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Gene Zion Papers

Identifier: CLRC-201

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production material for nine titles published between 1956 and 1965. Production materials consist mainly of manuscripts, including holographs, corrected typescripts and carbon typescripts, a dummy, and some marked copies for various editions. The collection also contains some correspondence to Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham, his former wife and frequent collaborator, from their editors, including Ursula Nordstrom, and publishers, as well as a copy of a paper done on Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham. There is also correspondence and artwork from children, and a one page autobiographical sketch by Gene Zion.


  • Creation: 1956 - 1980


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

Gene [Eugene] Zion was born October 5, 1913 in New York, New York. He graduated from the Pratt Institute and worked for Esquire Publications and CBS, and worked as a free lance writer and designer from 1949 to 1975. Gene Zion published his first book, All Falling Down, in 1951, illustrated by his then-wife, Margaret Bloy Graham (married 1948, divorced in 1968). Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham collaborated on many works, including the popular Harry the Dog books beginning with Harry the Dirty Dogin 1956. Gene Zion died on December 5, 1975.

Biographical Sources: "(Eu)Gene Zion (1913-1975)." Something About the Author. Vol. 18. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1980.


.4 Cubic Feet (1 hollinger box)

Language of Materials



Gene Zion's papers focus on his work as an author of children's books and include typescripts, proofs, dummies, and correspondence.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by book title, with Biographical Information and Correspondence at the end.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of the family and estate of Gene Zion.

Related Materials

For personal correspondence written by Zion, see the Margarita Shubart Collection of Gene Zion Correspondence.

Gene Zion Papers, 1956-1980
Christina Cowan; updated by Leslie Czechowski and Jim Eyer
February 1999; updated 2004
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • August 2018: Collection reprocessed and finding aid updated by Caitlin Marineau

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library