de Grummond Collection

McCain Library and Archives
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University of Southern Mississippi


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.60 cu.ft. (1 box)

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Material was donated by Barbara Garrison from 1992-1995.


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

Barbara Garrison was born on August 22, 1931 in London, England. She is an American citizen and received her bachelor's degree from Wellesley College in 1953. She went on to receive her master's degree from Columbia University, Teacher's College in 1956. After graduation she worked as an art teacher in several New York schools.

Ms. Garrison has had several national and international exhibitions and has her work in private and public collections in over 40 countries. Her etchings have won several awards including The New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children's Book of 1991, the UNICEF-Ezra Jack Keats International Award in 1992, and the Black Book Award in 1992. All of these awards were given for the etchings in Another Celebrated Dancing Bear (1991).

Scope and Content

The collection contains the etching proofs for two of Ms. Garrison's titles. There is correspondence, a resume, and publicity materials in the collection. The titles are arranged alphabetically. Within each title, the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created.

According to Ms. Garrison, she uses two main types of etching to produce her illustrations. The first is metal plate etching. Using zinc or copper plates, she draws lines on the plate with a needle. The plate is then put into an acid bath where the exposed lines are "eaten away." The second type is called "collagraph." In this process, she uses a cardboard plate with glued string, fabric, and paper, along with sand or glitter for additional texture to make a combination of a "collage" and "graphic." Because the paper she prints on is so expensive, she uses both sides of the paper to prepare her proofs and add any additional changes for the final printing. After the final printing, she adds color washes to the illustrations, signs and numbers each print, and destroys the plate. A detailed description of her processes is included in her resume.

Both of the books in the collection use the "collagraph" method of etching. There are etching proofs for both Another Celebrated Dancing Bear (1991) and My First Book of Jewish Holidays (1994). There is also a dummy with penciled illustrations for Another Celebrated Dancing Bear. In 1980, She made a card using these etching techniques for UNICEF. A sample of the card is included in the collection, as well as an etched publicity item depicting "Noah's Ark." There is also correspondence, a resume, and a newspaper article about her involvement with the UNICEF-Ezra Jack Keats International Award in 1992.

Series and Subseries

A. Alphabetical File

B. Books

C. Publicity Material

Box Inventory


A. Alphabetical File

1/1 Correspondence with the de Grummond Collection, 1991-1995, 2 items. Copy of Ms. Garrison's resume, includes a description of her etching techniques, 2 pp. Newspaper article, The Hattiesburg American, 24 March 1992, 1 item. UNICEF card made in 1980, 1 item.

B. Books

Another Celebrated Dancing Bear by Gladys Scheffrin-Falk, illustrated by Barbara Garrison (New York: Scribner's, 1991). 1/2-1/4 Etching proofs, single sided printing, 1/2 pp. 1, 3, 5, 7-8, and 10-12, 15 items. 1/3 pp. 14, 16-20, and 24-25, 20 items. 1/4 pp. 22-23, 26, 28-30, Dual sided printing, dust jacket and p. 19; dust jacket and p. 30; pp. 13 and 29; 5 and 10; 12, 14 and 20; 15 and 19; 15 and 30; 15 and 19; 9 and 13; 9 and 19; 30 and 19. My First Book of Jewish Holidays by Maida Silverman, illustrated by Barbara Garrison (New York: Dial, 1994). 1/5 Dummy, penciled illustrations and pasted text, 1 item. 1/6-1/12 Etching proofs, dual sided printing, 1/6 Dust jacket and p. 28; pp. 6 and 12; pp. 5 and 7; pp.19 and 15. 1/7 pp. 6 and 17; pp. 8 and 12; pp. 25 and 26; pp. 26 and 4. 1/8 pp. 9 and 13; pp. 7 and 22; pp. 6 and 6; pp. 11 and 25. 1/9 pp. 6 and 24; pp. 13 and 24; pp. 13 and 24. 1/10 pp. 19 and 24; pp. 18 and 24; pp. 24 and 24. 1/11 pp. 20 and 15; pp. 22 and 15; pp. 23 and 15; pp. 15 and 15. 1/12-1/13 Etching proofs, single sided printing, 1/12 Dust jacket border, pp. 5 and 19, 3 items. 1/13 pp. 21, 24, 24 and 28, 4 items.

C. Publicity Material

1/14 Publicity etching of "Noah's Ark," 1 item.

Processed: February 2, 1998
Revised: June 2001

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