de Grummond Collection

McCain Library and Archives
USM Libraries
The University of Southern Mississippi


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1.50 cu.ft. (5 boxes)

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Material was donated by Helen Hinckley Jones from 1969 to 1989.

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
A Mormon from Provo, Utah, Helen Hinckley Jones was born on April 12, 1903. Her father kept a brown notebook of the stories she told until she was old enough to record the stories herself. Her father also read Greek myths, Dante, Milton, and various British and American poems to the family at bedtime and would review any parts of the story that she and her sister missed if they fell asleep. She attributed her father's reading and her own love of books to her writing ability. She published her first poem at the age of 7.

The writer of many articles and stories, Ms. Jones also co-authored three books with Najmeh Najafi who was in charge of the Persian Project and other humanitarian efforts in Iran.

Ms. Jones received both her bachelor's and her master's degrees from Brigham Young University in 1924 and 1928 respectively. She also attended summer classes at Columbia University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Colorado, Stanford University, and Cambridge University. From 1924-1938, Ms. Jones taught drama and history in the Ogden City Schools and later taught at Pasadena City College in California from 1948-1974. She was a member of PEN International and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Ms. Jones was married to Ivan C. Jones and they had two daughters. She passed away November 25, 1991 in Pasadena, California.


Scope and Content
The collection contains typescripts, photographs, correspondence and galleys for six titles. 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.

Two of the books in the collection are about Iran. The Land and People of Iran (1964), part of the "Portraits of the Nations Series," is an introduction to the 2500 year history of Iran, its customs, geography, religion, and people. There is correspondence and typescripts for the first edition and revisions for the 1971 edition, as well as 114 black and white photographs. The other book about Iran, A Wall and Three Willows (1967), was written for an adult audience. With the help of Najemeh Najafi, the co-author, Ms. Jones presents a cultural description of community development in Iran. There are typescripts, proofs, and 19 black and white photographs for this title.

Ms. Jones also wrote a history of Israel with a description of its cities, people, and customs entitled Israel (1986). There is a photocopied typescript for this title. She also wrote a biography of Theodore D. Judah of the Central Pacific Railroad Company in Rails from the West (1969). There is correspondence, a typescript, galleys and 34 black and white photographs for this title.

The last book in the collection, The Opossum's Table (1973) is about the difficulty experienced by a mother opossum in search of food for her babies. The book was later adapted to audio tape. There are 4 versions of the typescript and correspondence for this title.

Series and Subseries

A. Books

Box Inventory


A. Books

     Eleven Who Dared: Stories from the Old Testament by Helen Hinckley
     [Jones] (Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press, 1971).

     1/1       Correspondence, 1970-1971, 2 items.

     1/2       Galley, photocopied, 20 pp.

     Israel by Helen Hinckley Jones (Chicago: Children's Press, 1986).

     1/3       Typescript, photocopy, pp. 1-84.

     The Land and People of Iran by Helen Hinckley Jones (Philadelphia:
     Lippincott, 1964, rev. ed. 1972).

      1/4 Correspondence, n.d., 1 item.

     1/5-1/6   Typescript, minor corrections, 

     1/5            Chapters 1-7, pp. 1-58.

     1/6            Chapters 8-15, pp. 59-141.

     1/7       Illustration for end papers, 1 item.

     1/8-2/1   Photographs, black and white,

     1/8            27 items.

     1/9            41 items.

     2/1            46 items.

     2/2       Typescript revisions for 1972 edition, 17 pp.

     2/3       Galley revisions for 1972 edition, 4 pp.

     The Opossum's Table by Helen Hinckley Jones, illustrated by Gail
      Robinson (Lexington, Massachusetts: Ginn, 1973).

     2/4       Correspondence, 1972-1973, n.d., 7 items.

     2/5       Typescripts, photocopies, 4 versions.

     Rails for the West; a Biography of Theodore D. Judah by Helen
     Hinckley Jones (San Marino, California: Golden West Books, 1969).

     2/6       Correspondence, 1965-1969, 60 items.

     2/7-3/1   Typescript, carbon copy,

     2/7            Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-61.

     2/8            Chapters 5-9, pp. 61A-138.

     3/1            Chapters 10-15 and acknowledgments, pp. 139-208.

     3/2-3/3   Galleys,

     3/2            Minor corrections, 55 pp.

     3/3            "Second reading," 54 pp.

     3/4       Photographs, black and white, 30 items.

     A Wall and Three Willows by Najemeh Najafi and Helen Hinckley
     Jones (New York: Harper and Row, 1967).

     4/1       Typescript summary, 24 pp.

     4/2-4/4   Typescript, minor corrections,

     4/2            Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-78.

     4/3            Chapters 5-9, pp. 79-163.

     4/4            Chapters 10-16, pp. 134-264.

     4/5-5/1   Typescript, edited with typesetter's marks,

     4/5            Chapters 1-4, pp. 1-70.

     4/6            Chapters 5-9, pp. 71-154.

     4/7            Chapters 10-13, pp. 155-219.

     5/1            Chapters 14-16 and glossary, pp. 220-282.

     5/2-5/4        Proofs, "printer's proofs," 3 copies.

     5/5            Photographs, black and white, 19 items.

B. Photograph of Author

     5/6       Photograph of author, black and white, 1 item.         

Processed: September 27, 1998

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