The de Grummond Collection is the sole repository for the Ezra Jack Keats Archive. Holdings include manuscripts, typescripts, sketches, dummies, illustrations, and proofs for 37 books written and/or illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats. Also included are his personal papers, personal and professional correspondence, fan mail and artwork from children, photographs and childhood memorabilia. Complementing the artwork created for children's books are numerous examples of his easel art, dating back to his high school years. A complete list of the contents of the Keats Archive can be found by examining the finding aid here.
During his career, Keats wrote and/or illustrated more than 85 books for children. In the holdings of the de Grummond Collection we have published copies of 83 of these titles. We also hold video and filmstrip versions of his books produced by Weston Woods.
Our book holdings also include more than 300 art books from Keats' personal library, many with annotations. We continue to collect the books and other materials that have been produced after Keats' death in 1983. Examples are the Peter doll produced by Weston Woods and the board book version of The Snowy Day.
The amazing depth and breadth of this archive gives an intensive look into the creative genius of Keats, as well as presenting a behind-the-scenes glimpse of children's book publishing from the 1960s to the 1980s. Holdings of the archive were used by Brian Alderson for researching Ezra Jack Keats: Artist and Picture Book Maker published in 1995 by Pelican Press.
The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection is fortunate to be charged with the conservation and care of the papers and illustrations of one of the major figures in the 20th century world of children's books. For more information, visit the website for the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation.