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HERBERT S. ZIM PAPERS

de Grummond Children's Literature Collection
The University of Southern Mississippi


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Creator: Dr. Herbert Spencer Zim
Title: Herbert S. Zim Papers
Dates: 1952-1992
Dates: [bulk 1952-1975]
Quantity: 4.35 cubic feet (16 boxes)
Identification: DG1086

Abstract: The Herbert S. Zim Papers contain production materials and correspondence for thirteen science and nature books written or edited by Zim between 1952 and 1976. Three works represent the popular Golden Guides nature series founded and edited by Zim.

Biographical Note

Herbert S. Zim, a naturalist and teacher, was born in 1909 in New York City, but spent most of his childhood in Southern California. He returned east at the age of fourteen and finished his education in New York, eventually holding B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University.

Zim spent thirty years teaching science and science education in New York and Illinois. He developed the first elementary science laboratories, served on national science committees, and participated in scientific and educational organizations. A man of many interests, Zim wrote or edited more than one hundred science books in his lifetime on topics as diverse as nature, machinery, and secret codes. Realizing a need for pocket-sized nature guides, Zim originated the highly successful Golden Guides series in 1945, and operated as its editor-in-chief for more than twenty years.

Fulfilling a lifelong dream of early retirement, Zim and his first wife, author/anthropologist Sonia (Sonnie) Bleeker, moved to Florida in the 1960s where he continued to work out of an office in his guesthouse. So successful were the Golden Guides, many selling in the millions, that Zim eventually recruited other experts to do most of the writing, while he worked as editor. The books are still widely used for their clear, knowledgeable presentation of complex information.

Zim slowed down with the onset of Alzheimer's disease in the 1990s. He died at home in Florida in 1994, at the age of 85, survived by two sons and his second wife, Grace Showe.

Sources:
Major Authors and Illustrators, pp. 2546-2550
Children's Books and Their Creators, pp. 709-10


Scope and Content Note

The Herbert S. Zim Papers contain typescripts, galleys, dummies, and correspondence for thirteen books written or edited by Herbert Zim between 1952 and 1976. The papers are organized into three series: books written by Zim, books edited by Zim, and letters sent to the de Grummond Collection.

The author series contains typescripts, galleys, proofs, dummies, and correspondence related to ten books written between 1952 and 1976. The books are arranged alphabetically by title and chronologically in order of creation where known. The editor series contains production materials for three Golden Guide books created between 1963 and 1969. They are arranged alphabetically by title and the material for each book is arranged chronologically in order of creation where known.


Series and Subseries

A. Books as Author (1952 - 1975)

Bones (1969)

Hoists, Cranes, and Derricks (1969)

Machine Tools (1969)

Sea Stars and Their Kin (1976)

Shooting Stars (1958)

Snails (1975)

Trucks (1970)

The Universe(1961)

The Universe, revised edition (1973)

What's Inside of Me? (1952)

Your Brain and How it Works (1972)

B. Books as Editor (1963 - 1969)

Exotic Plants by Julia F. Morton, illustrations by Richard E. Younger (1971)

Pond Life: A Guide to Common Plants and Animals of North American Ponds and Lakes by George K. Reid, illustrations by Sally D. Kaicher and Tom Dolan (1967)

Spiders and Their Kin by Herbert W. Levi and Lorna R. Levi, illustrations by Nicholas Strekalovsky (1968)

C. Letters Sent (1975 - 1992)


Restrictions

Restrictions on Use

Noncirculating; available for research.

Copyright Restrictions

The collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). Reproductions can be made only if they are to be used for "private study, scholarship, or research." 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, other than that noted above.


Related Material

Illustrations for three Zim books not represented in these papers are found in the Lee J. Ames Papers (DG0022). For illustrations by Zim's first wife, Sonia Bleeker, see the Sonia Bleeker Papers (DG0098).

Original illustrations for Crabs, Snails, and Your Brain and How It Works transferred to René Martin Papers (DG1237); original illustrations for Golden Hamsters and What's Inside of Me transferred to Herschel Wartik Papers (DG1236); original illustrations for The Universe transferred to Gustav Schrotter Papers (DG1238); original illustrations for Exotic Plants transferred to Richard E. Younger Papers (DG1240); original illustrations for Spiders and Their Kin transferred to Nicholas Strekalovsky Papers (DG1239)


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Herbert S. Zim Papers, de Grummond Children's Literature Collection, University of Southern Mississippi Libraries.

Provenance

These papers were donated to the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection of the University of Southern Mississippi Libraries by Herbert S. Zim and his son, Roger S. Zim, in 1978.

Processing Information

Processed by C. Alder, November 2001. Encoded into EAD Version 1.0 by Danielle L. Bishop. This finding aid is the product of a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Container Listing

Box/Folder

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Books as Author

Bones by Herbert S. Zim, illustrations by René Martin (New York: William Morrow & Co., 1969)
1/1Composition notes and outline, 17 pp.; photocopy of folder that held typescripts
1/2First typescript, edited, 11 March 1968, pp. 1-3; carbon copy of paragraph from p. 3, 17 April 1968
Second typescript, edited, 18 April 1968, 17 pp.; carbon copy of typescript, pp. 1-4; original and two carbon copies of deleted typescript p. 1, 3 May 1968
1/4Third typescript, edited, 31 May 1968, with author comments, 20 June 1968; carbon copy of third typescript
1/5Fourth typescript, 20 June 1968, pp. 19-20; carbon copy, pp. 19-20; carbon copy, pp. 19-20, edited; original and carbon copy, pp. 6-7, edited, 20 June 1968
1/6Memo from editor, suggesting corrections, 2 July 1968; carbon copy of fifth typescript, incorporating suggestions; carbon copy of fifth typescript, paginated
1/7Photocopy of fifth typescript, edited, with letter from publisher, 15 August 1968
1/8Sixth typescript, composed of pages from original fifth typescript, edited, and pages incorporating revisions from folder 1/7
1/9Picture notations, cut from typescript, 18 pp.; partial typescript, with dummy quiz page
1/10Galley, 12 September 1968, minor editing, with photocopy of review, April 1970
1/11Proof, 2 February 1968 [1969?]
1/12Index, typed, marked for publication, 3 pp.; index proof, 18 March 1969
1/13Carbon copy of captions, typed, (17 pp.)
1/14Correspondence between Zim and editors, June 1968 - February 1969, (10 items)
Hoists, Cranes, and Derricks by Herbert S. Zim and James R. Skelly, illustrations by Gary Ruse (New York: William Morrow & Co., 1969)
2/1Photocopy of dummy, 5 July 1968
2/2Deleted paragraphs, 9 pp.; first typescript, edited; second typescript, pp. 20-63; carbon copy of second typescript, edited; revisions, 31 July 1968, 4 pp.; revision, p. 19; 1-page revision and carbon copy of same, n.d
2/3Carbon copy typescript, 21 September 1968; photocopy of same, edited, with letter from publisher, 14 November 1968; paragraph for page 9, with carbon copy of same, 25 January 1969
2/4Table for p. 10, typed, with two carbon copies; two carbon copies of table for p. 62; picture and table notations, cut from typescript, 18 pp.; captions for pp. 28-29, 10 February 1969, with carbon copy of same; carbon copy of captions and table for pp. 9-10, and 28-29, 19 February 1969
2/5Layout, 4 pp.; layout sketches, (3 pp.)
2/6Galley, edited, 12 - 24 March 1969
2/7Proof, minor editing, 29 April 1969
2/8Proof, same as folder 2/7, not edited
2/9Illustration reproductions, (57 items)
2/10Correspondence, June 1968 - April 1969, (29 items)
2/11Photocopied reviews, (3 items )
Machine Tools by Herbert S. Zim and James R. Skelly, illustrations by Gary Ruse (New York: William Morrow & Co., 1969)
3/1First typescript, 24 December [1967]
3/2Carbon copy of second typescript, edited, 8 January 1968; revisions, typed, (4 pp.)
3/3Original second typescript, revised 15 January 1968
3/4Third typescript, 15 January 1968; two carbon copies of same, one with bibliography page
3/5Carbon copy of fourth transcript, 15 January 1968; typescript, composed of revised pages and photocopied fourth transcript pages, edited
3/6Layout, penciled, marked 'obsolete,'15 January 1968
3/7Photocopied layout, typed, (3 pp.)
3/8Galley, edited, 6 - 14 May 1968; index galley; negative of index galley
3/9Correspondence, September 1967 - May 1969, (37 items)
Sea Stars and Their Kin, by Herbert S. Zim and Lucretia Krantz, illustrations by René Martin (New York: William & Morrow, 1976)
3/10Composition notes, (5 pp.)
Shooting Stars by Herbert S. Zim, illustrations by Gustav Schrotter (New York: William Morrow & Co., 1958)
4/1Carbon copy of first typescript, 25 April 1957
4/2Carbon copy of second typescript, edited, 7 August 1957
4/3Third typescript, paginated, n.d.; dust jacket proof, with letter from publisher, 27 March 1958; photocopy of folder that held typescripts
4/4Dummy paste-up, edited
Snails by Herbert S. Zim and Lucretia Krantz, illustrations by René Martin (New York: William Morrow & Co., 1975)
4/5Carbon copy of first typescript, marked 'obsolete material 8 June 1974'
4/6Second typescript, 6 June 1974, edited
4/7Carbon copy of third typescript, 6 or 7 June 1974; carbon copy of third typescript, edited; photocopy of third typescript, edited
4/8Fourth typescript, edited; carbon copy of fourth typescript, edited
4/9Galley, edited, September 1974
4/10 Dummy with original illustrations
5/1Photocopy of dummy, pp. 6-7, 10-11, 32-33, 40-43, 48-49, 56, 58-59
5/2Photocopy of proof, edited
5/3Front matter, typed, marked for publication
5/4Clipping about mollusks; letters sent, 2 items; note for file, 11 July 1974, (1 item)
Trucks by Herbert S. Zim and James R. Skelly, illustrations by Stan Biernacki (New York: William Morrow and Co., 1970)
5/5Typescript, labeled 'obsolete'
5/6Typescript, minor editing; revision notes, marked 'obsolete 25 July 1969'; carbon copy of typescript, pp. 3-11, 24 July 1969
5/7Carbon copy of typescript, 4 August 1969; carbon copy of typescript, pp. 24-27, 32-33, 56-61, 29 August 1969; index, typed, edited, 3 pp.
5/8Galley, edited, 6-8 January 1970; copy of same, not edited; galley of caption
5/9Layout
5/10 Layout with original illustrations
5/11Layout photocopy, (7 pp. )
5/12Proof
5/13Correspondence, August 1969 - April 1970, 14 items; letters sent with reviews, 3 items; review
The Universe by Herbert S. Zim, illustrations by Gustav Schrotter, 1st edition (New York: William Morrow and Co., 1961)
6/1Research notes and reference material, (9 items)
6/2First typescript, edited, December 1958
6/3Second typescript, edited, 28 December 1958; carbon copy of second typescript, marked 'obsolete'
6/4Third typescript
6/5Fourth typescript; carbon copy of fourth typescript, edited
6/6Typescript, marked 'revised 15 June 1959'; carbon copy of typescript, edited, marked 'corrected 20 August 1959'
6/7Typescript, minor editing; typescript, edited, with letter from publisher, 7 April 1961; carbon copy of same, marked 'corrected copy'; typescript, p. 21
6/8Reference sources for illustrations, 15 March 1960; carbon copy of same; illustration guide and references, typed, n.d.; carbon copy of same; author's notes on artwork, 30 July 1960
6/9Captions, typed, 14 March 1960; carbon copy of captions, 15 March 1960
6/10Miniature dummy
6/11Correspondence, November 1958 - November 1960, (50 items)
6/12Correspondence regarding possible factual error, January 1962, (6 items)
The Universe by Herbert S. Zim, illustrations by Gustav Schrotter and René Martin, revised edition (New York: William Morrow and Co., 1973)
7/1Dummy, with revised text and illustrations pasted to 1961 hardbound edition
7/2Photocopy of dummy, 12 December 1972
7/3Typescript for revised edition, corrected, 19 January 1973
7/4Galley, 23 January 1973
7/5Galley, edited, marked 'Author's Proof,' 1 February - 1 March 1973
7/6Front matter, marked for publication
7/7Author's proof, 8 June 1973
What's Inside of Me? by Herbert Zim, illustrations by Herschel Wartik (New York: William Morrow and Co., 1952)
7/8Paste-up of title page, 2 items; color separation of title page, 1 item
Your Brain & How It Works by Herbert S. Zim, illustrations by René Martin (New York: William Morrow and Co., 1972)
8/1Research notes and clippings, (17 items)
8/2First typescript [October 1970] and second typescript [November 1970], combined to make third typescript
8/3Fourth typescript, edited, labeled '2nd draft'; copy of same; 2 typescript pages
8/4Fifth typescript, 7 February 1971, marked 'obsolete 28 February 1971'; carbon copy of fifth typescript, edited; carbon copy of two pages marked 'obsolete,' 7 February 1971
8/5Notes for book layout, February 1971, (3 items)
8/6Carbon copy of sixth typescript, edited, 1 March 1971
8/7Thermofax of sixth typescript, with comments by an outside source
8/8Copy of sixth typescript, edited
8/9Seventh typescript, edited, 23 April 1971; carbon copy of same, edited
9/1Notes for captions and table, (4 items)
9/2First layout, n.d.
9/3Revised layout, 24 April 1971
9/4Galley, 12 October 1972
9/5Dust jacket
9/6Correspondence, January 1971 - July 1972, (53 items)



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Books as Editor

Exotic Plants by Julia Morton, illustrations by Richard E. Younger, with assistance from Sy Barlowe [and others] (New York: Golden Press, 1971)
10/1Book pages, 2 items; newspaper clippings, 2 items; information on John V. Watkins, 10 items
10/2Layouts by John V. Watkins and Wilhelmina Green, March - November 1963, 8 items; text typescript, 8 items; photocopied layout pages, 6 items
10/3Layout for early pp. 10-11, 16-19, 134-135, 140-143; penciled layouts, 2 items; sample layout sheets, 2 items; carbon copy notes on layouts, 9 January 1964
10/4Carbon copy list of exotic flowers of warm regions, edited, [1964]; original of same, further editing
10/5Penciled outline, 15 July 1964
10/6Carbon copy list of plant families, 5 December 1964; carbon copy of same, edited, marked 'obsolete'
10/7Typescript, 4 pp; carbon copy list of exotic flowers of warm regions, with page numbers; thermofax list of exotic flower families, with page numbers
10/8Typescript, December 1964, (pp. 66-71)
10/9Typescript, January 1965, (pp. 66-71)
10/10Typescript, October 1965, (pp. 66-71)
10/11Layouts, some with attached text, October 1965 - January 1966, (19 pp.)
10/12Typescript, January 1966, pp. 66, 70, 74-77; notes on text revision, 6 May 1966, (12 pp.)
10/13Typescript with random layout pages, December 1964 - March 1966
10/14Typescript, August 1966, 27 pp (includes one photocopied layout)
10/15Typescript, October[?] 1966, (32 pp.)
10/16Typescript, edited, pp. 73 (1) and 73 (2), n.d.
11/1Correspondence, 1963, (47 items)
11/2Correspondence, January - April 1964, (39 items)
11/3Correspondence, May - June 1964, (45 items)
11/4Correspondence, July - December 1964, (48 items)
11/5Correspondence, 1965, (67 items )
12/1Correspondence, 1966, (101 items)
Pond Life: A Guide to Common Plants and Animals of North American Ponds and Lakes by George K. Reid, under the editorship of Herbert S. Zim and George S. Fichter; illus. by Sally D. Kaicher and Tom Dolan (New York, William Morrow & Co., 1967)
12/2Outline, 14 August 1962; outline, marked 'obsolete, revised 25 March 1964'; outline, 25 March 1964; carbon copy of same
12/3Status report, 1 p.; review list, 12 pp.; references, typed, 2 pp.; typescript pages, 3 pp., December 1966
12/4Press sheet
12/5Correspondence, 1965, (104 items)
12/6Correspondence, 1966, (26 items)
12/7Correspondence, 1967, (31 items )
12/8Reviews, 2 items; newspaper clipping
Spiders and Their Kin by Herbert W. Levi and Lorna R. Levi, under the editorship of Herbert S. Zim, illustrations by Nicholas Strekalovsky (New York: Golden Press, 1968)
13/1Typescript, edited, interspersed with layouts, 5 September 1963
13/2Termofaxed outline, 22 May 1963; 2 carbon copies of outline and list of species, 7 October 1964; carbon copy of "spiders and their relatives," n.d.
13/3Correspondence, 1963, (73 items )
13/4Correspondence, 1964, (59 items)
13/5Correspondence, January - July 1965, (82 items)
13/6Correspondence, August - December 1965, (57 items)
14/1Correspondence, January - August 1966, (59 items)
14/2Correspondence, September - December 1966, (59 items)
14/3Correspondence, January - March 1967, (94 items)
14/4Correspondence, April - June 1967, (91 items)
15/1Correspondence, July - September 1967, (65 items)
15/2Correspondence, October - December 1967, (63 items)
15/3Correspondence, 1968, (81 items)
16/1Correspondence, 1969, (27 items )



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Letters Sent

16/2Letters sent from Zim to the de Grummond Collection, 1975-1992, (3 items)

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