de Grummond Collection

McCain Library and Archives
University Libraries
University of Southern Mississippi


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.90 cu.ft. (1 box)

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Materials donated by Adelaide Holl between 1968 and 1975.


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

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Lester Earl and Bertie Hinkle in December 9, 1910, Adelaide Hinkle Holl was well known for her many writings and illustrations of children's books. Ms. Holl attended the Cleveland School of Art and Western Reserve University, and received a B.A. B.S. in Education from Capital University. She later earned a Master's degree from The Ohio State University. Ms. Holl worked as a teacher in Ohio, a writer and educational consultant at the Artists and Writers Press in New York, and as an editor at Random House Publishing Company. A retired editor for the Western Publishing Company, Ms. Holl wrote over sixty books, as well as contributed to other publications.

Ms. Holl was married first to Walter E. Holl, and had two children, Linda Holl Veffer and Thomas Richard Holl. After Walter passed away, Adelaide married Leonard Davis Wesson. Adelaide Holl died on June 26, 2002 at the age of 91.


Scope and Content

Holdings include materials for eleven titles written by Adelaide Holl and illustrated by a variety of artists. For The ABC of Cars, Trucks and Machines we hold a dummy, typescript and galleys; Bright Bright Morning has only a dummy and copies of illustrations; while Hide and Seek ABC has a typescript. Hooray for Mike has a color proof, as does North is for Polar Bears and The Runaway Hat. Mrs. McGarrity's Peppermint Sweater has an illustration for the dust jacket. My Father and I and The Remarkable Egg both have a number of typescript drafts, correspondence and proofs, while The Parade has a typescript and galleys. A workbook, The Sounds and Shapes of Letters has a dummy, copies of some pages and the alphabet guide from the back cover. In addition, the collection holds fan mail sent by children from 1966-1972.

Related Collections

The Lee J. Ames Papers (DG0022) and The Roger Duvoisin Papers (DG0289)

The Marilyn Hirsh Papers (DG0457) contain illustrations and folded and gathered sheets from The Runaway Hat (1969).

Series and Subseries

A. Books (1966-1975)

Box Inventory



THE ABC OF CARS, TRUCKS, AND MACHINES by Adelaide Holl, illustrated by William Dugan (New York: American Heritage Press, 1970). 1/1 Dummy, with text pasted on, pp.1-91 Additional cut-up illustrations Typescript, pp. 1-9 Galleys, 6 pp. BRIGHT, BRIGHT MORNING by Adelaide Holl, illustrated by Rob Howard (New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1969). Dummy, with text pasted on Illustrations, (copies) for end paper, title page & pp. 14-15 HIDE AND SEEK ABC by Adelaide Holl, illustrated by Lee J. Ames (New York: Platt & Munk, 1971). Typescript, 26 pp. Notes to artist 2 pp. HOORAY FOR MIKE by Adelaide Holl, illustrated by John Albert Pucci (New York: L.W. Singer Company, Inc., 1968). Proof, color, illustrations only, 1 p. MRS. MCGARRITY'S PEPPERMINT SWEATER by Adelaide Holl, illustrated by Abner Graboff (New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1966). Illustration, dust jacket 1 p. MY FATHER AND I idea and pictures by Kjell Ringi, written by Adelaide Holl (New York: Franklin Watts, 1972). 1/3 Correspondence between Holl & Lily Poritz Miller, 12 pp. Typescript, first draft 6 pp. Typescript, copy with Lily P. Miller's suggested changes 5/12/71 4 pp. Typescript, 4 pp. Typescript, with corrections, 7 pp. Typescript, pp. 1-5 (lacking p. 4) Typescript, incomplete 1 p. Artist's dummy, photocopy, 11 pp. Proof, color, pp. 12-13 NORTH IS FOR POLAR BEARS by Adelaide Holl, illustrated by J. P. Miller (New York: Singer, 1968). 1/4 Proof, color, cover 2 pp. THE PARADE idea and pictures by Kjell Ringi, written by Adelaide Holl (New York: Franklin Watts, 1975). Typescript, copy-edited for typesetter, 5 pp. Front matter, 2 pp. Galleys, dated 6-7-72, 3 pp. THE REMARKABLE EGG by Adelaide Holl, illustrated by Roger Duvoisin (New York: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1968). 1/5 Correspondence between author, illustrator, and publisher 1967-68, 19 pp. Typescript, first draft, 15 pp. Typescript, first draft revisions, 2 pp. Author's page layout, 1 p. Typescript, second draft, dated 12/5/67, 11 pp. Typescript, final draft, dated 2/13/68, 10 pp. Typescript, copy-edited for typesetter, 9 pp. Galley, author's copy, 2 pp. Galley, author's set, 2/26/68, 2 pp. with handwritten page of notes 2/26 Proof, color, 1 pp. Photograph of illustration to be used in published catalog THE RUNAWAY HAT by Adelaide Holl, illustrated by Marilyn Hirsh (New York: Singer, 1969). 1/6 Proof, color, 4 pp. THE SOUNDS AND SHAPES OF LETTERS by Adelaide Holl and Linda Segel (Racine, Wisconsin: Western, 1970). Dummy, text and illustration paste-up pp. 1-64 Photocopies of pp. 20, 34, 46, 48, 64, 65 Alphabet guide from inside back cover

B. Correspondence

1/7 Fan mail from children 1966-1972

Processed: October 25, 1995
Revised: June 2001

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