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Marie Halun Bloch papers

Identifier: CLRC-796

Scope and Content

The collection contains production material for a number of titles published between 1946 and 1985. The collection also includes production materials for several unpublished titles and one story "Nine Pinches of Magic" that appeared in the magazine Jack and Jill. Production materials include holographs, corrected typescripts, corrected carbon typescripts, corrected photocopy typescripts, front matter, corrected galley proofs, page proofs, notes, layout notes, clippings, research material, and book jacket material.

The collection includes a substantial amount of correspondence to and from Marie Halun Bloch including some from her editors, Ursula Nordstrom, Margaret McElderry, and Jean Karl; miscellaneous materials including autobiographical material written for Something About the Author; assorted reviews; materials about personal appearances and transcripts of speeches. Some items such as reviews and correspondence are in Ukrainian.


  • 1920, 1943-1992


Language of Materials

Materials in English and Ukrainian

Access and Use

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).

Biographical Sketch

Biographical Sketch Marie Halun Bloch was born December 1, 1910 in Komarno, Ukraine, and came to the United States at the age of four. She attended the University of Chicago and graduated with a Ph.B. in 1935. She published her first book for children, Danny Doffer, in 1946. Marie Halun Bloch wrote several books for children drawing on her Ukrainian heritage including Marya of Clark Avenue(1957), the story of a young Ukrainian-American girl and her struggle to retain her heritage while trying to fit in with "American" life. Another book drawing on her interest in contemporary Ukrainian life, Aunt America(1963) was cited as a Notable Book for Children by the American Library Association in 1963 and was on the Master List for the William Allen White Award in 1966.

Marie Halun Bloch also used her interest in Ukrainian history in writing Bern, Son of Mikula(1972), a story set in the Ukraine during the Middle Ages. She was also interested in earth history and wrote several books on the topic including Dinosaurs(1955) and Mountains on the Move(1960). Marie Halun Bloch drew on her life in Colorado as the setting for Tony of the Ghost Towns(1956) and The House on Third High(1962). She always felt that she owed her readers a "good story" and tried to offer them "new insights" or "glimpses" into "another part of America" or "the world."

Marie Halun Bloch died on February 7, 1998 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author, vol. 6, pp. 25-26.


5.8 Cubic Feet (6 boxes)


Marie Halun Bloch's papers focus on her work as an author of children's and young adult books. The collection contains production materials for several titles and includes holographs, typescripts, front matter, proofs, notes, clippings, research materials and a substantial amount of correspondence.


Publications are arranged alphabetically by title.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Marie Halun Bloch, 1966. Additional materials added through 1993.
Marie Halun Bloch Papers, 1920, 1943-1992
Christina Cowan, December 1998 and Nancy Larsen May 2004
May 2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English

Collecting Area Details

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Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library