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Margaret Bloy Graham Collection

Identifier: CLRC-34

Scope and Contents

The collection contains production materials for two children's books from the 1950s: Harry and the Dirty Dog and The Plant Sitter. The materials include a pencil and watercolor sketches, cover paste-up study, and pencil sketch.


  • circa 1956-circa 1959


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

Margaret Bloy Graham was born November 2, 1920, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She attended the University of Toronto, graduating with a B.A. in 1943, and worked as a draftsman artist before beginning to illustrate books in the 1940s. In 1951 she illustrated her first children's book All Falling Down, written by her first husband and frequent collaborator, Gene Zion. The book was a Caldecott Honor Book, and the following year she received another Caldecott Honor for The Storm Book, written by Charlotte Zolotow. Throughout her long career she illustrated and wrote many books, and is best know for her and Gene Zion's 'Harry' series. She died in 2015 in Massachusetts.

Biographical Source: "Margaret Bloy Graham (1920-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 11. Detroit, MI: Gale, 1977.


4 items

Language of Materials



This collection contains sketches and studies related to two children's books illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham.


Collection guide arranged alphabetically by publication title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dr. Irvin Kerlan.

Margaret Bloy Graham Collection, circa 1956-circa 1959
Caitlin Marineau
June 2014
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Revision Statements

  • April 2023: Items reboxed and description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library