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Dahlov Zorach Ipcar papers

Identifier: CLRC-42

Scope and Contents

Collection contains production material for 38 titles published between 1945-1986, and includes both manuscript and illustrative material. There is also a substantial amount of correspondence to and from Dahlov Ipcar. The collection also includes production material for some unpublished titles, some miscellaneous art work including some done for the magazine 'Child Life,' art done for a theater poster, some non-book material relating to library talks, some early work done for stories written by her husband, Adolph Ipcar, with some manuscript material by her husband included, and some art work done as a child for a story by her brother, Tessim Zorach, as well as some early poems and a college theme by Dahlov Ipcar.


  • 1945-1986


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Access and Use:

Collection is open for researchers with no restrictions. Registration with the collection is required.


This collection is 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.

Biographical Sketch

Dahlov Ipcar, nee Zorach, was born November 12, 1917, in Windsor, Vermont. Her parents, William and Marguerite, were both artists; from childhood Dahlov was drawn to art. She attended Oberlin College in 1933-34, and in 1936 married Adolph Ipcar. Dahlov Ipcar began exhibiting her art work in 1939, and throughout her long and prolific career as author and illustrator of children's books has continued to paint and exhibit.

She illustrated Margaret Wise Brown's The Little Fishermanpublished in 1945, and along with other of Brown's illustrators and editors, was honored with the 1984 Kerlan award. In 1947 she published her first book for children, Animal Hide and Seek.Throughout her career she has produced a number of picture books that focus on animals, especially farm animals. She has also produced a number of books that deal with the sea and fishing. She has written both fiction and non-fiction for older children and young adults. Her book, Horses of Long Agotraces the history of horses and how they have been utilized by different peoples at different times.

Dahlov Ipcar has also written several young adult novels that draw on her knowledge of English and Scottish ballads and legends, such as the Elf Childand Tam Lin.These books have been praised by critics for their subtle use of language and imagination to create stories that retain both the beauty and cruelty of traditional fairy and folk tales, as well as providing emotional depth and meaning.

Biographical Sources: Something About the Author vols. 1, 49 Something About the Author Autobiography Seriesvol. 8


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Ipcar's papers focus on her work as an author and illustrator of children's books. The collection contains production material for 38 titles published between 1945-1986, and includes holographs, typescripts, galley and page proofs, research material, notes, sketches in as variety of media, dummies, layouts, proofs, color samples, notes, and miscellaneous material. There is also a substantial amount of correspondence to and from Dahlov Ipcar to publishers and editors, as well as correspondence from readers, both child and adult. The collection also includes miscellaneous material and art work, including work done for as theater poster and some for 'Child Life' magazine, as well as production material for unpublished titles, and material for an unpublished story by Ipcar's husband, Adolph, and some for a 'wall-newspaper' they put out, and art for an unpublished story by her brother Tessim, done as a child.

Physical Location

See Detailed Descriptions for Each Title Item for Box Locations

Accession Information:

Part of this collection was originally given to Dr. Irvin Kerlan, who in turn donated his collection to the U. of Minnesota. Additional material was later placed on permanent loan by Dahlov Ipcar, beginning in 1971, and continuing throughout the 1970s and 80s, with the loan changed to a gift in 1988.

Processing Information

This collection was processed with financial assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Dahlov Zorach Ipcar Papers
Jim Eyer, Updated By: Ruth Paloma
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Collecting Area Details

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