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Marie Halun Bloch papers

Identifier: CLRC-796

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for a number of titles published between 1946 and 1985. The collection also includes production materials for various unpublished stories and essays, and one story "Nine Pinches of Magic" that appeared in the magazine Jack and Jill. Production materials include holographs, typescripts, proofs, notes, clippings, research, and related 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; bibliographies, etc. Some items such as reviews and correspondence are in Ukrainian.


  • Creation: 1944-1993, undated


Language of Materials

The bulk of the material is in English, with a small amount in Ukranian.

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

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. 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).

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

Biographical Source:

"Marie Halun Bloch (1910-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 6. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1971.


5.8 Cubic Feet (6 boxes)


Marie Halun Bloch's papers contain material related to her career as an author of children's and young adult books.


The collection is arranged into three series. Materials within each series are arranged alphabetically by publication or story title, or material type.

  1. Publications
  2. Unpublished titles
  3. Correspondence and miscellaneous

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Marie Halun Bloch, with a small amount of unpublished manuscripts and miscellaneous material donated by Hilary Bloch Hopkins.

Marie Halun Bloch Papers, 1944-1993, undated
Christina Cowan, December 1998 and Nancy Larsen May 2004
May 2004
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Revision Statements

  • April 2013; updated August 2014: Collection reprocessed by Laura Howard; EAD updated by Karen Spilman; updated by Caitlin Marineau
  • 2016: Material donated by Hilary Bloch Hopkins added to collection and collection guide updated.
  • April 2022: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library