de Grummond Collection

McCain Library and Archives
University Libraries
University of Southern Mississippi


Collection Number
Collection Dates
Collection Volume
1.20 cu.ft. (2 boxes)

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


Materials donated by Jean and Zohmah Charlot between 1966 and 1977.


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

Jean Charlot, author, artist and playwright, was born in Paris, France on February 7, 1898. His training as an artist took place in Mexico, where he worked as a staff artist for the Carnegie Archaeological expedition in Yucatan from 1926 to 1930. While living in Mexico, Charlot became caught up in the mural renaissance taking place in that country and he was employed by the Mexican government to paint murals on the walls of public buildings in Mexico City. Later he received a Guggenheim Fellowship to write on the mural movement in Mexico.

Charlot left Mexico in 1929 and went to the United States. He joined the faculty of the Art Students' League in New York City, where he taught from 1931 to 1941, then served as artist-in-residence for four years at the University of Georgia. In 1947 Charlot became director of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, a post he held until 1949 when he accepted a professorial chair at the University of Hawaii. Charlot retired from his position as Senior Professor of Art in 1966.

Charlot wrote numerous art books during his career and also illustrated titles for children and adults. Among the children's books he illustrated were two Newbery Medal winners: Ann Nolan Clark's Secret of the Andes (1952) and Joseph Krumgold's . . . and Now Miguel (1953). The Timid Ghost (1966) and Kittens, Cubs, and Babies(1959), two titles represented in the collection, were designed by Charlot. A Child's Good Night Book (1943) and When Will the World Be Mine? The Story of a Snowshoe Rabbit (1953) were both Caldecott honor books. Jean Charlot died on March 20, 1979 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He was survived by his wife Zohmah, whom he had married in 1939, and his children Ann, John, Martin, and Francis. Martin Charlot also became an illustrator and has had numerous books for children published, including Once Upon a Fishhook (1971) and Sunnyside Up (1972).