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Gene Zion Collection

Summary Information
Title: Gene Zion Papers
Dates: 1956-1980
Creator: Zion, Gene
Extent: 0.6 linear feet
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-201
Abstract:
Gene Zion's papers focus on his work as an author of children's books. The collection contains production material for nine titles published between 1956 and 1965. Production materials consist mainly of manuscripts, including typescripts and carbon typescripts, a dummy, and some marked copies for various editions. The collection also contains some correspondence to Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham, his former wife and frequent collaborator, some correspondence and artwork from children, and a one page autobiographical sketch by Gene Zion.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.

Copyright:

This collection is 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.


Arrangement

"Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham" a paper by Gayle Sommer,

Dear Garbage Man, 1957

Harry and the Lady Next Door, 1960

Harry by the Sea, 1965

Harry the Dirty Dog, 1956

Jeffie's Party, 1957

Meanest Squirrel I Ever Met, The, 1962

No Roses for Harry, 1958

Plant Sitter, The, 1959

Sugar Mouse Cake, The, 1964

Autobiographical sketch, 1971

Correspondence from children,

Correspondence from editors,


Biographical Sketch

Gene [Eugene] Zion was born October 5, 1913 in New York, New York. He graduated from the Pratt Institute and worked for Esquire Publications and CBS, and worked as a free lance writer and designer from 1949 to 1975. Gene Zion published his first book, All Falling Down, in 1951. His wife Margaret Bloy Graham (married 1948, divorced in 1968) illustrated the book. Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham collaborated on many works, including the popular Harry the Dog books beginning with Harry the Dirty Dog in 1956. Critics praised Gene Zion's "charming" texts and his unique talent for envisioning the "story through the eyes of a child." Gene Zion's depiction of Harry's personality was also noted by critics who called Harry "a timeless personality inviting warmth, involvement and understanding." Gene Zion's stories and characters dealt with some of the "universal" problems children encounter and readers emphasized with the characters' plights. His books were also notable for their zany humor especially The Plant Sitter (1959), whose plot critics called a "happy blend of unanswerable logic and wild improbability." Gene Zion died on December 5, 1975.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author , vol. 18, pp. 305-307; Twentieth Century Children's Writers , 3rd ed., pp. 1079-1080.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for nine titles published between 1956 and 1965. Production materials consist mainly of manuscripts, including holographs, corrected typescripts and carbon typescripts, a dummy, and some marked copies for various editions. The collection also contains some correspondence to Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham, his former wife and frequent collaborator, from their editors, including Ursula Nordstrom, and publishers as well as a copy of a paper done on Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham. There is also correspondence and artwork from children dated from 1963 to 1980, and a one page autobiographical sketch by Gene Zion. The materials are arranged by title with folder and box level control.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • The collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • Zion, Gene
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
"Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham" a paper by Gayle Sommer  
Note Sommer, Gayle
Box MF 870, folder 1
typescript (12 p.)  Box MF 870, folder 1
 
Dear Garbage Man 1957 
Note  1957
Box MF870 folder 1
typescript, correected, and holograph (5 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript (3 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
Box MF870folder 1
typescript, corrected (18 p.)  Box MF870folder 1
Box MF870 folder 1
typescript, corrected (11 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (8 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (5 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
Box MF870 folder 2
typescript, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF870 folder 2
 
typescript, corrected (3 p.)  Box MF870 folder 2
 
typescript, corrected (3 p.)  Box MF870 folder 2
 
typescript, corrected (3 p.)  Box MF870 folder 2
 
typescript, corrected (3 p.)  Box MF870 folder 2
 
typescript, corrected carbon (5 p.)  Box MF870 folder 2
 
typescript, corrected carbon (5 p.)  Box MF870 folder 2
 
typescript, corrected carbon (3 p.)  Box MF870 folder 2
Box MF870 folder 3
typescript, corrected carbon (3 p.)  Box MF870 folder 3
 
typescript, photostat (3 p.)  Box MF870 folder 3
 
dummy (32 p.)  Box MF870 folder 3
 
Harry and the Lady Next Door 1960 
Note  1960
Box MF870 folder 1
typescript (1 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (12 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (7 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, carbon (1 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (11 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (10 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (10 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (7 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
correspondence (2 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
Harry by the Sea 1965 
Note  1965
Box MF870 folder 1
typescript, corrected (6 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (5 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (1 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (6 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (6 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (5 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
Box MF870
copy of book, NY, Harper and Row, 1965 (36 p.)  Box MF870
 
Harry the Dirty Dog 1956 
Note  1956
Box MF870 folder 1
typescript, corrected (3 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (1 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (1 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (3 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
Jeffie's Party 1957 
Note  1957
Box MF870 folder 1
typescript, corrected (6 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
Meanest Squirrel I Ever Met, The 1962 
Note  1962
Box MF870 folder 1
typescript, corrected (37 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
Box MF870 folder 2
typescript, corrected (37 p.)  Box MF870 folder 2
Box MF870 folder 3
typescript, corrected partial carbon (40 p.)  Box MF870 folder 3
 
No Roses for Harry 1958 
Note  1958
Box MF870 folder 1
typescript (1 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (3 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
Plant Sitter, The 1959 
Note  1959
Box MF870 folder 1
typescript, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (4 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
Box MF870
1 book, NY, Harper, 1959 (32 p.)  Box MF870
 
Sugar Mouse Cake, The 1964 
Note  1964
Box MF870 folder 1
holograph (9 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
holograph (4 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected, and holograph (5 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected, and holograph (3 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (23 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (6 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (5 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (3 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
Box MF870 folder 2
typescript, corrected carbon (11 p.)  Box MF870 folder 2
 
Autobiographical sketch 1971 
Note  1971
Box MF870
typescript, carbon (1 p.)  Box MF870
 
Correspondence from children  
Box MF870a folders 1-4
correspondence and artwork from children (221 p.)  Box MF870a folders 1-4
 
Correspondence from editors  
Box MF870 folder 1
correspondence, 1957-78, includes some from editor Ursula Nordstrom (64 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1
 
typescript, Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham, a paper by Galye Sommer (12 p.)  Box MF870 folder 1