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DE GRUMMOND COLLECTION
RECEIVES 2ND NEH GRANT

 

For the second time since 1991, the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection has received a substantial grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Dee Jones, Project Director, submitted the proposal for the grant in July 1996 and was informed of the award in April 1997. The $206,352 will allow for the sorting, arrangement, description, and cataloging of the original manuscripts, illustrations, and published books of 150 women authors and illustrators who have had a significant impact on the changing nature of children's literature.

The arrangement and description of original materials, as well as the cataloging of historical and rare books is a time consuming and exacting undertaking. Funds received through this grant will provide salaries for three staff members for a period of 18 months, beginning on September 2.

Grant staff include Chris Peters, Billie Hackney, and Laura Stroud. Chris Peters, Manuscript Processor, recently received a M.S. in Information, specializing in

Chris Peters and Billie Hackney, Staff


Archives and Records Management from the University of Michigan. Billie Hackney, Cataloger, recently received a Masters in Library and Information Science from the University of Texas at Austin. Laura Stroud, Manuscript Processor Assistant received a B.S. in Elementary Education from Ball State University and is currently a graduate student in the University of Southern Mississippi's School of Library and Information Science. In addition, current McCain Library personnel Dee Jones, Mary Hamilton, and Bobs Tusa will be spending a portion of their time on grant activities.

The most historic collection to be processed is that of Victorian British illustrator Kate Greenaway. The de Grummond Collection holds more than 300 original illustrations created by this distinguished artist, as well as 150 books bearing her illustrations. The largest collection is the papers of Adele and Cateau de Leeuw, authors whose children's fiction was first published in the 1920s and was still being reprinted in the


Manuscript Processor Assistant, Laura Stroud with Dee Jones

1980s. Their papers and other memorabilia fill 115 boxes, nearly 35 cubic feet. The papers of other prominent award-winning authors and illustrators that will be processed include Marie Hall Ets, Emily Arnold McCully, Tasha Tudor, and Eleanor Estes. Mississippi women include Joan Balfour Payne, Emilie and Marie Stapp, and de Grummond Collection founder, Lena Y. de Grummond. A complete list of all women whose collections are a part of this grant can be found on our web page. There are innumerable positive effects of having detailed descriptive registers, cataloged books, and accessible documents for a research collection, as was realized after our first NEH funded grant was completed in 1993. With improved methods of information dissemination and technology now available, we foresee even greater benefits to the research community of children's literature as a result of this grant.

 

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