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Helen Zunser Wortis Papers

Identifier: MSS-549-SC

Scope and Content

This collection contains the unpublished manuscript, Uncle José and the Animals, a children's story written by Helen Zunser and illustrated by Shomer Zunser. This story is a compilation of New Mexican folk tales and riddles. It is hand typed and contains original illustrations. The collection also contains a photocopy of Helen Zunser's published story,The Witch (1935), and 1 photograph of the author.


  • 1935-[1976]


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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Literary rights to Uncle José and the Animals have been retained by Emily Wortis Leider and/or her family.

Biographical Information

Helen Zunser Wortis was born in Brooklyn, New York on September 22, 1906. She attended New York University, and in 1941, earned her M.S. degree in Social Work from Columbia University. By the time Ms. Wortis had earned her degrees, she had already published short stories, articles, and Mexican-American folk tales. Her later career interests focused on research and services relating to handicapped children, the women's movement, and the local history of Shelter Island where she lived from 1945 until her death on September 8, 1976.


1 folder ( 3 items )

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Finding Aid of the Helen Zunser Wortis Papers, 1935-[1976?]
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Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131