This collection documents the
activities, writings, and political opinions of Zoia Horn. Horn was a California-based
librarian, administrator, and activist. She is best known for refusing to testify in the
1972 Harrisburg Seven trial, becoming the first librarian to be jailed for refusing to
divulge information. Horn was also an outspoken opponent of censorship, government
overreach, and discrimination. This collection spans from 1918 to 2014, and chronicles
Horn's time in California, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, and her work in the American
Zoia Markova Polisar was born in Odessa, Ukraine on March 14, 1918 to a secular Jewish
family. In 1926, her family immigrated to New York City. She attended Brooklyn College and
the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science, first working in a library in
1942. She married Milton (Tony) Horn and had two children, Patricia and Catherine.
27.8 Linear Feet
(56 document boxes, 8 shoeboxes, 2 cartons, 2 flat storage
boxes, 1 oversize flat storage box)
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