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Margarita Shubart Collection of Gene Zion Correspondence

Identifier: CLRC-2308

Scope and Contents

The collection contains a small collection of personal correspondence written by Gene Zion to Margarita Shubart from 1971 to 1973. Zion and Shubart had a brief relationship during the period of the the majority of the letters, though he continued corresponding with her after their relationship ended in early 1972. The collection also contains two photos of Zion, one an official author photo and one from childhood, both with descriptions from Zion on the back.


  • 1971 - 1973


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

Gene [Eugene] Zion was born October 5, 1913 in New York, New York. He graduated from the Pratt Institute and worked for Esquire Publications and CBS, and worked as a free lance writer and designer from 1949 to 1975. He is known for his children's books, including Harry and the Dirty Dog and The Plant Sitter, many of which were illustrated by his wife, Margaret Bloy Graham. Graham and Zion divorced in 1968, and he died in 1975.

Margarita Shubart lived in Illinois during the period the correspondence was written and now lives in Mexico.


1 folder

Language of Materials



The collection contains personal correspondence written by chidren's author Gene Zion to Margarita Shubart.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Margarita Shubart.

Related Materials

For additional material related to Zion, see the Gene Zion Papers.

Margarita Shubart Collection of Gene Zion Correspondence, 1971-1973
Caitlin Marineau
December 2018
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Children's Literature Research Collections Collecting Area

Suite 113, Elmer L. Andersen Library