de Grummond Collection

McCain Library and Archives
University Libraries
University of Southern Mississippi


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.40 cu.ft. (1 box)

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Material was donated by Emma Brock in 1966.


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

Emma Lillian Brock was born on June 11, 1886 in Fort Shaw, Montana. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in 1908. Because of her interest in art, she also studied at the Minneapolis School of Art from 1910-1914 and the Art Students League in New York from 1917-1928. While studying art, she also worked as a librarian in the art department and children's rooms.

In 1929, Ms. Brock wrote and illustrated her first book Runaway Sardine. During her lifetime she wrote 36 books, almost all of which were published by Knopf. She liked to travel overseas, particulary to England and France, where many of her stories took place. Her book Here Comes Kristie (1942) was made into an NBC television special. Ms. Brock died on August 17, 1974.


Scope and Content

The collection contains, correspondence, typescripts, galleys, proofs, sketches and illustrations. The materials are arranged in alphabetical order by title. Within each title, the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were received. The correspondence was not arranged by title as it was to written to the de Grummond Collection.

There are sketches or illustrations for all 5 titles in the collection. There is one pencil and ink illustration for Patty on Horseback (1959), one for The Plaid Cow (1961) and one for Skipping Island (1958). There are sketches of chickadees for The Birds' Christmas Tree (1946), a story about a bird family who try to find a Christmas tree for the winter.

Mary's Secret (1962), is a chapter book about two girls and the secret they are hiding in their tree house. The early manuscript and typescript are in the collection. There are also partial galleys and proofs, including proofs of illustrations, front matter and color proofs for the dust jacket. There are 2 pencil and ink illustrations and a dust jacket as well.

Series and Subseries

A. Correspondence

B. Books

Box Inventory


A. Correspondence

1/1 Correspondence with the de Grummond Collection, 1966, 2 items.

B. Books

The Birds' Christmas Tree written and illustrated by Emma L. Brock (New York: Knopf, 1946). 1/2 Sketches of chickadees, pencil, 3 items. Mary's Secret written and illustrated by Emma L. Brock (New York: Knopf, 1962). 1/3 Manuscript, pp. 1-8. Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, pp. 1-10. 1/4 Illustrations, pencil and ink, pp. 9 and 31. 1/5 Partial galley, 4 pp. 1/6 Partial proofs, "author's proofs," 20-21 February 1962, 4 pp. Partial proofs, "author's proofs," 1 May 1962, 4 pp. Proofs, front matter and flap copy, 5 pp. 1/7 Proofs for illustrations, 3 pp. 1/8 Proofs for colors to be used on dust jacket, 3 items. Notes concerning page numbering, 6 items. Dust jacket, 1 item. Patty on Horseback written and illustrated by Emma L. Brock (New York: Knopf, 1959). 1/9 Illustration, pencil and ink, p. 44. The Plaid Cow written and illustrated by Emma L. Brock (New York: Knopf, 1961). 1/10 Illustration, pencil and ink, p. 60. Skipping Island written and illustrated by Emma L. Brock (New York: Knopf, 1958). 1/11 Illustration, pencil and ink, p. 32.

Processed: February 26, 1998
Revised: June 7, 2001

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