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Collection Title: Leone Adelson Papers

Collection Number: DG1223

Inclusive Dates: 1924 - 2002

Volume:.25 cubic feet (1 box)

Provenance : Materials donated by Leone Adelson 2000 - 2003.

Copyright: 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.

Biographical Sketch:

Leone Adelson was born in Harlem, New York on June 13, 1908 and raised in New York City.  She received her bachelor’s degree in Education at Brooklyn College and then her master’s degree from New York University in 1947.  Ms. Adelson worked as an elementary school teacher in Brooklyn Public Schools from 1932-1946, and then taught deaf children at nursery school level in New York City’s School for the Deaf.  She was also a member of the New York Board of Education. Additionally, Ms. Adelson was writer, director and producer of the Chelsea Community Closed Circuit Television project funded by the Ford Foundation from 1946 to 1960. She retired in 1966 after having worked for the New York City public school system for 35 years.

Ms. Adelson began writing for children after World War II, and was a frequent collaborator with children’s poet Lilian Moore, a fellow teacher. Together they penned several titles, beginning with Old Rosie in 1952. Other works by Adelson include Who Blew that Whistle?, The Blowaway Hat, All Ready for Winter, The Terrible Mr. Twimeyer (co-authored with Lilian Moore), Red Sails on the James, House with Red Sails, All Ready for Summer, and Dandelions Don’t Bite.

Ms. Adelson spent her retirement traveling, writing, and becoming involved in various causes. She was a member of the Loose Ender’s writers group, and she volunteered for both the Friends of the Zoo in Bronx, NY and Wave Hill Environmental Education Center where she conducted guided tours to teach children about nature. She passed away on May 4, 2003 at the age of 94.  


Contents of Leone Adelson Papers.

Miller, Stephen. “Leone Adelson, 94, Author of Children's Books and Teacher.” The New York Sun. May 12, 2003.

Scope and Content:

The biographical material series denotes Leone Adelson’s achievements in magazine articles and other biographical information in a newspaper article. The series is arranged chronologically. The Loose-Ender’s Writers Group series contains the group’s minutes and photocopied biographical sketches of group members. The minutes are filed chronologically and the biographical sketches of members are alphabetized.

The correspondence series is arranged by related book. For example, the photographs of the “Amoy,” which inspired Ms. Adelson’s books, Red Sails on the James and House with Red Sails are placed with correspondence related to the “Amoy.” The miscellaneous correspondence is arranged chronologically.

The book reviews series is arranged by subject. The miscellaneous book reviews are placed in photo sleeves and arranged chronologically. The transcript series and the photograph series each have only one item. 

Series and Subseries:

A. Biographical Material (1986 - 2000)

B. "Loose Ender" Writers Group (1956 – 2002)

C. Correspondence (1924 - 2002)

D. Book Reviews (1946 - 1972)

E. Transcript [n.d.]

F. Photograph (1979)


Box Inventory


A. Biographical Material (1986 - 2000)


Amnesty International USA magazine, Summer 2000 – 2 items


Sr. Summary biography of Leone Adelson, Jan 1986 – 2 items


B. "Loose Ender" Writers Group (1956 – 2002)

1/2 Loose Enders Writers Group – Biographical Sketches - 2002– 21 items
1/3 Leone Adelson to Ann Ashmore, Re: Loose Ender minutes, 2002– 1 item

Ann Ashmore to Leone Adelson, Re: Loose Ender minutes, 2002 – 1 item


Copies of Loose Enders Writers Group minutes from 1959-1966 – 8 items


C. Correspondence (1924 - 2002)


Correspondence Re: Leone Adelson’s Who Blew That Whistle, 2001–3 items


Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1924 to 2002 – 7 items


Correspondence Re: Chinese Junk “Amoy” including photographs and a news article, 1924 to 1953, – 5 items


D. Book Reviews (1946 - 1972)


Reviews of Leone Adelson’s Red Sails on the James, May 1953--8 items


Reviews of Leone Adelson’s House with Red Sails, [n.d.] – 3 items


Reviews of Leone Adelson’s The Blowaway Hat, 1946-1947 – 7 items


Review of Leone Adelson’s All Ready for Summer, 1956 – 1 item


Reviews of Leone Adelson’s Dandelions Don’t Bite, 1971-1972 – 5 items


Review of Leone Adelson’s All Ready for Winter, 1952 – 1 item


Book reviews of Leone Adelson & Lilian Moore’s Old Rosie, 1952-1953 – 4 items


Book review of The Terrible Mr. Twitmeyer, 1952 – 1 item


Biographies and interviews of Leone Adelson and Lilian Moore regarding Old Rosie, 1952-1953 - 6 items


Miscellaneous book reviews 1946-1952, - 18 items


E. Transcript [n.d.]


The Mystery Bear Transcript by Leone Adelson, 2002 - 1 item


F. Photograph (1979)


Photograph of class holding Adelson’s books, 1979 – 1 items


Processed: May 2016


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