Grummond Children's Literature Collection is one of North
America's leading research centers in the field of children's
literature. Although the Collection has many strengths, the
main focus is on American and British children's literature,
historical and contemporary. Founded in 1966 by Dr. Lena Y.
de Grummond, the Collection holds the original manuscripts
and illustrations of more than 1300 authors and illustrators,
as well as 160,000+ published books dating from 1530 to the
present. Part of Special Collections, the de Grummond Collection
is housed in the McCain Library and Archives on the campus
of The University of Southern Mississippi.
you find our extensive site easy to navigate. Each of the
five main sections--About Us, Collection Highlights, Research,
Showcase and Related Sites can be accessed from the top of
every page. We have also provided a Site Index as another
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you visit us be sure to look at our
What's New page for the latest information about the Collection.
Also, from time to time we will post information about other
sites and programs of interest.
this page for upcoming events, i.e. new exhibits in the Collection,
dates for The Holiday Book Preview, Children's Book Festival,
We are always interested in receiving contributions of children's
books; manuscripts, illustrations, and related materials used
in the creation of children's books; or monetary support.
If you are interested in making a tax deductible contribution
to the de Grummond Collection, please contact Curator Ellen Ruffin at: 601-266-4349.