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Children's Literature Collection

Welcome to the de Grummond Collection


The de 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.

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What's New ...

Each time 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.

Upcoming Events...

Watch this page for upcoming events, i.e. new exhibits in the Collection, dates for The Holiday Book Preview, Children's Book Festival, etc.

Thank you...

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.


The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection
Box 5148
Hattiesburg, MS 39406
(601) 266-4349
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