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Margaret Bloy Graham Papers

Identifier: CLRC-34

Scope and Content

The collection contains production materials for 2 titles from the 1950s: Harry and the Dirty Dogand The Plant Sitter. The materials include a pencil and watercolor sketches, cover paste-up, and pencil sketch.


  • undated


Language of Materials

Collection materials in English

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

Margaret Bloy Graham was born November 2, 1920, in Toronto, Ontario. 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 has illustrated and written many books, and is best know for her and Gene Zion's 'Harry' series. These books relate the adventures of Harry the dog, and are noted for their entertaining stories and illustrations. The books are noted for their child's eye view of the world, where things that are important to the very young are depicted, and youngsters learn that things can work out when they 'sit' plants, or try to save the only 'summer' snowman. Graham's books are also notable for their animal portrayals; dogs, squirrels, and mice are endowed with distinct personalities that come alive through her illustrations and add life to the stories, and capture a child's sense of humor.

Biographical Source: Something About the Author, vol. 11


1 box (.20 cubic feet)


This collection contains sketches and studies related to two titles illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham.


Publications are arranged alphabetically by title.

Source of acquisition

Gift of Kerlan, Dr. Irvin
Margaret Bloy Graham Papers, undated
Finding Aid created by Caitlin Marineau
June 2014
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Collecting Area Details

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Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library