Meaningful Relationships/Moments in Time

Welcome to the website of
Irving Kenneth Zola

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Fall 2011: New videos of Irv telling his short stories now available

Fall 2003: New Poems about Irv by Mary Fillmore

Winter 2001:  A Tribute to Irv by Stephen Gulley

Spring 1999:  Dear friends,

As many of you know, my late husband, Irving Kenneth Zola, was a prolific writer and activist in the field of disability rights and medical sociology. I have created this website to enhance access to his many contributions.

The first writings posted are from Irv's collection of short stories, Meaningful Relationships/Moments in Time.

Most of Irv's writings are now available at the Goldfarb Library at Brandeis University in Waltham, MA.  They are kept as a part of a special collection on disability studies and history in the Robert D. Farber University Archives.  I've posted the library's summary of Irv's writings.  The special collection is also the repository for the Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center's Samuel Gridley Howe Library. It holds the collected works of Gunnar & Rosemary Dybwad, as well as past issues of Disability Studies Quarterly.  It includes an extensive international collection of books from 1840 to the present, as well as over 1800 topic files with information dating back to the 1930s.  It is available for research into all aspects of disability.

The Brandeis Special Collections department at the Goldfarb Library is open from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.  Please schedule an appointment with the special collections librarian before visiting.

Thanks for your interest!


Judy Norsigian (email:

P.S. I have also posted a story on this site called One Last Hug. The story was written by Irv's and my daughter Kyra soon after Irv died.