de Grummond Collection

McCain Library and Archives
University Libraries
   University of Southern Mississippi


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3.25 cu.ft. (11 boxes)

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


Donated by Louise Munro Foley between 1968 and 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

Born October 22, 1933 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Louise Munro married Donald Foley in 1957, divorced in 1976, and remarried in 1978. She has two children by her first marriage. Foley received her bachelor's degree from California State University at Sacramento in 1976. She has worked as a copy editor for several organizations, including radio stations and department stores. Her first book, The Caper Club, was published in 1969. She wrote several picture books for children during the 1970's. Most of her output in the 1980's consisted of books for the "Choose Your Own Adventure," or "Twistaplot" series. In the 1990's, she's written several young adult novels about the adventures of children and their intelligent cats.

Scope and Content

Ms. Foley has written two series of books which feature intelligent cats. "Blood!" Said the Cat, "Poison!" Said the Cat, and "Thief!" Said the Cat, are young adult mysteries featuring Kiki Collier and her cat Pumpkin. My Substitute Teacher's Gone Batty, The Bird-Brained Fiasco, and The Phoney-Baloney Professor are part of the "Vampire Cat" series, about an undead feline's efforts to escape from the vampire community. The "Vampire Cat" books are comical adventure stories for children ages eight to twelve. Early in her career as a writer, Ms. Foley published another book of humorous adventures entitled The Caper Club. For each of these titles, the collection contains one or more typescripts. There is also correspondence for The Caper Club, The Bird-Brained Fiasco, and The Phoney-Baloney Professor, and proofs for the The Bird-Brained Fiasco and The Phoney-Baloney Professor. There are five picture books for children represented in this collection: A Job for Joey, No Talking, Sammy's Sister, Somebody Stole Second and Tackle 22. There are two or more typescripts for each of these titles, and correspondence for A Job for Joey, No Talking, and Sammy's Sister. Most of the titles documented in this collection are adventure stories written for Bantam Books' "Choose Your Own Adventure" series, or similar series put out by other publishers. In this type of book, the reader makes decisions which affect the outcome of the plot. With the exceptions noted above, every work in the "Published Books" Series has this type of structure. The Cobra Connection is about a boy who takes a trip with his uncle to San Francisco, his attempts to uncover a spy ring, and his time travel to the old west. The Lost Tribe involves a young man on an archeological expedition to find a mysterious tribe of New Zealand aborigines. For each of these titles, the collection contains one or more typescripts. Also, for several of these titles there are copies of illustrations.

Series and Subseries

A. Published Books (1967-1993)