de Grummond Collection

McCain Library and Archives
University Libraries
University of Southern Mississippi


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.25 cu.ft. (1 box)

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Material received from Carol Ryrie Brink during 1972 and 1973.


Noncirculating; available for research.


This 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

Born on December 28, 1895 in Moscow, Idaho, Carol Ryrie Brink attended the University of Idaho (1914-1917) and received the Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California Berkeley (1918). Soon thereafter she married Raymond Brink, a mathematician at the University of Minnesota. In 1965 Brink was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Literature from the University of Idaho. She died August 15, 1981.

Orphaned at a very young age, Brink desired to be a writer from an early age. This desire was nurtured by her aunt and grandmother, who were both excellent storytellers. Her most famous book, Caddie Woodlawn (1935), is based on a story she heard often as she was growing up. It is the story of the Wisconsin childhood of her grandmother Caddie.

After publishing her first book in 1934, Brink wrote more than thirty fiction and nonfiction books for children and adults, as well as several plays. She received the Newbery Award in 1936 and the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1959 for Caddie Woodlawn. Brink won the Friends of American Writers Award in 1956 for The Headland and the Irvin Kerlan Award in 1978 for Four Girls on a Homestead.

Carol Ryrie Brink passed away in August of 1981.


Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence from Brink briefly identifying the materials she donated to the de Grummond Collection, original material relating to a 1968 novel, Two Are Better than One, and an unpublished book titled, "Thessy and Sam."

For Two Are Better than One, the lively story of two early twentieth century girls who co-authored a melodramatic novel, a carbon of the complete, final typescript is included. The Papers hold two trial openings of the unpublished children's book titled, "Thessy and Sam."


Series and Subseries


A. Correspondence (1972)

B. Book (1968)

C. Unpublished Work (undated)

"Thessy and Sam" (undated)


Box Inventory


A. Correspondence

     1/1       To the de Grummond Collection, 1972, 1 item.


B. Book

TWO ARE BETTER THAN ONE by Carol Ryrie Brink, with drawings by Fermin Rocker (New York: Macmillan, 1968).

     1/2-1/5   Typescript, carbon, 

     1/2            title page, dedication, contents, and chapters 1-6, 3
                    unnumbered pp. and pp. 1-54;,

     1/3            chapters 7-12, pp. 55-107;

     1/4            chapters 13-17, pp. 108-152;

     1/5            chapters 18-22, pp. 153-186.


C. Unpublished Work

"Thessy and Sam"

     1/6       Manuscript of two trial openings and cover note from Brink,
               10 pp. 


Processed: February 1991
Revised: February 1996; March 2017

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