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ESTEEMED PROFESSOR'S CHILDREN'S LITERATURE COLLECTION COMES TO DE GRUMMOND

 
We are pleased to announce the recent acquisition of the Glenn E. Estes Collection. Estes was professor and associate director of the School of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee at the time of his death in 1996. He began his university teaching career in 1966 as an assistant professor at Clarion State College in Pennsylvania, and moved to the University of Tennessee the following year.

While at the University of Tennessee, Estes began collecting children's books to use in his teaching and writing. Over the years, the collection grew to include nearly five thousand works of children's literature. The books date


primarily from the 1950s to the mid-1990s, with an emphasis on fairy tales, folklore, Appalachian stories, African American authors and illustrators, art, poetry, and the classics. Estes was particularly interested in Beatrix Potter and many of her books and figurines of her characters are included. The children's books are supported by an extensive reference collection of author biographies, bibliographies, critical essays, and genre studies.

This extensive contemporary collection of children's books is an exceptional addition to the more than 65,000 books already held by the de Grummond Collection. We appreciate the generosity of Mr. Estes' widow, Elizabeth and their children, in providing this outstanding collection in a unique donation/purchase agreement. The books and other materials will be cataloged as part of the de Grummond Collection holdings, and access will be provided through our online public catalog. A note in the cataloging record will identify each book as a part of the Estes Collection, allowing for easy retrieval.

Estes, a nationally recognized speaker and author, served as a mentor to thousands of school librarians whom he educated during his thirty-year tenure. Estes served as editor of three significant reference works, American Writers for Children Before 1900, American Writers for Children Since 1960: Fiction, and American Writers for Children Since 1960: Poets, Illustrators, and Nonfiction Writers; all are included in the Dictionary of Literary Biography series published by Gale Research. Estes also published articles in Horn Book Magazine, Book Links, Tennessee Education, and School Media Quarterly. He served as a book reviewer for School Library Journal and was the editor of the first seven volumes of School Media Quarterly, from 1972-1979.

Estes also served the library profession through numerous committee appointments, most notably as a member of the Newbery/Caldecott Awards Committee in 1972, and again in 1978. In 1980 he was chair of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award Committee and in 1993-1994 he chaired the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture Committee. He was president of the Tennessee Library Association from 1973-1974 and vice-president of the American Association of School Librarians from 1981-1982. Estes was well-known as an exceptional organizer and served as the director of many workshops and conferences, including the prestigious Loughborough International Seminar on Children's Literature in 1982.

 

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Hattiesburg, MS 39406
(601) 266-4349
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