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Sonia Bleeker Papers

Identifier: CLRC-765

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production materials for nonfiction antrhopology books authored by Sonia Bleeker for children and young adults, and includes typescripts, galley proofs, notes, and clippings.


  • Creation: 1950 - 1970


Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be 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. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Sonia Bleeker was born in 1909 in Starchevichi, Russia. She received her BA at Hunter College in 1933 and did graduate study in anthropology at Columbia University. She was awarded a Doctor of Science degree from Beloit College in 1967. Bleeker married children's book author Herbert Zim in 1934 and was an editor at Simon and Schuster from 1931 to 1946. She was known for writing anthropology books for young adults about Native Americans, pre-colonization cultures in the Americas, and various African tribes. She traveled widely to assemble background on her books. Sonia Bleeker died in 1971.

Biographical Sources: "Sonia Bleeker (1909-1971)." Something About the Author. Vol. 2 and 26. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1971 and 1982.


1.3 Cubic Feet (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



The Sonia Bleeker papers contain production material related to books written by Bleeker.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by publication title.

Sonia Bleeker Papers, 1950-1970
Nancy Larsen
May 2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Revision Statements

  • April 2013: Collection reprocessed by Victoria Rieck; EAD updated by Karen Spilman
  • May 2022: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library