de Grummond Collection

McCain Library and Archives
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University of Southern Mississippi


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.60 cu.ft. (2 boxes)

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Material received from Erik Haugaard and Houghton Mifflin between 1967 and 1984.


Non-circulating; available for research.


This 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

Erik Christian Haugaard was born April 13, 1923 in Denmark. After working as a farm laborer in Denmark from 1938 to 1940, he attended Black Mountain College in North Carolina from 1941 to 1942. He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II and attended the New School for Social Research in New York for one year after the war. He also worked as a shepherd in Wyoming. Haugaard married Myrna Seld, a writer, in 1949 and together they had two children. After living in Denmark he settled permanently in County Cork, Ireland in the early 1970s.

Haugaard`s earliest publications were a volume of poetry (1957) and a play (1958). Since publishing his first novel in 1963, Haugaard has written thirteen other fictional works for young adults. In the 1970s he published a translation from Danish into English of the complete works of Hans Christian Andersen. Many of Haugaard's novels for young people are historical and reflect his diverse travels. His awards include the John Golden Fund for the play, The Heroes, 1958; honorable mention, New York Herald Tribune Children's Spring Book Festival for Hakon of Rogen's Saga, 1962, and for The Little Fishes, 1967; American Library Association Notable Book Award for A Slave's Tale, 1965; the Boston Globe Horn Book Award, 1967, the Jane Addams Award, 1968, and the Danish Cultural Minister's Prize, 1970, all for The Little Fishes; and the Children's Literature Association Phoenix Award, 1988.


Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence from Haugaard to the de Grummond Collection during the 1970s and material relating to the publication of two historical novels published in the 1960s and two published in the 1970s. The novels are arranged alphabetically by title; for each title, the organization of the material reflects the order in which it was created.

In the correspondence, Haugaard talks about his travels to Germany in 1936 and to Greenland in 1980, his philosophy as an author, and his admiration for Hans Christian Andersen. In his view "authors of children's books...feel a bit like orphans in the literary world." In a later letter, he explains that he thinks it is important for children to know that authors are people just as they are. Also included are two Christmas cards.

For Cromwell's Boy (1978), a historical novel about seventeenth-century England and America, the collection contains the final typescript, edited and marked for the typesetter. This book is the sequel to A Messenger to Parliament (1976). For this earlier title, the collection contains the final typescript, edited and marked for the typesetter, as well as the master galley. Likewise, the collection includes the edited and marked typescripts of Orphans of the Wind (1966), the story of an English boy who sails to America and is shipwrecked in the midst of the Civil War, and of A Slave's Tale (1965), Haugaard's award-winning historical novel set in Norway for which the collection includes two versions of the beginning and ending. As Haugaard explains in his correspondence, the second versions were published.

Series and Subseries

A. Correspondence, 1972-1980

B. Books

Box Inventory


A. Correspondence

1/1 To the de Grummond Collection, 1972-1980, 7 items.

B. Books

CROMWELL'S BOY by Erik Haugaard (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1978). 1/2-1/5 Typescript, edited and marked for typesetter, 1/2 front matter, 8 pp., and chapters 1-7, pp. 1-42; 1/3 chapters 8-14, pp. 43-94; 1/4 chapters 15-24, pp. 95-156; 1/5 chapters 25-33 and epilogue, pp. 157-211. A MESSENGER FOR PARLIAMENT by Erik Haugaard (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1976). 1/6-1/9 Typescript, edited and marked for typesetter, 1/6 chapters 1-8, pp. 1-54; 1/7 chapters 9-16, pp. 55-109; 1/8 chapters 17-24, pp. 110-162; 1/9 chapters 25-32, pp. 163-212. 1/10-2/2 Master galley, edited and marked for typesetter, 1/10 chapters 1-10, pp. 1-35; 2/1 chapters 11-20, pp. 36-68; 2/2 chapters 21-32, pp. 69-104. ORPHANS OF THE WIND by Erik Haugaard, illustrated by Milton Johnson (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1966). 2/3-2/5 Typescript, edited, 2/3 chapters 1-6, pp. 1-56; 2/4 chapters 7-13, pp. 57-116; 2/5 chapters 14-19 and epilogue, pp. 117-173. A SLAVE'S TALE by Erik Haugaard, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1965). 2/6-2/9 Typescript, edited, 2/6 chapters 1-7, pp. 1-54; 2/7 chapters 8-15, pp. 55-109; 2/8 chapters 16-22, pp. 110-165; 2/9 chapters 23-27 and epilogue, pp. 166-218.

Processed: February 1991
Revised: June 2001

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