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Margaret Bloy Graham Papers, undated

Summary Information
Title: Margaret Bloy Graham Papers
Dates: undated
Creator: Graham, Margaret Bloy
Extent: 1 box (.20 cubic feet)
Language: Collection materials in English
Collection Number: CLRC-34
This collection contains sketches and studies related to two titles illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham.

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

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Gift of Kerlan, Dr. Irvin

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required. Items in this collection do not circulate and may be used in-house only. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.


Please contact staff regarding copyright status of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under fair use provisions of the copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).

Preferred Citation:

Margaret Bloy Graham Papers, Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.


Publications are arranged alphabetically by title.

Biographical Sketch

Margaret Bloy Graham was born November 2, 1920, in Toronto, Ontario. She attended the University of Toronto, graduating with a B.A. in 1943, and worked as a draftsman artist before beginning to illustrate books in the 1940s. In 1951 she illustrated her first children's book All Falling Down , written by her first husband and frequent collaborator, Gene Zion. The book was a Caldecott Honor Book, and the following year she received another Caldecott Honor for The Storm Book , written by Charlotte Zolotow. Throughout her long career she has illustrated and written many books, and is best know for her and Gene Zion's 'Harry' series. These books relate the adventures of Harry the dog, and are noted for their entertaining stories and illustrations. The books are noted for their child's eye view of the world, where things that are important to the very young are depicted, and youngsters learn that things can work out when they 'sit' plants, or try to save the only 'summer' snowman. Graham's books are also notable for their animal portrayals; dogs, squirrels, and mice are endowed with distinct personalities that come alive through her illustrations and add life to the stories, and capture a child's sense of humor.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author , vol. 11

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production materials for 2 titles from the 1950s: Harry and the Dirty Dog and The Plant Sitter . The materials include a pencil and watercolor sketches, cover paste-up, and pencil sketch.

Subject Terms
Indexing Terms
  • This 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.
  • Graham, Margaret Bloy
  • Dogs -- Juvenile fiction
  • Lost articles -- Juvenile fiction
  • Dogs -- Fiction
  • Lost and found possessions -- Fiction
  • Drawings
  • Watercolors
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
Harry and the Dirty Dog, 1956 
Box MC 1556
Pencil and watercolor cover paste-up, undated ( 1 item )  Box MC 1556
Pencil sketch, undated ( 1 item )  Box MC 1556
Business card with notes, undated ( 1 item )  Box MC 1556
Plant Sitter, The, 1959 
Box MC 1556
Pencil and watercolor sketch, undated ( 1 item )  Box MC 1556