Reality of One Woman's Dream
Lena de Grummond came to the University of Southern
Mississippi to teach children's literature in the
School of Library Science in 1966, she envisioned
resources that went beyond the classroom textbook.
If students could study the creative processes of
authors and illustrators by examining the manuscripts
and illustrations first hand, she knew they would
better appreciate the literature. To accomplish this
goal, de Grummond wrote to her favorite creators of
children's books and solicited contributions of original
manuscripts and typescripts, illustrations, sketchbooks,
galleys, dummies, publisher correspondence, and fan
mail--any materials related to the publication of
a children's book.
first response came from the Haders, Bertha and Elmer Hader,
the husband and wife author-illustrator team, who sent manuscript
materials, dummies and illustrations for Ding, Dong,
Bell (1957). These contributions from the Haders were
soon followed by others from Lois Lenski, Elizabeth Coatsworth,
Roger Duvoisin. Today the Collection houses works by more
than 1300 authors and illustrators. These original materials
are supplemented by a book collection of more than 160,000
volumes of historical and contemporary children's literature
dating from 1530. These include fables,fairy tales, folklore,
alphabet books, nursery rhymes, textbooks, religious books,
moral tales, fantasy, fiction, primers, and children's magazines.
Complementing these holdings are scholarly studies, biographies,
bibliographies, and critical works.
more information see "The Reality of One Woman's Dream:
The de Grummond Children's Literature Collection" by
Dee Jones in Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook
1999, pp. 301-305.