de Grummond Collection

McCain Library and Archives
University Libraries
University of Southern Mississippi


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1.30 cu.ft. (4 boxes)

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Material was donated by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers from 1966 to 1981.

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
Beatrice Schenk de Regniers (pronounced "drain-yay") was born on August 16, 1914 in Lafayette, Indiana. She grew up in a nearby town called Crawfordsville, home to Wabash College. She began writing feature stories and a column in high school for the student paper. She attended the University of Illinois, the University of Chicago, and Winnetka Graduate Teachers College. Before writing full time, de Regniers worked as a copywriter for both Scott, Foresman, & Company in Chicago and for the American Book Company in New York City; as a welfare officer for the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in Egypt; and as the director of educational materials for the American Heart Association in New York.

de Regniers' first book, The Giant Story, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, was published in 1953. Her next book, A Little House of Your Own (1954) is an autobiography. Her other books include books of poems, folktale retellings, and classic riddles, verses and rhymes. Ten of her books were published under the pseudonym of Tamara Kitt, including The Adventures of Silly Billy (1961) and The Boy Who Fooled the Giant (1963). Her May I Bring a Friend? (1964), illustrated by Beni Montressor, was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1965.

After launching her writing career, de Regniers took a job at Scholastic Books as the editor of the "Lucky Book Club" in 1961 and worked there for twenty years. After retirement, she began writing for the theater and produced her first work in 1986 based on her book Everyone Is Good for Something.

Beatrice Schenk de Regniers passed away on March 1, 2000.


Scope and Content
The collection contains typescripts, research notes, illustrations, correspondence and proofs for five titles. There are also sketches and notes for an unidentified title(s). The materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Within each title the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created. The correspondence is separated by title.

In What Happened Next? (1958), Michael packs a knap sack and leaves home to become a "hero." Every page asks the question "what happened next?" There are manuscript notes, typescripts, a color proof for the dust jacket, a press sheet, and an unbound proof. Circus (1966) is a picture book illustrated with photographs of people and animals in a circus. There are manuscript notes, manuscripts, typescripts, and two dummies for this title. The Giant, also published in 1966, is a group of stories about giants. There are typescripts, a manuscript, a dummy and a proof for this title.

The Little Book (1961) is a self-illustrated story about a little girl who goes on a walk and talks with animals along her journey. The illustrations are paper collages that were torn or cut and pasted together. There are manuscript notes, typescripts, ink sketches, a partial layout, paper collage illustrations, a paste-up dummy, a linen jacket binding, and a bound production proof. The book was republished in 1982 with a new title, Going for a Walk. There is a typescript and two proofs for this title.

Series and Subseries

A. Books

B. Unidentified Materials

Box Inventory


A. Books

     Circus by Beatrice Schenk De Regniers, photos by Al Giese
     (New York: Viking Press, 1966).

     1/1       Manuscript notes, 98 items.

     1/2       Manuscripts, 3 versions.

     1/3       Typescripts, 4 versions.

     1/4-1/5   Dummies,

     1/4            Pasted text and photographs, 1 item.

     1/5            Bound dummy, 1 item.

     The Giant Book by Beatrice de Regniers, drawings by William
     Lahey Cummings (New York: Atheneum, 1966).

     1/7       Manuscript, 13 pp.

     2/1-2/2   Typescript edited with typesetter's marks,

     2/1            pp. 1-50.

     2/2            pp. 51-118.

     2/3       Dummy with pasted text, 1 item.         

     2/4-3/1   Proofs, minor corrections, 2 copies.

     Going For A Walk  by Beatrice Schenk de Regniers (New York:
     Harper & Row, 1982). [First published as The Little Book in 1961.] 

     3/2       Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks, 7 pp. (Includes 5 pp.
               of front matter.)

     3/3       Proofs, September 1981, 2 sets.
     The Little Book written and illustrated by Beatrice Schenk De
     Regniers (New York: H. Z. Walck, 1961). 
     3/4       Correspondence, 1961, 1 item.

     3/5       Manuscript notes, 7 items.

     3/6       Typescripts, 2 versions.

     3/7       Sketches, ink, 4 items.

     3/8       Partial layout, 1 item.

     3/9-4/1   Illustrations, paper collage,

     3/9            pp. 10, 12, 14, and 16.

     3/10           pp.18, 20, 22, 24, and 28.

     4/1            larger illustration, marked for use on pp. 5, 7, 9, 11, 13,
                    and 15.

                    unidentified illustration, 1 item.

     4/2       Dummy with pasted text and illustrations, 1 item.

     4/3       Linen jacket binding, 1 item.   

     4/4       Bound production proof, 1 item.         

     What Happens Next? Adventures of a Hero by Beatrice Schenk De
     Regniers, illustrated by Remo (New York: Macmillan, 1959).

     4/5       Manuscript notes, 14 pp.

     4/6       Typescripts, 2 versions.

     4/7       Color proof, no text, for dust jacket, 1 item.

     4/8       Press sheet, 1 item.

     4/9       Unbound proof, 1 item.

B. Unidentified Materials

     4/10      Notes, 5 items.

     4/11      Sketchbook, 1 item.

     4/12      Sketches of animals, pencil, 6 items.

Processed: July 8, 1998

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