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Margot Zemach Collection

Summary Information
Title: Margot Zemach Collection
Dates: 1959-1985
Creator: Zemach, Margot
Extent: ca. 0.1 linear ft. of manuscript material and correspondence and ca. 11 cubic ft. of illustrations
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-85
Abstract:
Margot Zemach's papers focus on her work as an illustrator of children's books. The collection contains production material for thirty-two titles published between 1959-1985, as well as two unpublished titles. It includes illustrations done in a variety of media many with separations, studies and sketches done in a variety of media, dummies many with typescript or text proof, photostats, paste-ups, and proofs. There is also some manuscript material for two works adapted and illustrated by Margot Zemach; the manuscript material includes correspondence, a corrected typescript with front matter, and a corrected galley proof.

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

Alone in the Wild Forest, 1971

Awake and Dreaming, 1970

Come on Patsy, 1982

Duffy and the Devil: A Cornish Tale, 1973

Emperor's New Clothes (unpublished),

Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Denmark, 1971

Fisherman and His Wife, The, 1966

Foundling, and Other Tales of Prydain, The, 1973

Frogs Who Wanted a King, and Other Songs from La Fontaine, 1977

Hans in Luck (unpublished),

Harlequin, 1968

Hat with a Rose, A, 1961

Hush, Little Baby, 1976

It Could Always be Worse: A Yiddish Folk Tale, 1976

Judge: An Untrue Tale, The, 1969

King of Hermits, and Other Stories, The, 1966

Last Dragon, The, 1964

Little Tiny Woman: A Folktale, The, 1965

Mazel and Shlimazel: Or, The Milk of a Lioness, 1967

Molly, McCullough, and Tom the Rogue, 1983

Mommy, Buy Me A China Doll, 1966

Nail Soup: A Swedish Folk Tale, 1964

Penny a Look: An Old Story, A, 1971

Salt: A Russian Tale, 1965

Sign in Mendel's Window, The, 1985

Simon Boom Gives a Wedding, 1972

Small Boy is Listening, 1959

Speckled Hen: A Russian Nursery Rhyme, 1966

Take a Giant Step, 1960

Three Sillies: A Folk Tale, The, 1963

Too Much Noise: An Italian Tale, 1967

Tricks of Master Dabble, The, 1965

When Shlemiel Went to Warsaw and Other Stories, 1968

Why Don't You Draw a Dog?, 1962

Miscellaneous art,


Biographical Sketch

Margot Zemach was born November 30, 1931 in Los Angeles, California. She attended various art schools in California and studied on a Fulbright Scholarship at the Vienna Academy of Fine Arts in 1955-1956. Margot Zemach married Harvey Fichstrom in 1957; they had four daughters including Kaethe who would later become an author and illustrator of children's books. Harvey Fichstrom, under the pseudonym Harve Zemach, authored many of the books Margot Zemach illustrated beginning with Small Boy Is Listening in 1959. The story drew on the Zemachs' experiences in Vienna and their knowledge of the city. The Zemachs collaborated on a number of children's books including Duffy and the Devil : A Cornish Tale , a retelling of a Cornish folk tale that won Margot Zemach the Caldecott Award in 1974. Margot Zemach also received Caldecott Honor citations for The Judge : An Untrue Tale and It Could Always Be Worse . Both stories drew on her love for folk tales, particularly those of Eastern Europe and the Yiddish tradition. Throughout her career, Margot Zemach illustrated and/or adapted a number of European folk tales, as well as some stories by Isaac Bashevis Singer. Critics have cited her work for its attention to detail and ability to "make things real", sense of motion, and how the "narrative pacing of her illustrations never flagged." Margot Zemach noted that she respected "draftsmanship... and the tradition of fine drawing" and wanted to "join [the] exacting standards of drawing with the wit and fantasy so necessary in children's books." She worked in a variety of media including ink and watercolor, often drawing the same page over and over to get it right. Margot Zemach received the 1979 Kerlan Award for her contributions to children's literature, and died on May 21, 1989 in Berkeley, California.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains production material for thirty-two titles published between 1959 and 1985, as well as production material for two unpublished titles. The collection includes illustrations done in a variety of media many with separations, sketches and studies, dummies many with typescript or text proof, photostats, paste-ups, and proofs. There is also some correspondence and manuscript material for two works adapted and illustrated by Margot Zemach.

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.
  • Zemach, Margot
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Alone in the Wild Forest 1971 
Note  1971
Box MC81
sheet proof (1 p.)  Box MC81
 
Awake and Dreaming 1970 
Note  1970
Box MC893
tempera studies (2 p.)  Box MC893
 
jacket proof (1 p.)  Box MC893
 
Come on Patsy 1982 
Note  1982
Box MC950
watercolor and ink jacket and title page illustration (1 p.)  Box MC950
 
sheets watercolor and ink illustrations with holograph text (24 p.)  Box MC950
 
page study notes for art work positioning (1 p.)  Box MC950
 
title page proof with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC950
 
sheets proof (17 p.)  Box MC950
 
jacket and title page proof (1 p.)  Box MC950
 
Duffy and the Devil: A Cornish Tale 1973 
Note  1973
Box MC82
sheets ink and pencil jacket sketches (5 p.)  Box MC82
 
sheet ink jacket sketches (1 p.)  Box MC82
 
ink, pencil and watercolor sketch (1 p.)  Box MC82
 
sheets ink, pencil and watercolor sketches (2 p.)  Box MC82
 
ink and pencil sketches (2 p.)  Box MC82
 
sheets ink and pencil sketches (9 p.)  Box MC82
 
ink and watercolor sketch (1 p.)  Box MC82
 
sheets ink and watercolor sketches (10 p.)  Box MC82
 
ink sketches (9 p.)  Box MC82
 
sheets ink sketches (41 p.)  Box MC82
 
jacket illustration proof (1 p.)  Box MC82
 
illustration proofs (4 p.)  Box MC82
Box MF82
ink and pencil dummy (40 p.)  Box MF82
 
Emperor's New Clothes (unpublished)  
Box MC83
ink and pencil dummy with typescript (22 p.)  Box MC83
 
pencil dummy with text proof (40 p.)  Box MC83
 
ink illustrations with 2 separations (14 p.)  Box MC83
 
ink illustrations with 1 separation (20 p.)  Box MC83
 
ink and watercolor sketches (7 p.)  Box MC83
 
sheets ink and watercolor sketches (8 p.)  Box MC83
 
illustration proof (1 p.)  Box MC83
 
Favorite Fairy Tales Told in Denmark 1971 
Note  1971
Box MC895
sheets ink and pencil sketches (2 p.)  Box MC895
 
sheet pencil and watercolor sketehes (1 p.)  Box MC895
 
ink sketches (7 p.)  Box MC895
 
pencil sketches (10 p.)  Box MC895
 
sheets pencil sketches (11 p.)  Box MC895
 
Fisherman and His Wife, The 1966 
Note  1966
Box MF865 folder 1
typescript, corrected (8 p.)  Box MF865 folder 1
 
front matter (5 p.)  Box MF865 folder 1
 
correspondence (1 p.)  Box MF865 folder 1
Box MF865 folder 2
galley proof, corrected (10 p.)  Box MF865 folder 2
Box MC949
ink and watercolor jacket studies (2 p.)  Box MC949
 
pencil and watercolor jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC949
 
ink jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC949
 
ink, pencil and watercolor studies (2 p.)  Box MC949
 
sheet ink, pencil and watercolor studies (1 p.)  Box MC949
 
ink and watercolor studies (17 p.)  Box MC949
 
sheets ink and watercolor studies (13 p.)  Box MC949
 
pencil and watercolor studies (4 p.)  Box MC949
 
sheets pencil and watercolor studies (2 p.)  Box MC949
 
ink studies (3 p.)  Box MC949
 
sheets ink studies (4 p.)  Box MC949
 
sheet pencil studies (1 p.)  Box MC949
 
proof dummy (60 p.)  Box MC949
 
sheet proof (1 p.)  Box MC949
 
sheet illustration proof (1 p.)  Box MC949
 
Foundling, and Other Tales of Prydain, The 1973 
Note  1973
Box MC906
pencil jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC906
 
watercolor jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC906
 
pencil illustrations (18 p.)  Box MC906
 
sheets ink and pencil sketches (2 p.)  Box MC906
 
pencil and watercolor study (1 p.)  Box MC906
 
ink sketches (4 p.)  Box MC906
 
sheets ink sketches (10 p.)  Box MC906
 
pencil sketches (15 p.)  Box MC906
 
sheets pencil sketches (8 p.)  Box MC906
 
watercolor jacket studies (2 p.)  Box MC906
 
positive photostats (9 p.)  Box MC906
 
sheets specifications (2 p.)  Box MC906
 
Frogs Who Wanted a King, and Other Songs from La Fontaine 1977 
Note  1977
Box MC913
sheet ink, pencil and watercolor studies (1 p.)  Box MC913
 
ink and watercolor studies, some with work on back (10 p.)  Box MC913
 
sheets ink and watercolor studies (14 p.)  Box MC913
 
sheets ink studies (2 p.)  Box MC913
 
sheet ink and watercolor studies (1 p.)  Box MC913
 
ink studies (3 p.)  Box MC913
 
Hans in Luck (unpublished)  
Box MC948
ink and watercolor sketches (10 p.)  Box MC948
 
sheet ink and watercolor sketches (1 p.)  Box MC948
 
ink sketches (2 p.)  Box MC948
 
sheets ink sketches (2 p.)  Box MC948
 
Harlequin 1968 
Note  1968
Box MC895
ink and watercolor jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC895
 
ink illustrations with 1 separation (25 p.)  Box MC895
 
separation (1 p.)  Box MC895
 
ink and watercolor jacket studies (2 p.)  Box MC895
 
ink and watercolor studies (6 p.)  Box MC895
 
ink sketches (37 p.)  Box MC895
 
pencil sketch (1 p.)  Box MC895
 
jacket proofs (2 p.)  Box MC895
 
sheets illustration proof (4 p.)  Box MC895
 
Hat with a Rose, A 1961 
Note  1961
Box MC84
ink and watercolor dummy with typescript (32 p.)  Box MC84
 
ink jacket illustration with text proof and 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC84
 
ink illustrations with text proof and 1 separation (22 p.)  Box MC84
 
ink illustrations with text proof (7 p.)  Box MC84
 
ink illustration (1 p.)  Box MC84
 
ink and tempera jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC84
 
pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC84
 
Hush, Little Baby 1976 
Note  1976
Box MF865 folder 1
correspondence (7 p.)  Box MF865 folder 1
Box MC948
tempera jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC948
 
tempera illustrations (25 p.)  Box MC948
 
sheets ink and pencil studies (4 p.)  Box MC948
Box MC948
ink and watercolor studies (6 p.)  Box MC948
Box MC948
sheet ink and watercolor studies (1 p.)  Box MC948
 
ink studies (5 p.)  Box MC948
 
sheet ink studies (1 p.)  Box MC948
 
tempera studies (38 p.)  Box MC948
 
jacket pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC948
 
sheet color samples for cover (1 p.)  Box MC948
 
It Could Always be Worse: A Yiddish Folk Tale 1976 
Note  1976
Box MC912
ink and watercolor studies (4 p.)  Box MC912
 
ink study (1 p.)  Box MC912
 
Judge: An Untrue Tale, The 1969 
Note  1969
Box MC909
ink and watercolor studies (25 p.)  Box MC909
 
sheets ink and watercolor studies (3 p.)  Box MC909
 
ink sketches (63 p.)  Box MC909
 
sheets ink sketches (5 p.)  Box MC909
 
King of Hermits, and Other Stories, The 1966 
Note  1966
Box MC906
ink illustrations (67 p.)  Box MC906
 
ink and watercolor jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC906
 
ink sketches (135 p.)  Box MC906
 
sheets ink sketches (18 p.)  Box MC906
 
jacket proof (1 p.)  Box MC906
 
sheet proof (1 p.)  Box MC906
 
Last Dragon, The 1964 
Note  1964
Box MC909
ink jacket illustration with text proof and 3 separations (1 p.)  Box MC909
 
ink cover illustration (1 p.)  Box MC909
 
ink illustrations (38 p.)  Box MC909
 
sheets ink and watercolor studies (2 p.)  Box MC909
 
ink sketches (29 p.)  Box MC909
 
sheets ink sketches (10 p.)  Box MC909
 
jacket proof (1 p.)  Box MC909
 
Little Tiny Woman: A Folktale, The 1965 
Note  1965
Box MC906
ink and watercolor dummy with typescript (32 p.)  Box MC906
 
sheet proof (1 p.)  Box MC906
 
Mazel and Shlimazel: Or, The Milk of a Lioness 1967 
Note  1967
Box MC928
ink and watercolor dummy with proof (1 p.)  Box MC928
 
ink and watercolor jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC928
 
ink and watercolor illustrations (25 p.)  Box MC928
 
ink and watercolor jacket studies (2 p.)  Box MC928
 
ink and watercolor studies (17 p.)  Box MC928
 
sheets ink and watercolor studies (11 p.)  Box MC928
 
ink sketches (84 p.)  Box MC928
 
sheets ink sketches (5 p.)  Box MC928
 
proof dummy (50 p.)  Box MC928
 
jacket proof (1 p.)  Box MC928
 
sheet proof (1 p.)  Box MC928
 
sheets illustration proof (10 p.)  Box MC928
 
photocopy dummy (48 p.)  Box MC928
 
Molly, McCullough, and Tom the Rogue 1983 
Note  1983
Box MC949
watercolor illustrations (19 p.)  Box MC949
 
Mommy, Buy Me A China Doll 1966 
Note  1966
Box MC907
watercolor dummy with typescript (32 p.)  Box MC907
 
watercolor studies (7 p.)  Box MC907
 
sheets watercolor studies (14 p.)  Box MC907
 
Nail Soup: A Swedish Folk Tale 1964 
Note  1964
Box MC909
ink and watercolor cover study (1 p.)  Box MC909
 
ink and watercolor studies (12 p.)  Box MC909
 
sheet ink and watercolor studies (1 p.)  Box MC909
 
sheet ink sketches (1 p.)  Box MC909
 
Penny a Look: An Old Story, A 1971 
Note  1971
Box MC895
ink sketches (8 p.)  Box MC895
 
sheets ink sketches (10 p.)  Box MC895
 
sheet ink and pencil sketches (1 p.)  Box MC895
 
sheets ink and watercolor studies (4 p.)  Box MC895
 
proof dummy (52 p.)  Box MC895
 
jacket proof (1 p.)  Box MC895
 
sheet illustration proof (1 p.)  Box MC895
 
Salt: A Russian Tale 1965 
Note  1965
Box MC895
watercolor studies (8 p.)  Box MC895
 
sheets watercolor studies (2 p.)  Box MC895
 
Sign in Mendel's Window, The 1985 
Note  1985
Box MC950
watercolor illustration with text proof pasteup (1 p.)  Box MC950
 
watercolor illustrations (17 p.)  Box MC950
 
Simon Boom Gives a Wedding 1972 
Note  1972
Box MC913
ink and tempera jacket illustration (1 p.)  Box MC913
 
ink and tempera illustrations (27 p.)  Box MC913
 
jacket proof (1 p.)  Box MC913
 
sheet proof (1 p.)  Box MC913
 
Small Boy is Listening 1959 
Note  1959
Box MC87
ink and watercolor dummy with typescript (19 p.)  Box MC87
 
ink jacket illustration with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC87
 
ink illustrations with 1 separation (27 p.)  Box MC87
 
ink sketch with 1 separation (1 p.)  Box MC87
 
jacket proof (1 p.)  Box MC87
 
sheet by the CLRC staff about the dummy (1 p.)  Box MC87
 
Speckled Hen: A Russian Nursery Rhyme 1966 
Note  1966
Box MC88
ink and watercolor dummy with typescript (32 p.)  Box MC88
 
pencil dummy with text proof (38 p.)  Box MC88
 
ink jacket illustration with 3 separations (1 p.)  Box MC88
 
ink endpaper illustration with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC88
 
ink illustrations with text proof and 3 separations (14 p.)  Box MC88
 
ink illustrations with 3 separations (14 p.)  Box MC88
 
ink illustrations with text proof and 2 separations (7 p.)  Box MC88
 
ink illustrations with 2 separations (2 p.)  Box MC88
 
ink and watercolor jacket studies (2 p.)  Box MC88
 
sheets ink and watercolor sketches (2 p.)  Box MC88
 
ink sketches, preliminary (7 p.)  Box MC88
 
sheets ink sketches (13 p.)  Box MC88
 
sheet proof (1 p.)  Box MC88
 
folder with notes (1 p.)  Box MC88
 
Take a Giant Step 1960 
Note  1960
Box MC893
watercolor dummy with holograph (30 p.)  Box MC893
 
watercolor dummy with typescript (40 p.)  Box MC893
 
Three Sillies: A Folk Tale, The 1963 
Note  1963
Box MC89
ink and watercolor dummy with typescript (32 p.)  Box MC89
 
ink jacket illustration with text proof (1 p.)  Box MC89
 
ink illustration with 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC89
 
illustrations with text proof (8 p.)  Box MC89
 
ink illustrations (16 p.)  Box MC89
 
ink and tempera jacket study (1 p.)  Box MC89
 
ink and watercolor jacket sketch (1 p.)  Box MC89
 
2 pp. miscellaneous notes--by CLRC staff? (2 p.)  Box MC89
 
Too Much Noise: An Italian Tale 1967 
Note  1967
Box MC912
ink jacket illustration with 3 separations (1 p.)  Box MC912
 
ink illustrations with 2 separations (32 p.)  Box MC912
 
sheets of 2 ink illustrations with 2 separations (2 p.)  Box MC912
 
watercolor jacket studies (3 p.)  Box MC912
 
ink sketches (42 p.)  Box MC912
 
sheets ink sketches (5 p.)  Box MC912
 
watercolor studies (13 p.)  Box MC912
 
sheets watercolor studies (5 p.)  Box MC912
 
ink illustrations with 1 separation (2 p.)  Box MC912
 
Tricks of Master Dabble, The 1965 
Note  1965
Box MC894
watercolor dummy with typescript (26 p.)  Box MC894
 
ink and watercolor dummy (36 p.)  Box MC894
 
ink jacket illustration with text proof and 2 separations (1 p.)  Box MC894
 
ink illustrations with text proof and 2 separations (25 p.)  Box MC894
 
ink cover sketch (1 p.)  Box MC894
 
ink and watercolor studies (9 p.)  Box MC894
 
pencil and watercolor study (1 p.)  Box MC894
 
sheets proof (2 p.)  Box MC894
 
When Shlemiel Went to Warsaw and Other Stories 1968 
Note  1968
Box MC90
pencil illustrations (13 p.)  Box MC90
 
ink sketches (18 p.)  Box MC90
 
sheets ink sketches (9 p.)  Box MC90
 
pencil sketches (15 p.)  Box MC90
 
sheets pencil sketches (10 p.)  Box MC90
 
sheet proof (1 p.)  Box MC90
 
illustration proofs (15 p.)  Box MC90
 
sheet text proof (1 p.)  Box MC90
 
Why Don't You Draw a Dog? 1962 
Note  1962
Box MC893
watercolor study (1 p.)  Box MC893
 
Miscellaneous art  
Box MC563
study done during lecture (1 p.)  Box MC563