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Charlotte Zolotow Collection

Summary Information
Title: Charlotte Zolotow Papers
Dates: 1944-1989
Creator: Zolotow, Charlotte, 1915-
Extent: 0.9 linear feet
Location: See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations
Language: English
Collection Number: CLRC-86
Abstract:
Charlotte Zolotow's papers trace the process and revision of twenty-three of her books written or edited for children. The collection includes typescripts and galley and page proofs. The material is organized by book title.

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

Big Brother, 1960

But Not Billy, 1983

Early Sorrow: Ten Stories of Youth, 1986

I Know a Lady, 1984

If It Weren't For You, 1966

May I Visit?, 1976

Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present, 1962

My Grandson Lew, 1974

Not a Little Monkey, 1989

Over and Over, 1957

Overpraised Season: Ten Stories of Youth, 1973

Park Book, 1944

Poodle Who Barked at the Wind, 1987

Quiet Mother and the Noisy Little Boy, 1989

Some Things Go Together, 1983

Someone New, 1978

Something is Going to Happen, 1989

Storm Book, 1952

Summer Is , 1967

Summer Is, 1983

Summer Night, The,

When I Have a Little Girl, 1965

When I Have a Son, 1967

William's Doll, 1972


Biographical Sketch

Charlotte Zolotow, nee Shapiro, was born June 26, 1915 in Norfolk, Virginia. She attended the University of Wisconsin from 1933-1936 and married Maurice Zolotow in 1938 and had two children. Ms. Zolotow worked as an editor at Harper and Row from 1938-1944 and 1962-1976; she also worked as vice-president and associate publisher of the Junior Books Division and as an editorial advisor. Ms. Zolotow published her first book, The Park Book in 1944 and continued to write books for young children for the next four decades. Two of her books, The Storm Book and Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present , were Caldecott Honor Books in 1953 and 1963 respectively.

Ms. Zolotow's works are noted for their sensitivity and simplicity. She is considered to have an uncanny gift for writing about what is truly important to the very young child with empathy and realism. Many of her works focus on "universal" truths and she has also dealt with several controversial topics including death and sex roles, the latter most notably in William's Doll , the story of a young boy who wants a doll and the wise grandmother who gives it to him, realizing it will help him be a good father later. Ms. Zolotow's books also place a strong emphasis on family relationships and heritage as well as an emphasis on nature and children's awareness and enjoyment of the outdoor world. While some critics have called her books "slight" most regard her stories as superior books for the very young that address children's concerns with understatement and empathy. In 1986, Ms. Zolotow received the Kerlan Award given by the Children's Literature Research Collection at the University of Minnesota.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection contains materials for twenty-three titles written or edited by Ms. Zolotow and published between 1944 and 1989. It includes typescripts and galley and page proofs.

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.
  • Zolotow, Charlotte, 1915-
Collection Contents
 Location  Title
 
Big Brother 1960 
Note  1960
Box MF871 folder 1
typescript, corrected (2 p.)  Box MF871 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected carbon (2 p.)  Box MF871 folder 1
 
But Not Billy 1983 
Note  1983
Box MF871 folder 2
typescript, corrected (2 p.)  Box MF871 folder 2
 
front matter (6 p.)  Box MF871 folder 2
 
galley proof, corrected (2 p.)  Box MF871 folder 2
 
galley proof, corrected (2 p.)  Box MF871 folder 2
 
galley proof, corrected (1 p.)  Box MF871 folder 2
 
Early Sorrow: Ten Stories of Youth 1986 
Note  1986
Box MF1659 folders 1-2
typescript, corrected photocopy (103 p.)  Box MF1659 folders 1-2
Box MF1659 folders 3-9
page proof, corrected (332 p.)  Box MF1659 folders 3-9
 
I Know a Lady 1984 
Note  1984
Box MF871 folder 3
front matter, holographic (1 p.)  Box MF871 folder 3
 
typescript, corrected (2 p.)  Box MF871 folder 3
 
front matter (2 p.)  Box MF871 folder 3
 
galley proof, corrected (3 p.)  Box MF871 folder 3
 
If It Weren't For You 1966 
Note  1966
Box MF871 folder 4
typescript, corrected (1 p.)  Box MF871 folder 4
 
May I Visit? 1976 
Note  1976
Box MF871 folder 6
typescript, corrected (3 p.)  Box MF871 folder 6
 
galley proof, corrected (3 p.)  Box MF871 folder 6
 
Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present 1962 
Note  1962
Box MF871 folder 7
typescript, corrected photocopy (4 p.)  Box MF871 folder 7
 
typescript, corrected photocopy (4 p.)  Box MF871 folder 7
 
My Grandson Lew 1974 
Note  1974
Box MF871 folder 8
typescript, corrected (6 p.)  Box MF871 folder 8
 
typescript, corrected (revision 4/19/73) (6 p.)  Box MF871 folder 8
 
typescript, corrected (7 p.)  Box MF871 folder 8
 
typescript, corrected (7 p.)  Box MF871 folder 8
 
Not a Little Monkey 1989 
Note  1989
Box MF1544 folder 1
front matter, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF1544 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (3 p.)  Box MF1544 folder 1
 
galley proof, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF1544 folder 1
 
galley proof, corrected (6 p.)  Box MF1544 folder 1
 
Over and Over 1957 
Note  1957
Box MF871 folder 9
typescript, corrected carbon (4 p.)  Box MF871 folder 9
 
typescript, corrected (6 p.)  Box MF871 folder 9
 
typescript, corrected (5 p.)  Box MF871 folder 9
 
typescript, corrected carbon (5 p.)  Box MF871 folder 9
 
typescript, corrected (5 p.)  Box MF871 folder 9
 
front matter (2 p.)  Box MF871 folder 9
 
Overpraised Season: Ten Stories of Youth 1973 
Note  1973
Box MF871 folder 10
typescript, corrected photocopy (11 p.)  Box MF871 folder 10
Box MF871 folders 10-11
page proof, corrected photocopy (70 p.)  Box MF871 folders 10-11
Box MF871 folder 12
galley proof (62 p.)  Box MF871 folder 12
Box MF871 folder 13
galley proof (61 p.)  Box MF871 folder 13
Box MF871 folder 14
galley proof (60 p.)  Box MF871 folder 14
 
Park Book 1944 
Note  1944
Box MF871 folder 15
typescript, corrected carbon (8 p.)  Box MF871 folder 15
 
Poodle Who Barked at the Wind 1987 
Note  1987
Box MF1683 folder 1
front matter, corrected (8 p.)  Box MF1683 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected (5 p.)  Box MF1683 folder 1
 
galley proof, corrected (12 p.)  Box MF1683 folder 1
 
Quiet Mother and the Noisy Little Boy 1989 
Note  1989
Box MF1510 folder 1
front matter, partial photocopy (2 p.)  Box MF1510 folder 1
 
typescript, corrected partial photocopy (8 p.)  Box MF1510 folder 1
 
galley proof, corrected (5 p.)  Box MF1510 folder 1
 
Some Things Go Together 1983 
Note  1983
Box MF871 folder 16
front matter (6 p.)  Box MF871 folder 16
 
typescript, corrected (2 p.)  Box MF871 folder 16
 
galley proof, corrected (1 p.)  Box MF871 folder 16
 
front matter (1 p.)  Box MF871 folder 16
 
galley proof, corrected photocopy (1 p.)  Box MF871 folder 16
 
Someone New 1978 
Note  1978
Box MF871 folder 17
typescript, corrected (5 p.)  Box MF871 folder 17
 
galley proof, corrected (6 p.)  Box MF871 folder 17
 
Something is Going to Happen 1989 
Note  1989
Box MF1510 folder 2
front matter, corrected (6 p.)  Box MF1510 folder 2
 
typescript, corrected photocopy (4 p.)  Box MF1510 folder 2
 
galley proof, corrected (4 p.)  Box MF1510 folder 2
 
Storm Book 1952 
Note  1952
Box MF871 folder 18
typescript, corrected carbon (10 p.)  Box MF871 folder 18
 
Summer Is 1967 
Note  1967
Box MF871 folder 19
typescript, corrected (2 p.)  Box MF871 folder 19
 
typescript (2 p.)  Box MF871 folder 19
 
Summer Is 1983 
Note  1983
Box MF871 folder 20
typescript, corrected, with front matter (2 p.)  Box MF871 folder 20
 
galley proof, front matter (2 p.)  Box MF871 folder 20
 
galley proof, corrected (1 p.)  Box MF871 folder 20
 
galley proof, front matter (1 p.)  Box MF871 folder 20
 
Summer Night, The  
Note Schecter, Ben
Box MF1683
typescript (1 p.)  Box MF1683
 
typescript, corrected (9 p.)  Box MF1683
 
galley proof, corrected (14 p.)  Box MF1683
 
When I Have a Little Girl 1965 
Note  1965
Box MF871 folder 21
typescript, corrected (2 p.)  Box MF871 folder 21
 
When I Have a Son 1967 
Note  1967
Box MF871 folder 22
typescript, corrected (1 p.)  Box MF871 folder 22
 
William's Doll 1972 
Note  1972
Box MF871 folder 23
typescript, corrected (5 p.)  Box MF871 folder 23
 
galley proof, corrected (2 p.)  Box MF871 folder 23
 
galley proof, corrected (3 p.)  Box MF871 folder 23
 
galley proof, corrected, front matter (1 p.)  Box MF871 folder 23
 
galley proof, corrected (3 p.)  Box MF871 folder 23