de Grummond Collection

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1.15 cu.ft. (2 boxes)

Biographical Sketch | Scope & Content | Related Collections | Series & Subseries | Box Inventory

Material was donated by Jan Brett from 1989 to 1997.

Noncirculating; available for research.

The collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. Code). Reproductions can be made only if they are to be used for "private study, scholarship, or research." It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials, other than that noted above.

Biographical Sketch
Ever since Jan Brett was a young child, she knew she wanted to be an author and illustrator of children s books. She was born in a seacoast town, Hingham, Massachusetts in 1949. She has always drawn from her natural surroundings and from her life, spending a portion of the year at the seaside and summers in a mountain cabin. The influence of her surroundings is evident as she used actual musicians from the Boston Symphony as models for the musicians in Berlioz the Bear (1991). Jan Brett s life is well documented in the promotional material provided by her publishers and by newsletters that inform readers of many aspects of her work. She maintains a web site, that has more activities for families and school use.


Scope and Content
The collection contains a dummy from The First Dog. This picture book tells the story of a prehistoric boy and the relationship that he develops with a wolf.

There are seven self-published newsletters in a series titled All About.... These eight page editions focus on one book, with insight into the writing process, background on the story line and illustrations, questions for discussion, and student activities. Brett shares with her readers notes on the real lives of her models, both two and four footed.

Greeting cards, with illustrations either drawn specifically for the card or from specific titles are included. For three titles, The Hat; The Mitten; and Town Mouse, Country Mouse, there are sets of masks. These full color die cut masks were sent out to teachers and have text from the story on the verso.

Cardboard promotional displays include a three dimensional hedgehog basket, an 11" standing bear, and a single-piece mobile display from Trouble with Trolls. This series also includes several signed posters that advertise books published between 1989 and 1992.

Series and Subseries

A. Book (1988)

B. Promotional Material (1989-1997)

Box Inventory


A.    Book
     The First Dog written and illustrated by Jan Brett (New York:
     Harcourt Brace, 1988).
     1/1       Dummy, color pencil and crayon, 32 pp.
B.    Promotions  

     1/2       Newsletters,  All About...    7 issues

                    The Mitten, 1990. 

                    The Wild Christmas Reindeer, 1991.

                    Berlioz the Bear, 1991.

                    Edward Lear s The Owl and the Pussycat,

                    The Trouble with Trolls, 1994.

                    Armadillo Rodeo, 1995.

                    Comet s Nine Lives, 1996.

                    The Hat, 1997.    
     1/3       Publisher pamphlets, 3 pieces, 1990 -1997.

     1/4       Greeting Cards, 
                    Christmas Cards,

                         The Wild Christmas Reindeer, 1990.              
                         Merry Christmas, undated.

                         Children and Reindeer, 1993.  
                         Armadillo Rodeo, 1995.

                         Comet s Nine Lives, 1996.

                         Mice on mantle with stocking, undated.

                         Troll and hedgehog, undated.
                    Valentine Cards,

                         Hedge-O-Gram, 1996.

                         Hedgehog, I love Teachers Contest , 1997.

                         Bookmark, The Wild Christmas Reindeer,

                         Edward Lear s The Owl and the
                         Pussycat, 1992.
     1/5-1/7   Masks,
     1/5            Town Mouse, Country Mouse, 6 pieces and
                    elastic strings.

     1/6            The Hat 7 pieces and postcard.
     1/7            The Mitten, 6 pieces. 

     1/8-2/1   Cardboard promotional items, 
     1/8            Hedgehog basket with assembly instructions.

                    Berlioz the Bear, 1991.               

     2/1            Trouble With Trolls
     2/2       Posters,

                    Beauty and the Beast, 1989.

                    The Wild Christmas Reindeer, 1990.

                    Berlioz the Bear, 1991.

                    The Owl & the Pussycat, 1991.

                    Trouble with Trolls, 1992.
		    The Hat, 1997.

Processed: April 18, 1998.
Revised: June 2001

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