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USM Fairy Tale Projects

Fairy tales, folktales and folklore make up a significant portion of the holdings of the de Grummond Collection. Since we are not forced to "weed" books that haven't circulated in the past three years or are out of fashion for today's children, we are able to assemble collections of tales dating from their early retellings in the 18th century up to the modern reinterpreted editions of the 1990s and everything in between. Classic fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Sleeping Beauty, and Snow White are available in numerous translations and adaptations, in various languages, and with a myriad of distinctive illustrations. Folktales from England, Ireland, Norway, Russia, Hungary, China, Japan, and many other countries, as well as regions within the United States round out the collection.

Recently we have begun a database of Cinderella variations and multicultural versions.The tales are categorized by country, traditional story, or variation of the traditional tale. This database is searchable using the Find tool on your web browser--(Click the Edit tab - Find is at the bottom of the pull down menu).

Although these tales are searchable through our online catalog, the current database only lists items published through the year 2000. Therefore, there should be quite a few titles in the catalog and available for research that have not yet been listed in the database. Additionally, if you are interested in particular tales that you don't see listed in either source, please use our Ask de Grummond Reference form to inquire about additional holdings.

There are three fascinating web sites that are related to the fairy tale holdings of the de Grummond Collection. They are The Cinderella Project , The Little Red Riding Hood Project and Jack and the Beanstalk/Jack the Giant Killer Project. These projects were designed by Dr. Michael Salda of the English Department at USM and were part of the requirements for a graduate course in Bibliography and Methods of Research. The projects are text and image archives that contain various versions of the fairy tales. The Cinderella web site has twelve English language versions, published in the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries. The Little Red Riding Hood site has 16 English language versions, also from the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. The Jack and the Beanstalk site includes nine English language versions of the story plus an example of an uncut 16-page penny book and a circa 1860 boardgame. Text and images can be downloaded from the sites for easy comparison of storyline and illustrative styles.