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MARILYN HIRSH PAPERS

Collection Number
Collection Dates
Collection Volume
DG0457
1967-1986
10.5 cu.ft. (13 boxes)

Biographical Sketch | Scope & Content | Related Collections | Series & Subseries | Box Inventory


Provenance
Material was donated by James Harris in 1988 and J.R. Doshi in 1989.

Restrictions
Noncirculating; available for research.

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
Marilyn Hirsh was born on January 1, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois. She began drawing and sketching at an early age and took formal lessons at the Junior School of the Art Institute of Chicago at the age of six. She attended Carnegie-Mellon and studied painting, which she decided later was not what she wanted to do. After graduation in 1965, Ms. Hirsh joined the Peace Corps and worked as an art and English teacher in India. Her first book, The Elephants and the Mice (1967) was published in New Delhi. She returned to the United States in 1968 and began writing and illustrating books.

Her interest in costume history and art inspired her to begin work on a Ph.D. in Indian art history, where she met her husband, James Harris in an art history class. He too was in the Peace Corps in India and sold Indian furniture and rugs. In 1980, she received the first Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Body of Work Award for her contributions to Jewish children s literature. Ms. Hirsh died in 1988.

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Scope and Content
The collection contains a variety of materials for 33 titles, as well as short stories, correspondence, and speaking engagements. The materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Within each title the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created. The correspondence is separated by title with the exception of general correspondence and fan mail.

The books in this collection can be separated into two major categories - Jewish stories and general picture books. Most of the books in the collection tell stories about Jewish families, life, culture, and folklore. In Butchers, Bakers, Rabbis and Kings (1984), a Jewish community in Tudela, Spain tries to convince the new king in 1114 to grant them their rights. There is a typescript for this title. When the guardian angels for a rabbi and a captain get confused, the two must come together to solve their problems in Captain Jiri and Rabbi Jacob (1976). There are illustrations, a typescript, dummy, galley, and color separations for this title. A man consults a rabbi to try to stop the noise and confusion in his house in Could Anything Be Worse? A Yiddish Tale (1974). There is a press proof and reviews for this title. In Hannibal and His 37 Elephants (1977) an army of elephants is assembled and sets out over the Alps to conquer Rome. There is correspondence, a typescript, dummies, galleys, color separations, layouts and reviews for this title.

Ms. Hirsh also illustrated stories about Jewish holidays. Four of the books in the collection are about Hanukkah. In K'tonton in the Circus: A Hanukkah Adventure (1981), a thumb-sized Jewish boy joins the circus by mistake and celebrates Hanukkah with his circus friends. There are sketches and illustrations for this title. A peddler teaches people how to make potato pancakes from bread crust in Potato Pancakes All Around: A Hanukkah Tale (1978). There are press sheets, correspondence, typescripts and reviews for this title. There are typescripts, illustrations, color separations, layouts, and reviews for The Hanukkah Story (1977) and I Love Hanukkah (1984). In a similar book, I Love Passover (1985), Ms. Hirsh describes how the various elements in the Passover celebration explain the escape of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. There are illustrations, color separations, press sheets, folded and gathered sheets, and a typescript for this title.

In addition to her own stories, Ms. Hirsh also illustrated many picture books for other authors. The House on the Roof: A Sukkot Story (1976) by David A. Adler is the story of an old man who builds a sukkah on the top of his apartment building for himself and his grandchildren. There are layouts, press sheets, folded and gathered sheets, correspondence, and reviews for this title. The Pirate Hero of New Orleans (1975) by Carl Carmer is a poetry book about the Battle of New Orleans in 1815 when the pirate Laffite helped Andrew Jackson defeat the British. There is a dummy, folded and gathered sheets and reviews for this title. There are torn paper collage illustrations for The Runaway Hat (1969) by Adelaide Holl. In the book, Carlos finds a straw hat, loses it, and travels the countryside trying to find it again.

The collection also includes twelve short stories written or illustrated by Ms. Hirsh for reading books. There are typescripts for The Cousins at Yom Kippur, Family Elephant, and The New Thing. There are illustrations or illustration proofs for A Green Plant, Kites, Purim Jester, Rudy s New Red Wagon, Sad Sliced Onion, Shrewd Todie and Lyzer the Miser, Striding Slippers, and Two Silly Wolves.

The collection also includes correspondence, photographs, notes, and flyers concerning her speaking engagements to school and libraries. There are also miscellaneous reviews, pamphlets about exhibitions of her drawings and The British Institute of Persian Studies, and illustrated posters for Jewish Book Month and National UNICEF Day. Her framed Sydney Taylor Award from 1980 is also in the collection.

Series and Subseries

A. Correspondence

B. Books

C. Short Stories and Stories Published in Reading Books

D. Speaking Engagements

E. Miscellaneous Reviews

F. Miscellaneous Materials

Box Inventory

Box/Folder 

A. Correspondence

     1/1-1/3       General correspondence,

     1/1                1975-1981, 25 items.

     1/2                1982, 21 items.

     1/3                1983-1988, n.d., 28 items.    

     1/4           Fan mail, 1977-1982, n.d., 59 items.

B. Books    

     Ben Goes into Business story and pictures by Marilyn Hirsh (New York:
     Holiday House, 1973). 

     1/5-1/6       Dummies with pasted text and illustrations, 2 items.

     1/7           Color separations, watercolor on paper, pp. 1-47.

     1/8-1/10      Layouts with pasted text, pp. 1-47.

     1/11          Proof of dust jacket, 1 item.

                   Partial page proof, 1 item.

     1/12          Reviews, 6 items.

     The Best of K tonton: The Greatest Adventures in the Life of the
     Jewish Thumbling by Sadie Rose Weilerstein, illustrated by Marilyn
     Hirsh (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication Society of America, 1980).

     1/13          Reviews, 16 items.

     Bravo, Burro! by John Fante and Rudolph Borchert, illustrated by
     Marilyn Hirsh (New York: Hawthorn Books, 1970).

     1/14          Illustrations, charcoal, pp. 11, 27, 34, 43, 53, 77, 85, and 107.

     1/15          Dust jacket, 1 item.

     Butchers and Bakers, Rabbis and Kings by Jacqueline Dembar
     Greene, illustrated by Marilyn Hirsh (Rockville, MD : Kar-Ben Copies, 1984).

     1/16          Typescript, 7 pp.

     Captain Jiri and Rabbi Jacob adapted from a Jewish folktale and
     illustrated by Marilyn Hirsh (New York: Holiday House, 1976). 

     2/1           Typescript, edited, 4 pp.

     2/2           Dummy, 1 item.
     
     2/3           Galley,  first proof,  3 pp.

     2/4           Illustrations, watercolor and ink, 16 items.

     2/5-2/9       Color separations, watercolor, pp. 5-32.

     2/10          Layout with text and illustrations, pp. 5-32.

     2/11          Illustrations, mounted, ink, pp. 3-4.

     ----          Press sheets with color proofs, 9 items. Oversized items stored
                   in map case 4F/1.

     2/12          Folded and gathered sheets, 4 items.

     2/13          Reviews, 9 items.

     Could Anything Be Worse? A Yiddish Tale retold and illustrated
     by Marilyn Hirsh (New York: Holiday House, 1974). 

     2/14          Press proof, 1 item.

     2/15          Reviews, 4 items.

     Deborah the Dybbuk: A Ghost Story written and illustrated by
     Marilyn Hirsh (New York: Holiday House, 1978). 

     3/1           Typescript, edited with typesetter s marks, 5 pp.

     3/2           Dummy with ink sketches, 1 item.

     3/3           Photocopied dummy, 1 item.

     3/4           Bound dummy with watercolor dust jacket, 1 item.

     3/5           Layouts with text only, pp. 2-40.

     3/6           Mechanicals,  watercolor and ink with pasted text, pp. 2-40
                   and dust jacket

     3/7           Illustrations with text, mounted, pp.26-27.

     3/8           Color separations, watercolor, pp. 2-39.

     3/9           Folded and gathered sheets, 1 item.

     3/10          Reviews, 4 items.

     The Elephants and the Mice: A Panchatantra Story retold and
     illustrated by Marilyn Hirsh (New Delhi, India: Children's Book Trust, 1967).

     3/11          Correspondence, 1979, 1 item.

     3/12          Partial folded and gathered sheets, 6 pp.

     3/13          Dust jacket, 1 item.

     George and the Goblins written and illustrated by Marilyn Hirsh
     (New York: Crown, 1972). 

     3/14          Bound sketchbook, pen and pencil, 1 item.

     3/15          Sketches, pen and ink, with some handwritten text, 9 items.

     3/16          Partial folded and gathered sheets, 4 items.

     3/17          Review, 1 item.

     Hannibal and His 37 Elephants written and illustrated by Marilyn
     Hirsh (New York: Holiday House, 1977). 

     4/1            Correspondence, 1979, 2 items.

     4/2            Typescript, edited with typesetter s marks, 9 pp.

     4/3-4/4        Dummies, spiral bound with text and illustrations, 2 items.

     4/5            Galleys, 16 December 1976, 3 copies.

     4/6            Color separations, watercolor, pp. 1-32 and dust jacket.

     4/7            Layouts with pasted text and illustrations, pp. 1-32 and dust
                    jacket.

     4/8            Dust jacket, 1 item.

     4/9            Folded and gathered sheets, 2 copies.

     4/10           Reviews, 7 items.

     The Hanukkah Story by Marilyn Hirsh (New York: Bonim Books,
     1977). 

     4/11           Typescripts, edited, 5 versions.

     4/12           Dummy, 1 item.

     5/1            Illustrations, watercolor, 18 items.

     5/2            Color separations, watercolor, pp. 2-32.

     5/3            Color separation corrections, 4 items.

     ----           Color separations for dust jacket, mylar, 2 copies. Oversized
                    items stored in map case 5N/1.

     5/4            Layouts with pasted text and illustrations, pp. 2-32.

     5/5            Photocopied layouts of pasted text and illustrations, pp. 2-32.

     5/6            Partial  blue  layouts, 12 pp.

     5/7            Folded and gathered sheets, 1 item.

     5/8            Reviews, 8 items.

     The House on the Roof: A Sukkot Story by David A. Adler,
     pictures by Marilyn Hirsh (New York: Bonim Books, 1976). 

     5/9            Correspondence, 1978, 1 item.

     5/10           Layouts, in blue print, 17 pp.

     5/11           Press sheet for dust jacket, 1 item.

     5/12           Folded and gathered sheets, 1 item.

     5/13           Reviews, 14 items.

     How the World Got Its Color adapted and illustrated by Marilyn
     Hirsh (New York: Crown, 1972).

     5/14           Correspondence, 1979, n.d., 3 items.

     5/15           Color separations, watercolor, pp. 2-27.

     5/16           Partial layouts with pasted text and illustrations, pp. 2-9, 14-15,
                    18-19, 24-27, and dust jacket.

     5/17           Press sheet, 1 item.

     5/18           Reviews, 7 items.

     I Love Hanukkah written and illustrated by Marilyn Hirsh (New
     York: Holiday House, 1984). 

     6/1            Typescript, edited with typesetter s marks, pp. 1-4.

     6/2            Galleys, 16 December 1984, 3 pp.

     6/3            Illustrations, watercolor, some pasted text, pp. 2-9, 20-32, and
                    dust jacket.

     6/4            Layouts with pasted text and ink illustrations, pp. 2-32 and dust
                    jacket.

     6/5            Color separations, watercolor, pp. 2-32 and dust jacket.

     6/6            Mylar separations, black line only, pp. 26, 2 items.

     6/7            Proofs, 1 item.

     ----           Press sheets with color proofs, 9 items. Oversized items stored
                    in map case 5N/2.

     6/8            Reviews, 24 items.

     I Love Passover written and illustrated by Marilyn Hirsh (New
     York: Holiday House, 1985). 

     6/9            Correspondence, 1984, 1 item.

     6/10           Typescript, edited with typesetter s marks, 6 pp.

     6/11           Illustrations, watercolor, pp. 2-32 and dust jacket.

     6/12-6/13      Color separations, ink and watercolor, 

     6/12                pp. 2-16.

     6/13                pp. 17-32 and dust jacket.

     ----           Press sheets with color proofs, 9 items. Oversized items stored
                    in map case 5N/3.

     6/14           Folded and gathered sheets, 1 item.

     6/15           Review, 1 item.

     Joseph Who Loved the Sabbath retold by Marilyn Hirsh,
     illustrated by Devis Grebu (New York: Viking Kestrel, 1986).

     6/16           Correspondence, 1980-1982, 3 items.

     6/17           Note cards, 2 items.

     6/18           Original story, photocopied from Emanuel bin Gorion s Mimekor
                    Yisrael, 3 pp.

     6/19-7/1       Typescripts, 

     6/19                5 versions.

     7/1                 5 versions.

     7/2            Illustrations, photocopied, 40 pp.

     K'tonton in the Circus: A Hanukkah Adventure by Sadie Rose
     Weilerstein, illustrated by Marilyn Hirsh (Philadelphia: Jewish Publication
     Society of America, 1981.

     7/3            Sketches, pencil, 22 June 1981, 3 items.

     7/4            Illustrations, pen and ink, 29 July 1981, 4 items.

     7/5            Reviews, 4 items.

     Leela and the Watermelon by Marilyn Hirsh and Maya Narayan,
     illustrated by Marilyn Hirsh (New York: Crown, 1971).

     7/6            Dummy, ink sketches, 1 item.

     7/7            Preliminary text layouts, pp. 4-30.

     7/8            Layouts with pasted text and illustrations, pp. 4-21.

     7/9            Color separations, watercolor, pp. 4-25 and dust jacket.

     7/10           Folded and gathered sheets, 1 item.

     ----           Press sheet, 1 item. Oversized item stored in map case 5O/1

     7/11           Review, 1 item.

     Mushy Eggs by Florence Adams, pictures by Marilyn Hirsh (New
     York: Putnam, 1973).

     7/12           Dummy with pasted text and pencil sketches, 1 item.

     7/13           Layouts with pasted text and illustrations, pp. 1-32 and dust
                    jacket.

     7/14           Color separations, black line illustrations, pp. 1-32 and dust
                    jacket.

     7/15           Color separations, watercolor, pp. 1-32 and dust jacket.

     8/1            Color separation correction of dust jacket, mylar and paper.

     8/2            Dust jackets, 2 items.

     8/3            Folded and gathered sheets, 1 item.

     8/4            Reviews, 6 items.

     One Little Goat: A Passover Song adapted and illustrated by
     Marilyn Hirsh (New York: Holiday House, 1979). 

     8/5            Typescript, edited with typesetter s marks, pp. 1-6.

     8/6            Dummy, spiral bound with watercolor dust jacket, 1 item.

     8/7            Layouts, text only, pp. 2-32.

     8/8            Layouts with pasted text and illustrations, pp. 2-32 and dust
                    jacket.

     8/9            Color separations, watercolor, pp. 2-32 and dust jacket.

     8/10           Folded and gathered sheets, 2 items.

     8/11           Promotional materials, 6 copies.

     8/12           Reviews, 2 items.

     The Pink Suit written and illustrated by Marilyn Hirsh (New York:
     Crown, 1970).

     8/13           Dummy, 1 item.

     8/14           Partial folded and gathered sheets, 1 item.

     8/15           Reviews, 13 items.

     The Pirate Hero of New Orleans by Carl Carmer, illustrated by
     Marilyn Hirsh (New York: Harvey House, 1975). 

     8/16           Dummy, 1 item.

     8/17           Folded and gathered sheets, 2 items.

     8/18           Dust jacket, 1 item.

     8/19           Reviews, 1 item.

     The Polynesians Knew by Tillie S. Pine and Joseph Levine,
     pictures by Marilyn Hirsh (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1974). 

     8/20-8/21      Layouts with pasted text and illustrations, 

     8/20                pp. 2-16,

     8/21                pp. 17-37 and dust jacket.

     9/1-9/2        Color separations, mylar, 

     9/1                 17 items.

     9/2                 18 items.

     9/3            Folded and gathered sheets, 2 item.

     Potato Pancakes All Around: A Hanukkah Tale written and
     illustrated by Marilyn Hirsh (New York: Bonim Books, 1978).  

     9/4            Correspondence, 1979-1982, n.d., 4 items.

     9/5            Typescript, 2 pp.

     9/6            Press sheet for dust jacket, 1 item.

     9/7            Cut press sheet for dust jacket, 1 item.

     9/8            Dust jacket, 1 item.

     9/9            Reviews, 11 items.

     The Rabbi and the Twenty-Nine Witches: A Talmudic Legend 
     retold and illustrated by Marilyn Hirsh (New York: Holiday House,
     1976).

     9/10          Dummy with watercolor dust jacket, 1 item.

     9/11          Layouts with pasted text and illustrations, pp. 2-32 and dust
                   jacket.

     9/12          Partial folded and gathered sheets, 8 pp.

     9/13          Folded and gathered sheets, 1 item.

     9/14          Reviews, 17 items.

     The Runaway Hat by Adelaide Holl, illustrated by Marilyn Hirsh
     (New York: L. W. Singer, 1969).

     9/15          Torn paper collage illustrations, pp. 1-3, 8-15, 18-19, 22-24
                   and dust jacket.

     9/16          Folded and gathered sheets, 1 item.

     The Secret Dinosaur written and illustrated by Marilyn Hirsh (New
     York: Holiday House, 1979). 

     9/17          Correspondence, 1982, 1 item.

     9/18          Typescript, edited with typesetter s marks, pp. 1-10.

     10/1-10/2     Dummies, 2 items.

     10/3          Galleys, 5 pp.

     10/4          Layouts, text only, pp. 1-40.

     10/5          Color separations, watercolor and ink, with pasted text, 
                   pp. 1-40 and dust jacket.

     10/6          Folded and gathered sheets, 1 item.

     10/7          Review, 1 item.

     Sidduri originated by Eva Pallay, illustrated by Marilyn Hirsh,
     recorded by Saul P. Wachs with poetry by Aliza Arzt. (New York: United
     Synagogue Commission on Jewish Education, 1983).

     10/8          Page proofs, 4 pp.

     ----          Press sheets, 6 items. Oversized item stored in map case 5O/2.

     The Tale of Polly Polloo: A Story in Verse by Beatrice Curtis
     Brown, illustrated by Marilyn Hirsh (New York: Seabury Press, 1969).

     10/9          Illustrations, ink, pp. 1-32.

     10/10         Illustration for dust jacket, ink and watercolor, 1 item.

     10/11         Color separations for dust jacket, 3 items.

     10/12         Dust jackets, 3 items.

     10/13         Folded and gathered sheets, 2 items.

     The Tower of Babel adapted and illustrated by Marilyn Hirsh
     (New York: Holiday House, 1981).

     10/14         Correspondence, 1982, 1 item.

     10/15         Typescript, 6 pp.

     10/16         Dummy, 1 item.

     10/17         Proof,  reader s first proof,  2 July 1980, 3 pp.

     10/18         Layout specifications, 3 pp.

     10/19-10/20   Layouts with pasted text and illustrations, 

     10/19             pp. 1-16,

     10/20             pp. 17-32, front matter and dust jacket.

     10/21         Partial folded and gathered sheets, 4 pp.

     10/22         Reviews, 9 items.

     Wales' Tale by Susan Saunders, illustrated by Marilyn Hirsh (New
     York: Viking Press, 1980). 

     11/1          Correspondence, 1979, 1 item.

     11/2          Dummy, 1 item.

     11/3          Galleys, 2 pp.

     11/4          Illustrations, watercolor, pp. 5-30 and dust jacket.

     11/5-11/6     Layouts, with past text and illustrations, 

     11/5               pp. 5-16,

     11/6               pp. 17-30 and dust jacket.

     11/7-11/9     Color separations, watercolor, 

     11/7               pp. 5-12,

     11/8               pp. 13-24,

     11/9               pp. 25-30 and dust jacket.

     11/10         Proofs, photocopied, pp. 5-30.

     11/11         Folded and gathered sheets, 5 sets.

     11/12         Bound proof, 1 item.

     11/13         Photocopy of folded and gathered sheets, pp. 5-30 and dust
                   jacket.

     11/14         Reviews, 5 items.

     Where is Yonkela? written and illustrated by Marilyn Hirsh (New
     York: Crown, 1969).

     12/1          Correspondence, 1983, 1 item.

     12/2          Folded and gathered sheets, 1 item.

     12/3          Reviews, 4 items.

C. Short Stories and Stories Published in Reading Books

     The Cousins at Yom Kippur  by Marilyn Hirsh

     12/4          Typescripts, edited, 4 versions.

     Family Elephant  (author unknown)

     12/5          Typescript, 8 pp.

     A Green Plant   (author unknown)

     12/6          Illustration proofs, 5 items.

     Highly Desirable Person  by Nancy Harris

     12/7          Typescript, pp. 1-23.

     Kites   (author unknown)

     12/8          Illustration proofs, 11 items.

     The New Thing  by Marilyn Hirsh

     12/9          Typescript, 2 pp.
     
     Purim Jester (author unknown) Houghton Mifflin, Grade 5 reader, 1979.

     12/10         Correspondence, 1 item.

     12/11         Contract, 4 pp.

     12/12         Illustration proofs, 5 items.

     12/13         Photocopied proofs, 

     Rudy's New Red Wagon   (author unknown)

     12/14         Illustration proof, 13 item.

     Sad Sliced Onion   (author unknown)

     12/15         Illustration proof, 1 item.

     Shrewd Todie and Lyzer the Miser   (author unknown) Mc Dougal, Grade
     7, Unit 4 reader, 1982.

     12/16         Illustrations, ink, 2 items.

                   Illustration proofs, 2 copies of each illustration.

     Striding Slippers   (author unknown)

     12/17         Photocopied illustrations and text, pp. 42-53.

     Two Silly Wolves   (author unknown)

     12/18         Illustration proofs, 5 items.

D. Speaking Engagements

     12/19-12/20   Correspondence concerning visits with schools and libraries,

     12/19              1972-1979, 29 items.

     12/20              1980-1984, n.d., 52 items.

     12/21-13/2    Notes and flyers concerning speaking engagements,

     12/21              31 items.

     12/22              31 items.

     13/1               27 items.

     13/2               41 items.

     13/3          Photographs of Marilyn Hirsh at speaking engagements, 3 items.

E. Miscellaneous Reviews

     13/4          Miscellaneous reviews, 40 items.

F. Miscellaneous Materials
     
     13/5          Lease to apartment in New York, copy, 1 item.

     13/6          Roster for the Society of Children s Book Writers, 1984, 1 item.

     13/7          Pamphlet for The British Institute of Persian Studies, drawings
                   of p.105 by Marilyn Hirsh, 1 item.

     13/8          Unidentified illustration proofs, 25 items.

     13/9          Posters for Jewish Book Month and National UNICEF Day, 5
                   items.

     13/10-13/11   Awards, 

     13/10              Sydney Taylor Award, framed, 1986. 

     13/11              ACCU Prize, 1978.        

                


Processed: August 31, 1998
Revised: June 2001

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