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Dahlov Zorach Ipcar Papers

Identifier: CLRC-42

Scope and Contents

Collection contains production material for 40 books published between 1945-1990, 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 The collection also includes production material for some unpublished titles, some miscellaneous art work including some done for the magazine 'Child Life,' art done for a theater poster, some non-book material relating to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.


  • Creation: 1928-2012


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

Artist, author, and illustrator Dahlov Zorach Ipcar was born November 12, 1917, in Windsor, Vermont. She attended Oberlin College in 1933-34, and in 1936 married Adolph Ipcar. Dahlov Ipcar began exhibiting her art work in 1939 and has exhibited in numerous museums and galleries.

She illustrated Margaret Wise Brown's The Little Fisherman, published in 1945 In 1947 she wrote and illustrated her first book for children, Animal Hide and Seek. The author of both fiction an nonfiction, she has produced a number of books that focus on animals. Her book, Horses of Long Ago traces 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 drew on English and Scottish ballads and legends, such as the Elf Child and Tam Lin. In 1998 Ipcar was awarded the Kerlan Award by the University of Minnesota Children's Literature Research Collections. Ipcar lived in Maine prior to her death in 2017.

Biographical Sources:

"Dahlov (Zorach) Ipcar (1917-)." Something About the Author. Vol. 147. Detroit, MI: Gale, 2004.


13.89 Cubic Feet (16 Boxes (6 Record Cartons, 1 Hollinger Box, 9 Flat Boxes) and 1 Oversize Folder Portfolio.)

Language of Materials



The collection contains written and illustrative items related to the life and work of Dahlov Ipcar, including production material for her children's books and related material.


The collection guide is arranged into 5 series:

  1. Writings and Publications
  2. Unpublished Writings
  3. Professional
  4. Correspondence
  5. Audiovisual

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Part of this collection was originally given to Dr. Irvin Kerlan, who in turn donated his collection to the University of Minnesota. Ipcar later added to the collection in the 1970s and 1980s. After Ipcar's death, her son, Charles Ipcar, donated additional material.


Dahlov Zorach Ipcar Papers, 1928-2012
Jim Eyer, Updated By: Ruth Paloma and Carter Lynn Thurmond
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Revision Statements

  • March 2023: Reprocessed Material and Added New Material by Carter Thurmond. Some description updated by Caitlin Marineau.

Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library