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Sonia Bleeker Papers

Identifier: DG0098

Scope and Contents

The collection contains typescripts, research notes, correspondence and galleys for three titles. 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. Two of the books in the collection were part of a projected seven volume series Bleeker wrote on the peoples of Africa, of which six were completed before her death. There are typescripts, correspondence, research notes, research materials, photocopied maps, and galleys for The Zulu of South Africa (1970). There are also photocopies of sketches and illustrations by Kisa N. Sasaki, the illustrator for the series. There are also typescripts and galleys for The Masai (1963). The other book in the collection, The Navajo (1958), was part of series of books on Native Americans in North America. There are typescripts, research materials and notes, correspondence and galleys for this title.


  • 1958-1970

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Biographical / Historical

Sonia Bleeker was born on November 28, 1909 in Starchevicvhi, Russia. She graduated from Hunter College in 1933 and did graduate work in anthropology at Columbia University. In 1934, she married author and editor Herbert S. Zim. From 1931 to 1946 she was an editor for Simon and Schuster in New York. Her interest in anthropology led the Zims all over the world, and they spent much of their lives traveling in Africa, Europe and North and South America, while she took notes and did research for her books. She wrote many anthropology books for young adults about Native Americans, pre-Columbian cultures, and various African tribes. In 1967, she received a Doctor of Science degree from Beloit College. She and her husband collaborated on her final book Life and Death (1970), which examines the rituals of aging, death, and burial among various peoples. Ms. Bleeker died in 1971.


Something About the Author, vol. 26, p. 37.

Something About the Author, vol. 2, pp. 30-31.


.90 Cubic Feet (3 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Material was donated by Sonia Bleeker's husband, Herbert S. Zim, in 1978.

Related Materials

The Herbert S. Zim Papers (DG1086)
Sonia Bleeker Papers
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This finding aid is the product of a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Repository Details

Part of the de Grummond Childrens Literature Collection Repository

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