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Charlotte Zolotow papers

Identifier: CLRC-86

Scope and Contents

The Charlotte Zolotow Papers contain typescripts, page proofs, and notes for children's books Zolotow wrote and published between 1944 and 1991.


  • Creation: 1944 - 1990


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

Charlotte Zolotow was born Charlotte Shapiro on June 26, 1915 in Norfolk, Virginia. She attended the University of Wisconsin until 1936, then worked in the field of publishing, joining Harper Brothers in 1938. She published her first book, The Park Book, in 1944, sparking a decades-long career writing for children. She received Caldecott Honors for The Storm Book in 1953 and Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present in 1963. The Children's Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota honored her with the Kerlan Award in 1986, and in 1998 the Cooperative Children's Book Center at the University of Wisconsin created the Charlotte Zolotow Award, given annually to a children's book author. Zolotow died on November 19, 2013 in Hasting-on-Hudson, New York.


1.25 Cubic Feet (1 record carton)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of typescripts and page proofs related to books written and edited by Charlotte Zolotow.


The collection guide is arranged alphabetically by publication title.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Charlotte Zolotow.

Charlotte Zolotow Papers, 1944-1990
Caitlin Marineau
May 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • February 2023: Description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library