eve as Guardian Angels: Feminist Creed According to Femi Osofisan

Circa 1987 (PhD)

1/10

The Function of Metaphor in Osofisan’s The Chattering and the Song

Circa 1987 (PhD)

1/11

The Writter as the Pathfinder: The Dimension of Epic Theatre in Osofisan’s Once Upon Four Robbers

Circa 1987 (PhD)

1/12

Osofisan’s New Hero: Women As Agents of Social Reconstruction

Circa 1987 (PhD)

1/13

The “Shero” Present to Future

N.D.

1/14

Reason and Argument: Technique of Epic Theatre in Osofisan’s Drama

Circa 1987 (PhD)

1/15

The Desert Encroaches

1988

1/16

Heroism Among the West Niger Igbo: A Perspective from Orature

1986

1/17

Ban Empty Barn and other plays

1986

1/18

Ban Empty Barn and other plays (hardcover)

1986

1/19

Ban Empty Barn and other plays; The Artist’s Homecoming; Cattle Egret Versus Nama (Crime Patrol Unit) (copy)

1986

1/20

Ban Empty Barn (typed copy with edits)

N.D.

1/21

A Scent of Onions (copy)

1986

1/22

A Scent of Onions (copy with postits and notes, missing some pages)

1986

1/23

Some Day Soon

1986

1/24

Some Day Soon (with notes)

1986

1/25

The Artist’s Homecoming

1986

1/26

In Search of a Theme (manuscript)

1986

1/27

In Search of a Theme-A play (copy)

1986

1/28

Drama for the Dead: The Dead as Heroes of the Living in Aniocha

C. 1986-1989

1/29

Acada Boys or Mirror for Campus

1987

1/30

Mirror for Campus

1987

1/31

Acada Boys – typed manuscript with edits

1987

1/32

Sfem A poem

1987

1/33

For A Season

1987

1/34

Parables For A Season

Circa 1985

1/35

Parables For A Season (typed draft)

Circa 1985

1/36

Parables For A Season in African

American Plays for Today Anthology

1991

1/37

Parables For A Season production, Sudan

2007

1/38

“Osofian’s New Hero: Women as Social Reconstructions” In SAGE

1988

1/39

The Reign of Wazobia (copy)

1988

1/40

The Reign of Wazobia (edited for Three Plays)

N.D.

1/41

Reign of Wazobia Movie project

1996

1/42

Greetings, Names, and Praises in Aniocha

February 14, 1989

1/43

Greetings, Names, and Praises in Aniocha

February 14, 1989

1/44

Divorce in Aniocha

N.D.

1/45

Legacies

1989

1/46

Legacies reprint

1991

1/47

Legacies (script with notes)

N.D.

1/48

Fall production of Legacies

1995

1/49

Cobweb In A Stateman’s Eye

1989

1/50

Go Tell It To Women (alternative name Drums for Women) manuscript notes

1988-1989

1/51

The Broken Calabash

2014

1/52

The Reign of Wazobia

2014

1/51

Go Tell It To Women (an epic drama for women) second edition; original typeset 1 of 2

1993

2/1

Go Tell It To Women (an epic drama for women) second edition; original typeset 2 of 2

1993

2/2

Tell It To Women (an epic drama for women) revised edition 1 of 2

1994

2/3

Tell It To Women (an epic drama for women) revised edition 2 of 2

1994

2/4

Tell It To Women (an epic drama for women)

1997

2/5

Tell It To Women (an epic drama for women) Revisions for revised edition 1 of 3

N.D.

2/6

Tell It To Women (an epic drama for women) Revisions for revised edition 2 of 3

N.D.

2/7

Tell It To Women (an epic drama for women) Revisions for revised edition 3 of 3

N.D.

2/8

Going to Be…

May 28, 1990

2/9

“Speaking Without Tongue: Silence and Self-Search in Armah’s” in UFAHAMM

1990

2/10

Child of Color Sings A New Song (poem)

1990

2/11

Visions of Myth in Nigerian Drama: Femi Osofisan Versus Wole Soyinka

1991

2/12

Visions of Myth in Nigerian Drama: Femi Osofisan Versus Wole Soyinka (book)

1991

2/13

“Femi Osofisan and the Techniques of Epic Theater” in The Literary Griot

1991

2/14

“The Community as Shadow of the Individual in Achebe’s Novels” in Geneve-Africa

1991

2/15

The Riot of Colors poem (manuscript)

August 19, 1991

2/16

The Riot of Colors poem

1993

2/17

Riot In Heaven & Legacies

1991-1994

2/18

Riot In Heaven & Legacies (with notes)

1994

2/19

The Squirrel’s Daughter – manuscript

1992

2/20

You Don’t Need a Mother (manuscript)

2/21

Three Plays (The Broken Calabash; Parables for a Season; The Reign of Wazobia) (copy)

1993

2/22

Bodies in Silence: The Missing Diaspora in African Literature

1993

2/23

Bodies in Silence: The Missing Diaspora in African Literature (with notes)

1993

2/24

(An)other Artist’s Wayward Thought on Eugene Redmont Poetry

May 10, 1994

2/25

“Another African’s Wayward Thoughts on Eugene Redmond’s Poetry” in Dreams Deferred, Dead or Alive

1996

2/26

Poem, untitled

1994

2/27

Poem, untitled

1994-1995

2/28

What Are You in America?

1995

2/29

The Moon Is My Witness, a poem

1995

2/30

Reviews on “Fighting the Good Fight” and “Unbroken Thread” written by Onwueme

1995

2/31

Miscellaneous poems

1995

2/32

Manuscript – no title

May 13, 1996

3/1

If I could Vote

1996

3/2

Riot In Heaven

1996

3/3

Riot In Heaven (with notes)

1996

3/4

Riot In Heaven second edition

2006

3/5

Riot In Heaven - draft

September 28, 2006

3/6

Riot In Heaven – draft

November 9, 2006

3/7

Riot In Heaven – final edit

November 10, 2006

3/8

Riot In Heaven - draft

N.D.

3/9

Riot In Heaven - draft

N.D.

3/10

Riot In Heaven - draft

N.D.

3/11

Riot In Heaven – notes

N.D.

3/12

Riot In Heaven & Acada Boys

2003

3/13

To The Would-be African Female Writer: Husband Yourself First

1997

3/14

To The Would-be African Female Writer: Husband Yourself First

1999

3/15

Shifting Paradigms of Profit and Loss: Men in Flora Nwapo’s Fiction

1997

3/16

Shifting Paradigms of Profit and Loss: Men in Flora Nwapo’s Fiction

1998

3/17

The President’s Bag of Luck/His

Majesty’s Bag of Luck (Manuscript)

1997

3/18

The President’s Bay of Luck (typed, incomplete)

N.D.

3/19

Igbo Proverb, Onwueme’s thoughts

March 25, 1997

3/20

Thinking of the Distance I Have Covered

August 29, 1997

3/21

Thinking About Me Nowadays, a poem

1997

3/22

The Missing Face

1997

3/23

The Missing Face (new edition)

2002

3/24

The Missing Face (new edition)

2005

3/25

The Missing Face – draft

1996

3/26

Notes- The Missing Face

N.D.

3/27

The Missing Face: An Intercultural and Educational Video-Drama, Production notes, Ford Foundation

1998

3/28

The Missing Face Performance

2001

3/29

The Missing Face

2012

3/29

Why the Elephant Has No Butt (manuscript notes)

1997-1998

3/30

Why the Elephant Has No Butt (Handwritten Notes)

N.D.

4/1

Why the Elephant Has No Butt (incomplete with notes)

N.D.

4/2

Why the Elephant Has No Butt (ch.1)

1997

4/3

Why the Elephant Has No Butt (submitted manuscript, Heinemann)

1997

4/4

Why The Elephant Has No Butt (submitted copy, Author’s Clearing House)

1997

4/5

Why The Elephant Has No Butt

2000

4/6

Why the Elephant Has No Butt (Final proof) Pine Hill Press

2000

4/7

Why the Elephant Has No Butt (Final proof copy with notes) Pine Hill Press

2000

4/8

Why the Elephant Has No Butt (typed with notes)

N.D.

4/9

Miscellaneous poems

1998

4/10

“Who Can Silence the Drums? Black Writers Speak!” in Black Academy Press

1998

4/11

When the Girls Play: What Drumbeats Will They Play About Life in the Flaming (Nigerian) Niger-Delta, a proposal

1999?

4/12

Running From My Body

1999

4/13

Shakara: Dance-Hall Queen (draft?)

1999

4/14

Shakara printed from floppy disk for Amoge Press

N.D.

4/15

Shakara: Dance-Hall Queen

2000

4/16

Shakara: Dance-Hall Queen (mock up with notes)

2000

4/17

Shakara: Dance-Hall Queen – second edition

2006

4/18

Shakara: Dance-Hall Queen – first draft

N.D.

4/19

Shakara: Dance-Hall Queen – draft

N.D.

4/20

Who Can Silence the Drums? Delta Women Speak! Ford Foundation Grant

1999

4/21

Miscellaneous Notebits

2001-2003

4/22

Poem – untitled

2001

4/23

Delta Women Speak manuscript (1 of 2)

November 2000?

5/1

Delta Women Speak manuscript (2 of 2)

November 2000?

5/2

Then She Said It (final copy)

2001

5/3

Then She Said It

2002

5/4

Then She Said It (copy with notes)

2002

5/5

Then She Said It (copy with edits)

2002

5/6

Then She Said It (bound copy with edits)

2002

5/7

Then She Said It (bound copy with edits)

N.D.

5/8

Then She Said It (typed with edits)

N.D.

5/9

Then She Said It – production

N.D.

5/10

Then She Said It – Ford Foundation Grant

2001

5/11

Buried in the Rubble

2002

5/12

A Season of Drought, a poem

2002

5/13

What Mama Said (typed with edits)

2002

5/14

What Mama Said (typed with edits)

2002

5/15

What Mama Said (typed)

2003

5/16

What Mama Said cover

N.D.

5/17

Dis Picking Na My 401K, a poem

June 16, 2003

5/18

What Will Mama Say to the Oga (Fulbright Fellowship Program)

2003

5/19

Rumbles in the Desert (drama)- draft

2005

5/20

Rumbles in the Desert (from digital copy)

August 9, 2003

5/21

Rumbles in the Desert

August 26, 2003

5/22

For Men a poem for Meri Nana-Ama

February 28, 2004

5/23

Guggenheim Fellowship Application

2004

5/24

No Vacancy!

1986

5/25

No Vacancy (typed)

2004

6/1

No Vacancy

2005

6/2

No Vacancy – originals & cover edits

N.D.

6/3

No Vacancy – partial with edits

N.D.

6/4

If Pillow Could (a poem)

2006

6/5

A Time of Reclamation/A Season of Reclamation

May 20, 2008

6/6

Collection of Plays Vol. 2 (Rumbles in the Desert, Omoge: Break Dancer, Ban Empty Barn)

2009

6/7

A Collection of Plays no Volume associated (Cattle Egret Versus Nama/”Crime Patrol Unit,” The Artist’s Homecoming)

N.D.

6/8

A Collection of Plays Vol. 2 (Rumbles In the Destert, Omoge Shakara, Ban Empty Barn)

2009

6/9

A Collection of Plays Vol. 1 (Broken Calabash, Lost in Paradise, She Reigns)

2009

6/10

A Collection of Plays Vol. 3 (Out of Bounds, Ban Empty Barn)

2009

6/11

A Collection of Plays Vol. 2 (Break Dancer & Acada Boys)

2009

6/12

A Collection of Plays Vol. 1 (Rumbles in the Desert, Lost in Paradise)

2009

6/13

They’re Back! (Un)timely Visitors! Sabbatical Proposal 1 of 2

2011

6/14

They’re Back! (Un)timely Visitors! Sabbatical Proposal 2 of 2

2011

6/15

What the Woman of Color Said (a play)

N.D

6/16

What the Woman of Color Said (a play)

N.D

6/17

The Break Dancer (109 pgs)

N.D.

6/18

The Break Dancer (111 pgs)

N.D.

6/19

The Break Dancer (version 1) (a play)

N.D.

6/20

The Break Dancer (version 2)

N.D.

6/21

The Break Dancer (manuscript)

N.D.

6/22

I am Married to My Children (manuscript notes)

November 25, 1990 Montclair, NJ

7/1

I am Married to My Children (draft & manuscript notes)

November 25, 1990 Montclair, NJ

7/2

Look What I’ve Got! My Sunny Day! (short story submitted to Becky Clarke

N.D.

7/3

Gender and Race Metaphors of Love in Eugene Redmond Poetry

N.D.

7/4

The Other Side of Desire

N.D.

7/5

Poems on Nature

N.D.

7/6

Yari, Yari, What Will I tell My Children?

N.D.

7/7

Meeting My Mathers, In the Circle of My Fathers

N.D.

7/8

God Writes to Africa

N.D.

7/9

Bilary’s Clone

N.D.

7/10

The ‘X’ I Live With (part of manuscript)

N.D.

7/11

The X I live with (discarded or duplicated pages

N.D.

7/12

Emerging theme notes

N.D.

7/13

Memories Hijacked/ Hijacked Memories

N.D.

7/14

Lost in Paradise

N.D.

7/15

In the Circle of My Mothers

N.D.

7/16

Poetry- post it notes

N.D.

7/17

Post it notes, no provenance

N.D.

7/18

Miscellaneous notes

N.D.

7/19

Miscellaneous notes

N.D.

7/20

Things Left Unsaid (1 of 3)

N.D.

7/21

Things Left Unsaid (2 of 3)

N.D.

7/22

Things Left Unsaid (3 of 3)

N.D.

7/23

Things Left Unsaid (1 of 2) (p. 1235)

N.D.

8/1

Things Left Unsaid (2 of 2) (p. 236-489)

N.D.

8/2

Things Left Unsaid (partial)

N.D.

8/3

Things Left Unsaid (1 of 3)

N.D.

8/4

Things Left Unsaid (2 of 3)

N.D.

8/5

Things Left Unsaid (3 of 3)

N.D.

8/6

What I Cannot Tell My Father – notes

N.D.

8/7

What I Cannot Tell My Father – notes

N.D.

8/8

What I Cannot Tell My Father – notes

N.D.

8/9

What I Cannot Tell My Father (p. 1-155)

February 8, 1998

8/10

What I Cannot Tell My Father (p. 1-88)

March 17, 1998

8/11

What I Cannot Tell My Father (p. 2-150) (1 of 2)

N.D.

8/12

What I Cannot Tell My Father (p. 151-176) (2 of 2)

N.D.

9/1

What I Cannot Tell My Father (p. 1-154)

2005

9/2

What I Cannot Tell My Father (p. 2-426)

N.D.

9/3

What I Cannot Tell My Father (edits) (1 of 5)

N.D.

9/4

What I Cannot Tell My Father (edits) (2 of 5)

N.D.

9/5

What I Cannot Tell My Father (edits) (3 of 5)

N.D.

9/6

What I Cannot Tell My Father (edits) (4 of 5)

N.D.

9/7

What I Cannot Tell My Father (edits) (5 of 5)

N.D.

9/8

What I Cannot Tell My Father (synopsis)

N.D.

9/9

What I Cannot Tell My Father (p. 284-532) bound

N.D.

9/10

What I Cannot Tell My Father (p. 1-271) bound

2004

10/1

What I Cannot Tell My Father (p. 1-370) bound

2005

10/2

What I Cannot Tell My Father (p. 1-271) bound (1 of 2)

2004

10/3

What I Cannot Tell My Father (p. 272-532) bound (2 of 2)

2004

10/4 (binder 1)

Mali’s Story: What I Cannot Tell My Father - manuscript

N.D.

10/5 (binder 2)

Mali’s Story: What I Cannot Tell My Father - manuscript

N.D.

Conferences

11/1

Heroism Among the West Niger Igbo

1986

11/2

The Unanswered Question

May 6-8, 1987

11/3

Beyond the Nobel: Adolescence,

Development and African Literature

May 2-7, 1988

11/4

Coming of Age by Ana: NationBuilding and the Tribe of Writers

in Search of Homestead

November 10-13, 1988 Benue Makurdi

11/5

Lecture: Shifting Concepts of Heroism

October 31, 1991 Toronto, Canada

11/6

Examining the Issue of SelfGovernment Ace

May 12, 1992 Montclair State

11/7

Sheroism: Bridges Across Land and Sea

May 30, 1992

John Jay College

11/8

The Essence of Diversity

January 13, 1995 McPhee Theatre

11/9

Black Theatre festival/conference

1993-1995

11/10

Who Can Silence the Drums: Black Creativity and the State of Race

April 10-12, 1997

Morgan State

University

11/11

Drumbeats in Black Women’s Drama

April 12 1997

11/12

This Time Tomorrow: Where Will You Be Anioma (Woman)?

May 24, 1997

Anioma National Conferences

11/13

Lost Abroad: What Will I Tell My Mother?

August 23, 1997

Anioma Association LA, California

11/14

Lost Generation: Nigerians Abroad Posterity

September 27, 1997

Nigerian Association Houston, TX

11/15

Disconnections: Post Colonial States of Exile and Alienation in Caribbean Women’s Drama

April 12, 1999

University of Houston

11/16

Drumbeats in Black Women’s Drama

August 3-6, 1999

Winston Salem State University

11/17

Recalling Mother-Tongues: Dialogues with My People

January 11-17, 2000 Against All Odds

11/18

Writing in a Post-Colonial State

April 4-5, 2001

Augustana College

11/19

Hear Us Too! Niger Delta Rural Women and the Multi National Oil Companies

February 19, 2002

Salem College,

Winston Salem, North

Carolina

11/20

Buried in the Rubble: The Missing Face in African Literature

April 5, 2002

University of San Diego

11/21

Buried in the Rubble (Version 3 & 4)

April 5, 2002

11/22

Buried in the Rubble

April 5, 2002

28th Annual African

Literature Association

11/23

Sojourner Speaks to the Global Village

April 13, 2002

SIRAS Conference

11/24

This Business of Mothering

June 22, 2002 Award Ceremony for the Women of Valor Atlanta, GA

11/25

(Trans)forming Women Through Performance

April 5, 2003

Indiana University

11/26

Where I Enter the Discourse on African Literature

May 2004

11/27

Global (In)Justice?: Look Who’s Talking: Dramatic Interventions

October 14, 2004

November 16, 2005

November 24, 2005

11/28

Lecture: When Life Attacks

October 20-22, 2004

Saint Lawrence University

11/29

A Gift of the Heart: My Friend, Thelma

December 28, 2004

Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas

11/30

The Color of My Writing

February 21, 2005

Lake Forest University

11/31

Dissing Acts? Staging Exile/Alienation in Black Women’s Drama

October 13, 2005

University of Houston

11/32

Miami Book Fair

2005

12/1

Check Me Out: I’m A Dropout, I’m Hip/Cool, and What About It? Youths Poling Faces of American and the World

April 25, 2006 Pace University

12/2

Acada Blues: Strategies for Academic Women Who Do Too Much

October 27-28, 2006 University of Houston

12/3

New Riot

October 2006

12/4

Riot

October 28, 2006

Santa Clara University

12/5

Lecture Notes

2007

Pace University

12/6

India Trip

2007

12/7

UW:EC Black History Month

February 4, 2008

University of

Wisconsin – Eau

Claire

12/8

Award Speech

July 18, 2008 10th

Anniversary of the

Harlem Book Fair

12/9

Folon Nichols Award: Acceptance Speech

April 17, 2009

ALA Conference

University of Vermont

12/10

I Write To Kill Silence

November 12, 2009

2009 Tess

International

Conference Edmonton,

Canada

12/11

If You Want Justice, You Must Work For Truth: Folon Nichols Award Address in Journal of African Literature Association (JALA)

2009

12/12

Staging the Invisible

April 29, 2010

Englishfest

Presentation

Eau Claire, WI

12/13

Writing Human Rights: A Playwrights Perception

November 11, 2011

Central Michigan University

12/14

Erupting Silences

November 14, 2011 Villanova University

12/15

If You Want Justice, You Must Work First for Truth: Folon Nichols Award in Literature, The Visual Arts and Globalization in Africa and Its Diaspora

2011

12/16

Readings-Riot

N.D.

12/17

Readings-Rumble In the Desert

N.D.

12/18

Readings-Shakara

N.D.

12/19

Readings-The Desert Encroaches

N.D.

12/20

Readings-The Moon is My Witness

N.D.

12/21

Readings-Then She Said It

N.D.

12/22

Speaking Notes

N.D.

12/23

Old Wines Are Tasty

N.D.

Houston University

12/24

Misc conference/presentation materials

N.D.

12/25

Presentations, bound copy

N.D.

Video Productions

13/1

The Neighbors We Know Not Yet

1991-1992

13/2

WAZOBIA!

1996

Eau Claire

13/3

Breaking Silences: Niger Delta (Rural Women Speak to the Global Village)

1998

13/4

Nigeria’s Image Abroad; Nigerian youths and the Question of National Identity proposal

1999

13/5

African Drama Film Classic/Studios

1999

13/6

A Proposal: For Action to Eliminate Violence Against Women

1999

13/7

President Ibrahim Babangida’s Legacy to Niger for Yesterday and Tomorrow

2004

13/8

For Today and Tomorrow: President Ibrahim Babangida’s Legacy to Nigeria

2004-2005

13/9

A Documentary Biography Film/Video/DVD featuring Governor James Ibori: A Frontline New Breed of African/Nigerian Leadership

2005

13/10

His Legacy, His Legend: An International Documentary Film featuring President ObasanjoBello

2006-2007

13/11

Footprints of a Leader: The Life and Legacy of Dim Ojukwu

2007

13/12

Amerioma: (Re_claiming American Cairo City for Anioma

August 4, 2009

13/13

Lest We Forget: The Unsung Icon/Leader Dr. (Chief) Edwin Clark (1925-)

2010-2011

13/14

Miscellaneous Production Info

N.D.

13/15

Proposal- Neighborhood Teens: Telling & Writing Together

2000

Sub-series 2: Correspondence

Dates: 1986-2013

Extent: 1.0 linear foot (1 record center carton)

Container (Box/Folder)

Contents

Dates

14/1

Correspondence

1986-1989

14/2

Correspondence

1990

14/3

Correspondence

1991

14/4

Correspondence

1992

14/5

Correspondence

1993

14/6

Correspondence

1994

14/7

Correspondence

1995

14/8

Correspondence

1996

14/9

Correspondence

1997

14/10

Correspondence

1998

14/11

Correspondence

1999

14/12

Correspondence - Ford Foundation

1999

14/13

Correspondence

2000

14/14

Correspondence - Ford Foundation

2000

14/15

African Heritage Press Correspondence

2000

14/16

Correspondence

2001

14/17

Correspondence – Ford Foundation Then She Said It

2001

14/18

Correspondence - Ford Foundation Who Can Silence the Drums

2001

14/19

The Missing Face play correspondence

2001

14/20

Correspondence

2002 January-March

14/21

Correspondence

2002 April-December

14/22

Correspondence – Ford Foundation Then She Said It

2002

14/23

Correspondence

2003

14/24

Correspondence

2004

14/25

Correspondence

2005

14/26

Correspondence

2006

14/27

Correspondence

2007

14/28

India Correspondence

2007

14/29

Correspondence

2008

14/30

Correspondence

2009

14/31

Correspondence

2010

14/32

Correspondence

2012

14/33

Correspondence

2013

14/34

Correspondence

N.D.

Sub-series 3: Subject Files

Dates: 1980-2014

Extent: 1.5 linear feet (1 flat box, 1 poster box)

Container (Box/Folder)

Contents

Dates

15/1

Subject Files

1980-1984

15/2

Subject Files

1985-1989

15/3

Subject Files

1990-1994

15/4

Subject Files

1995-1999

15/5

Subject Files

2000-2004

15/6

Subject Files

2005-2009

15/7

Subject Files

2010-2014

15/8

Subject Files

N.D.

15/9

Bound Newspapers

1984-1988

16/1

“Events at the University of Buffalo” poster

October 1988

16/2

“Detroit Museum of African American History” poster

April 1997

Sub-series 4: Biographical Materials

Dates: 1988-2010

Extent: 2.0 linear feet (2 record center cartons)

Container (Box/Folder)

Contents

Dates

17/1

Biography info

Varies

17/2

Autobiographical content bound by Onwueme

Circa 1988

17/3

Autobiographical content bound by Onwueme

Varies

17/4

Autobiographical content bound by Onwueme

Varies

17/5

Autobiographical content bound by Onwueme

Varies

17/6

Autobiographical content bound by Onwueme

Varies

17/7

Autobiographical content bound by Onwueme

Varies

17/8

Autobiographical content bound by Onwueme

Varies

17/9

Autobiographical content bound by Onwueme

Varies

17/10

UWEC application

June 28, 1993

17/11

Letters of Recommendation

Varies

17/12

Nigeria: A Handy Guide to the Federal Republic

1991

17/13

Vita/Resume

1997

17/14

Vita/Resume

2000

17/15

Vita/Resume

2002

17/16

Vita/Resume

2004

17/17

Vita/Resume

2006

17/18

Vita/Resume

2010

17/19

Family information

Varies

18/1

Interview with Gbemisola Adeoti

April 2001

18/2

Interview with Laura Andrews

May 2001

18/3

Interview with Juluette Bartlett

2002

18/4

Interview with Becky Becker

Spring 2001

18/5

Interview with Fashamisha Patricia Brown

November 14, 2001

18/6

Interview with Sonja Darlington and Henry Hane

December 2001

18/7

Interview with Maureen Eke

March 10, 2002

18/8

Interview with Henry Hane

July 13, 2005

18/9

Interview with Oluwafunminiyi Mabawonku

June 15, 2008

18/10

Interview with Joseph McLaren

November 9, 2006

18/11

Interview with Thérèse Migraine-George

July 2005

18/12

Interview with Inibong Uko

June 6-8, 2003

18/13

Interview: “Myth, Legend and Ritual” in International Women Playwrights

1993

18/14

Interview: “The Woman Playwright: Identity and Transformation” in International Women Playwrights

1993

18/15

Miscellaneous biographical information

N.D.

Sub-series 5: Photographs

Dates: 1992-2010

Extent: 1.0 linear foot (1 record center carton)

Container (Box/Folder)

Contents

Dates

18/16

Photos of Onwueme

N.D.

18/17

Individual negatives

N.D.

18/18

African Literature Association

2002

18/19

Wazobia! A Play, Eau Claire

N.D.

18/20

Wazobia! Film

2000

18/21

Folon Nichols Award

April 17, 2009

18/22

The Missing Face

2006

18/23

International Conference-Osonye Tess Onwueme

November 2009

18/24

Unknown book signing

1992?

18/25

International Conference on Black Women

1992

18/26

Wazobia! Photo Album

2000

19/1

Photo Album: Athens, Greece 1998; NWACT (Women of Valor Award) 2002; NWAG; Ford Foundation 2000; London

Varies

19/2

Photo Album

N.D.

19/3

Photo Album - Headshots

N.D.

19/4

Photo Album - Early Onwueme & an unidentified play

N.D.

Sub-series 6: Ephemera

Dates: 1980-2010

Extent: 1.0 linear foot (1 record center carton) **box 22 not calculated**

Container (Box/Folder)

Contents

Dates

20/1

Posters/Programs

1980s

20/2

Posters/Programs

1990

20/3

Posters/Programs

1991

20/4

Posters/Programs

1992

20/5

Posters/Programs

1993

20/6

Posters/Programs

1994

20/7

Posters/Programs

1995

20/8

Posters/Programs

1997

20/9

Posters/Programs

1998

20/10

Five Hundred Leaders of Influence Bookmark

1999

20/11

Posters/Programs

2001

20/12

Posters/Programs

2002

20/13

Posters/Programs

2003

20/14

Posters/Programs

2005

20/15

Posters/Programs

2006

20/16

Posters/Programs

2008

20/17

Posters/Programs

2009

20/18

Posters/Programs

2010

20/19

Posters/Programs

N.D.

20/20

Oversize Posters

Varies

Objects

Box

Id number

Description

Dates

20

AS598.020.001

Crown (orange coral beads)

N.D.

21

AS598.021.001

Shoulder piece (orange coral beads)

N.D.

21

AS598.021.002

15 Year Anniversary pin

2009

21

AS598.021.003

Sash: World Theatre Day observation (India)

March 27, 2014

21

AS598.021.004

Award of outstanding contributions to the UW System (University of Wisconsin) in particular to Women of Color

1995

21

AS598.021.005

The Ife Book Fair: distinguished Author’s Award

February 2, 1988

22

AS598.022.001

Coral bead crown from Wazobia

N.D.

22

AS598.022.002

Coral bead crown from Wazobia

N.D.

22

AS598.022.003

Coral bead crown from Wazobia

N.D.

22

AS598.022.004

Coral bead blouse from Wazobia

N.D.

Sub-series 7: Media

Dates: 1989-2009

Extent: 1.0 linear foot (1 record center carton)

Container

(Box/Folder)

Title

Duration

Producer

Date

23

Wazobia!

89:08

Drama Village Productions

2002

23

Wazobia!

75:39

Drama Village Productions

2006

23

Wazobia!

87:51

Drama Village Productions

2002

23

The Reign of Wazobia

108:38

UWEC

1994

23

The Reign of Wazobia

96:00

Vassar College

1993

23

The Broken Calabash

90:00

Wayne State University

February 1998

23

Then She Said It

85:58

Nigerian Actors’ Guild

2001

23

Legacy

103:30

Unknown

Unknown

23

Legacy

131:11

Imo State University

1989

23

Mosaic: From the Life and Works of Tess Onwueme

21:22

Laura Ude/UWEC

2009

23

Connecting with the World: The Tess Onwueme Conference

6:34

UWEC

2009

23

International Conference: Tess Onwueme (in 12 parts)

774:55

Abuja State University

November 1114, 2009

23

Fonlon Nichols Prize Ceremony

66:17

African Literature Association

April 17, 2009

23

Shakara: Dance Hall Queen

57:15

BBC

2004

23

Shakara: Dance Hall Queen

86:36

Abu Studio Theatre

Unknown

23

Interview with Tess Onwueme

15:58

BBC

Unknown

23

Interview with Tess Onwueme

1:39

WEAU 13 News

October 23, 1993

23

African Experience Worldwide (including interview with Tess Onwueme)

93:19

WRFG-FM

Atlanta

June 22, 2002

23

Riot in Heaven (portion read by Dr. Onwueme)

27:29

Tess Onwueme

February 16, 1993

Series 2: Administrative Materials

Materials that document Tess Osonye Onwueme’s career as a professor of global letters at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

Sub-series 1: Correspondence

Dates: 1993-1999

Extent: .5 linear foot (1/2 record center carton)

Container (Box/Folder)

Contents

Dates

24/1

Correspondence

1993

24/2

Correspondence

1994

24/3

Correspondence

1995

24/4

Correspondence

1996

24/5

Correspondence

1997

24/6

Correspondence

1998

24/7

Correspondence

1999

24/8

Correspondence

N.D.

Sub-series 2: Subject Files

Dates: 1994-1996

Extent: .5 linear foot (1/2 record center carton)

Container (Box/Folder)

Contents

Dates

15/10

Cultural Diversity Subject Files (oversize)

1995-1996

24/9

Personal Statement

N.D.

24/10

Budgets & Misc. Notes

Varies

24/11

Course Syllabi

Varies

24/12

Cultural Diversity Misc.

Varies

24/13

Cultural Diversity Workshop – Dr. Vivieng NG

1994

24/14

Cultural Diversity Workshop – Dr. William Cook

1995

25/15

Cultural video production proposal

N.D.

24/16

Minorities in Wisconsin: a report from Psychology 491

May 19, 1995

24/17

Femi Ojo-ade

1995

24/18

Newspapers

1994-1995

24/19

Notes

Varies

24/20

Wisconsin Ideas

1994

24/21

Binder: Service, plays, cultural diversity

Varies

24/22

Binder: UWEC Diversity Initiatives

Varies

Series 3: Works by other authors about Tess Osonye Onwueme’s work

Dates: 1989-2010

Extent: 1.0 linear foot (1 record center carton)

Container (Box/Folder)

Author

Title of Work

Dates

25/1

Nina Adams

BBC On Air

N.D.

25/2

Omofolabo Ajaji

“Who Can Silence Her Drums? An analysis of the plays of Tess Onwueme” in African Theatre Women

2002

25/3

Awam Amkpa

Theatre and Postcolonial Desires

2004

25/4

Dr. Chidi Amuta

“The Nigerian Woman as a Dramatist: The Instance of Tess Onwueme” in Nigerian Female Writers

1989

25/5

Juluette F. Bartlett

Dissertation: Promoting Empowerment For Women: Women Between Modernity and Tradition in the Works of Tess Onwueme

2002

25/6

Kanika Batra

“‘Daughters who Know the Language of Power’ Community, Sexuality, and Postcolonial Development in Tess Onwueme’s Tell It To Women” in Interventions: Journal of Postcolonial Studies

2007

25/7

Sonja Darlington

Women as Power Brokers of the Earth’s Resources: “Tess Onwueme’s Caustic Response to the Environmental Debate”

2008

25/8

Chris Dunton

Make Man Talk True: Nigerian Drama in English since 1970

1990

25/9

Chris Dunton

“Nigeria and the Diaspora, Solidarities and Discords: The Drama of Osonye Tess Onwueme” in Nigeria in Twentieth Century

2002

25/10

Afan Ebeogu

“Feminism and the Mediation of the Mythic in Three Plays by Tess Onwueme” in The Literary Griot

1991

25/11

Maureen N. Eke

Book Proposal: Emerging Perspectives on Tess Onwueme

N.D.

25/12

Maureen N. Eke

Casting Gender and Sexuality in African Women's Writing: Tess Onwueme’s Shakara

N.D.

25/13

Maureen N. Eke

Who Shall Silence the Drums? Another Woman’s War

N.D.

25/14

Mabel Evwierhoma

Female Empowerment and Dramatic Creativity in Nigeria

2002

25/15

Mabel Evwierhoma

Female Empowerment and Dramatic Creativity in Nigeria (copy-signed)

2002

25/16

Patrick E. Idoye

“African Feminism Under Siege” – review essay in Black Scholar

1995

25/17

Jane E. Martin

Thesis- African Womanhood’s in the Works of Four West African Women Playwrights

2000

25/18

DeLinda Marzette

Who Measures the Power of Woman in Spoons and Scales? Women’s Worth in Tess Onwueme’s Tell It To Women

2007

25/19

Thérèse Migraine-George

African Women and Representation: From Performance to Politics

2008

25/20

J.O.J. Agbada-Nwachukwu

“Tess Onwueme: Dramatist in Quest of Change” in World Literature Today

1992

25/21

Olu Obafemi

“Towards Feminist Aesthetics Drama: The Plays of Tess Onwueme” in African Literature Today

1994

25/22

Regina Ode

“Women, Their Own Worst Enemies: A Comparative Study of Tess Onwueme’s Go Tell It To Women and The Reign of Wazobia” in Creative Artist: A Journal of Theatre and Media Studies

2010

25/23

Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi

Tess Akaeke Onwueme: Tell It To Women

N.D.

25/24

Nilgun A. Okur

“Ritual, Tradition and Reconstruction in Contemporary Nigerian Drama: Femi Osofisan and Tess Akaeke Onwueme a Dramatic Analysis in Afrocentricity”

1998

25/25

Mabel Itohanosa Erioyunvwen Tobrise

Thesis: Ideology, Power and Powerlessness in Female Creativity: A Case Study of Tess Onwueme’s Plays

1995

25/26

Mabel Itohanosa Erioyunvwen Tobrise

Feminist Theatre as an Agent of Sustainable Development: Tess Onwueme’s The Reign of Wazobia and Go Tell It To Women Investigated

1995

25/27

Mabel Itohanosa Erioyunvwen Tobrise

The Female Thrust In The Plays of Tess Onwueme: A Reader Response Analysis

1992

25/28

Mabel Itohanosa Erioyunvwen Tobrise

Female Visibility and Dominance in Ola Rotimis Drama: Our Husband Has Gone Mad Again and Hopes of the Living Dead as Textual Evidences

N.D.

25/29

Mabel Itohanosa Erioyunvwen Tobrise

The Image of the Modern Woman in Tess Onwueme’s Go Tell It To Women

N.D.

25/30

Mabel Itohanosa Erioyunvwen Tobrise

Power, Powerless and Ideology in Female Creativity: Anowa and The Reign of Wazobia as Paradigms

1990

25/31

Iniobong I. Uko

Gender and Identity in the Works of Tess Onwueme

2004

25/32

Iniobong I. Uko

Modern African Literature In the TwentyFirst Century: Challenges for the Critics

N.D.

25/33

Marie Umeh

Black Orientalism vs. Negritude: Teaching Henry Louis Gates Jr.’s Wonders of the African World and Osonye Tess Onwueme’s The Missing Face

2002

25/34

Chris Waters

Crituque on Onwueme’s Works

2003

25/35

Varies

Bound compilation on Onwueme’s Writing

N.D.

25/36

Varies

Correspondence relating to works written on Onwueme

Varies

25/37

Varies

Misc. Reviews

Varies

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