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.90 cu.ft. (2 boxes)

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Material was donated by Miriam Chaikin from 1971 to 1981.


Noncirculating; available for research.


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

Miriam Chaikin was born on December 8, 1928 in Jerusalem, Israel. She came to the United States in 1929 with her parents Abraham and Leah Chaikin. She has worked as subsidiary rights director, children's book editor, and editorial director for numerous publishing companies including Bobbs-Merrill and Holt, Rinehart & Winston. Before writing books, Ms. Chaikin published numerous poems in Good Housekeeping and Scholastic magazines. She is most noted for her stories about Jewish traditions and culture. In 1984, she won the Sydney Taylor Award from the Association of Jewish Libraries for her entire body of work.


  • Something About the Author, vol. 24, p. 71.
  • Children's Books: Awards and Prizes, 1992 ed., p. 139.

    Scope and Content

    The collection contains galleys, proofs, and typescripts for six of Ms. Chaikin's books. Finders Weepers (1980) is the story of a little girl who finds a ring that brings her nothing but trouble. There are three sets of proofs for this title. I Should Worry, I Should Care (1979) is about a Jewish girl who moves into a new neighborhood during the rise of Hitler. There are also proofs for this title. The Seventh Day: The Story of the Sabbath (1980) is an informational book about the Jewish Sabbath. The layouts in the collection are paste-ups with text and reproductions of the woodcuts by David Frampton.

    Hardlucky (1973) is the humorous story of a man who thinks he is very unlucky. He later realizes that it is not that he is unlucky, rather when he does not pay attention, bad things happen to him. There is a typescript, galleys and proofs for this title. Another humorous picture book by Ms. Chaikin is The Happy Pairr and Other Love Stories (1972). Although the book has only three love stories in the published version, there were four in the original typescript. The original typescript and galleys are in the collection.

    Ms. Chaikin's first story Ittki Pittki (1971), is about a foolish merchant who finds a snake in his tea, and rather than offend the prince who gave it to him, he drinks it. The collection contains four versions and a final draft of the typescript. After the book was published, Ms. Chaikin gave a copy of the book to one of her relatives in Israel. After much excitement from her relatives, she learned that she and the illustrator, Harold Berson were related. She then wrote to Mr. Berson explaining her findings. A copy of the letter with the photograph she sent are in the collection.

    Series and Subseries

    A. Photograph

    B. Books

    Box Inventory


    A. Photographs

    1/1 Photograph of Miriam Chaikin, 1 item.

    B. Books

    Finders Weepers by Miriam Chaikin, illustrated by Richard Egielski (New York: Harper & Row, 1980). 1/2-1/3 Proofs, "master set," 22 April 1980, 1/2 Front matter, 6 pp.,chapters 1-4, pp. 1-58. 1/3 Chapters 5-8, pp. 59-120. 1/4-1/5 Proofs, "reading set," 6 May 1980, 1/4 Front matter, 6 pp.,chapters 1-4, pp. 1-58. 1/5 Chapters 5-8, pp. 59-120. 1/6-1/7 Proofs, 1/6 Front matter, pp. i-viii, chapters 1-4, pp. 1-58. 1/7 Chapters 5-8, pp. 59-120. The Happy Pairr and Other Love Stories by Miriam Chaikin, illustrated by Gustave Nebel (New York: Putnam, 1972). 1/8 Typescript, "original," 32 pp. 1/9 Typescript, minor corrections, 15 October 1971; front matter 2 pp., 21 pp. 1/10 Galley, minor corrections, 20 pp. Hardlucky by Miriam Chaikin, illustrated by Fernando Krahn (Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1973). 2/1 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks; 9 pp. 2/2 Galley, "master," 12 July 1972; 4 pp. 2/3 Proofs, "final proof," 18 October 1972; 4 pp. I Should Worry, I Should Care by Miriam Chaikin, illustrated by Richard Egielski (New York: Harper & Row, 1979). 2/4 Proof of jacket blurb, "proof one," 5 October 1978; 1 item. Proof of jacket blurb, "proof two," 10 October 1978; 1 item. Proof of front matter, "master set-third pass," 19 October 1978; p. iv, 1 item. 2/5-2/6 Proofs, 20 November 1978; 2/5 Front matter, pp. i-viii, chapters 1-4, pp. 1-58. 2/6 Chapters 5-7, pp 59-103. 2/7 Corrected proofs, pp. i, iv, 44, 45, and 105. Ittki Pittki by Miriam Chaikin, illustrated by Harold Berson (New York: Parents' Magazine Press, 1971). 2/8 Correspondence with illustrator, 1 item. 2/9 Typescript, "original," edited, 8 pp. Typescript, "second version," edited, 6 pp. Typescript, "third version," edited, 6 pp. Typescript, "combination of first and third version," edited, 6 pp. 2/10 Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 6 pp. List of corrections 2 pp. Typescript, photocopied with notes to illustrator, 7 pp. The Seventh Day: the Story of the Sabbath by Miriam Chaikin, woodcuts by David Frampton (Garden City: Doubleday, 1980). 2/11-2/17 Layouts with pasted text and woodcut reproductions, 26 September 1979, 2/11 Title page and page numbers, 2 items. 2/12 Pp. 1-7, 4 items. 2/13 Pp. 8-15, 4 items. 2/14 Pp. 16-21, 4 items. 2/15 Pp. 22-31, 4 items. 2/16 Pp. 32-39, 4 items. 2/17 Pp. 40-48, 5 items.

    Processed: November 12, 1997

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